COVID-19 AND THE STRATA INDUSTRY

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SCA (NSW) is monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Greater Sydney and regional NSW. Our key focus is on the impact to our members, their employees and our customers.

We have been posting on our social media profiles and emailing updates as they come in. If you missed any they can all be found in the ‘Latest Updates’ section below.

To assist our members we have curated a selection of 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.

LATEST UPDATES

30/07/2021

FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON THE LATEST HEALTH ORDERS

NON-LOCKED DOWN LGAs – effective from Saturday 31 July 2021

▶️ Developers and builders can recommence work on construction sites across Sydney
▶️ Low-risk construction sites require COVID-19 safe plans
▶️ Tradespeople, including cleaners and gardeners are allowed to resume work with the following limitations

  • in an outdoor area, no more than 5 people  can undertake work at the same time.
  • in an indoor area, no more than 2 people are permitted. However one of the household members can be present in a separate room (eg. bedroom).

LOCKED DOWN LGAs (Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River)

▶️ Only ‘authorised workers’ can leave for work.
Following significant member enquiry, we sought immediate clarification on any exemption for the large workforce within locked down LGA’s that service strata schemes across Sydney.

Despite strong representation we have confirmed that the category of “other services” within authorised workers covers only workers performing essential services, like maintenance, safety, and upkeep related to public and recreational spaces

Strata buildings are considered private spaces, which means that services, including security, BMs, cleaning etc., are not included in the “other services” category. Therefore, workers performing those services are not allowed to leave their LGA. However, workers can provide services to buildings within the LGA they live in. 

For background purposes, the category ‘other services’ has been created to allow solely for the for minimum upkeep of parks by council employees/contractors.

28/07/2021

COVID-19 WEBINAR: FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON THE LATEST HEALTH ORDERS

SCA (NSW) hosted a webinar discussing the latest restrictions and their broader impact on service providers and services to strata schemes.

Chris Duggan, President SCA (NSW), was joined by a Government official and a panel of industry experts:

  • Matthew Press, Director, Office of the Building Commissioner @ NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Stephen Brell, Vice President SCA (NSW) and Managing Director Netstrata

20/07/2021

Changes have been made to the latest Public Health Order- https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2021_2021-332.pdf

CLEANING & WASTE MANAGEMENT
The NSW government website has been updated to reflect the latest cleaning, repair and maintenance clarifications.

An excerpt of the latest advice is clear, reinforcing our consistent advice that cleaning is essential to the health and safety of the scheme.

“Waste management services and cleaning of common property of residential apartment buildings and commercial premises can continue.

Any repairs, maintenance or cleaning that can be delayed should be rearranged”

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#critical-repairs-maintenance-and-cleaning

SCA (NSW) has also had this position definitively confirmed in writing by Fair Trading following direct discussion with NSW Health.

FIRE PROTECTION & SAFETY
The term “authorised workers” has now been extended. Category 3 (Public administration and safety) now includes “fire protection and safety” as an authorised role.
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers  

COVID-19 WEBINAR: FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON THE LATEST HEALTH ORDERS

SCA (NSW) hosted a webinar discussing the latest restrictions and their broader impact on service providers and services to strata schemes.

Chris Duggan, President SCA (NSW), was joined by a Government official and a panel of industry experts:

  • Matthew Press, Director, Office of the Building Commissioner @ NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Rob Broadhead, CEO & Founder of 2020 Fire Protection
  • Frank Boross, MD & Group CEO Havencab Property Group

MEMBER COMMUNICATION – JULY 2021

The Australia Government Department of Health and NSW Health provide daily updates on their websites.

Read about the COVID-19 health alert and in particular, how to protect yourself and others.

You can also learn more about protective measures against COVID-19 from the World Health Organization.

For general health advice, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080

MASKS MANDATORY IN SHARED INDOOR AREAS OF GREATER SYDNEY APARTMENT BLOCKS FROM 13 JULY

The NSW Government has updated the face mask posters they had previously shared in light of this.

Wear a mask in common indoor areas –    Greater Sydney

Wear a mask in common areas – regional and rural NSW

Source: Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Amendment (No 4) Order 2021e Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Amendment (No 4) Order 202.  https://gazette.legislation.nsw.gov.au/so/download.w3p?id=Gazette_2021_2021-313.pdf

Please visit the NSW Government website for more information.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#face-masks

HYGIENE POSTERS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

Hygiene advice for people living in residential buildings

Cleaning surfaces at home to help stop the spread

USEFUL RESOURCES

COVID-19 COMPLETE GUIDE

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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

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 SAFETY GUIDELINES POSTER

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2020 COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

2020 COVID-19 WEBINAR SERIES

In 2020 SCA (NSW) were 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.

In 2020 SCA (NSW) were 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.