Update of Boarder Controls (NSW and SA)

Update of Boarder Controls (NSW and SA)

(courtesy of VTA)

While the transport industry has been spared many of the restrictions so many other business sectors are having to endure, we are now feeling the brunt of the continual increase of COVID-19 cases that are stemming within Victoria.

Due to the increase in COVID cases in Victoria, neighbouring states have decided to increase their controls of travel from Victoria into New South Wales and South Australia.

The interstate trucks that drive across these two borders each day and night are approximately 15,000 one way.

The average tonnage carried is in excess of 650,000 Tonne per day connecting to thousands of supply chain connections

While the transport and freight industry has been softly affected in Border crossings there are now new restrictions that will create enormous issues and stress for individual companies that need to service customers in other states.

As from today 29th July 2020 all drivers will need to include in their cross-border documentation, that include individual permits and COVID Safety Plans into New South Wales and South Australia, valid evidence of having a COVID-19 test within the past 7 days.

These directives are in direct contravention to health orders in Victoria from the Department of Health and Human Services.

In Victoria, we are directed to have a COVID-19 test only if we have specific symptoms or feel unwell.

We must then quarantine until the results are provided within 3-5 days.

Also, we are not given any written or electronic receipt of the test.

If we were able to get a COVID-19 test every 7 days we would be in breach of Victorian directives if we did not quarantine after testing.

The contradictions are obvious and the VTA has raised this issue as a matter of urgency with the Victorian Ports and Freight Minister, the NSW Roads Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister.

We are looking to have these directives altered to enable border crossings to be workable and still maintain individual safety.

Please refer to the original directives from the respective states:

 

COVID-19 infection control training

Subsidised infection control training fast-tracked for re-opening businesses

The Australian Government together with state and territory governments have established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer-facing businesses nationwide. The infection control short courses are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.

To keep Australian workers safe during COVID-19, the Australian Government has announced four national infection control skill sets endorsed by COAG Skills Council.  These skill sets offer nationally recognised training to frontline workers in the retail, food handling, and transport and logistics industries. The infection control skill sets are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.

The Government is working with the states and territories to develop a new National Partnership Agreement with matched funding provisions that will see $80 million available to support this critical infection control training in customer-facing businesses nationwide.

Around 80,000 workers across industries including retail, tourism, hospitality cleaning, security, transport and logistics will pay no fee or a small fee for training previously only widely available in the health sector.

Participants will learn a range of skills, including:

  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Effective surface cleaning
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Disposal of contaminated waste
  • Hazard identification, control and reporting
  • Appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • Knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission

For more information on the new training visit the AISC website and for information on where this training is available visit training.gov.au or skills departments in your state or territory.

New SCLAA National Partner – Clade Solutions

New SCLAA National Partner

Clade Solutions

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Clade Solutions. As a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can. 

Clade Solutions Overview

SCRIM Safety First: Put your employee safety back into the heart of your operations

Clade Solutions is an Australia-based tech consultancy and Gold Microsoft Partner.  We help customers solve digital modernisation and transformation challenges and accelerate their business growth by leveraging Microsoft’s innovative technology including Dynamics 365, the Power Platform, as well as Azure Cloud Services.

After identifying a critical market need, our SCRIM Safety First product – powered by Microsoft – delivers an easy to use health and safety solution, especially for high risk industries like logistics, manufacturing, construction and mining where safety is the highest priority.

With SCRIM, we help you to better identify, track, mitigate and manage risks throughout your business and ensure easy adoption and appropriate systems are in place to assure your employee’s health, safety and wellbeing.

Your incidents, hazards, risks, inspections, audits and more are all managed within SCRIM and importantly, are easily visible to managers and executives as a critical summary of the organisation’s safety performance via a suite of elegant, intuitive dashboards.

We’ve partnered with Australia’s biggest companies to improve their safety records with SCRIM Safety First.

www.clade.com.au             www.scrim.com.au

 

BORDER UPDATE. 17 July 2020

The VTA has worked closely with jurisdictions around the country to keep supply chains running efficiently, seamlessly and safely as Victoria experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, which has resulted in restrictions on the movement of people who live or have been in Victoria. Please note the border control update, as of Friday, July 17.

