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Business Closures in Melbourne


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.

The table 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 obligations.

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 registrations

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 and September.

Please contact us if you would like assistance in ascertaining your entitlement.

We will 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 correct person.

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.

Stronger together

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.

We are 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.

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