We have collated a number of key links and information sources that may be of benefit for your business.
In particular we note that the Federal and State Governments have made announcements that may help you during this time.
Re-watch the video of the JobKeeper 2.0 with ACCI (23 September)
ACCI JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide (4 Sept)
JobKeeper Employer Guide (21 July)
ACCI Business Condition Survey Report - 2nd Edition (4 June)
ACIF Coronavirus Recovery Proposal (3 June)
Covid-19 Impact Survey Report (27 April)
Clerks Award flexibility during outbreak of Coronavirus (22 April)
SME Commercial Leasing Principles during COVID-19 (7 April)
COVID-19 Federal and State Incentives Diagram (4 April)
ACIF Construction News Brief (31 March)
Landmark COVID-19 awards deal struck (26 March)
Banks Pause Small Business Loan Repayments (20 March)
Coronavirus and the Australian Property Market from CoreLogic (18 March)
COVID-19: NSW Guidance for eConveyancing and VOI (20 March)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia (23 September)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia (4 September)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia (3 August)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia (29 July)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia (23 July)
Extension of the JobKeeper Payment (22 July)
Latest Government Updates
New HomeBuilder grants to drive economic activity in residential construction sector (4 June)
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia and 3 Step Framework (4 June)
COVID-19: Advice for Employers from Safe Work Australia (4 June)
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws from Fair Work Ombusdman (4 June)
JobKeeper Payment Fact Sheets (25 May)
JobKeeper Payment - Frequently Asked Questions (25 May)
Economic Response to the Coronavirus (25 May)
Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy (22 May)
Ministerial Statement on the Economy, Parliament House, Canberra (12 May)
Roadmap to a COVID Safe Australia & 3 Step Framework for CovidSafe Australia (22 May)
COVIDSafe App (27 April)
JobKeeper Payment Employer Guide (20 April)
Business updates from Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash (15 April)
Australian Taxation Office - Working From Home Deduction Guidance (7 April)
COVID-19 ICU Modeling Summary (7 April)
$130 Billion JobKeeper Payment to Keep Australians in a Job (30 March)
Cash flow assistance for business (25 March)
NSW Construction Sites Exempted from Closures (23 March)
WHS - New and Updated COVID-19 guidance (23 July)
My Business COVIDSafe Plan from NCCC (14 May)
COVID-19 Business Checklist from NCCC (29 April)
ACCI: Government Assistance Guide Link (28 April)
Construction Worker Tax Time Poster (20 April)
Building and Construction Toolkit (20 April)
COVID-19 Infection Control Training
ACCI: COVID-19 Employer Guide (April 2020)
National Helpline for Businesses impacted by COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Updated Metrics in Australia & around the World
ACS COVID-19 Business Templates: Epidemic/Pandemic Policy and Working from Home Checklist
15 Key Learnings on How to Manage and Lead during Coronavirus Crisis
Avoid the C.R.A.S.H. - 5 Steps to Recession-Proof Your Business
Australian Cyber Security Centre Alert: COVID-19 Scam
7 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Teams
Thoughts for Leaders and Managers from Table Group
5 (Practical) Cs for Leading in a Crisis/Downturn
Updated 23rd September, updates include:
Updated 4th September, updates include:
You may wish to advise your members that a JobKeeper employer who does not identify newly eligible employees, provide them with a nomination notice by 21 August 2020 and make any necessary 'top-up' payments by 31 August 2020 will be in breach of the JobKeeper rules and may face penalties.
29th July updates include:
Announced today for VIC:
The updates include:
The Government is extending the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021. Support will be targeted to businesses and not-for-profits that continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. The payment rate will be reduced and a lower payment rate will be introduced for those who work fewer hours. Other eligibility rules remain unchanged. Read the fact sheet HERE
For the most relevant information from the government visit https://www.australia.gov.au
The government continues to maintain the Covid-19 website with:
The Morrison Government is supporting jobs in the residential construction sector with the introduction of the new HomeBuilder program.
From today until 31 December 2020, HomeBuilder will provide all eligible owner-occupierswith a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home.
The program is expected to provide around 27,000 grants at a total cost of around $680 million.
This increase in residential construction will help to fill the gap in construction activity expected in the second half of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
HomeBuilder will help to support the 140,000 direct jobs and another 1,000,000 related jobs in the residential construction sector including businesses and sole-trader builders, contractors, property developers, construction materials manufacturers, engineers, designers and architects.