New South Wales

Freight drivers entering NSW from Victoria are required to have a current NSW border entry permit. They should obtain a border pass under the exemption category “Critical services – movement of freight or persons on a commercial basis.” This will ensure drivers are exempted from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days providing your employer has a COVID-Safe plan in place. NSW border pass applications are available here.

South Australia

Freight drivers entering South Australia from another state or territory must complete a cross border pre-approval form 72 hours more prior to arrival. Freight drivers who usually reside in Victoria must wear a face mask when interacting with the public in South Australia and maintain records of close contacts. They must also self-quarantine in South Australia when not undertaking work related duties. Drivers from jurisdictions other than Victoria entering South Australia are not required to comply with these requirements. Further information is available here.

Australian Capital Territory

Freight operators from Victoria must apply for an exemption at least 48 hours (wherever possible) before their intended travel date. See further details here

Northern Territory

Whilst the NT Border is now ‘open’ all travellers including truck drivers not travelling from an identified hotspot must continue to fill out Border Entry Forms online, print out or take a screen shot of the reference number and keep copy to provide for police at the NT Border. If you are returning from a designated hot spot (currently ALL of Victoria and Sydney Metropolitan area) with essential freight you are required to submit your COVID-19 management plan with a travel plan and driver details (for whom you are seeking an exemption.) Drivers will not be permitted entry without prior written approval of the Management Plan by the CHO.  Your company must be able to demonstrate:

  • Drivers will comply with all conditions attached to the COVID-19 Management Plan
  • Remain ‘quarantined (staying in the truck or depot as per travel plan) when not working
  • Drivers will maintain social distancing, health and hygiene requirements
  • Drivers will wear a face mask if not able to maintain 1.5metre distance from other persons when working
  • Take COVID-19 test if instructed to do so

The email address to send your applications for exemption including COVID-19 Management Plan & Travel Plan is:  doh.exempt@nt.gov.au

Queensland

Freight drivers entering Queensland are required to complete a Border Declaration prior to entry (valid for 7 days). Anyone that has been in a declared COVID hotspot in the previous 14 days is not permitted to enter. This includes the whole of Victoria. There is an exemption for those engaged in freight and logistics transport – but a truthful declaration must be made on your Border Declaration Pass. Further details here.

Western Australia

Freight drivers are required to apply for an exemption under the transport, freight and logistics category to enter Western Australia. This can be done through obtaining a G2G Pass. Anyone permitted to enter WA who has been in Victoria for the previous 14 days will be served with a notice on arrival requiring them to take a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their time in Western Australia (or if/whenever symptoms develop).

Tasmania

Tasmania is denying entry to anyone who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days from attempting to enter. Freight and logistics workers can obtain an exemption. There is an exemption for freight and logistics workers as Essential Travellers here. Anyone granted Essential Traveller status who has spent time in Victoria in the 14 days prior to travel must wear a face mask and limit their movement when outside a workplace.

 

Please contact the VTA on 03 9646 8590  if you require further information.

Jobkeeper Payment and Income Support Extended

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

21 July 2020

JOBKEEPER PAYMENT AND INCOME SUPPORT EXTENDED

 

The Morrison Government has announced it will deliver more support for households and businesses to help Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster our economic recovery.

The JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months to 28 March 2021 and the temporary JobSeeker Coronavirus Supplement for those on income support will be extended until 31 December 2020.

The extra assistance will continue to support Australians who are without work, offer businesses and their workers a lifeline, and assist Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

JobKeeper Payment

The JobKeeper Payment has been instrumental in supporting job retention, maintaining employment links and business cash flow, and providing income support to eligible employees. This extension provides further support to significantly impacted businesses so Australians can retain their jobs and continue to earn an income.

The JobKeeper Payment was due to finish on 27 September 2020, but will now remain available for eligible employers until 28 March 2021.

As the economy reopens the payment will be tapered in the December and March quarters to encourage businesses to adjust to the new environment, supporting a gradual transition to economic recovery, and ensure that those businesses who most need support continue to receive it.

