Covid-19

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Clubs to close 

The Prime Minister has tonight announced that clubs, pubs, casinos, restaurants and cafes (except takeaway), cinemas and churches are to close from midday , Monday 23 March.
  
This extreme measure has been in response to the behaviour of young Australians and their disregard of social distancing instructions. It is not our fault. The Prime Minister and National Cabinet had no confidence’ that people could do the right thing in venues.
  
We know this is a huge blow and a big shock.
  
We know you will be devastated and your staff reeling. 
  
Clubs Queensland is working to prepare information to support you as quickly as we can and will get this to you as soon as we can.
  
We are here for you and doing the best we can to help you at this time.

Members are encouraged to monitor the daily updates on the Australian Government's Department of Health website which provides the latest medical advice and official reports - click here 

Workplace Relations

Clubs Queensland has prepared a comprehensive fact sheet to assist clubs navigate  Workplace Relations issues regarding Covid-19.

Please click here to access fact sheet.

If clubs have specific questions that are not covered in the fact sheet they are encouraged to contact to Workplace Relations and Compliance team on p: 07 3252 0770.
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Prevention

Everyone should practise good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or tissues, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces - ensure an appropriate cleaner is used in regularly wiping down surfaces throughout venues (including door handles, tables and chairs, handrails, ATM’s and gaming machines etc.). Consider signage advising customers of the cleaning routine and frequency to allay concerns and misperceptions.
  • Qld Health advise “Face masks are not recommended for the general population”
Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

OLGR Advices

Urgent information for gaming licensees concerning Electronic Gaming Machines

With licensed venues closing at midday today (Monday 23 March 2020) gaming licensees should NOT turn off electronic gaming machines via the internal switch, or at the wall.

These gaming machines must stay on and your Licensed Monitoring Operator (LMO) will disable your machines as soon as practical after midday today.

We suggest you conduct a cash clearance today and adopt your normal end of month data entry and regulatory report creation. Please also ensure all gaming machine play ceases as necessary prior to closure.

If you have any further questions, please contact your LMO direct.

Clubs AGM's - Incorporated Associations

The Associations Incorporation Act 1981 requires an association’s AGM to be held within 6 months of the end of their financial year. There is an existing provision in the Act (S121) which allows the Chief Executive to grant an extension of time to an association to hold its AGM.
 
Normal practice is that an individual association is required to lodge an application outlining the special circumstances as to why the extension of time should be granted. However in the current circumstances, the Chief Executive will allow associations a grace period of a further 6 months if required to hold its AGM without the need for an association to make a written application.
 
In effect, this may result in the term of a management committee being longer than is provided for in the rules, but given the current circumstances it is hoped members will be accepting of this.  
 
Of course, Associations are encouraged to consider whether there are alternative options for holding the AGM remotely by using technology. 
 
It is important that associations continue to engage with members and keep them informed of changing events. 

Queensland Government Assistance

Payroll Tax deferral has been offered to all companies effected by C-19 across the State. This is a deferral scheme, so companies would need to establish a repayment plan for any deferred taxes after the initial 6 month period. More details can be found by clicking here 

The Treasurer announced today that the State has formed a $500Million fund that will provide low interest loans to C-19 effected businesses. These loans are to be interest free for the first 12 months and are capped at $250,000 aimed at enabling cash flow for small businesses. Companies can get more details at the Qld Rural and Industry Development Authority and register for more information by clicking here 

Federal Government Assistance

Help to stay afloat
 
What help can you get?
  • If you’re a sole trader and do not employ any staff you are eligible for an increased instant asset write-off and accelerated deduction arrangements.
  • Asset write-off: The instant asset write-off threshold has increased from $30,000 to $150,000. This includes businesses with an annual turnover of less than $500 million until June 30, 2020.
  • Increasing investment: A 15-month investment incentive by accelerating depreciation deductions. This applies to assets obtained from March 12 and first used or installed by June 30, 2021.
For all small businesses: 
  • Boosting cashflow: Up to $25,000 provides to small and medium-sized businesses (only if you employ someone which could yourself) with a minimum payment of $2000 for eligible businesses.
  • Supporting apprentices/trainees: If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from January 1 this year through to September 30. Applicants can register for this from April 2020.
  • Tax payments: These can be deferred, contact the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Business loans: An assistance package of more than $100 billion will be provided. Australian banks will defer loan repayments. Packages include the pausing of loan repayments and interest charges for six months.
How can I get assistance from my bank? 
Any small business that has not been contacted should call their bank to apply for assistance. Be patient as there could be an influx of people seeking help.

What happens at the end of the deferral period of repayments and interest charges?
Businesses will not be required to pay the deferred interest in a lump sum. Either the term of the loan will be extended or the level of loan repayments will be increased. You can also extend your loan period.

How can small businesses keep their costs down?
Look at costs including staffing levels, electricity bills and rent charges and see if any reductions can be given. Speak to people including your landlord, energy provider and accountant.

For more information visit business.gov.au.

Insurance considerations

We have consulted with a range of industry insurance brokers who have advised that, generally speaking, a downturn or stoppage of trade as a result of a global pandemic such as the coronavirus would not enliven an insurance claim for disruption of trade.

Members are however encouraged to make their own enquiries of their insurance broker should the circumstances arise as individual policies may vary.

Clubs assessing their financial position

If Clubs are concerned regarding their current financial position during this period, please take advantage of the following offer by our associate partner, Kestrel Solutions.

Kestrel Solutions have developed a rapid assessment process for Clubs concerned about their financial position. The documents Kestrel Solutions require, together with a diagnostic questionnaire can be found below.  On receiving the questionnaire & documents, Kestrel Solutions will provide a quick report & recommendations for next steps the Club should take.  
 
Kestrel Solutions will provide this review for $600 plus GST.  If the Club then engages Kestrel Solutions for further work, they will give a credit for that amount against the future work.

If your Club is interested, please contact Kestrel Solutions on 3232 5250 or at info@kestrelsolutions.com.au.   

Click here to access a short video by Kestrel Solutions about planning for uncertain times.

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Latest Industry update

Special Alert - Job Seeker Allowance and Coronavirus Supplement -  click here

Previous Industry update

Coronavirus – Industry Update 11 - Staff communication and options on closure - click here
Coronavirus – Industry Update 10 - Federal Government Economic Support Package - click here
Coronavirus – Industry Update 9 - Assistance to stay afloat - click here
Coronavirus – Industry Update 8 - Time Restrictions on People in Venues - click here
OLGR Advice 20 March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus – Industry Update 7 - Families sitting together and social distancing - click here
Coronavirus - Industry Update 6 - New social distance requirements for immediate implementation - click here
Coronavirus - Industry Update 5 – Venue Capacity and Social Distancing - click here
Advocacy in action - Coronavirus - March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus - Industry Update 4 - March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus in the workplace - March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus - Industry Update 3 - March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus in the workplace update - March 2020 - click here 
Coronavirus - Industry Update 2 - March 2020 - click here
Coronavirus in the workplace - February 2020 - click here
Coronavirus – Industry Update 1 - February 2020 - click here

Media release

Media release - Palaszczuk Government unveils $4 billion package - click here
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