Read the full Media Release from the Prime Minister, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing
The Prime Minister made a number of announcements regarding the Roadmap to a COVID Safe Australia and a 3 Step Framework that would helps us get there.
Headlines Measures Fact Sheet (4 June)
COVIDSafe Plan by State/Territory (4 June)
Safe Work Australia maintains a website of COVID-19 resources for employers. Information topics include:
Additionally, the below information is also available:
Find out about workplace entitlements and obligations during the impact of Coronavirus.
Fair Work Ombudsman is keeping their website updated with the latest information about workplace rights and responsibilities.
Returning to work & the workplace
Pay & leave during coronavirus
JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme
Temporary changes to workplace laws
Health & safety in the workplace
Alternative working arrangements
Ending employment & redundancy
Other government information & assistance
JobKeeper Payment Fact Sheets (25 May)
Visit the Australian Government's JobKeeper Payment website
The following questions are answered in the FAQ:
What is the JobKeeper Payment?
When will the JobKeeper Payment commence?
How long with the JobKeeper Payment last for?
Is my business eligible?
What type of entities are eligible?
What do I need to do to participate?
How do I work out which of my employees are eligible?
When will I receive the first payment? How often are payments?
Economic Response to the Coronavirus (25 May)
The Government is providing $259 billion in fiscal and balance sheet support, which is equivalent to around 13.3 per cent of annual GDP. Direct fiscal measures are equivalent to around 6.9 per cent of GDP.
The measures provide timely support to workers, households and businesses through a difficult time and position the Australian economy to recover strongly once the health challenge has been overcome. This government overview provides summaries for:
An overview of Queensland's Economic Recovery Strategy. Click here to read more.
Ministerial Statement on the Economy, Parliament House, Canberra
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia
The economic impact of the crisis, The economic response to the crisis, and Lifting Restrictions
We are encouraging you and your teams to download the COVIDSafe app.
The launch of the COVIDSafe App is a significant step towards re-opening our economy and saving the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in business and the people who they serve and who depend on them. The government has made clear that increasing Australia’s ability to contact trace, which the app will do, is a pre-condition for relaxing restrictions. And relaxing restrictions, in a careful and controlled way, is critical to businesses getting back on their feet. We welcome the government’s emphasis on, and transparency of, privacy provisions and data protection and hope this will encourage people to voluntarily download the app.
We encourage members of Consulting Surveyors National to download the voluntary app and to encourage the people you work with and care for to do the same. It is important to remember that the app is voluntary, its use cannot be mandated and there are criminal penalties for breaches of the Biosecurity Act which governs the use of the app. If you have questions, download the FAQ sheet.
JobKeeper Payment Employer Guide (20 March)
This edition has been updated in line with new guidance issued by the ATO, including clarification around the turnover test, the nomination and payment process, and information and examples about eligibility of businesses in the form of a company, trust or partnership.
JobKeeper Calendar with Key Milestones
In order to keep track of the payment periods and scheme cut off dates see Annexure A - JobKeeper fortnight calendar in the JobKeeper Guide (page 28).
Employer JobKeeper Enabling Direction Checklist
If you believe you are eligible and you are thinking about utilising the Fair Work Act changes through issuing of a JobKeeper enabling direction, please refer to the checklist in Annexure B of the JobKeeper Guide (page 30).
Update on Commercial Tenancies
Where it can, rent should continue to be paid, and where there is financial distress as a result of COVID-19 (for example, the tenant is eligible for assistance through the JobKeeper program), tenants and landlords should negotiate a mutually agreed outcome
There will be a proportionality to rent reductions based on the decline in turnover to ensure that the burden is shared between landlords and tenants
There will be a prohibition on termination of leases for non-payment of rent (lockouts and eviction)
There will be a freeze on rent increases (except for turnover leases)
There will be a prohibition on penalties for tenants who stop trading or reduce opening hours
There will be a prohibition on landlords passing land tax to tenants (if not already legislated)
There will be a prohibition on landlords charging interest on unpaid rent
There will be a prohibition on landlords from making a claim to a bank guarantee or security deposit for non-payment of rent
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is announcing special arrangements this year due to COVID-19 to make it easier for people to claim deductions for working from home.
The new arrangement will allow people to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses. See the links before for detailed information.