A two-tiered payment will also be introduced from 28 September, to better align the payment with the incomes of employees before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. From 28 September until 3 January next year, the two payments will be $1,200 and $750, with the lower payment for employees who work less than 20 hours a week on average in the four weekly pay periods ending before 1 March 2020. From 4 January to 28 March, the two payments will be tiered at the rates of $1,000 and $650.

From 28 September 2020, employers will need to demonstrate that they have experienced an ongoing significant decline in turnover in both the June and September quarters to be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment in the December quarter.

To remain eligible for the payment in the March quarter 2021, employers will need to demonstrate that they have met the relevant decline in each of the previous three quarters ending 31 December 2020.

If a business does not meet the turnover test for the extended JobKeeper payment, it will not affect their eligibility prior to 28 September 2020.

The continuation of JobKeeper for these businesses will help support the economic recovery and provide them with sufficient time to adjust. The JobKeeper Payment will continue to remain open to new participants that meet the eligibility requirements. An independent evaluation will be conducted at the conclusion of the program.

Further details are available at the Treasury website, which can be found by clicking here.

JobSeeker and the Coronavirus Supplement

The temporary $550 Coronavirus Supplement, enhanced eligibility for payments, streamlined access to payments, waiver of waiting periods, some means testing arrangements, and a relaxed partner income test for JobSeeker Payment, will continue in their current form until the legislated end date of 24 September 2020.

From 25 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, the Coronavirus Supplement will be extended for those on income support and continue to provide elevated assistance while the economy is still in its early stages of recovery.

As the economy reopens, the Coronavirus Supplement will be adjusted to the rate of $250 per fortnight. The changes to the Coronavirus Supplement reflect the gradually improving economic and labour market conditions and is designed to ensure there are appropriate incentives for all payment recipients to seek out employment or study opportunities.

Both existing and new income support recipients will continue to be paid the Coronavirus Supplement. The Government will also ensure income support is appropriately targeted as the economy recovers by reintroducing a range of means testing arrangements.

In addition, we are also increasing the amount welfare recipients can earn before their JobSeeker and Youth Allowance (other) payments are affected to $300 a fortnight to encourage and support recipients to take up job opportunities as the economy and businesses reopen.

Further details on enhanced eligibility and means testing are available at the Treasury website, which can be found by clicking here.

Regards

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

 

SCLAA Newsletter – June 2020

SCLAA June 2020 Newsletter

Now Available

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New SCLAA National Partner – Ivanti Wavelink

New SCLAA National Partner

Ivanti Wavelink

 

 

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Ivanti Wavelink. As a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

Ivanti Wavelink OVERVIEW

Ivanti Wavelink enables organizations to leverage modern technology in the warehouse and across the supply chain to improve productivity without modifying backend WMS or ERP systems. Ivanti Wavelink’s Terminal Emulation and Industrial Browser, have earned the trust to empower and enable mobile workers for over three decades. We have over 16 million active Terminal Emulation users – more than any other telnet products combined. We carry this trust forward as customers use our Velocity client, powered by Wavelink, to migrate existing Terminal and Browser Solution to modern Android mobile computers – helping them transform into the digital supply chain.

Velocity makes it to deploy next-generation mobile devices by migrating existing telnet or browser-based connections to Android and Windows 10 while maintaining the same or better user experience

Whether you’re running Terminal Emulation or Browser apps, you can extend the productivity, accuracy, and safety benefits of these apps with Ivanti Speakeasy voice enablement.

Improve Productivity, Speed Operations, and Save Costs with Ivanti Wavelink Enterprise Mobility Solutions for Supply Chain.

Ivanti is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and has offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.ivanti.com/wavelink and for inquiries contact Supplychainapa@ivanti.com

Getting over COVID-19

Getting over COVID-19:

Effective decision-making using personalised analytics


Professor Ben Fahimnia

As Australia appears to have successfully flattened the curve against COVID-19, it is now at a crucial point to find a way towards economic recovery, without unleashing a second wave of infection. Policymakers are having to review and analyse numerous reports, articles, and data from around the world in order to provide a solution that is best suited to our unique Australian circumstances.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data science tools can track and analyse data faster than a virus can travel, but the accuracy of these tools is reliant on the judgement of a human.

There are situations, such as ordering toilet paper stock[1], in which machines (analytics) are capable of making automated decisions with no human involvement, merely based on statistics or heuristics. This is not the case in decisions related to COVID-19 for two reasons.

