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COVID-19: Victoria extends State of Emergency to 11 May

April 13, 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the current State of Emergency will now extend until midnight 11 May 2020.

This means that the restrictions on movement already in place will continue to apply during this time - this announcement essentially means no additional restrictions are being placed on the operation of our industry.

Members should continue to implement HIA’s Making space on site guidelines for new home sites and renovation and repair projects to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 and share with your staff, your contractors and your supply networks.

HIA Making Space on Sites: two new tools now available

1. Site Induction

HIA has released a Site Induction tool using the HIA Safescan QR code to provide builders and trades with a contactless way to manage site inductions.

2. HIA’s Homeowners Guide

HIA has also released the HIA Making Space on Site Homeowners Guide. This Guide has been prepared to help builders and trade contractors explain to your customers that building work can still proceed and to show that you are taking the steps needed to prevent COVID-19.

Job Keeper Update

The Job Keeper package will provide assistance for many businesses but it is clear it will not work for every businesses. HIA been in constant contact with the Government about how our industry will be able to qualify for the scheme and we are developing information to assist members provide the evidence necessary to meet the requirements.

The scheme is available for all businesses including sole-traders and partners in a partnership.

For those members that know you will be eligible now for the scheme, HIA encourages you to register. For those businesses that believe you will become eligible for the scheme in the next six months, we also recommend you register.

HIA has updated the information online for members based on the legislation passed last week and we will continue to gather more details and share this as it comes to hand.

For further information on Job Keeper Wages Subsidy contact a HIA Workplace Services Adviser on 1300 650 620.