COVID-19 ICU Modelling Summary (7 April)
This plan includes modelling possible scenarios of COVID-19 spreading through the Australian population, which is informing the actions Australian government and medical experts are taking to slow the spread and prepare our health system.
This document outlines scenario modelling undertaken to inform how Australia is preparing our health system, including our intensive care units, for COVID-19.
The Morrison Government will provide a historic wage subsidy to around 6 million workers who will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.
The payment will be paid to employers, for up to six months, for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and is retained or continues to be engaged by that employer.
This assistance will assist businesses to manage cashflow challenges and help businesses retain their employees. These two measures are designed to support employing small and medium sized businesses and to improve business confidence.
The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-forprofits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments will help businesses’ and not-for-profits’ cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.
NSW Construction Sites Exempted from Closures
NSW's critical infrastructure program moving ahead: In a letter to the industry, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP assures the construction and engineering sectors in NSW that the Government is resolved to continue delivery of its infrastructure program.
He has communicated to the industry that NSW construction sites will be exempted from the closure of places where people gather.
Download the Edition 3 of the JobKeeper 2.0 Guide and the Legacy Employer, Fair Work Act Flexibilities Guide, incorporating changes from a number of legislative instruments previously flagged, as well as an additional alternative decline in turnover test issued by the ATO in the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Alternative Decline in Turnover Test Rules (No.2) 2020.
Ingrid Fraser and Tamsin Lawrence as ACCI representative joined with CSN Virtual Coffee this morning to explain all the changes in JobKeeper.
This guide aims to assist employers who have been eligible for JobKeeper but don't qualify for JobKeeper 2.0 known as "legacy employers" with utilising the modified Fair Work Act flexibilities from 28 September 2020 if they are experiencing a 10% decline in turnover. The Guide also includes notification and consultation checklists and draft letters for each of the JobKeeper enabling directios available to legacy emplyers (duties, location, reduction in hours/days). A copy of the Guide can be accessed below.
The comprehensive new JobKeeper 2.0 Employer Guide will serve to replace the existing JobKeeper Employer Guide from 28 September 2020. This guide covers all aspects of the JobKeeper wage subsidy for qualifying employers including employer/emplyoee eligibility, changes in payment rates, interaction with JobSeeker, and the Fair Work Act flexilibilities for both qualifying and legacy employers. A copy of the Guide can be accessed HERE.
Hundreds of thousands of people will hold on to their jobs as a result of changes to JobKeeper 2.0 announced by the Federal Government overnight.
ACCI CEO James Pearson said the Federal Government had heard the concerns of people in business over the eligibility requirements for JobKeeper 2.0
"Within hours of July's JobKeeper 2.0 announcement ACCI and our members identified two issues which needed to be addressed.
“The first was the need for businesses to show they would meet the downturn threshold in each quarter to be eligible. Many had started to trade out of the June quarter as restrictions eased but were forced back into shutdown within weeks.
“We saw a brief uptick in sales in some industries due to the instant asset write off scheme, superannuation funds being released and hospitality reopening - but this recovery was short-lived for many businesses.
"ACCI also made the case to Government for shifting the date of eligible employees from March to July. The trading restart in May and June saw new employees join the books, if only for a matter of weeks before being stood down again.
“Despite these changes, as in the original JobKeeper, this revision will not provide help to every business that is struggling, and we will continue to work with Government on ways that jobs and businesses can receive the support needed.
"But there is no doubt that these latest changes will save jobs that were sure to be lost as a result of revenue slumping in the face of Victoria's lockdown and tighter border restrictions in the virus' second wave.
"Our thoughts are with the many struggling businesses and their workers; and today the government has shown its willingness to supply the support needed to help get us through this crisis confronting us all."
For more information:
Marie Hogg | Senior Adviser - Media | +61 431 299 518
The Government responded today to the calls by a range of our business group members by extending JobKeeper until 28 March 2021. The Government has confirmed that current JobKeeper arrangements will operate at the current single rate of $1500 per fortnight until 28 September. After this date and up to the end of December 2020, JobKeeper 2.0 will operate with a 2 tier payment system:
$1200 per fortnight for those employees who averaged in February 2020 more than 20 hours per week
$750 per fortnight for employees who averaged less than 20 hours per week
In the March quarter (from the end of December), these payments will become:
$1000 per fortnight
$650 per fortnight for employees who averaged less than 20 hours per week
To be eligible for JobKeeper 2.0 in the December quarter, businesses will need to demonstrate that their revenue is 30% down for businesses less than $1 billion (50% for businesses above $1b, and 15% for charities) in both the June and September quarters. To be eligible for JobKeeper in the March quarter, they will need to demonstrate revenue losses above the thresholds for three quarters (June, September and December quarters).
