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NSW EPA seeks ADIA members' feedback Deadline: Monday Sept 20

Posted by ADIA on 17 September 2021
NSW EPA seeks ADIA members' feedback Deadline: Monday Sept 20

NSW EPA seeks ADIA members' feedback

Deadline: Monday Sept 20

 

A reminder to ADIA members that the deadline for feedback into the review of the NSW Radiation Control Act 1990 is next Monday 20 September.

The consultation process for the review of NSW’s radiation control legislation is being undertaken by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The EPA developed an Issues Paper as part of the review, in consultation with the Radiation Advisory Council and NSW government agencies.

Click here to read the Issues Paper and to make a submission.

The NSW Government is reviewing the Act to ensure that the objectives are still valid and the terms of the Act are able to secure those objectives.

The Act regulates radioactive substances and equipment in New South Wales, to ensure that radiation is used, stored and disposed of safely.

The EPA has responsibilities under the Act, including issuing licences to manage or use radioactive substances and equipment, and regulating radiation practices in NSW.

If you would like to discuss the review or have any questions, please contact Mr Mark Carey, EPA Principal Policy Officer on 9995 5737 or email radiation.reform@epa.nsw.gov.au

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NEW! State by State COVID-19 Government support packages

Posted by ADIA on 16 September 2021
NEW! State by State COVID-19 Government support packages
Below you will find a revised state by state breakdown of the available financial, support and information packages provided by the Commonwealth and state governments. NEW! Individuals  impacted by COVID-19 can find out more about government payments that may be available to them, including the COVID-19 Disaster Payment - a lump sum payment to help employees unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown. Individuals may also asses their suitability for myriad government payments now available by visiting Getting Help During Coronovirus COVID-19 - if you need a payment. The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available to individuals who cannot generate an income due to self-isolation orders or to care for dependents in self-isolation.   FEDERAL The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) Workplace Relations and WH&S team have prepared a comprehensive guide for employers on COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace. ACCI's new guide, COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace - Edition 1 sets out how employers can participate in the vaccine roll-out and how to navigate issues related to vaccinations that may arise in the workplace, including the mandating of vaccines. COVID-19 Disaster Payment
Information about the COVID-19 Disaster Payment can be found via the Prime Minister’s Media Release and on the Services Australia website. Backing business investment - accelerated depreciation
Eligible businesses, for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 income years, may be able to deduct the cost of new depreciating assets at an accelerated rate using the backing business investment - accelerated depreciation rules.   NEW SOUTH WALES Support for small to medium businesses (including sole traders) and small non-profits. For businesses or organisations with annual turnover of more than $75,000 for which revenue has declined by 30% or more due to the lockdown. NEW! Freedoms for fully vaccinated people NSW will start to reopen once it reaches its 70% double vaccination target. NEW! COVID-19 vaccinations business support products Business NSW continues to advocate for businesses in the evolving COVID-19 situation. Find all the information and resources you and your employees need to stay informed on available, approved COVID-19 vaccinations.   Support available NEW! Extension of JobSaver - 2 October 2021 From 10 September, eligible businesses / NFPs need to log into the Business Profile of MyServiceNSW each fortnight to reaffirm the minimum turnover decline and employee headcount maintained for payment to continue. Eligible businesses with a turnover between $75,000 and $250 million that continue to experience a minimum 30% decline in turnover due to the Public Health Order will be eligible for payments of up to 40% of their pre-COVID weekly NSW payroll. JobSaver Payments of 40% of pre-COVID NSW weekly payroll, from $1,500 to $100,000 per week (paid fortnightly); $1,000 weekly for non-employing business. Available from 18 July 2021. NEW! Extension of the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grants - 1 October 2021 Ongoing support via JobSaver is available for businesses that experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more or had to close due to the Public Health Order, in the restriction period 26 June 2021 - 17 July 2021. NEW! Test and Isolate payment - eligibility extended From 9 September, a one-off support payment of $320 is available to eligible workers who live in NSW and are required to test and isolate immediately. Before 9 September, the support was only available to workers from an area of concern. The payment is designed to avoid potential transmission of the virus through workplaces when people do not get tested as soon as they are required or fail to follow the isolations rules. Read the guidelines including eligibility criteria here. Payroll tax support Provides a 25% reduction in FY22 payroll tax for eligible businesses; Payroll tax payments deferred until 7 October 2021 for all businesses; and Interest free 12-month repayment plans for deferred payroll tax. Availability is based on the full lockdown period. NEW! Payroll tax deferrals and waivers Businesses eligible for a 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver with payrolls $10 million or less will be eligible for a 50% reduction (waiver) in their 2021-22 payroll tax, up from 25%. All businesses will also be able to further defer payroll tax payments due from July 2021 through to December 2021. The payments will now be due on 14 January 2022, and 12-month interest-free repayment plans will become available.  