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COVID-19 Updates

Stay informed with updates relating to COVID-19. Various resources available for you and your business.

If you have any questions or concerns, CLICK HERE to email us.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol - Guidelines for Members

As businesses around Australia have started to commence, or are in the planning stages of conducting operations under the "new normal", we have put together for our member businesses two templates which can be utilised if you wish, around your staff visiting other businesses and external visitors coming to your premise.

ADIA CEO Update: Disaster Relief and Support for Small Businesses

Posted by ADIA on 10 March 2022
ADIA CEO Update: Disaster Relief and Support for Small Businesses

ADX Sydney Update

We currently have 6051 delegate registrations (4324 at the same time in 2020)

(NSW: 79%, VIC: 8%, QLD: 6%, Other: 7%) and 191 exhibitors confirmed for ADX Sydney.

Severe Weather and Flooding Support for Small Businesses

The Federal and State governments have confirmed further support for businesses impacted by flooding to support clean-up, rebuilding and recovery.

 

New South Wales:

Assistance is being provided to the following 45 local government areas in NSW through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA):

  • Armidale, Bayside, Ballina, Bega, Bellingen, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Byron, Camden, Campbelltown, Clarence Valley, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Eurobodalla, Fairfield, Georges River, Glen Innes Severn, Hastings, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Inner West, Kempsey, Kiama, Ku-rin-gai, Kyogle, Lismore, Liverpool, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Macquarie/Hastings, Richmond, Ryde, Shellharbour, Sutherland, Tenterfield, The Hills,Tweed, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Wollongong.

 

Queensland:

The payments are being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for eligible applicants in the 19 local government areas of:

  • Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba

 

The support package includes:

  • $50,000 grants to assist small business and not-for-profit organisations that have suffered direct damage from the event.

 

Apply here if you're a small business in NSW

 

Apply here if you're a small business in QLD
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ADIA CEO Update: Update on ADX Sydney 2022

Posted by ADIA on 17 February 2022
ADIA CEO Update: Update on ADX Sydney 2022

Latest NSW COVID-19 News - a boost to consumer confidence

From today, NSW will see restrictions eased ahead of schedule following Premier Dominic Perrottet’s announcement yesterday.
  • Working from home orders will be scrapped and left to “employer’s discretion”
  • QR Code check-ins will only be required for nightclubs and music festivals with more than 1000 attendees
  • Density limits in hospitality settings will be lifted
  • Singing and dancing will be allowed at all venues
From next Friday, 25 February:
  • Face masks will only be compulsory on public transport, planes, airports, hospitals, prisons, and disability and aged care facilities. Masks will still be recommended for other indoor settings.
  • The 20,000-person capacity of music festivals will be removed, with singing and dancing permitted

Seeing the stabilisation of COVID cases over the last couple of weeks indicates to the public that we are tracking well and should see a further boost in confidence.

Read the full media release
 

COVID Safe Preparation for ADX Sydney 2022

To ensure that ADX Sydney is as safe as possible, ADIA has conducted an updated risk assessment and will be implementing all recommendations at ADX Sydney.

ADIA will notify ADX Sydney attendees that:

  • They will not be admitted to ADX Sydney if they have any COVID symptoms
  • They should reconsider their attendance at ADX Sydney if they fall into any of the high-risk groupings of age over 85, obesity, diabetes and cardio-respiratory diseases.


Anyone attending ADX Sydney in any capacity will need to fill out a declaration that:

  • They are double-vaccinated
  • They have no COVID symptoms
  • If they become a close contact or develop COVID symptoms, they will immediately report to the ADX Sydney organisers (ADIA)

ADIA will Supply Rapid Antigen Tests to all ADX Sydney exhibitors:

  • ADIA is sending each exhibitor sufficient Rapid Antigen Tests so that each registered exhibition staff member can test themselves each day that they are going to be on-site
  • Tests will be sent out over the next two weeks
  • Please ensure that you have registered all of your staff via the exhibitor portal by Friday 25th February, so that we can issue the correct number of tests to your company
  • We highly recommend exhibitor staff complete the test daily at home or in their hotel room, before entering the exhibition


ADIA will Implement internal control measures that comply with current NSW government control measures:

  • Hand washing guidelines will be published in handwashing areas
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be installed throughout the hall - thanks to Whiteley
  • Masks are recommended for indoor settings but are not compulsory. ADIA is providing free face masks - thanks to Medicom, for those who wish to wear them
  • Maintain physical distancing in small, enclosed spaces
  • Exhibitors are encouraged to disinfect benches and flat surfaces (including any touch screens) regularly
  • ADIA and venue staff will be attending to surfaces such as registrations screes and flat surfaces in shared areas like the cafes

NSW Government guidelines are subject to change and precautions will be updated accordingly

 
 

ADX Sydney

We are less than four weeks away from ADX Sydney 2022, where we will have world-class speakers, cutting-edge industry exhibitions and a stellar line-up of social events. Don't miss out on all the fun! Click here to check out what ADX is all about.

Registration is still open if you haven't yet secured your ticket. Book now!

We currently have 3988 delegate registrations (NSW: 79%, VIC: 8%, QLD: 5%, Other: 8%) and 180 exhibitors confirmed for ADX Sydney.

WATCH what previous attendees have said about their experience at our ADX events.

Register Now
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ADIA CEO Update: COVID-19 Update

Posted by ADIA on 4 February 2022
ADIA CEO Update: COVID-19 Update


COVID-19 Update

As depicted in the graph below, there has been a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases reported across Australia since the peak in January. If the trend continues to follow forecasting, this should see a boost in consumer confidence leading into March and hopefully a prosperous 2022 after the uncertainty we've had the last two years.

Sources:
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Our World in Data


ADX Sydney 2022


With only six weeks to go until ADX Sydney 2022 kicks off at the ICC, industry confidence remains high with over 3000 delegate registrations and 180 exhibitors confirmed. We expect to put out the sold out sign by the end of the month given the current enquiries and increasing demand from organisations wanting to exhibit at ADX.

 

Latest COVID-19 Business News

  • Business Support Package Released:

The Small Business Support Program will provide businesses in NSW with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million with a decline in turnover of at least 40 percent by providing a payment covering up to 20 percent of their weekly payroll for the month of February 2022.

In addition, the existing Small Business Fees, Charges and RAT Rebate will be increased from the current $2,000 limit to $3,000 and employing businesses will be able to offset 50 percent of the cost of RATs.

 

  • Staged return of non-urgent elective surgery:

From next Monday 7 February, non-elective surgery requiring an overnight stay can now safely resume at private hospitals and some of our public hospitals that are in a position to do so in regional and rural NSW.

 

  • COVID-19 Resources for Managing Your Business

What do I need to do if a worker tests positive at my workplace?
NSW Health has provided a useful list of steps on what your business needs to do following reports of a positive COVID-19 test at your workplace.

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ADIA CEO Update - ADX Sydney 2022

Posted by ADIA on 24 January 2022
ADIA CEO Update - ADX Sydney 2022

 

ADX Sydney 2022

 

The Australian Dental Industry Association wishes to advise members and exhibitors that the upcoming ADX Sydney 2022 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) at this point in time is still planning to proceed on 17-19 March 2022.

 

At this stage, the NSW Government does not envisage implementing restrictions to prevent large events from proceeding. The current medical advice from NSW Health indicates that we've reached peak infection rates and should see case numbers dropping over the next few weeks.

 

The ADIA will implement the same robust COVID-safe strategy we had at ADX Sydney 2020 and ADX Melbourne 2021, including the use of face masks, sanitisation stations, and controlled entry and exit points.

 

There are currently 180 exhibitors confirmed, with a waitlist of 56 organisations wanting to exhibit at ADX and only 24 booths remaining for sale.

 

Delegate confidence in the community remains high. At the end of this week in 2018, we had 1406 registrations. In 2020 we had 1605 registrations. And as of today, we have 2720, almost double the registrations for the same time in 2018.

Over the next three weeks, we will monitor the situation closely and continue to update members and exhibitors on a weekly basis to advise of any changes leading up to the event.

 

 

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Latest COVID-19 Business News

Pandemic Leave

The Fair Work Commission amended 99 modern awards to include unpaid 'pandemic leave' and allow the flexibility to take double the amount of annual leave at half pay. The operation of the unpaid pandemic leave provision of Schedule X - Additional measures during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended in 73 awards until 30 June 2022.

Read more here.

