Today the Premier announced that many businesses in
Metropolitan Melbourne will need to close from Thursday for
6 weeks as part of the Stage 4 restrictions. Full details
are yet to be published but here is an extract from the
guide for business that has been issued (click
here to see this) with a list of businesses that must
close, can remain open with a Covid Safe plan or can carry
on restricted activities:
Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at
Home’ Restrictions the default is that workplaces in
metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is
part of a permitted industry. All Victorians are required to
work from home, except where this is not practicable. Sole
operators can continue to operate, if they do not have
contact with the public, or with people other than those
persons living in their primary household.
outlines examples of workplaces that are closed for on-site
work, open for on-site work with a COVID Safe Plan, and
where there are restricted operations or industry specific
Many businesses have already moved
largely to remote working but this will have a devastating
impact on a huge number of businesses in Melbourne.
The Victorian Government has also announced further grants
through the expanded Business Support Fund of up to $10,000
and we will provide further details as they come to hand.
JobKeeper is still open for new
Although Jobkeeper 2.0 is just around the corner, there
are some clients who may not have previously qualified who
will now be able to register for Jobkeeper 1.0. If you
expect to suffer a downturn in revenue during August or the
September quarter compared to the same period in 2019, and
the downturn is greater than the threshold (30% for business
and 15% for NFP), you may be eligible for JobKeeper for
August and September.
You should also be aware that
businesses who may have qualified in a previous quarter but
did not register for JobKeeper can still register for August
Please contact us if you would like
assistance in ascertaining your entitlement.
be announcing shortly a webinar series in relation to
JobKeeper 2.0 and other government financial assistance.
Saward Dawson - open for business
even though the office will be closed
Although we are still working through the practicalities,
our office will close from Wednesday evening. However, we
remain open for business and will endeavour to function as
normally as possible. Our team remains focused on serving
you, our clients, and helping you in whatever way we can
through this difficult time.
From a practical point
of view we will still be answering telephones but
encouraging clients to contact our team using direct dial
numbers that are shown on email signatures. We will still be
clearing mail but encourage communication electronically
where possible. If there are bulky or important documents
that need to be hand delivered, please contact the office
and we will arrange for their collection and delivery to the
We have been very proud of the
resilience and creativity of the Saward Dawson team who have
adopted remote working tremendously well. We have needed to
approach our work in different ways and have been
appreciative of the support and assistance our clients have
given in the shift to electronic working. We will continue
to refine and adapt our processes as we settle in for a
longer period of remote working.
We have also observed amongst our clients great
flexibility, determination and a positive attitude during
these difficult times. Every business owner and manager has
carried a great load during this period as they not only
shoulder the responsibility for the welfare of their
families, but also care for their employees. There have been
many difficult decisions that have been made and there will
be many more to come. We want to applaud those people who
carry such great responsibility at this time.
here to support you personally and your business during
these challenging times. In our experience, a simple phone
call or email of encouragement to someone you know who is
having to make tough decisions would be a great
encouragement to them. So we encourage you to reach out and
encourage someone you know.
None of us should feel
alone at this time and the Saward Dawson team is ready to
assist clients with advice and financial modelling. Having
accurate and reliable information or models is especially
important in order to make informed decisions at this time.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can be
of assistance in any way. We are all in this together and
are stronger together.