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COVID-19: member update #7

April 17, 2020

This week HIA has been focused on helping members understand the requirements of the new JobKeeper wage subsidy and working to ensure that home builders can benefit from this important scheme in the same way as many other businesses.

During the week additional support measures were announced by state governments including the arrangements for commercial tenancies, which may assist your own business, and for residential tenancies. Tasmania and Western Australia provided extensions of time for planning approvals to allow projects to remain viable for a longer period, while NSW has waived builder license fees and pressed pause on changes to infrastructure charges.

HIA has remained closely engaged with each state and territory government participating in the weekly, and sometimes daily, industry forums that have been established. In these forums and in their direct communication to HIA, governments have expressed their appreciation for the work HIA has been doing to support our industry’s understanding of how we can make space on site and ensure the industry remains open for business.

The support received since last week’s Member Alert is testament to the care and focus members are giving to making space on site. Since launching the HIA Safescan COVID-19 Site Induction last Thursday over 600 members have accessed the QR Code and over 600 inductions have been completed. Well done and thank you.

Once again new information has been made available on HIA’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage including factsheets on border travel restrictions and the commercial leasing code of conduct.

Lastly, we have three new guides to help you to keep making space on site.

What you need to know about JobKeeper

There are five steps to take now to ensure you receive the JobKeeper payment for April.

Step 1: Determine if your business is eligible in April or in the April quarter.

Step 2: If yes, register your interest here so you receive further details of how to apply for eligibility.

Step 3: Download the JobKeeper employee nomination notice and provide to employees to complete.

Step 4: From 20 April an eligible employer can enrol in the scheme using the ATO Business Portal and your myGovID.

Step 5: By 26 April collect the completed JobKeeper employee nomination notices from your employees. From 4 May you will need to confirm the identity of your eligible employees.

The first payments should reach businesses by 14 May and will cover the first two ‘jobkeeper fortnights’ which commenced from 30 March.

HIA has developed a series of factsheets on the JobKeeper Payment to assist members understand these requirements. The process can be complex and members requiring assistance can contact HIA’s Workplace Services team on 1300 650 620 or enquiry@hia.com.au.

Making space on site: a guide for new home buyers and renovators

Members have shared with us their concerns that customer interest in buying a new home or starting a renovation project is declining. As one way to help members explain to potential customers why they can still consider building a new home or starting a renovation project HIA has added the Making space on site: a guide for new home buyers and renovators to the series to share with your customers.

Making space on site: a guideline for small commercial construction sites

Since the first guide was released members have been asking for a guide for small commercial projects – and here it is. This guideline has some small changes to recognise the different type of building sites that can be encountered in a small commercial construction project.

Download a copy and place it on your site, along with a copy of the HIA Safescan Site Induction sign today.

Making space on site: a guideline for kitchen and bathroom renovations

We have also developed a new guideline for kitchens and bathrooms to ensure that these sites and these customers understand that builders and trade contractors can still safely carry out these types of home renovations.

Join our “Making space on site” campaign

To help you show to your customers and your supply networks that your business is taking COVID-19 safety on board, HIA’s “we are making space on site” social media campaign provides you with downloadable graphics to share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Download the images today and start sharing with the hashtags #keepusgoing, #saveourindustry and #hiamember.