Please see below for the latest updates from the HRIA with regards to coronavirus COVID-19 relating to the equipment and event hire industry.

Federal Government

The link below is regularly updated to give you the latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from government agencies across Australia.

CLICK HERE

Australian Government Treasury Economic Response to COVID-19 can be found below

CLICK HERE

Coronavirus Australia App

Stay informed. Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

Federal Government’s Business Hotline13 28 46, has been expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now operating from 7:00am to 11:00pm AEST

Prime Minister Statements

All Media Releases and Press Conference Transcripts can be found on the Prime Minister of Australia’s website

CLICK HERE

Australian Coronavirus Statistics

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website

CLICK HERE

State Government Information and Advice

Each State and Territory Government  have provided information and advice on COVID-19.

NSW

VIC

QLD

ACT

SA

WA

TAS

NT

State Government Stimulus

State Governments across Australia have announced economic support packages for individuals and business. Please see below

NSW

VIC

QLD

ACT

SA

WA

TAS

NT

Australian Tax Office (ATO)

The ATO has consolidated all the information they have announced to the COVID-19 page on their website

CLICK HERE

Fair Work Australia

Fair Work Australia have created a page outlining Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

CLICK HERE

Australian Banking Association

What you need to know about COVID-19 small business relief?

CLICK HERE

Banks Announce Small Business Relief Package

CLICK HERE

Legal Advice

Our legal partner MST Lawyers have put together a COVID-19 employment guide which is available to HRIA Members on the HRNET page of the HRIA website.

In addition as things are changing rapidly MST Lawyers are regular posting articles on their news page regaining COVID-19 covering topics such as Emergency Leasing Laws and how the pandemic may impact contacting and business. We recommend you visit the news page on MST Lawyers website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Business Advisory and Accounting Advice

HRIA business advisory partners HLB Mann Judd have provided a number of tools which they have made available to HRIA, EWPA and TSHA members.

COVID-19 Advisory

This page contains a collection of timely and relevant content related to COVID-19 and how it may impact businesses, individuals and organisations. It addresses the following topics:

  • Federal & State Tax Updates
  • Insights for Businesses & Individuals
  • Industry Insights
  • Global Insights

CLICK HERE

We would suggest members visit this page regularly for the most up to date information.

HLB Mann Judd have put together a simple factsheet to help you understand the key stimulus measures and what actions businesses should consider and implement now.

Read the factsheet

They have also gathered a panel of experts to talk through the impact and actions of the federal and state government stimulus packages and what you need to be doing.

View the video

Mental Health Advice Support

Beyond Blue

MATES In Construction

Lifeline

World Health Organisation

CLICK HERE

Adults coping-with-stress poster

Children coping-with-stress-print poster

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and expected disruption increases, we remain committed to supporting our members during this time of uncertainty.

The National Office continues to closely monitor all relevant information from government and public health departments. Following government advice regarding lockdown and social distancing, we will be working remotely from Monday 30 March.

The management team are meeting twice daily to discuss new and developing news items, plan appropriate responses and action appropriate association activities to support our members. Members will be well informed regarding the associations’ activities via association and news websites, social media channels, newsletters, and direct email campaigns.

Prior to the National Office making the decision to work remotely, we undertook full end-to-end testing of our business continuity systems to allow for such an event.

As long as courier services remain operational and further lockdown policies allow, stationery will still be processed, however there will be delays in processing.

The National Office will continue to do everything we can to ensure the continuity of our operations so that we can in turn offer the best possible service to our members.

As always, should you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us as required.

Hotline IT have put together the below with regards to COVID-19 scams in order to help members.

Sadly, COVID-19 is not the only virus we have to be aware of right now. Unprecedented times like these are a petri dish of perfect conditions for criminals. While we are scrambling to implement new working from home arrangements and business continuity plans, criminals have already jumped in to action.

We have seen a number of specific scams targeting people under the cover of COVID-19 assistance. Some of these are:

  • Phishing emails, phone calls and text messages impersonating credible organisations such as World Health Organisation, Government, Medicare, Centrelink advising of coronavirus cases and asking for information.
  • Phishing emails and phone calls impersonating travel agents, and telecommunications companies offering
  • Investment scams
  • Calls and emails impersonating charities looking for payments.
  • Online shopping scams offering hard to get items such as toilet paper with free delivery
  • Stores offering to sell cures or vaccines for coronavirus
  • Emails and text messages impersonating your 2 factor authentication “detected a login. If this is NOT you, click here”. This is a particularly nasty one, as it plays on our heightened sense of security.

