As advised by the Victorian Premier on 22 November, from 30 November, a phased approach for workers heading back to the office will begin. Up to 25 per cent of workers will be able to attend onsite. Importantly, unless you’re one of those people nominated by your employer – you need to keep working from home. The Victorian Public Service will remain under the setting “if you can work from home, you must work from home” to create space and capacity for the private sector.
A reminder that the Victorian Government requires that a COVIDSafe Plan must be in place and other health advice directions adhered to.
The Victorian Government have announced a $20 million Small Business Digital Adaption Program which is now open to help small businesses, sole traders and micro businesses build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. Members and clients can also access the Upskill My Business program for free online courses, live and on-demand events and a range of business resources to help prepare for a strong recovery.
In respect of other support, the Victorian Government’s Sole Trader Support Fund has been extended to 30 December 2020 to assist more sole trader businesses in specific industries operating from a commercial premises with their transition to COVID Normal. Grants of $3,000 are available to help with overhead costs.
Also, one-off grants are still available to support eligible small and medium sized businesses in specific sectors impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. The available grants are $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 depending on the business’s annual payroll. Full details on eligibility and how to apply are set out on the third round of the Victorian Government’s Business Support Fund webpage.
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you during this time. This confidential program supports you and members of your family through counselling services and as a member of CA ANZ, up to three sessions are provided free of charge. Available 24 hours, seven days a week, you can call Converge International on 1300 687 327.Wellbeing Resources
Running your CA practice
CA ANZ has developed a range of resources and useful information on how to run your CA practice in a COVID environment.Practice Resources