NEW! Support for commercial, retail, and residential landlords Eligible commercial and retail landlords that provide rental waivers to COVID-19 impacted tenants and have not claimed land tax relief, will be eligible for a monthly grant of up to $3,000. Eligible residential landlords can choose between applying for land tax relief or a further payment of $1,500, taking total assistance to a maximum of $4,500 per tenancy if they agree to reduce the rent for COVID-19 impacted tenants by at least $4,500. NEW! Commercial tenancy protection Landlords may not be able to take action such as eviction, if the impacted tenant breaches a retail or commercial lease due to the impacts of COVID-19. Tenants and landlords must once again renegotiate the terms of the lease, including rent. The period of protection has been extended to 13 January 2022. Support with tenancy Landlords can’t evict impacted retail or commercial tenancies without mediation. Provides land tax relief for landlords who reduce the rent for impacted tenants up to 100% of their 2021 land tax liability. These protections will last for the whole lockdown.   Compare the available COVID-19 business grants and payments to determine which support best fits your business needs, here.   Support for micro-businesses (including sole traders) and small non-profits To be eligible your business or organisation must have a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 per year, and your revenue has declined by 30% or more.   Support available NEW! Extension of COVID-19 Micro-business Grant - 2 October 2021 From the week commencing 13 September, eligible businesses need to log into the Business Profile of MyServiceNSW each fortnight to reaffirm the minimum turnover decline and employee headcount maintained for payment to continue. Eligible businesses with a turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 that continue to experience a minimum 30% decline in turnover due to the Public Health Order will be eligible for a fortnightly payment of $1,500. Support with tenancy Landlords can’t evict impacted retail or commercial tenancies without mediation. Provides land tax relief for landlords who reduce the rent for impacted tenants up to 100% of their 2021 land tax liability. These protections will last for the whole lockdown.   Other support and payments NEW! Click for more information on the 2021 COVID-19 Support Package NEW! Support for individuals impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions and stay-at-home orders is also available through Services Australia. NEW! Find out about help for small business including requesting a call from a Business Concierge. The COVID-19 Safety plan is required to keep your business on track with compliance, and if relevant, take a look at the Jobs Plus program. NEW! General support is also available including telephone with translated services. NEW! Keep up to date with NSW government COVID-19 updates. NEW! For mental health and wellbeing refer to the recommended resources and organisations for support.   VICTORIA A $367 million package announced by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments on Thursday 12 August is set to provide financial assistance to many businesses in Victoria. Support available COVID-19 Disaster Payment - applications open Eligible workers and individuals who run sole-trader businesses who lose work and do not qualify for Victorian government support programs may receive: $450 - people who have lost between eight and up to 20 hours of work or a full day of work (over seven days) $750 - people who have lost 20 hours or more of work. Small Business COVID Hardship Fund To help businesses that have not qualified for existing support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue by at least 70%. Businesses that are legally allowed to operate but have been unable to generate revenue due to restrictions. NEW! Business Costs Assistance Program - automatic payment Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne who previously received or are approved to receive the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension grant, will automatically receive payments.  $2,800 a week for businesses with an annual payroll below $650,000 $5,600 a week for businesses with an annual payroll between $650,000 and less than $3 million $8,400 for businesses with an annual payroll of $3 million to $10 million.  The program aims to allow businesses across multiple sectors to continue paying overheads and other costs despite impacts on revenue. Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two The Victorian Government launched a round of grants for eligible small to medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses impacted by May-June 2021 restrictions in Victoria. Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two - July Extension The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension provides el...
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NSW EPA invites ADIA members to provide feedback

Posted by ADIA on 7 September 2021
NSW EPA invites ADIA members to provide feedback

Australian Dental Industry Association members are invited to provide feedback into the review of the NSW Radiation Control Act 1990.

The consultation process for the review of NSW’s radiation control legislation is being undertaken by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Discover more about the review by clicking this link:

https://yoursay.epa.nsw.gov.au/radiation-control-act-review

Stakeholders have until Monday 20 September 2021 to comment on an issues paper for the consultation.