There will be more. So the key is to have appropriate awareness and behaviour with regards to cyber/digital security. Many of us are also working from home, where security tools are significantly weaker.

  • DO NOT click links in emails or SMS messages
  • DO NOT provide information over the phone to people that have called you and also don’t call them back on the number they give you.
  • DO get information from credible sources such as WHO, ABC.NET.AU, GOV.AU
  • DO ask a professional if you are unsure

During times like these, where there is confusion, uncertainty, fast change and often misinformation, we all need to be EXTRA vigilant. Anyone you don’t personally know that is offering you help should be treated with the utmost caution. Whether you receive phone calls, emails, SMS messages, WhatsApp requests, Zoom meeting invites or any other unexpected contact, my advice is to reject and verify. You can always ring them back!

As always, Hotline IT are available to help HRIA members that have questions, need advice or need technology assistance

For more information please visit the below website.

https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service/widespread-reports-covid-19-malicious-scams-being-sent-australians

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

Over the last fortnight, various Governments around Australia have announced a range of economic stimulus measures designed to support businesses in navigating the financial challenges of COVID-19.

With all the information out there it is hard to know what businesses should be doing.

HRIA business advisory partners HLB Mann Judd have provided a number of tools which they have made available to HRIA, EWPA and TSHA members.

They have put together a simple factsheet to help you understand the key stimulus measures and what actions businesses need to consider and implement now.

They have also gathered a panel of experts including Todd Gammel – Partner Risk & Restructuring and Simon James – Partner Corporate Advisory to talk through the impact and actions of the federal and state government stimulus packages and what you need to be doing.

Read the factsheet

View the video

HLB Mann Judd are available to support HRIA, EWPA and TSHA members, and are happy to assist you in talking through the options available and helping you apply for any of these packages.

In addition please visit the HLB Mann Judd’s COVID-19 Resource Centre for insights to help you and your business during this challenging time.

Members can contact HB Mann Judd via the HRIA member hotline – which can be found on the member section of the HRIA website.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and further restrictions are put in place, the HRIA, EWPA and TSHA remain committed to our members.

Regarding the definition of ‘Essential Services,’ the National Office has contacted all state and territory MPs as well as federal MPs whose portfolios include emergency services.  From a more operational perspective, we have also contacted the state and territory Emergency Management Centres who coordinate resources and equipment in times of emergency.

We are currently lobbying to have hire companies included as an ‘essential service’so members can provide the required equipment to various government departments, emergency services and essential infrastructure projects during a period of lockdown.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

Key questions and considerations for business owners during these uncertain times.

With Australia’s heightened level of precaution concerning the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to emphasise that we are here to support and guide you through this difficult time of uncertainty.

HRIA business advisory partners HLB Mann Judd have prepared the following list of questions and considerations which should assist you with developing COVID-19 businesses strategies limiting the impact and disruption occurring from the virus spread.

Management and business plans
Clients should take the time to think about their operation and the continuity of their business at various stages of this outbreak, with the likely scenarios being:

  1. Best case – limited impact to usual trading conditions
  2. Worst case – potentially forced closure periods as a result of the virus spreading and changes in Government policies
  3. Likely – some impact to trading. Reduced activity and revenue, increased costs to meet social distancing requirements, disruption to supply chains, employees inability to work due to third party closures, inefficiencies in productivity if a need to work remotely, etc.

At each stage, there should be a defined set of actions you are prepared to implement and communicate with appropriate people in your organisation to addressing the following items. We also suggest that you try not to focus on all the possibilities (as there are too many), just focus on the plan.

Staffing & Human Resources
For most employers, your staff’s health and safety must be your major focus. If an employee contracts the virus, you will need to address the following questions:

  • Will you require to have everyone off-site for a period of time?
  • Will your employees be willing to come to work if someone is diagnosed?

