Evelyn Zaragoza

Evelyn Zaragoza

Important message for health workers, residential care workers and staff If you’re one of our wonderful health, residential care or staff workers, we want to say thanks – and remind you to take care of your own health too. Even very mild symptoms such as a scratchy throat, cough, runny nose, or slight fever mean you should get tested.

Find your nearest COVID-19 clinic here: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Saturday, 09 May 2020 08:50

BUSINESS AUSTRALIA

Alamin kung paano mo mapapalago ang iyong negosyo sa Google, kung bakit mo dapat i-download ang COVIDSAFE App, at kung aling mga bangko ang nandito para tulungan ka sa panahong ito ng pangangailangan sa lingguhang sumaryo ng Business Australia sa mga update sa Coronavirus.

https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Kailangang palaguin nang mabilis ang negosyo para matugunan ang Coronavirus? Mag-click dito para ma-download ang libreng toolkit na ‘Grow with Google’ kabilang ang kung paano i-update ang iyong Google Business Profile, mapansin online, maabot ang bagong mga kostumer sa pamamagitan ng Google Ads at gumawa ng mas mabuting pagpapasiya sa pamamagitan ng Google Analytics. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Tumulong sa pagpapanatiling ligtas ng iyong komunidad sa pamamagitan ng pagda-download ng COVIDSAFE App ng Pederal na Pamahalaan sa Apple Store o Googleplay. Sumali sa mahigit 2 milyong Australyano na nag-download na ng app. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, kabilang ang mga benepisyo at kung paano mag-download, mag-click dito. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Isa ka bang retailer na nahihirapang makabayad sa iyong renta sa ilalim ng Coronavirus? Alam mo bang pwede kang makiisa sa iba pang may-ari ng tindahan para sama-samang makipagkasundo sa mga may-ari ng inuupahan ninyo? Mag-click dito para sa pinakahuling balita https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

Ang Virgin Australia ay may nakapipinsalang utang, walang dumadaloy na pera o kita at may nanganganib na 15,000 trabaho. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa mga aral na maaaring matutunan ng lahat ng lider sa negosyo mula sa pinansiyal na problema ng Virgin, kabilang ang ‘Cash flow is King’, ang pangangailangan sa matitinding hakbang, ang kahalagahan ng epektibong komunikasyon at pagpaplano sa pagiging patuluyan. https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino
Nahihirapan ba ang iyong negosyo sa daloy ng pera habang naghihintay sa JobKeeper allowance? Namamagitan na ang mga bangko para tumulong sa mga negosyo at hinihimok din nila ang kanilang mga kostumer na humingi ng tulong sa kanila. Mag-click sa ibaba para sa listahan ng dedikadong hotline sa telepono para sa Coronavirus ng mga pangunahing bangko https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino

(ENGLISH VERSION)
Business Australia have developed more articles to help you and your business navigate through Coronavirus. Learn about how to grow your business on Google, why you should download the COVIDSAFE App and which banks are here to help you out in these times of need with Business Australia’s weekly wrap-up of SME Coronavirus updates.

View in your preferred language here:
Hindi - https://bit.ly/CPBAIndia
Chinese (Simplified) - https://bit.ly/CPBAChina
Filipino (Tagalog) - https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino
Arabic - https://bit.ly/CPBAArabic
Vietnamese - https://bit.ly/CPBAViet
Korean - https://bit.ly/CPBAKorean

1. Need to grow your business fast to adapt to Coronavirus? Click here to download a free ‘Grow with Google’ toolkit including how to update your Google Business Profile, stand out online, reach new customers with Google Ads and make better decisions with Google Analytics.
2. Help keep your community safe by downloading the Federal Government’s COVIDSAFE App at Apple Store or Googleplay. Join over 2 million Australians to have downloaded the app. For more information including the benefits and how to download click here.

3. Are you a retailer struggling to pay your rent under Coronavirus? Did you know you can join together with other shop owners to collectively bargain with your landlords? Click here for the latest news

4. Virgin Australia Airlines has crippling debt with no cash flow or revenue and 15,000 jobs in the balance. Click below for lessons all business leaders can take from Virgin’s financial troubles including ‘Cash flow is King’, the need for drastic measures, the importance of effective communication and continuity planning.
5. Is your business struggling for cashflow while waiting for the JobKeeper allowance? Banks are stepping in to help businesses and are encouraging their customers to call them for help. Click below for a list of the major bank’s dedicated Coronavirus telephone hotlines

Click through to view more information in your preferred language:
Hindi - https://bit.ly/CPBAIndia
Chinese (Simplified) - https://bit.ly/CPBAChina
Filipino (Tagalog) - https://bit.ly/CPBAFilipino
Arabic - https://bit.ly/CPBAArabic
Vietnamese - https://bit.ly/CPBAViet
Korean - https://bit.ly/CPBAKorean

 
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today announced applications are now open for the 2020 Community Building Partnership Program, encouraging community infrastructure projects across NSW.
 