First, analytics require a great deal of past data to be able to generate meaningful insights. In the case of COVID-19, we have insufficient historical data to facilitate automated decisions.

Second, when facing decisions with multiple objectives – such as COVID-19 policy decisions – machines are used to generate a set of “feasible solutions”. Each of these solutions may partially satisfy some of the objectives. A human decision maker then chooses the most preferred one [2].

Therefore, we are currently relying on humans to interpret and apply the results produced by the analytical models. But we know that human judgement is influenced by an individual’s background and cognitive biases[3]. Decisions are even more biased – in a negative way – in highly uncertain and high-stress environments.

For example, if a decision maker is biased against China, they are probably more comfortable making policy decisions in line with Trump tweets that emphasize the Chinese origins of the COVID-19. This is the so-called confirmation bias in which decision makers favour information that supports their own views.

Another type of bias is the “framing effect” which related to how a problem is framed. Imagine the difference in policy if decisions are made to “minimise damage to economy” vs “avoiding a national health crisis. These are just 2 of over 100 biases which affect how we interpret data and make decisions.

Therefore, it is paramount to understand how human cognition and individual biases can influence the solutions generated by AI-powered tools. This is an emerging area of academic research.

“Personalised analytics” is the new generation of data analytics that aims to get the best use out of data science and human judgement by minimising the impact of detrimental cognitive biases. Personalised analytics are analytical models that can be customised to an individual’s background and personal characteristics.

There is no doubt that the increasing amount of data and continuing maturation of AI and data analytics can help our policymakers make more informed decisions. But the shift toward the development and adoption of personal analytics is essential to help integrate “analytics” and “intuition” to achieve what neither individuals nor machines could reach on their own.

 

[1] Perera, N., Fahimnia, B., & Travis, T. (2020), ‘Behavioral experiments on inventory and ordering decisions: A systematic review’, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, in press.

[2] Fahimnia, B., Pournader, M., Siemsen, E., Bendoly, E., Wang, C. (2019). Behavioral Operations and Supply Chain Management- A Review and Literature Mapping. Decision Sciences, 50(6), 1127-1183.

[3] Bendoly, E., Croson, R., Goncalves, P., & Schultz, K. (2010), ‘Bodies of knowledge for research in behavioral operations’, Production and Operations Management, 19(4), 434-452.

Working from Home

Working from Home

Simplified Method for Claiming Deductions

 

The ATO has introduced a simplified method for claiming deductions for anyone working from home as a result of COVID-19. Between 1 March and 30 June 2020, taxpayers will be able to claim 80 cents per work hour for all their additional running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses. This new method is designed to make tax returns simpler for anybody who has recently transitioned to working from home due to COVID-19, and ensures they are able to easily claim their relevant deductions.

This information has been summarised into a Working from home media release. This was specifically designed due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the new temporary way of working that businesses have had to apply.

For further information about ATO measures and tailored support during COVID-19 view ato.gov.au/COVID-19.

Tax time resources

  1. Truck Driver Tax Time Poster, Train Drive Tax Time Poster and Office Workers Tax Time Posters – These posters provides helpful information on which expenses truck and train drivers as well as office staff can and cannot claim at tax time.
  2. Transport & Logistics Toolkit – This toolkit contains two posters (IT professional and truck driver). It also contains a general work-related expense guide for the T&L sector.
  3. ‘Ways to help you get ready for this tax time’ article that you can use on your website or newsletter. This is a lengthy article, feel free to use the content you think is most appropriate or break up into smaller articles suitable for your members.
  4. ‘2020 has been difficult but your tax return doesn’t need to be’ media release that will provide you with some support and guidance to help you lodge your return this year.

2020 ASCL Awards – Call for Submissions NOW OPEN

Call for Submissions Now Open

 To access the submission forms for each of the Award Categories, please click here.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Submissions Close:    24 October 2020

Finalists Announced:  18 November 2020

Winners Announced:   The winners will be announced at the ASCL Awards Gala Dinner which will take place in the first quarter of 2021. The date and venue will be announced later in the year.

Click here to download a copy of the Call for Submissions information below.