If in a likely scenario that stricter distancing requirements are enforced, consider:

  • Rostering your workforce into teams, where one team is in the workplace and the other is working remotely, alternating weeks
  • Physically distancing people in the workplace, especially if they have dedicated workspaces
  • Limiting in-house meetings and investigate alternatives
  • If a service-based industry, changing face to face appointments to phone or video conferences
  • What your obligations are under the Fair Work Act with regards to leave obligations, self-isolation and return to work policies
  • What rights you have as an employer to request reduced staff hours or to work from home.
  • Whether you are enforcing a ban on domestic work-related travel
  • If you will be cancelling work related functions, staff networking events and conferences
  • Sending ongoing reminders regarding hygiene practices in the workplace and ask staff to clean down their areas at the end each day
  • Increasing cleaning of the workplace to promote a healthy and clean environment.

Engaging early with your Human Resources team will also help determine an action plan for any of the above scenarios and assist with your COVID-19 businesses strategies.

Cashflow & business management
Questions for consideration are:

  • What level of cash position should you maintain to ensure operations continue?
  • What is a base minimum you need to cover wages and other overheads to keep doors open?

We recommend that you consider all avenues possible to increase cash reserves now, as building up reserves early in the cycle will ensure that your business can ride out uncertain times for longer. This includes:

  • Following up on outstanding monies that are owed to your business. As the economy slows, businesses will traditionally withhold payments from each other.
  • Engaging early with your bank to arrange repayment deferrals, interest free periods or conversion to interest only loans. Most banks have released their interim COVID-19 financial hardship plan (expect more to come).
  • Considering if your business requires an overdraft or other facility to help cover expenses during difficult times.
  • Engaging with your landlord (if relevant) to request rent relief or negotiate other terms due to a decrease in trading conditions.
  • Assessing which creditors or outstanding bills are vital to ensure operations continue and which you may be able to extend with payment plans. Be careful here, as good relationships with suppliers may be key to your ongoing business.
  • Contacting your suppliers early to arrange payment terms to prevent forced collections.
  • Reviewing overheads and reduce any discretionary expenditure. This may include advertising expenditure, parking and travel costs, phone services provided to staff where an allowance may be more suitable, meal and entertainment expenditure, etc.
  • Reviewing assets that you have at hand and consider their viability in the business. Are there any that can be sold? Do you have any equipment on hire that you can return? Are vehicle upgrades a necessity or is limiting vehicles that are provided to staff a possibility to reduce unnecessary spending.
  • Where applicable, reviewing trade terms with clients and consider logistic and supply chain delays. Will this carry costs to your business or can you extend the terms with your clients?

Look at this as a good a time to do some cashflow house-keeping using the above items to get you started. Its also a good time to give some thought to your forecasts and future cashflow modelling of the various scenarios. If you are looking for relief or credit assistance from banks they will likely require this in coming months.

If in the unfortunate event business conditions do deteriorate, having an understanding workforce will be key to helping your business ride uncertain times. We know its not pleasant and a last resort, but you should also consider your rights and positions if:

  • You need to ask staff to work reduced hours;
  • You need to ask staff to stand down for a period of time;
  • You plan to ask staff to take leave; or
  • Positions become redundant.

Again, please refer to Fair Work Australia or your HR adviser for further advice.

Technology
Complete an IT and computer systems audit of your workforce in preparation for the possibility of the need to work remotely. Things to consider:

  • Types of IT hardware (computers/laptops, scanners) already in place for work and at home.
  • Request details of your employees’ home internet speeds and data limits.
  • Determine if staff have anti-virus protections and necessary peripherals eg monitors/cameras to assist in maintaining efficiency and contact whilst working remotely.
  • Identify who your key IT person is, both internally and externally.
  • Assess if a move to cloud-based systems may be beneficial or necessary for the business, including email systems, accounting systems and key documents.
  • If data is key to your business (and these days it is for most), review your back-up and server/data redundancy procedures:
    • How often do back-ups occur?
    • Do you have off-site back-ups?
    • Do you regularly test your back-ups?

If staff do need to work remotely, consider how this will be implemented and consult with your IT provider to assess and address this early. Contemplate the following in this regard:

  • Does your current infrastructure have the ability and capacity to carry a remote workforce?

The impact on productivity with a remote workforce and how best to extract efficiencies. This may mean, some staff may come into the workplace and others work remotely.

