11/05/2020 - 16:06

New tool for COVID recovery

11/05/2020 - 16:06

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The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission chaired by Nev Power has produced its first tangible result with the launch of an online planning tool to help business develop a recovery plan from the shutdown.

Nev Power says businesses have been affected differently by coronavirus restrictions. Photo: Attila Csaszar

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission chaired by Nev Power has produced its first tangible result with the launch of an online planning tool to help business develop a recovery plan from the shutdown.

Mr Power said businesses were affected differently by restrictions and everyone needed a plan for when restrictions changed.

“It’s been a really tough time for business owners and their employees, and it will continue to be challenging as we head into a staged recovery,” he said.

“The sooner we can get businesses open and people back in work, the sooner our lives and livelihoods can be rebuilt as our economy recovers.

“At the same time, as restrictions change, we need to make sure that both workers and customers are safe.”

The NCCC tool brings together information from across government on the range of help and assistance available to support businesses.

The online planning was designed to take about 30 minutes to complete and leave businesses with a clear idea about what they will do to keep people safe, how they will get their business back up and running and how they might adapt their operating model.

It will also help businesses to plan practical steps such as organising supplies, updating insurance and reactivating subscriptions, and provides links to the assistance available to help them reopen, including help with cash flow, wages and loans.

The tool can be downloaded from the NCCC website.

It complements the Safe Work Australia online hub, which was described as the definitive source of information for businesses to understand their work health and safety obligations. 

“We need businesses everywhere to get behind the safety protocols and have their COVIDSafe plans in place,” Mr Power said.

“One of the key things will be to maintain our discipline around physical distancing and hygiene.

“Our success depends on everyone – business owners, workers, customers – keeping up our practices of handwashing, social distancing, covering our sneezes and coughs, staying home if you are unwell, getting tested if you have symptoms and downloading the COVIDSafe app.” 

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