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SALVO THIFT STORE BACK OPEN 3 June 2020

The Salvation Army Ballarat Community Church Thrift Store has reopened its doors after being closed for an extended amount of time. They welcome donations from the public but do please ask that you give them a chance to catch up for lost time. Volunteers have to wait 72 hours before handling the items as a precaution.  Read more »

WORKSAFE PREMIUMS - FLEXIBILITY

On 5 May 2020, the Victorian Government confirmed that any eligible Commonwealth Government JobKeeper Payments to meet the $1,500 threshold will not affect the calculation of the WorkCover premium. These changes are to support Victorian employers during the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. See factsheet HERE Commonwealth Government JobKeeper Payments and Victorian WorkCover premiums - Frequently Asked Questions HERE Read more »

MANDATORY TRAINING FOR HOSPITALITY VENUES

A short free online module to support the Guidelines is available here. It is the Government's expectation that at least one staff member at every venue will have completed the training.  Once your staff are familiar with the Guidelines and a staff member has completed the training you can print this poster out and display in your venue. You do not have to complete the training before reopening. We encourage you to display your poster as soon as possible, it is important to create the strongest sense of confidence in our community to assist both your recovery and our crucial tourism industry. More resources for re-opening Hospitality venues available here Read more »

WINTER IN BALLARAT 3 June 2020

Winter in Ballarat is going to look a little different this year. As we learn to navigate these times together, the City of Ballarat want to reach out to you to see how you're going.  Right now they're looking at ways to support you and the work you're doing or have planned over the coming months. The information you provide will help shape the planning across a number of initiatives , including:  Be Kind Winter & Ballarat's first virtual Winter Festival. Take a moment to advise how COVID-19 has impacted on your business, or to provide information about the products and activities you're keen to have considered in any of the above initiatives. Take the survey HERE Read more »

3BA WINTER APPEAL 2020 3 June 2020

The current COVID-19 crisis has made life that much harder for many, making the need for the 3BA Winter Appeal even greater this year. We have never have known so many local families to be in such desperate circumstances, and the onset of Ballarat's cold and severe winter makes it extremely likely that in the coming months our welfare agencies and charities will be overwhelmed as they endeavour to cope with even more families requiring support. More info and how to donate CLICK HERE Read more »

IF YOU CAN WORK FROM HOME, YOU MUST WORK FROM HOME (1.06.20)

In light of new evidence indicating increased activity, the obligation for employers to keep their staff working from home will now be included in the Chief Health Officer's directions External link (opens in same window). For employees, that means an obligation to keep working from home. And for employers, an obligation to support them in doing so. Read the statement from the Premier Read more »

INDUSTRY GUIDELINES AND TRAINING FOR REOPENING

These guidelines assist businesses to prepare to safely resume operations in accordance with the easing of restrictions and build confidence in the community that their health and safety is being protected + Hospitality Industry - See guidelines HERE and training HERE + Tourism Industry - Tourism Industry Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) + Beauty Industry - Beauty and Personal Care Facility Guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) Read more »

RETURN TO WORK GUIDE & COVID-19 WORKPLACE POLICY

In light of slowly easing Government restrictions, we have created a Return to Work Guide and a COVID-19 Workplace Policy to make this transition as easy as possible for you. The Return to Work Guide includes a compiled list of all the need to know information when reopening, or introducing staff and customers back into your workplace, including your responsibilities as an employer, employee rights, cleaning and hygiene, FAQ and more. The COVID-19 Workplace Policy is a document that you can then edit and customise to suit your business, on the measures you will take to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19. This can then be stored and provided to employees to reassure them of the measures that are being taken to maintain their safety at work. RETURN TO WORK GUIDE - Download Here. COVID-19 WORKPLACE POLICY - Download Here. Read more »

#SHOUTOUTBALLARAT COMPETITION

It's an incredibly difficult time for our businesses, but the support our local community has shown has been truly amazing. As part of Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Connect Evolve, Recover 2020, we're giving a shout out to Ballarat business, and we want you to join us for the chance to WIN one of TWO $1,000 vouchers (can be split) to a Commerce Ballarat member/s of your choice.... For more details and how to enter on Facebook & Instagram CLICK HERE. Read more »