If you need any IT or computer hardware, supply chains are presently strained. Consider what you absolutely need and don’t need.

  • How will your phone systems operate if you have a reception or call centre?
  • Are online phone conferencing, group messaging and web calling providers required?
  • Do you have an IT back-up crew if your current provider is impacted?

It is wise to review and determine an implementation plan. A move to a remote workforce will take time away from staff and take time for IT personnel to implement. Run a trial before full implementation, if you can.Compliance & Government assistance

We are still waiting on the release of the Government’s full assistance measures to be released. Below are the current key assistance items to note:

  • The ATO are allowing deferrals for BAS payment obligations.
  • Where eligible, businesses will be allowed to vary their PAYG Instalments to nil and, on application, obtain refunds for the September and December 2019 quarters already paid which will provide cashflow relief.
  • Employers with turnover under $50 million will receive tax free payments/credits against their PAYG/Withholding obligations, therefore decreasing March and June 2020 quarterly BAS payments, or providing additional refunds where applicable.
  • There will also be wage subsidies available to be applied for businesses who have staff of fewer than 20 employees and employ approved apprentices/trainees.
  • The immediate asset write-off limit has increased from $30,000 to $150,000.
  • The NSW Government will waive payroll tax for businesses with payroll up to $10 million for three months (April, May, June 2020).
  • Payroll tax threshold for 2020-2021 in NSW has been raised to $1 million.
  • There will also be a waiver of a range of fees and charges for small businesses in the hospitality trade industries.

We will continue to update you on any further relief measures as and when they become available.

Further information & assistance
By considering the above points and acting early, your business will be in the best position possible.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
Alexander Graham Bell

If you find that you are experiencing difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19 or would like to discuss any of the above points, please do not hesitate to contact us. By doing so early, we will then be able to:

  1. Assist you with cashflow management plans.
  2. Engage with the ATO on your behalf to access their stimulus measures, including payment of deferrals and potential tax refunds.
  3. Be there to guide you through these unprecedented times.

In the meantime, read HLB Mann Judd’s update on the Stimulus Package which will also assist your COVID-19 businesses strategies .

For more information regarding Australian workplace laws, please refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The dedicated team at HLB, together with their greater network, that can assist you to review/assess options and find solutions during this difficult time.

Members can contact HLB Mann Judd via the HRIA member hotline.

Our legal partner MST Lawyers have put together a COVID-19 guide specifically for those within the Hire and Rental Industry.
This employment guide is available for download now on the HRNet page on the HRIA website.

We have also consolidated additional and updated information on mass gatherings, with most states providing further clarity. Please follow the links below
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
Australian Capital Territory
South Australia – yet to be announced – follow Australian Govt Dept of Health advice

As new information and updates come to hand, we will communicate these with you.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and expected disruption timeframes increase, the HRIA, EWPA and TSHA National Office remains committed to servicing our members during this time of uncertainty.

The National Office has and continues to closely monitor all relevant information from relevant government and public health departments and have undertaken the following steps:

  • The national office team is meeting daily to discuss developing health and safety issues and how these will be addressed within the office. This allows us to ensure our staff are well informed and that we keep the health and well being of the office as a central priority. Key to our discussions are sustained adoption of enhanced hygiene protocols and maintaining appropriate social distancing.
  • Given the speed of COVID-19 escalation,  the management team are meeting twice daily to disseminate new/developing news items, plan appropriate responses and continue to plan and action appropriate association activities to support our members. Members will be well informed regarding the associations activities via association  and news websites, social media channels, and direct email campaigns.
  • Whilst the national office staff continue to work from our Mona Vale offices, we have undertaken full end-to-end testing of our business continuity systems to allow for remote working in the event of a lock down. In the event of a lock down (subject to shipping/courier availability) the national office will be able to operate in a normal capacity.

The National Office will continue to do everything we can to ensure the continuity of our operations so that we can in term offer the best possible service to our members.

As always, should you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us as required.

As an organisation Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) has been constantly monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We understand and appreciate the effect this situation is having on many of our members.