Tanya Daviessaid $300,000 is available for projects in each NSW electorate, including the Mulgoa electorate, and urged local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes.
 
“Local sports clubs, charities, schools and museums are just some of the groups that benefit from this program,” Tanya Davies said.
 
“If your organisation or club needs extra funding for infrastructure, such as playgrounds, accessible features, equipment or refurbishment, then I’d strongly encourage you to apply.”
 
The Community Building Partnership program has awarded more than $334 million in funding to 15,000 community projects since its beginning in 2009.
 
“This program means that you can support your community group to improve the places you meet, train or play,”Tanya Davies said.
 
“Take the time to prepare and submit your application so your community group doesn’t miss out on a share of $300,000.”
 
Applications are now open and close at 5pm, Friday 12 June 2020. Applicants must read the program guidelines to ensure their club or organisation and proposed project are eligible.
 
For more information about the NSW Government’s 2020 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: thewww.nsw.gov.au/cbp
 
Queenslanders are being urged to be vigilant when it comes to using smart technology and sharing personal information – a timely message given the increased use of technology and devices during the current pandemic.
 
Queensland Privacy Commissioner, Phil Green, said it’s important for people to be privacy aware, look out for themselves as well as those who might be less tech-savvy, including children and seniors.
“Privacy Awareness Week runs from 4 to 10 May and this year’s theme isBe smart about privacy,” Mr Green said.
 
“We live in a digital world and are constantly surrounded by smart technology in the home and in the community from smart phones, TVs, home-assist devices, security systems, cars and smart city initiatives introduced by governments.
 
“The current COVID-19 health crisis has brought with it a raft of changes and individuals and families are busy navigating working from home, schooling from home and staying connected to family and friends through technology.
 
“I have a smart phone in my pocket right now, as would most Queenslanders. Being constantly connected to the internet through smart technology increases the amount of data, or personal information, that’s collected about us,” he explained.
 
Mr Green said Privacy Awareness Week was the perfect opportunity to remind Queenslanders of their privacy rights and how privacy goes hand-in-hand with online safety.
 
“Privacy and online safety are interconnected and this year the eSafety Commissioner joined us for the online launch of Privacy Awareness Week in Queensland. Ms Julie Inman Grant talked about the crossovers and how to stay safe online,” he said.
 
“We have five simple tips that spell out the word SMART, making it easier for the community to remember and be privacy aware. I encourage people to visit the Office of the Information Commissioner’s website to find a range of helpful privacy tips to protect their personal information.”
 
The five Privacy Awareness Week SMART tips for the community include:
Secureyour personal information
Multi-factorauthentication helps protect
Activelycheck and update privacy settings
ReadTs&Cs when signing up to apps and emails
Thinktwice before sharing details on social media
 
The online launch of Privacy Awareness Week includes video presentations from Mr Phil Green, Ms Inman Grant and Australia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Ms Angelene Falk.
 
While the week is an opportunity to raise awareness with the community, it’s also a reminder to public sector agencies of their responsibility to protect and respect personal information in the workplace.
 
The Office of the Information Commissioner has released a range of SMART tips for the public sector, as well as privacy tips while working from home.
 
In light of the recent Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Impala report recommendations, Mr Green said public sector leaders were encouraged to raise awareness about privacy, build good privacy practices into their agency’s day-to-day activities and manage risk.
 
“With the help of public sector agencies, together we can promote the value of protecting and respecting personal information, and encourage a privacy-aware work culture that builds greater trust and transparency with Queenslanders.
 
“This goes hand-in-hand with the Operation Impala report which highlighted the need for agencies to better manage and protect personal information, while adopting a more privacy-aware culture,” he said.
Privacy Awareness Week 2020 in Queensland was officially launched on 5 May.
More information is available atwww.oic.qld.gov.au/paw2020.
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 12:31

UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS MEASURES

The National Cabinet met today to further discuss options for easing restrictions over the coming months, helping prepare Australians to go back to work in a COVID-19 safe environment and getting the economy back to a more sustainable level.

The Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy provided an update on the measures underway, the latest data and medical advice in relation to COVID-19. 

There have been 6,849 confirmed cases in Australia and sadly 96 people have died. There are now only around 1,000 active cases in Australia, and over the past week, daily infection rates have remained low. 

We need to continue to have the right controls in place to test more people, trace those who test positive and respond to local outbreaks when they occur. These are precedent conditions to enable Australia to relax baseline restrictions and enable Australians to live and work in a COVID-19 safe economy. 

National Cabinet encouraged Australians to download the COVIDSafe app to ensure that we can protect Australians and reset baseline restrictions. Nearly 5 million Australians have already downloaded the COVIDSafe app. This is an enormous achievement, but more is needed. 

