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 KT Response to Chamber request for Rent Relief

A letter was sent from the Thredbo Chamber of Commerce to KT last Monday asking for Rent Relief, particularly for business operators over this difficult period where trading will be curtailed.  A response from KT was received late last week.  A summary of this response follows. 

At this stage KT is offering rent deferrals as means to offset cashflow issues while the COVID issue plays out.  Until such time as the  potential nature of winter snow season operations is clarified  they feel it is too early for discussions on rental relief or abatement. They are also awaiting NSW Government announcements in relation to property contracts and industry codes of conduct.  

KT feels that the rent deferral is in the spirit of the Commonwealth Governments Business Hibernation strategy.   Accordingly  KT wish to re assure all sublessees that no action will be taken for late payment of rent during this period and any sublessee who has difficulty meeting payments  is encouraged to contact Andrew or Brooke in the property department. 


NSW Government Small Business Grant and Bush Fire Assistance Webinar

 The NSW Government has announced a new small business grant targeting smaller employers with up to $10,000 support.  Click Here. for a summary from Business Australia

Bush Fire Assistance Roadshow:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on public gatherings, the NSW Government will be launching the NSW Small Business Bushfire Information Roadshow as a webinar at 6pm on Tuesday 7 April.  This webinar will feature representatives from a number of State Government agencies including:
 
  • Overview by Regional NSW - Chris Hanger
  • NSW Small Business Commission - Ben Lees
  • Service NSW – David Morrant
  • Business Connect – Gary Wheatstone
  • Training Services NSW – Angela Parker
 
The 35 minute webinar offers guidance on the support available to small business owners who have been affected by the recent bushfires. The representatives featured in the webinar are presenting the same information delivered during the live roadshows that had kicked off in February.
 
All presenters will be showcasing what support can be accessed from the NSW Government including loan and grant applications,  advocacy and dispute mediation, personalised business concierge services, business advice as well as training opportunities.  Afterwards we’ll be hosting a live Q&A with presenters for anyone who may have questions.
 
Register here to view and participate in this free webinar:
 
6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 7 April 2020
 
 
Other Useful Links
Fair Work Australia Update.
Fair Work Australia has made changes to 108 awards with special conditions to allow for Pandemic Leave  for employees.  Click on the link to read more from Business Australia

ATO Tax Deferrals.
The ATO has announced that it will allow small businesses to defer any tax obligations for an extended period during this crisis to support cash flow.  If you are interested in this you can call them on 1800806218 

The Following government websites have useful information on the government support packages
www.serviceaustralia.gov.au
www.australia.gov.au
www.treasury.gov.au


 

Temporary Changes to the Hospitality Award

The Accommodation Association has sent out this notice regarding  some useful temporary changes to the Hospitality Award to help businesses over the coming months..

The Fair Work Commission has announcement a temporary variation to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award in a bid to salvage jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Before implementing the changes, employers are required to consult with the affected employee/s in accordance with clause 8A—Consultation about changes to rosters or hours of work and provide as much notice as practicable.
 
The changes apply from 24 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
 
Hours of Work—Full-time and part-time employees:
  • full-time employees’ average hours may be reduced to between 22.8 and 38 ordinary hours per week.
  • part-time employees’ hours may be an average of between 60% and 100% of their guaranteed hours per week.
 Classifications and duties:
Where necessary, employers may direct employees to perform any duties that are within their skill and competency, regardless of their classification, provided that the duties are safe and the employee is licensed and qualified to perform them.

Annual leave:

An employer may, subject to considering an employee’s personal circumstances, direct the employee to take annual leave with 24 hours’ notice.

 The Accommodation Association applauds the Fair Work Commission for introducing these temporary provisions that hopefully will help some businesses and employees.

 For more information, please contact the Accommodation Association on 1300 304 397 or mail@aaoa.com.au

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