JobKeeper 2.0 is predicted to cost $16 billion (additional to the $70b of the existing scheme). It is estimated to support 1.4 million in the December quarter, and 1 million workers in the March quarter.
Since last month, business revenue has been increasingly impacted by the COVID-19 related health restrictions. The share of businesses reporting a greater than 80% reduction in revenue relative to what they would normally expect this time of year increased from 33% in April to 38% in May. 81% of businesses experienced a fall in revenue of more than 25% compared to 75% in April.
Business revenue has been increasingly impacted by social distancing and people movement restrictions, with almost 40% of businesses experiencing an 80% decline and over 80% experiencing a decline of over 25% relative to normal for this time of year.
Read the Business Conditions Survey Report
After extensive consultation with member associations over the past twelve weeks, the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) today issued the document Construction’s Bridge to Recovery, with a number of key recommendations to guide the construction industry out of the coronavirus disruption period.
ACIF Executive Director James Cameron commented, “As the building and construction sector represents almost 10% of the Australian economy, and the industry employs 1.2 million Australians in over 390,000 businesses, it is essential for Australia that we get this right.“
“We are calling on governments to pull forward and re-commit to spending already announced. These measures could raise building and construction activity by $66 billion over five years, which would have a very beneficial and stimulatory effect.”
“This stimulus spending should be spread across residential, non-residential and infrastructure construction, with much of the spending to go to small and medium-sized enterprises, and a focus on Australian-made products in construction. Social housing should be a particular focus of residential stimulus.”
”Further, ACIF calls for regulatory reform and regulatory requirements such as licensing and registration and inspections to continue as normal. The recommendations of the Building Confidence Report should continue to be implemented, and we welcome the most recent Building Ministers’ Forum communiqué stating that this would occur.”
“Fast government payments on projects of 1 to 5 days would definitely assist the industry at this time”, Mr Cameron added.
“ACIF calls for changes to government procurement processes to assist with the economic recovery and support Australian businesses, and endorses the recent announcement by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in this regard.”
“Vocational and apprenticeship courses should be further supported, with incentives for apprentices to be retained and more hired. Further, incentives for employers to take on new or out of work apprentices, and bring candidates from outside the industry into entry level roles would all be nation-building.“
“Australia’s epidemiological and fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic has been world class, and the liaison between industry and government outstanding. We can also have a very positive economic story coming out of this pandemic with the right policy settings”, Mr Cameron stated.
Thank you to those who took the time to complete the recent survey about the impact of Coronavirus on you, your business and the industry. The results are now attached. To those from other states who completed it for us, thank you. As the work was commissioned by ACS NSW that is who is referred to in the report, but we acknowledge the input from Consulting Surveyors around the Country through CSN.
The report shows that whilst most are “OK” now, you are expecting a downturn in the coming months and preparing for it.
On 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) made a determination varying the Clerks Award. The determination inserted a temporary new Schedule, which applies from an employee’s first full pay period on or after 28 March until 30 June 2020. Schedule I adds award flexibility during the outbreak of coronavirus for:
The purpose of this Code of Conduct (“the Code”) is to impose a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants, where the tenant is an eligible business for the purpose of the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper programme.
We have come across this good guide that highlights some of the incentives various federal, state and other bodies have announced to help us all get through this once in a lifetime event.
A landmark deal has been struck between the Australian Services Union and the Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry. An application has been lodged to provide relief to business and employees during the pandemic by:
The Australian Banking Association announced Australian banks will defer loan repayments for small businesses affected by COVID-19 for six months.
The assistance will apply to more than $100bn of existing small business loans. ACCI applauds the move after repeatedly lobbying for loan assistance for small businesses.
Today’s announcement will make a big difference for the hundreds of thousands of businesses we represent and the people whose jobs depend on them.
The ABA is urging business chambers and industry associations to help inform small businesses. This is the time for people in business to call their bank and ask for help.
