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COVID-19: member update #13

July 24, 2020

Managing COVID-19 On Site

Members should continue to focus on taking steps to work safely and ensure that people entering your building sites are well, have not been in contact with someone who is or may be unwell, and that while on-site, everyone takes the necessary steps to limit the risk of COVID-19.

The industry’s COVID safety efforts have been outstanding giving governments confidence to allow home building work to continue.

HIA is continuing to develop products and resources to help members maintain COVID safe work places.

New: Site Manager QR Code

Site Manager for COVID-19 is a new digital tool HIA has developed to help businesses manage the site sign-in procedures.

Site Manager is a contactless QR code solution that:

  • allows builders and trade contractors to easily create and keep records of who has visited a site and when; and
  • provides builders and trade contractors with the assurance they need to meet the COVID-19 record keeping obligations.

Find out more about HIA’s Site Manager for COVID-19.

Updated: HIA Making Space on Site Guidelines

HIA has updated four of the HIA Making Space on Site Guidelines this week to reflect changes arising from the Victorian response to increased numbers of people with COVID-19.

Members using the original versions of these guidelines are able to continue using them, but you may prefer to print off these updated versions of the site signs.

Download a free copy of the Guideline that suits your business today.

Changes to JobKeeper and Apprentice Wage Subsidies 

The Government has announced an extension to both the JobKeeper and the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees (SAT) wage subsidies.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees (SAT) wage subsidy is available for apprentices and trainees employed by small businesses (including through Group Training Organisations).

The subsidy provides up to 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainee’s wage up to a maximum of $7,000 per apprentice/trainee per quarter.

Following this week’s announcement, the SAT payment will run until March 2021. The payment will also be extended to cover apprentices employed in medium size businesses from 1 July 2020.

Find out more.

JobKeeper 1.0

If you are currently receiving JobKeeper the changes announced this week will not affect your current payments.

Between now and the end of September eligible employers and employees will still receive $1,500 per fortnight.

If you are not currently receiving JobKeeper but experience a decline in turnover of greater than 30 percent (in a month or over a quarter compared with last year), and have eligible employee/s, you can still apply for the wage subsidy between now and September and begin receiving $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee.

Read more about JobKeeper 1.0 that runs until the end of September.

JobKeeper 2.0

This week's announcement extends JobKeeper until March 2021. However, after September the amount of the JobKeeper payment and the turnover reduction test will change.

From 28 September the current JobKeeper rate of $1,500 will drop to $1,200 per fortnight and then to $1,000 per fortnight from 4 January 2021 until 28 March. Those who were working less than 20 hours a week on average for the 4 week period before 1 March 2020 will receive $750 per fortnight from September. This will decrease to $650 a fortnight from January 2021.

New Eligibility Requirements

  • 28 September 2020 to 3 January 2021: To be eligible you will have to demonstrate a 30 percent decline in turnover for both the June and September 2020 quarters compared to the same quarters in 2019.
  • 4 January 2021 to 28 March 2021: To be eligible you will have to demonstrate a 30 percent decline in turnover in each of the June, September and December quarters compared to the same quarters in 2019.

Read more about JobKeeper 2.0 that will apply from 28 September.

HomeBuilder Update

HIA is continuing to work closely with those states and territories yet to finalise their HomeBuilder arrangements. Since our last update Western Australia, South Australia and the ACT have released details and application forms, joining Tasmania.

HIA understands the remaining states are close to finalising the processes and we will keep members updated as this progresses.