The HRIA has engaged with our financial advisory partner HLB Mann Judd to provide guidance / advice with regards to contract terms and conditions. For more information about how HLB Mann Judd can help your business in this unprecedented time, please call their business helpline: 02 9020 4211.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Update 18 March 2020

Federal – Announced : 12 March 2020
$25,000 by way of rebate of 50% on PAYG withholding up to 30 June 2020
Increase instant asset write off to businesses with $500m turnover to $150,000 (applies from 12 March to 30 June 2020) and additional 50% tax deduction to 2021
Wage assistance for each apprentice paid from 1 January to 30 September 2020

ATO – Announced : 12 March 2020
Lodgement and payment deferrals by up to four months
Monthly GST reporting in order to get quicker access to GST refunds
Vary PAYG instalment amounts to zero for the March 2020 quarter and claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019
Remitting any interest and penalties, on or after 23 January 2020
Low interest payment plans

New South Wales – Announced : 17 March 2020
Payroll tax waived for the June 2020 quarter for businesses with payroll to $10m
2021 payroll tax threshold to be increased to $1m
Waiver of some charges and licencing fees for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and tradespeople

Other States

Queensland – Announced : 17 March 2020
Western Australia – Announced : 16 March 2020
South Australia – Announced : 11 March 2020
Northern Territory – Announced : 18 March 2020
Tasmania – Announced : 17 March 2020
ACT – No state package announced yet
Victoria – No state package announced yet
Melbourne City Council – Announced : 18 March 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Update 18 March 2020

The Federal and State Governments have responded to the coronavirus outbreak by announcing numerous ‘stimulus package’ measures. These measures have a focus on boosting the health system and providing incentives to small businesses to protect jobs over the next 6 months.

For some announcements legislation will need to pass through respective Parliaments, at this stage it is unclear when Parliaments will sit to pass bills.

Federal – Announced : 12 March 2020

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

Up to $25,000 cash for businesses with up to $50m turnover through a rebate of 50% on PAYG withholding included in instalments up to 30 June 2020.
How to apply: Automatic on lodging relevant activity statements

Increase instant asset write off to businesses with $500m turnover to $150,000 (applies from 12 March to 30 June 2020).
How to apply: Deduction claimed in relevant tax return

50% tax deduction for assets acquired and installed by businesses with less than $500 million turnover through to 30 June 2021. The remaining 50% will be subject to existing depreciation rules.
How to apply: Deduction claimed in relevant tax returns

Up to $7,000 each quarter in wage assistance for each apprentice for wages paid from 1 January to 30 September 2020.
How to apply: Employers can register on the Australian Apprenticeships website from 2 April 2020. https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/

One-off payment of $750 to welfare recipients.
How to apply: No application required. Welfare recipients should expect this to be paid automatically from 31 March.

ATO – Announced : 12 March 2020

https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Support-measures-to-assist-those-affected-by-COVID-19/

Deferring by up to four months payment of amounts due through BASs, income tax assessments, fringe benefits tax assessments and excise
Opt into monthly GST reporting in order to get quicker access to GST refunds
Vary PAYG instalment amounts to zero for the March 2020 quarter and claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019 quarters

Remitting any interest and penalties, incurred on or after 23 January 2020, that have been applied to tax liabilities
Working with affected businesses to help them pay their existing and ongoing tax liabilities by allowing them to enter into low interest payment plans.
How to apply: Apply to Australian Taxation Office through Tax Agent or phone ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218

New South Wales – Announced : 17 March 2020

https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/the-premier/media-releases-from-the-premier/2-3-billion-health-boost-and-economic-stimulus/

Waiver of payroll tax for the final 2020 June quarter for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million.
How to apply: Automatic, expected to be applied to next monthly return.

Fast track of the next round of payroll tax cuts will raise the threshold limit to $1 million for the 2020-2021 financial year.
How to apply: Automatic, expected to be applied to monthly returns from 1 July.

Waiver of some charges and licencing fees for small businesses including bars, cafes, restaurants and tradespeople.
The NSW State Government are yet to specify eligibility and which fees will be waived.
$250 million to employ additional cleaners of public infrastructure including public transport and schools as well as bringing forward of maintenance on public assets, bring forward capital works projects.

