The Victorian Government issued a list outlining which industry sectors and businesses would be forced to close for six weeks under Stage 4 restrictions.
Largely, the heavy vehicle industry has been recognised as an essential service and will be able to continue to operate, with a COVID safe plan in place.
Operations may be subject to reduction in on-site workers at any one time or restricted operations – such as contactless ‘click and collect’ for parts outlets – and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place.
The Premier’s lists are divided into three sections:
- closed (for on-site work)
- open (for on-site work) – COVID safe plan
- restricted operations or industry specific obligations
If you have decided to continue to operate, you must have a COVID safe plan and you must have your employees carry this permit.
All businesses that are listed to shutdown need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely.
All open businesses and services will have until 11:59pm Friday 7 August to enact a COVID safe plan focused on safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace.
BREAKING NEWS: Queensland borders will close to NSW and the ACT from 1am this Saturday, August 8.
HVIA is continuing to work closely with Government to ensure more certainty and clarity exists.
We will bring you more information as it comes to hand.
We know this has been an incredibly stressful time and HVIA and our members around the country continue to hold their Victorian colleagues in our thoughts.
HVIA Chief Executive
PM announces $1,500 disaster recovery payment
The Prime Minister has announced a disaster recovery payment from Services Australia applicable for people who have to isolate for a period of 14 days through no fault of their own, regardless of what job they’re in or employment they’re in.
For those who have no more sick leave available to them, they will be eligible for a $1,500 payment for the fortnight.
The payment will be made in the same way that Disaster Recovery Payments are made.
For those who need to self-isolate as a result of an instruction by a public health officer, there is no economic reason for you to go to work.
Full information is available on the Services Australia website.
Business Support Fund
For those businesses that suffer significant losses or need to close as a result of the current restrictions, the Victorian Government will provide support through an expanded Business Support Fund.
Businesses in regional Victoria can apply for a $5,000 grant while those in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire can apply for up to $10,000 in recognition of spending longer under restrictions.
COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment
There is information about the $300 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment for workers who need to self-isolate after receiving a COVID-19 test here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/financial-support-coronavirus-covid-19
There is also information about the one-off $1500 payment for any worker that tests positive to COVID-19 here, it is called the Worker Support Payment: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/financial-support-coronavirus-covid-19
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