 

Rent Relief Extended for Small Businesses

The NSW Government is extending rent relief regulation until March 13 for small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

Full details and how to apply: https://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/get-help/covid-19/covid-19-grants-and-support-small-business

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ADIA CEO Update - New COVID-19 rules for NSW businesses

Posted by ADIA on 14 October 2021
ADIA CEO Update - New COVID-19 rules for NSW businesses

With New South Wales achieving its stage one roadmap out of lockdown goal of 70% double vaccination rate, all local government areas within the state are no longer considered local government areas of concern and businesses began to open this week.

Victoria remains in lockdown but will also soon reach its nominated roadmap easing thresholds of 70% to 80% fully vaccinated with the caveat of "subject to health system capacity”.

 

What does this mean for New South Wales?

Proof of vaccination signage and guidance

From Monday 11 October 2021 all non-essential businesses must request people aged 16 and over to show proof of vaccination or a medical exemption when visiting their premises.

Business can use these guides and resources to ensure you follow the rules:

Registered COVID-Safe businesses can also download new QR code check-in posters updated with proof of vaccination details.

Am I responsible for ensuring only vaccinated staff, customers and visitors attend my business?

Businesses (but not businesses that are critical retail premises) are responsible for taking reasonable steps to prevent unvaccinated people entering their premises.

For example, you could:

  • ensure posters outlining vaccination requirements and Service NSW QR codes are clearly visible
  • train staff on ways to check proof of COVID-19 vaccination status (or a valid exemption) and what to do if someone refuses to be checked or is not vaccinated
  • remind customers of vaccination requirements in marketing materials and when taking and confirming bookings
  •  consider ways for non-vaccinated customers to purchase products online
  • checking vaccination status upon entry where practical.

Can businesses force an unvaccinated customer to leave the premises?

There are public health orders in place that require a person to be vaccinated in certain indoor areas and public outdoor gatherings in NSW, unless an exemption applies.

If the occupier of the premises believes that a person does not have a valid exemption, the occupier can ask the person to leave the premises. If the person refuses, the occupier of the premises can notify the police.

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 a working document that will be updated with new editions and new information as legal determinations are made.

Download the guide by clicking this link.

Socially, what does this mean for me?

From today, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • 10-visitor limit in your home
  • access to gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities
  •  group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings.
  •  All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors.

The new freedoms for vaccinated people are partitioned according to single vaccination dose and second vaccination dose.

More information on the rules for NSW residents now the state has reached 70% vaccination, can be found by clicking this link.

More information on the rules for NSW residents when the state reaches 80% vaccination, can be found by clicking this link.

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Prime Minister Updates

  • CLICK HERE to view the Prime Minister's transcripts and Media Releases on COVID-19.
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State and Territory based updates

Economic Response To Coronavirus - Cash flow assistance for businesses summary:

  • Assistance around managing cash flow challenges for businesses
  • Designed to support small and medium sized businesses
  • Cash flow boost intended to keep businesses operating, pay rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff
  • The Australian Government to provide up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses
  • Cash flow boost provides a tax-free payment to employers and is automatically calculated by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). There are no new forms required to be filled out

To read the full fact sheet, CLICK HERE.

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Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

  • CLICK HERE to view the COVID-19 ACCI Small Business Conditions Survey - Edition 3 Released
  • Banks pause small business loan repayments. CLICK HERE to read more
  • CLICK HERE to view the ACCI COVID-19 Employer Guide - Edition 3 Released
  • CLICK HERE to view the 2nd Edition of ACCI's JobKeeper Payment - Quick Employer Guide
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Workplace Assured

  • Can you temporarily close and stand down employees without pay? CLICK HERE to read more
  • Coronavirus and carer's leave: your top three questions answered. CLICK HERE to read more
  • Employer's guide to Coronavirus. CLICK HERE to read more
    Can you claim workers comp if you have Coronavirus? CLICK HERE to read more

Australian support infolines for further advice regarding COVID-19

Business (Australian Government)
Telephone: 13 28 46
business.gov.au

ATO (Australian Tax Office)
Telephone: 1800 806 218
ato.gov.au

Workplace Assured
Telephone: 1300 575 394
workplaceassured.com.au

Other useful resources

Working from home plan

Trying to make the most of the expected lockdown? So are we! CLICK HERE to see our plans in place to support effective business continuity as we work from home.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
IDM
Australian Made
Exhibition and Event
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Australian Dental Research Foundation