In the meantime, ACCI continues to lobby for a raft of other measures to support Australian small businesses, including putting cash in the hand of small business owners and employees facing uncertain futures.
Bank, Phone Number & Website
AMP 1300 130 191 Experiencing financial hardship
ANZ 1800 252 845 Customer Connect
Arab Bank 1800 64 64 84 Hardship Assistance
Bank Australia 132 888 Contact Us
Bank of Sydney 13 95 00 Financial Hardship
BOQ 1800 079 866 Financial Hardship Assistance
Bank SA1800 679 461 Bank SA Assist
Bankwest 1300 769 173 Experiencing financial hardship
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank 1300 652 146 Financial difficulty assistance
Citibank 1800 722 879 Hardship assistance
Commonwealth Bank 1300 720 814 Emergency assistance
HSBC 1300 555 988 Financial difficulty
ING 1300 349 166 Financial Hardship
Macquarie Bank 1300 363 330 Financial Hardship
ME Bank 1300 500 520 ME Bank financial hardship
MyState 13 800 1 MyState financial hardship
NAB 1800 701 599 Financial Hardship
Rabobank 1800 025 484 Financial Hardship
Rural Bank 1800 660 115 Financial Hardship
St. George Bank 1800 629 795 St. George Assist
Suncorp Bank 1800 225 223 Suncorp Customer Assist
Westpac 132 142 Westpac Assist
For more information:
Marie Hogg - 0431 299 518
Amid the spread of coronavirus, the past few weeks have seen increased expectations of an Australian recession, a slowdown in business activity and trillions of dollars wiped off global share markets.
It has many asking what the impact of the coronavirus would be on Australian residential property.
This CoreLogic article explores the fundamentals of housing to better understand outcomes in the current climate.
Over recent days in light of the rapidly evolving situation around the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus, the Office of the Registrar General is are aware that many of you cannot or are choosing not to conduct a face-to-face VOI. ARNECC has provided guidance on this and is available here.
The ARNECC statement suggests that a CAF may be electronically signed, depending on whether your jurisdiction allows for this.
Guidance on Masks and PPE for all industries has been updated in line with the latest advice from the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. The Types and uses of face masks infographic has also been updated.
The COVID-19 WHS incident notification fact sheet has also been updated with new information about incident notifications in Victoria.
Guidance for the Food processing and manufacturing industry has been updated with tailored advice for meat processing and manufacturing.
It includes detailed information on physical distancing in meat processing workplaces, including visual examples of good and bad practice
Information on hygiene, cleaning, PPE and masks has also been updated.
The guidance has been developed in consultation with stakeholders including work health and safety regulators and the Australian Government Department of Health.
COVID-19 will be with us for some time, so it's important that your business has a plan - and continues to plan - to keep your workplace healthy, safe and virus-free.
All Australian Governments have agreed to a set of National COVID-19 Safe Work Principles to guide us and ensure that our workplaces are healthy and safe.
Business Checklist from NCCC - National COVID-19 Coordination Commission
COVID-19 could be with us for some time, so it’s important that businesses have a plan to keep their workforce safe and virus free. Businesses need to develop safe work practices and consider how they can reconfigure their operations to adapt to ongoing restrictions.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Commonwealth, along with state and territory governments have announced a range of support measures to try to keep businesses afloat and to keep workers in jobs so that Australia can restart quickly once COVID-19 is under control.
This information booklet seeks to provide a general overview around what financial and regulatory relief governments are providing to businesses affected by COVID-19 and their employees, as well as answering some of the more common questions that are arising for businesses.
Building and Construction Toolkit
This Toolkit contains five posters (apprentice, construction worker, engineer, office worker and tradie). It also contains a general work-related expense guide for the building and construction sector.
Pre-drafted social media posts and a newsletter article that you can include in your relevant communication channels, also available on page 12 and 13 of the building and construction toolkit. Click here for the toolkit.
The Department of Health has partnered with Aspen Medical to develop COVID-19 training to help stop the spread of the virus.
It is still important that we all remain up to date on the current myths and facts and ensure we understand the full work, health and safety requirements for our staff, our families and ourselves.
When you complete it with 80% accuracy you will get a certificate which you can forward to firstname.lastname@example.org for allocation of 0.5 SP CPD for WHS.
Take the training!
ACCI: COVID-19 Employer Guide (April 2020)
The focus of the COVID-19 Employer Guide is on managing and protecting your employees and your workplace and answering some of the workplace relations and work health and safety (WHS) questions that are coming up for employer.