Queensland – Announced : 17 March 2020

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/3/17/palaszczuk-government-offers-500m-in-loans-to-support-workers-in-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus

The QLD Government will offer $500m in loans, and extend payroll tax deferral to all affected businesses.
The $500m concessional loan facility will comprise of loans up to $250,000 with an initial 12-month interest-free period.
Judging from the popularity of its initial payroll tax deferral available to small and medium businesses, the QLD Government will extend the offer of a six-month payroll tax deferral to all affected QLD businesses.

Victoria
No state package announced yet

Melbourne City Council stimulus package – 18 March 2020

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-passes-10m-stimulus-package-aimed-at-small-business-20200318-p54b7j.html

$500,000 in grants to support businesses to develop e-commerce and online services
Up to $1 million for training and support at businesses
A virtual business support summit at Melbourne Town Hall
Suspending fees for Food Act registrations and street trading and outdoor dining permits for three months
Halving rent for eligible tenants in council-owned buildings for three months
Deploying casual and part-time cleaners
Establishing a support service to provide advice to struggling businesses

Western Australia – Announced : 16 March 2020

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/03/COVID-19-economic-response-Relief-for-businesses-and-households.aspx

There will be no increases to household fees and charges including electricity charges, water charges, public transport fares and motor vehicle charges until 30 June 2021.
The current Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) will be doubled up to $600.
Businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500.
$1 million payroll tax threshold is to be brought forward to 1 July 2020.
Businesses affected by the outbreak may apply to defer payment of their 2020 payroll tax to 21 July 2020.
Introduction of 20 days of paid COVID-19 leave for public sector workers whom are directly affected by the virus. This will be extended to casual workers and will not affect any other leave entitlements.

South Australia – Announced : 11 March 2020

https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/unprecedented-response-and-economic-stimulus-to-drive-sa-jobs,-economy-in-wake-of-bushfires,-coronavirus2

$350 million immediate investment in road and hospital upgrades.

Northern Territory – Announced : 18 March 2020

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-18/nt-government-announces-coronavirus-stimulus-package/12065008

$6,000 grant for renovations of residential and investment properties for owners whom contribute $2,000.
$10,000 grant for upgrades to eligible businesses, and an additional $10,000 if the business contributes $10,000 themselves.

Tasmania – Announced : 17 March 2020

http://premier-dev.dpac.tas.gov.au/documents/FACT_SHEETS_-_STIMULUS_PACKAGES_Final-V2.0.pdf

Interest free loans to purchase equipment for up to three years for small businesses with less than $5 million turnover.
Waiver of payroll tax for the remaining four months of the 2020 financial year for hospitality, tourism and seafood businesses.
Businesses with annual payroll of up to $5 million in Australian wages and are immediately affected by the outbreak may apply for waiver of their payroll taxes for the quarter ending June 2020.
Introduction of a youth employment payroll tax rebate scheme.
Bring forward of $50 million maintenance of public buildings.
One-off $5,000 grant for businesses that hire an apprentice or trainee.
One-off emergency relief payment of up to $250 for individuals and $1,000 for families who are required to self-isolate.
$2 million support for the health care sector and $1 million grant to mental health organisations.
0% discount on liquor licencing fees and waiver of application fees for the whole 2020 calendar year.
This back dates to 1 January 2020.

ACT

No state package announced yet

In seeking to comply with recent Public Health Orders, an area of uncertainty that has been identified by our Events members lies in how marquees/temporary structures are defined in terms of limitations for outdoor and indoor based gatherings

Current Public Health Orders set limitations for non-essential gatherings to:

  • Indoor gatherings: no greater than 100; and
  • Outdoor gatherings: no greater than 500

What has been questioned is whether gatherings utilising marquees/temporary structures should be classed as indoor or outdoor.

The recent media statement from the Prime Minister on 18th March provides greater clarity regarding this, defining indoor activities as:
An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).

The statement from the PM is consistent with the Public Health Orders that have been issued by the NSW and VIC governments. We are following up with the other states and territories for further clarification.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates and the estimated timeframes for disruption stretch, the HRIA continues to work purposefully in the interests of its members. Certainly, we know that our Events sector members have been enormously impacted.

