COVID – 19 Information for SCA (NSW) Members

SCA (NSW) is concerned about the growing impact that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is having in NSW and we have been constantly monitoring the evolving situation. Our key focus is on the impact to our members, their employees and our customers.

To assist our members we have curated a selection of key information and resources that we continue to update as further information comes to hand.

We hope the information provided here can be used as a reference for members as a preliminary source tool.

In response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, SCA (NSW) are holding exclusive, and free webinars with panels of experts to discuss Coronavirus in further detail and address any concerns.

Please note that some information in the webinar may have been superseded by recent government announcements but there is still a lot that is useful in helping you make informed decisions and implement practical steps straight away.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • tbc

Recorded Webinars:

The recorded webinars can be accessed via the following page.

RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY

SCA (NSW) has published this guidance to help managing agents prepare their business, workforce, workplaces, and sites for a safe and successful return to work, as the lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the state.

This document has been produced in collaboration and consultation with strata industry experts, both nationally and internationally. We intend to provide owners and managers with a practical guide to creating safe workspaces and practices to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the risk of new outbreaks. Click here to download

 

COVID-19 Complete Guide for Strata Managers, Owners & Suppliers

Click here to download the print version 

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Please also visit ‘Strata and community schemes COVID-19 guidance’ on the NSW Fair Trading website.

https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-strata-guidelines

 

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines Poster

Click here to download the web version

Click here to download the print version

 

Financial Information

The NSW government has unveiled a $440 million rent relief package for commercial and residential tenants and landlords significantly affected by the coronavirus. Click here for more info.

On 07 April 2020, a mandatory commercial tenancies code was announced to be legislated and regulated in each State and Territory to guide landlord and tenant negotiations during the Covid-19 crisis. Click here for more info

As many of us own, operate or work within a small/medium business setting, the new JobKeeper payment announcement has brought some confidence back into a stalling economy. The Federal Government has announced a new $130bn support package with a new JobKeeper payment – a wage subsidy to keep Australians in work. Find out more.

The Federal Government’s second business stimulus package worth $66 billion, meaning a total of $189 billion is being injected into the economy by various arms of the federal government. Find out more.

The Federal Government has announced a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package outlining several measures in support of Australian businesses. Find out more.

Kelly+Partners – COVID-19 Health Crisis 5-Point Action Checklist for Strata – click here 

For further advise on the Coronavirus Stimulus Measures please click here 

Legislation 

As of 12am Tuesday 31st March. Find out more.

Health Information 

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is the name given to a family of viruses. These viruses can cause a variety of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The most recent outbreak has been recognised as a new type of virus within the coronavirus family. The new strain is being labelled the “novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

Health authorities and experts are still learning about the virus, including the incubation period, how it transmits and its impacts.

There is evidence of human-to-human transmission.

Like other coronaviruses, the novel coronavirus may cause respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia. Symptoms associated with the virus may include:

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms, eg sore throats, sneezing and coughing
  • Difficulty breathing.

The virus is diagnosed through medical tests and chest x-rays. Persons who have the virus are being treated in isolation to prevent the spread of the virus.

The origins of this virus have been traced to Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. However, there have now been several confirmed cases outside of China, including in Australia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

World Health and Government Resources

World Health Organisation – Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Find the latest information from WHO on where COVID-19 is spreading:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

Advice and guidance from WHO on COVID-19

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=359a81e7_6

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.epi-win.com/

Australian Government – Department of Health resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, travel restrictions and resources and fact sheets for travellers, businesses, and others.

NEW (8/03/2020): Recommendations by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with regards to public events.

Health

COVID- Infection Control Training 

NSW Health Department: NSW Health Information

NSW Health fact sheet: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

Beyond Blue’s new COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service

Meeting and Event Specific Resources 

World Health Organisation – Key planning recommendations for mass gathering in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

PCMA – Global Association of Business Events Leaders information page and resources.

US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – Interim Guidance – Get your Mass Gatherings of Large Community Events ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Workplace and Business Continuity Resources

Australian Government – Department of Health – Information for Employers

Safework Australia – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for PCBU’s (persons conducting a business or undertaking)

McKinsey & Company – COVID-19 Implications for Business

Associations Now – Article – How to Keep your Association Running if Coronavirus Worsens

Harvard Business Review – Article – Lead your Business through the Coronavirus Crisis

Now is the time to prepare for COVID-19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big difference. Action now will help protect your employees, your business and our community

COVID-19 info in different languages

SBS – Coronavirus information in your language