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Melbourne will ease lockdown restrictions to ‘2nd step’ tonight but lifting the major changes for small business are still a fortnight away

- October 18, 2020 5 MIN READ

Melburnians will be able to roam up to 25km from their home from midnight tonight, with outdoor real estate auctions returning, as well as tennis courts, golf courses and skateparks reopening under a softening of Victoria’s lockdown restrictions announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday. The “third step” to reopen retail, hospitality, gyms, and personal… Read more »

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COVID crisis pushing businesses to the brink

- September 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

With stage four restrictions expected to continue in Victoria until at least September 28, CPA Australia has called for urgent additional support for the state’s business owners. The CPA suggests the extended lockdown and ‘roadmap to reopening‘ will have devastating consequences for Victorian businesses. The viability of many businesses is under threat. Many have faced… Read more »

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Step-by-step guide to Victoria’s path out of COVID-19 lockdown

- September 7, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Sunday announced steps to slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. There are four steps before Victoria totally opens up – a goal Andrews refers to as “COVID-normal”. Melburnians will have to wait a bit longer than regional Victorians before an… Read more »

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Victoria has a roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions – NSW should too

- September 7, 2020 4 MIN READ

The COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria announced by Premier Daniel Andrews sets the state on the right path. Something like it should be emulated by New South Wales, which has not yet achieved zero new cases. Victoria’s roadmap towards what Andrews calls “COVID-normal” makes a clear distinction between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Restrictions are marginally… Read more »

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Advocates welcome mental health funding for Victoria’s small business community

- August 13, 2020 3 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the Victorian Government’s $26 million wellbeing initiative for small business owners and workers will save lives. “The enormity of this second wave lockdown and the psychological distress it is causing for small business owners cannot be underestimated,” Carnell said. “Given small business loans are… Read more »

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Coronavirus update: Victoria’s deadliest day, NSW hotspots grow

- August 12, 2020 2 MIN READ

Victoria has recorded 21 deaths and 410 new case of coronavirus overnight. 15 of these deaths have been linked to aged care facilities as coronavirus continues to spread quietly through Sydney with mystery cases and hotspots growing. Speaking to Sunrise this morning the deputy chief medical officer Professor Michael Kidd said people needed to remain… Read more »

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Coronavirus update: mental health support for Victorians, QLD zero infections, VIC 471 new diagnoses, unemployement predicted to hit 13 per cent as $9billion shaved from economy

- August 6, 2020 3 MIN READ

The prime minister Scott Morrison has outlined there will be an increased focus on the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians as the city’s capital enters stage four restrictions today. The PM took time out during a cybersecurity press conference to acknowledge the 1000s of Victorians now working from home, thanking them for their commitment… Read more »

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Victorian employers must provide worker’s permits to eligible employees or cop a massive fine

- August 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a worksite must issue a worker permit to their employees or cop a  massive fine. Issuing permits is the employer’s responsibility. Without a permit, any employee travelling to work in Melbourne or Mitchell Shire will face huge penalties as will their employer.… Read more »