National Cabinet welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for a part of today’s meeting to discuss our countries’ approaches to combating the virus. We agreed to start work on a trans-Tasman COVID-19 safe travel zone, easing travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand. This arrangement would be put in place once it is safe to do so, with necessary health, transport and other protocols to protect public health. Any arrangement would need to factor in state and territory movement restrictions. A travel zone would assist both countries’ economic recovery, help kick-start our tourism and transport sectors, enhance existing sporting links, and reunite families and friends.

National Cabinet agreed to meet again on Friday 8 May 2020.

 

Establishing a COVID-19 Safe Australia - returning to work safely and confidently

The Chair of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, Mr Neville Power, briefed National Cabinet on the importance of a proactive and consistent approach to supporting businesses and workers to safely return to work - drawing on the National COVID-19 Safe Workplace Principles that had been agreed by National Cabinet on 24 April 2020.

National Cabinet agreed that Safework Australia would be the single source of information, which will allow businesses to plan with confidence and consistency. A toolkit is being developed for businesses to use, to help them be work ready in a COVID-19 safe environment. National Cabinet encouraged businesses to be prepared for reopening, to protect their workers and protect their business.

 

Establishing a COVID-19 Safe Australia - removing baseline restrictions

National Cabinet agreed to establish a three step framework to gradually remove baseline restrictions to enable Australians to live in a COVID-19 safe economy. Details will be determined by National Cabinet on Friday 8 May 2020.

Individual states and territories will determine the timeframe for graduating between steps and individual restrictions to remove. This reflects the fact that states and territories are at different stages of the pandemic response, with 6 of 8 states and territories now recording multiple zero case days.

National Cabinet noted that the Northern Territory has announced that by 5 June 2020, it will be able to remove many restrictions, while maintaining social distancing, hygiene and travel restrictions.

It is National Cabinet’s aim to have a sustainable COVID-19 safe economy in July 2020. This will be subject to strong epidemiology results, testing, tracing and local surge health response capacity. National Cabinet noted that some health measures will need to be in place for a considerable period of time including social distancing, strong hygiene and international travel restrictions. Some jurisdictions may choose to maintain interstate travel restrictions.

 

Justice sector Preparedness

National Cabinet discussed the importance of making sure there is access to legal support for those Australians who need it during this time.

That’s why the Australian Government will provide an additional $63.3 million for the legal assistance sector:

·      $49.8 million for additional frontline legal services, such as legal advice or representation, and with 40 per cent to be used for matters involving domestic violence; and

·      $13.5 million for IT costs to support the sector’s transition to delivering assistance virtually and online

National Cabinet agreed that it is important to quickly finalise agreement of the National Legal Assistance Partnership to ensure continuity for services, such as Community Legal Centres. Under that Partnership agreement, the Australian Government will provide more than $2 billion over the next five years to help Australians with legal issues.

Given the importance of protecting victims of domestic violence, there was also a commitment from all Premiers and Chief Ministers that domestic violence orders will continue to be available and enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 
Managing COVID-19 in corrections facilities 

National Cabinet agreed that jurisdictions will plan for and manage COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Network Australia National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Correctional and Detention Facilities in Australia.

National Cabinet agreed that supply of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to corrections facilities should be considered a priority in the context of the national supply of PPE, as additional supplies become available and if COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the sector.  

The Australian Government will, in partnership with jurisdictions, develop ‘Safe Travel Plans’ for newly released Indigenous prisoners including access to self-isolation accommodation and secure transport to designated communities.

More than 18,000 people have wanted to know how WA’s new rent relief scheme works, with hundreds having started their application, hoping for a grant covering four weeks’ rent up to $2,000.

The State Government’s $30 million Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme will assist renters who are out of work and struggling to pay their rent after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the conditions to qualify for the grant is that applicants must have an agreement in writing to pay a reduced rent to the landlord, or have engaged in Consumer Protection’s conciliation service in order to reach an agreement.

Grants equivalent to four weeks’ rent to a maximum of $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords, even though renters submit the application. However, the renter must receive the benefit of the grant through paying a reduced rent.

The scheme complements the introduction of new COVID-19 emergency tenancy laws which placed a six-month moratorium on evictions and rent increases.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said renters wishing to apply who do not have a revised rent agreement in place can reach out for assistance.

“Don’t feel pressured to sign paperwork provided by your landlord if you are not comfortable. Consumer Protection is here to help and we can assist to negotiate an arrangement that both you and your landlord are happy with and advise you on eligibility for the grant,” Ms Chopping said.

“The online application form is open until 29 September 2020, however the total grant funding of $30 million, depending on demand, may be claimed prior to this date.”

Renters can get further details and apply for the grant online atwww.dmirs.wa.gov.au/covidrentgrant.  It is recommended that applications be made using a PC or laptop as supporting documents need to be uploaded as part of the application.

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