Coronavirus – COVID-19

The impact of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for our industry.

We will continue to keep our Members informed as this situation develops.

If you have any feedback or queries please call the office on 03 6240 4854 or email ccftas@ccftas.com.au

Keep up to date with Public Health Services advice on controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including any restrictions on normal business activities

https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/

Civil Construction - An Essential Service

We continue to lobby on your behalf with the  Premier’s and Prime Minister’s offices to ensure we can keep our members informed.

The message from the government is clear! In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we all need to do everything we can to reduce the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 on sites and keep the community safe.

Many business have already implemented safety procedures, and we have sent in recent communication to our Members a checklist for your use as a guide for managing workplace hygiene and social distancing on work sites.

We urge you to use this information on site to help with site safety and stop the possible spread of COVID-19 on all Civil Construction sites. It is also important that as the information from government changes that we adjust our work places accordingly. We will continue to keep our members informed.

Click here for our site checklist on how you can assist on your worksites.

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COVID 19 - Finlease Assistance - useful links for banks and finance companies

The majority of Australian Banks and Finance Companies are offering relief packages to support SME businesses through these very difficult times. at the Below link is a quick summary as at 25/3/2020.

Our Associate Member Dale Archer of Finlease  would be pleased to assist in any way we can during this time, so please feel free to contact him.

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Economic Relief and Packages information

Governments of all levels have issued relief and economic packages and measures, designed to support the economy and businesses, in particular small business.

We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with the options available to you and your business – whether it be cash flow boosts for employers, wage subsidies for apprentices, instant asset write-offs, tax relief, interest free loans and payroll tax deferrals, or waiving of council fees and charges. There is lots of relief already available.

While the government has announced measures that will assist businesses with the impact of COVID-19, we’re urging them to do even more. It’s a crucial time for them to consider both stimulus and relief measures that will assist businesses and stimulate demand and confidence in both the short and long-term.

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Insurance Assistance during COVID-19

CCF have Insurance Brokers who are Associate Members and are available to assist you with your business requirements during COVID-19.
For further information from our Insurance Associate Members, please contact the CCF Tasmania office for their direct details here in Hobart for a personal discussion.

Industry Training and Events

There’ll be some necessary adjustments to our scheduled training and events and we will keep Members updated through our Member Alerts.

Traffic Management courses are currently on hold until we can make the necessary arrangements for these course to be conducted in an environment subject to the social distancing laws currently in place.

FAQ's

What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

How is coronavirus spread?

COVID-19 spreads from person to person in a similar way to the flu:

  • from close contact with an infected person
  • from touching objects or surfaces contaminated by the sneeze or cough of an infected person and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Symptoms similar to the flu, include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath.

Most people who are infected experience mild to moderate symptoms from which they fully recover. However, some people may develop more serious illness with pneumonia and other complications. People at risk of more serious symptoms include the elderly, children, pregnant women, or those with immune system, cardiac or respiratory conditions.

What measures can I take to protect myself and those around me from the virus?

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and warm water.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places with known outbreaks of COVID-19.

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If I have a cold or feel ill, can I still come to work?

If you are showing signs of illness, do not attend the workplace. Let your manager know you are unwell by phone or email.

What do we need to ask people who visit our office?

We suggest you install signage in your reception area, in meeting rooms and training rooms advising visitors what they should do if they have flu-like symptoms or if they have travelled overseas.

When greeting visitors to the office and if you feel they may be sick, it is appropriate to politely ask them to refer to the signage and advise you whether they have returned from one of the following countries within the last 14 days; China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Iran or Italy.  If they have, suggest that the meeting be postponed or rescheduled as a teleconference or videoconference.

If someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has visited your office?

If you receive confirmation that any staff member or visitor to the office has a confirmed case of COVID-19 you will be required to follow the procedure outlined by the Health Department. This will require:

  • The impacted individual to be isolated for 14 days
  • Anyone that has been in close contact with the individual to also be isolated for 14 days.
  • If this occurs, you will need to communicate with impacted staff  visitors.

This may require the office, or a large part of our office, to be temporarily closed. Please ensure you are making plans for this ahead of time.

If quarantined, what type of leave am I required to take?

Employees who are subject to compulsory self-isolation (as outlined by the Health Department) are deemed ‘unfit for work’ and therefore will be entitled to take paid personal leave, or for those who have exhausted their personal leave accruals, unpaid personal leave.  If in doubt, or if you are concerned about your personal leave accruals.

Also important to note that if an employee has to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home from overseas and they do not have any sign or symptoms and they are not unwell then they cannot use their sick leave.

Workplace Issues

How can I prioritise the risks associated with COVID-19?

As with any risk associated to your business, it is important to identify, assess, control and review the likelihood and potential consequences of risks that COVID-19 may present to your business, including (but not limited to):

Physical and psychological health and well-being of internal and external stakeholders

  • Hygiene, amenities and cleaning (including sanitisation and decontamination)
  • Psychological impacts (mental  health,  personal  finances,  isolation,  high  work demands etc)
  • Panic/ hysteria/ being overwhelmed
  • Infected persons or contact with infected persons
  • Modes of contamination (such as water dispensers, taps, handles, small confined meeting rooms etc)

Financial risks

  • Limitations on trades/ imports and exports
  • Limitations on supplies
  • Loss of income/ revenue due to ceased works or activities
  • Additional costs to allow remote works
  • Payment of wages
  • Impact to contracts
  • Price increases

Business Continuity

  • Remote working capabilities
  • Staff with children (if schools or day care centres are closed)

Compliance

  • Mandatory self-isolation
  • Testing
  • Up-to-date information from regulatory and governing authorities

 

You can contact the TCCI Hotline on  1300 559 112 regarding both your work health and safety obligations, and your employment responsibilities.

General Information and Additional Resources

The Federal Government continued to release stimulus packages which you can acccess via the Federal Government sites .  CCF will continue to engage with the Tasmanian Government about local initiatives to ensure that our members, the civil construction industry and small and family businesses in particular are supported during these times.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Speak with your creditors and discuss extended payment terms
  • Regularly review your debtors and request prompt payment
  • Contact your bank to see what support they may be able to provide
  • Discuss the possibility of ATO arrangements with your accountant, such as a payment plan.

It is really important that everyone in the Tasmanian community to support one another.  If you are experiencing difficulties when engaging with customers, subcontractors or suppliers, please let us know. We will do our best to advocate your behalf where possible.

By keeping us updated on issues that are impacting your business, this makes it helpful for us to see how many members maybe experiencing similar issues and this will assist greatly on advocating on your behalf.

Whilst CCF is unable to provide you with financial advice, we can try and direct you to the appropriate people, so please get in touch with us if you have concerns.

We encourage all members to keep CCF informed of any difficulties that you are experiencing, so that we are able to provide all members with relevant and up to date information.

Additional Resources

Additional information can be found from the following sources:

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au – For up-to-date from the Tasmanian Government

Department of Health – for the latest information and advice about Coronavirus
Fair Work Ombudsman – for information about workplace entitlements and obligations
Safe Work Australia – for information and referrals about dealing with Coronavirus in the workplace
World Health Organisation – for information and guidance about the outbreak of Coronavirus
OzHelp – for specialised mental health advice and assistance