New research released today by the Australian Institute of Architects reveals the ongoing impacts the COVID-19 pandemic – and responses to it – are having on architectural practice. The results
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The Commonwealth Government has released new economic stimulus and support packages, targeted at businesses.
The support packages include:
The Government’s business hotline will now give more support to small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Operations at the business.gov.au 13 28 46 contact centre will increase from five days per week to seven days per week, and provide additional hours of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7am to 11pm AEST.
Flow on effects of the coronavirus on the supply chain have emerged as a potential issue, especially in the building and construction sector.
While some materials can be substituted, others won’t be, and price impacts are likely to emerge as an issue.
The partial resumption of some previously impacted manufacturing in China is assisting the situation however architects do need to check existing contract provisions to better understand how supply chain interruptions will be handled including options for remedying shortfalls and any associated costs.
Federal Industry Minister Karen Andrews met with business representatives to discuss supply chain impacts of the coronavirus, including on the building and construction industries and the Government has left open the door to scaling up its economic stimulus response package.
Supply chain impacts and downturns in economic activity can have an effect in terms of security of payment, especially for builders with potential repercussions for architects.
Supporting cash flow has been a focus of the Australian Government’s response to date and the Prime Minister has also called on big business to be vigilant in paying small business and suppliers.
The State and Territory governments are also providing support for businesses. This includes:
More information is available on the ACT Government website.
More information is available on the NSW Government website.
More information is available on the NT Government website.
More information is available on the Queensland Government website.
More information is available on the Government of South Australia website.
More information is available on the Tasmanian Government website.
More information is available on the Business Victoria website.
More information is available on the WA Government website.
Working from home may be an option in some instances however this will not apply for onsite activities.
Relevant workplace regulatory bodies such as WorkSafe and SafeWork are also providing updates on best practice and issuing guidance. It is recommended that you continue to monitor for updates safeworkaustralia.gov.au.
See the working from home resource pack in HR Hub.