The below is a brief update on latest activities being undertaken by the HRIA to support our events and party hire members during this crisis:

  • The HRIA continues to investigate opportunities for financial support for our members. As governments look to expand their current economic stimulus/rescue packages the HRIA is actively working as part of a wider events industry consortium to lobby federal and state government to provide commercial relief to the industry.
  • Our legal partner Mason Sier Turnbull Lawyers (MST) has been engaged to provide guidance / advice with regards to contract terms and conditions. We are also seeking further HR advice in regards to stand down and redundancy policies for staff as well as investigating liabilities for hire companies in regards to non-essential gatherings
  • The HRIA is actively working with related events industry associations / bodies to develop further effective strategies to aid this sector.
    As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you. Any questions in the meantime, please email info@hireandrental.com.au or call the national office. However, due to high volumes of calls, we do ask for patience.

18th March

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates and the estimated timeframes for disruption stretch, the HRIA continues to work purposefully in the interests of its members. Certainly, we know that our Events sector members have been enormously impacted.

The below is a brief update on latest activities being undertaken by the HRIA to support our events and party hire members during this crisis:

  • The HRIA continues to investigate opportunities for financial support for our members. As governments look to expand their current economic stimulus/rescue packages the HRIA is actively working as part of a wider events industry consortium to lobby federal and state government to provide commercial relief to the industry.
  • Our legal partner Mason Sier Turnbull Lawyers (MST) has been engaged to provide guidance / advice with regards to contract terms and conditions.
  • We are also seeking further HR advice in regards to stand down and redundancy policies for staff as well as investigating liabilities for hire companies in regards to non-essential gatherings.

The HRIA is actively working with related events industry associations / bodies to develop further effective strategies to aid this sector.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

The HRIA has created a Facebook discussion group to serve as the primary discussion group for coronavirus COVID-19 in the equipment and event hire industry. This is your page to post questions, support each other and see how coronavirus is impacting your business and the industry. Please note this page will be monitored for inappropriate content. Be respectful to the group by being respectful to other members. No spam and no personal attacks.

Please note the forum sits on the Facebook platform itself. If you do not use Facebook, consider inviting someone to participate on your behalf.

As an organisation Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) has been constantly monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We understand and appreciate the effect this situation is having on many of our members, particularly those within the events and party hire segment of the industry.

We wanted to communicate to all of our events and party hire members what we are doing in an attempt to assist.

  • The HRIA has engaged with our legal partner Mason Sier Turnbull Lawyers (MST) to provide guidance / advice with regards to contract terms and conditions.
  • The HRIA is actively lobbying the Federal Government to have the Events sector specifically included in an additional round of economic stimulus / rescue packages. The Government has already set aside $1 billion specifically for Tourism, Education, and Agriculture.
  • The HRIA is actively working with related events industry associations / bodies to develop further effective strategies to aid this sector.

As new information and updates come to hand we will communicate these with you.

After a great deal of consideration over the last 72 hours and based on updated government advice, it has been decided that we have been left no choice but to cancel HIRE20 which was scheduled to be held 27-28 May 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The wellbeing of our members is, and always has been our highest priority and each year we want to ensure that we are delivering the best possible event experience for all attendees and exhibitors. We also take the safety of all our attendees, exhibitors and staff very seriously.

Therefore, in the interest of public health and the developing situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, we have unfortunately had to make the difficult decision to cancel HIRE20.

Over recent weeks we have been working tirelessly with the Adelaide Convention Centre and our Conference organiser while monitoring advice provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and other relevant bodies to plan for a successful and safe event.

Gatherings of over 500 people have been prohibited by the Federal Government, and we have no indication at what point this will be lifted. We don’t know what action the South Australian Government will choose to take, but if they follow Victoria with announcing a State of Emergency resulting in the closure of the MCEC, we could be left without a venue.

We were until recently confident that we could achieve this and were working off external advice and government feedback. However, in the last 72 hours, the situation in Australia has changed significantly and we feel that the only course of action is to cancel the event.

Please visit this page for full information: https://www.hire20.com.au/notice

As an organisation, Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) is constantly monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We understand and appreciate the effect this situation is having on many of our members.

The HRIA along with the HIRE20 venue – the Adelaide Convention Centre are constantly monitoring, evaluating and following general advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australian Department of Health and other authorities.

Drawing on current advice and information provided, HIRE20 in Adelaide will continue as scheduled, commencing May 27.

Further updates will be provided in due course.