The NSW Government is reviewing the Act to ensure its objectives are still valid and the terms of the Act are able to secure those objectives.

The Act regulates radioactive substances and equipment in New South Wales, to ensure that radiation is used, stored and disposed of safely.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has responsibilities under the Act, including issuing licences to manage or use radioactive substances and equipment, and regulating radiation practices in NSW.

The EPA has developed an Issues Paper as part of the review of the Act, in consultation with the Radiation Advisory Council and NSW government agencies. The Issues Paper will help individuals and organisations to provide submissions on the review of the Act.

Matters addressed in the Issues Paper include:

  • Policy objectives of the Act
  • Authorisation of radiation practices
  • Security of radioactive sources
  • Enforcement provisions
  • Radiation Advisory Council

The Issues Paper can be accessed at https://yoursay.epa.nsw.gov.au/radiation-control-act-review, where you may complete a survey or make a submission.

The consultation is open until 20 September 2021.

If you would like to discuss the review or have any questions, please contact Mr Mark Carey, EPA Principal Policy Officer on 9995 5737 or email radiation.reform@epa.nsw.gov.au

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COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

Posted by ADIA on 25 August 2021
COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (ACCI) Workplace Relations and WH&S team have prepared a comprehensive guide for employers on COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace.

The guide is designed to answer questions about the vaccine roll-out and mandating the vaccine in the workplace.

ACCI's new guide, COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace - Edition 1 sets out how employers can participate in the vaccine roll-out and how to navigate issues related to vaccinations that may arise in the workplace, including the mandating of vaccines.

The following topics are covered in detail:

  • Communicating with employees about the COVID-19 vaccine, including tips, information and downloadable employer resources;
     
  • Assisting employees to get vaccinated, including guidance around promotions and giveaways as well as details around any potential liabilities employers may be exposed to when encouraging, promoting or mandating the vaccine in the workplace;
     
  • Employment and work health and safety law vaccine workplace considerations, including details around implementing a COVID-19 vaccination policy, general workplace relations issues that may arise in relation to COVID-19 vaccinations, the COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace and dealing with workplace disputes regarding COVID-19 vaccinations;
     
  • Vaccines and privacy law, including how employers can sight, collect, use and disclose information about an employee vaccination status in line with Privacy Act obligations; and
     
  • Work health and safety, including ongoing obligations and steps employers can take to reduce the risks related to COVID-19 in the workplace. 


The COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace Guide is a working document and will be updated, with new editions, as new information comes to light and legal determinations are made.

 

Click here to download the guide

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Refinements to the regulation of personalised medical devices

Posted by ADIA on 24 August 2021
Refinements to the regulation of personalised medical devices

As you are aware the ADIA has worked closely with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) over the past 18 months on the development of the personalised medical devices framework.

On Monday the TGA announced a number of options for refining the framework that were identified as a result of the public consultations held over the last few months.

The ADIA advocated for a number of options to be considered in the development of the framework which included:

  1. A review of Class 1 and Class IIa devices with a view to excluding very low risk products from Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) inclusion.
  2. Continuing to include raw materials and components that are used to make medical  devices in the ARTG.
  3. Maintaining a level playing field for all manufacturers of medical devices.
  4. The ADIA suggested implementing a templated process to achieve a QMS system to reduce costs for the small laboratories and manufactures which was highlighted in a Risk Statement submitted by the ADIA in the initial consultation process.

In today's announcement the TGA have advised that: 

  1. A limited number of low risk devices would be excluded from being considered to be medical devices.
  2. Raw materials and components would stay on the ARTG.
  3. The person assembling the low risk device would not need to include the device in the ARTG. 
  4. The person assembling the device, including if they are a healthcare practitioner, will still need to meet all other regulatory requirements for medical devices.

An overview of these legislative instruments and their impact can be found on the TGA website.

What is required now?

If you manufacture or supply a product that has been included in the excluded goods determination, you do not need to register for transition or include the device in the ARTG.

If you have already registered a product that has been included in the excluded goods determination you are not required to take any further action.

Please Note:

If companies reacted to the TGA email re removing items from the ARTG before June 30 by deleting those entries, the ADIA will work with the TGA on the process for reinstating those entries.

Please reach out to the ADIA with a summary of how many ARTG entries were cancelled, and also advise on any applications rejected on the basis of the TGA position on raw materials, that will now need to be resubmitted

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