COVID 19 BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is significantly impacting local businesses and this impact will be felt for the days, weeks, months and potentially years ahead.

The District Council of Streaky Bay is committed to supporting our businesses through this challenging time.

Navigating and accessing the most up to date information and resources can be challenging and we have developed this webpage in attempt to provide all the information that is currently available.

For further information relating to COVID-19 please refer to the COVID-19 webpage

SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S ROAD MAP TO RECOVERY

South Australia has released it's 3 Stage Recovery Plan to a safe environment and economy

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS ON NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES

To keep up to date with the changes please visit the South Australian Governments business restrictions and closures information page

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA WHYALLA EYRE PENINSULA

RDAWEP has gathered tips and resources to help you manage your small business or organisation during the coronavirus crisis and into the receovery phase. Much of this information is categorised below hower  Click here for further information.

In addtion to this RDAWEP would like to hear your story on the impact of coronavirus on the Eyre Peninsula businesses and communities.

Please take the time to complete the short survey by clicking here

STATE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

The State Government Business Support can be found on their dedicated Financial Support and Grants for Businesses page

For information regarding Declaration and Restrictions for businesses and citizens in South Australia visit the web page

For all information relating to COVID19 in South Australia visit their dedicated site by clicking here

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

For the latest support please visit the Federal Government Corona Virus Information and Support for Business web page

For the latest Corona Virus News, updates and advice from government agencies visit the Australian Governments dedicated Coronavirus (COVID19) web page

For details on the Federal Governments economic response to Coronavirus visit the dedicated Federal Government Treasury web page

TOURISM OPERATOR SUPPORT

For the latest support please visit the South Australian Tourism Commissions COVID19 Essential Information for Industry

SAFEWORK AUSTRALIA - Workplace COVID Safe Environments

Safework Australia offers guidelines and information for employers across 23 industries and a COVID19 resource kit for businesses to download

FINANCES

Contact your bank, landlord, utility companies and Council to ask about what hardship services they may be offering, including mortgage or rates holidays, lower interest or payment plans.

All businesses are encouraged to contact their accountants and/or seek advice from the ATO in regard to what package would best suit them.

The National Debt Helpline is available for free financial counselling, enquiries and assistance.

GENERAL BUSINESS SUPPORT

Business SA - Helpline for Small Businesses

Looking for answers? Please ring the Business SA Hotline on 13 28 46, the hotline has been expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Operations at the Contact Centre have increased from five days per week to seven days per week and provide an additional two hours a day of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7am - 11pm AEST. You can talk over the phone, live chat or email.

Business SA in addition to this are running a number workshops via webinars that provide businesses with practical information during this time Business SA Covid 19 Support

Small Business Commissioner of South Australia

The SBCSA is currently providing a range of advice services, tennants and landlords are encouraged to refer to the retail and commercial leasing guide or call 1800 072 722 with any queries.

Help from the ATO

The ATO will provide administrative relief for certain tax obligations (similar to relief provided following the bushfires) for taxpayers affected by the coronavirus outbreak, on a case-by-case basis.

Contact the ATO on 1800 806 218 or visit ato.gov.au for more information.
What are my employer obligations?

As an employer, you have certain obligations to look after your employees under work, health and safety legislation (WHS). You must identify hazards and risks in the workplace and do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate and/or minimise them.

COVID-19 is considered a workplace risk and you must put in place minimisation strategies.

Your employees also have a duty of care and must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and to not adversely affect the health and safety of other. Workers should always practice hygiene and other measures to protect against infections.

For advice on managing COVID-19 risks and work health and safety, visit SafeWork SA. Business SA COVID-19 Employer Guide
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I Need Advice On Managing Employee Leave

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides specific information about what to do if an employee is sick or needs to be excluded from work.  It also provides guidance on whether employee leave should be considered as sick leave, carer's leave or annual leave, as well as advising on the process for requesting employees to take leave.

In this unprecedented working environment, Fair Work Australia is encouraging employees and employers to collaborate on finding suitable working solutions for individual workplaces and staff.

Visit Fair Work Australia's website to ensure you stay up to date with the facts around COVID-19 and Australian workplace laws.

How Can I Prepare My Business If I Get Sick?

It's important to be prepared in case you cannot be there to run your business. Having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) ahead of time is a good way to ensure that your business can remain operating or viable should a disaster strike. 

Guidance to complete a BCP can also be found at Here

Other practical ways to prepare for a shutdown or isolation period:

  • use cloud-based storage for your business records to enable you to access key data and documents from any location with an internet connection
  • Maintain a list of your key contacts and handover notes prepared and easily accessible in the event that someone needs to run your business on your behalf
  • Have a staffing plan to ensure your employees are trained with the skills and knowledge to undertake necessary activities
  • Ensure that you have arrangements for relief or casual/temporary staff you can call on at short notice if your regular staff are unable to work

TRAINING, WEBINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Business SA a running over 80 webinars and workshops around Coronavirus Business Support visit their Events and Webinars Page

The Small Business Commissioner of South Australia is frequently running events and lists of resources

South Australian Tourism Commission are running a number of specialist programs and these are updated regularly

Tourism Industry Council of South Australia frequently update their available webinars and training for industry

Tourism Australia Webinars: Tourism Australia are running regular seminars with different speakers to help you navigate through this crisis

The SA Government Department of Innovation of Skills is also running a number of FREE Webinars click here

Australian Taxation Office - Supporting Your Small Business Webinars, Workshops and Learning Resources

PERSONAL SUPPORT

During this difficult time, you can contact employee related wellbeing services if available at your workplace or helpline services such as:

Lifeline 131144
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
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Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Rural and Remote Mental Health Service 13 14 65

For over 10 years now, Rural and Remote Mental Health has been delivering early intervention and prevention based mental health programs Australia-wide.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

We provide free counselling for suicide prevention & mental health via telephone, online & video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts, 24/7

Mensline 1300 789 978

Mensline Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns. We're here to help anywhere, anytime.

Regional Access 1300 032 186

Regional Access offers free professional telephone and online counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people 15 years and older living or working in regional South Australia.

Older Persons Advocacy Networks 1800 171 866

If you are feeling isolated, distressed, confused or want to know how COVID-19 affects you. Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6pm (AEST), excluding public holidays.