Download the COVID-19 Employer Guide (Edition 4)
13 28 46 - Contact Centre
The Government’s business hotline will give more support to small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with specialist advisers and extended support hours.
Operation hours: seven days per week, answering calls from 7am to 11pm AEST.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Updated Metrics in Australia & the World
Click on the links below for updated metrics on confirmed cases of COVID-19
Association of Consulting Surveyors COVID-19 Business Templates:
Epidemic/Pandemic Policy and Working from Home Checklist
ACS has developed a few COVID-19 business templates that may be of benefit to your organisation.
Insights from around the CEO CircleOur Circle meetings over the past few days have been entirely about how to manage the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
None of us has ever seen anything like this. It is genuinely daunting on so many fronts. As is understandable, the mood of the meetings has been downbeat, even grim at times.
However, there is also a determination to rise to the challenge and provide leadership in these troubled times.
Here are 15 of the critical learnings gathered from our most recent Circle meetings. We hope these learnings offer some assistance and guidance to you.
Like you, we are receiving lots of information and advice about how to cope with the current crisis and this one I thought would be most helpful for you.
Doom and Gloom or Boom Boom Boom?
If tomorrow’s headlines screamed of disaster and consumer sentiment fell through the floor, what would happen to your business?
Would you be worried or optimistic about the opportunities that were about to present themselves? Or worried about whether you would survive the C.R.A.S.H.?
This guide has been designed to help you prepare for worst case scenario even if it never happens.
Download the Avoid the C.R.A.S.H guide and learn the 5 steps to recession-proof your business.
C - Cash buffer
R - Reducing costs
A - Assets and automation
S - Stand out
H - Get help
Not only will this guide help shield you when things go bad, it will give you a competitive edge when things are going well.
Special thanks to the team at DENT for this info!
ASD’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a COVID-19 themed scam being distributed via text message.
We understand the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Scamwatch has received multiple reports of COVID-19 themed scam texts being sent to members of the public.
The text messages appear to come from ‘GOV’ as the sender and they include a link to find out when to ‘get tested in your geographical area’ for COVID-19.
The link in these text messages is not legitimate, and if clicked on, may install malicious software on your device, designed to steal your banking details.
How do I stay safe?
If you receive one of these messages, delete the message and do not click the link.
Messages that pretend to be government and other trusted organisations are known as phishing scams. They often contain a link to a fake website, where you are encouraged to enter confidential details.
To protect yourself from phishing:
To stay up to date on the latest online threats and how to respond, sign up to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.
These tips from Inc.com's Technology Columnist @jasonaten will help you and your team be productive regardless of where they work.
Right now, remote working--or, working from home--has become more than a trend. It's now a necessity for companies all across the globe.
As a result, there are thousands of team leaders and managers who find themselves suddenly managing a completely remote team. Honestly, that can be scary, especially if it's the first time you've ever had to do so and didn't have a lot of time to prepare.
If that's you, this list of tips will help you set up yourself and your team for success:
Have a Daily Check-In
Communicate a Lot
Take Advantage of Technology
Focus on Outcomes, Not Activity
Resource Your Team
In this unprecedented and uncertain time, many leaders and managers are wondering what they can do to help the people in their charge. To a certain extent, this will depend on the situation.
Some leaders are still working with their people in person, either because they are in a location where businesses are still open, or because they work in one of those industries that are critical and must continue to function during this time.
For leaders like me in northern California, I cannot even be in the same room with my people as we are limited to staying in our homes with our families. In the course of the next few days, I would guess that most cities and states will shut down like we’ve done here, leaving people to interact only virtually with their team members.
Regardless of your situation, I offer these three simple recommendations...
First, be exceedingly human
Second, be persistent
Finally, be creative
5 (Practical) Cs for Leading in a Crisis/Downturn
Here are 5 actions to take as leader. The first is THE most important – do the rest in whatever order makes sense.
Communicate Daily - Send out a Daily Communication
Customer/Community Support - Gather teams, brainstorm and act on how to support our customers and community
Clean Up and Catch Up - Use this slowdown to clean up and catch up after running hard for so many years
Cash, Cash, Cash - Review all monthly recurring expenses and eliminate redundancies
Calm and considerate - Stay calm and breathe, take a few breaths and give thanks for being alive