Exemption for Maritime Operators

A message from Transport for NSW

Exemption for Maritime Operators

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime) Quarantine Order 2020

Dear Maritime operators

Today the Minister for Health and Medical Research granted an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 to ensure a number of essential tasks can be undertaken by crew members and landside workers on and in the immediate vicinity of vessels in NSW ports.

The exemption to the Order is attached to this email.

Click here to read a copy of the Exemption

Operators seeking to undertake other activities not listed in the Order or in this exemption will still need to seek a specific exemption from the Port Authority of NSW at MHOExemption@portauthoritynsw.com.au and including the following details:

  • Name of vessel
  • Location of vessel
  • Date/time exemption requested for and duration of request
  • Activity to be undertaken
  • Name and contact details of applicant.

For further information about exemptions to the Order, please contact the Port Authority of NSW at the email address above.

Further updates will be available on the Transport for NSW Freight Coronavirus page.

For any other questions, please contact freight@transport.nsw.gov.au.

Kind regards

Tasha Prabhakar
Freight Policy and Government Relations
Transport for NSW

Enabling a Remote Workforce

Supporting Businesses to Retain Jobs – Jobkeeper Payment

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



30 March 2020


The Morrison Government has today introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months.

The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May.  Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.

Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.

Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.

The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).

Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:

  • their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
  • their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
  • the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_supporting_businesses_1.pdf

For Employers Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employers_0.pdf

Employees Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employees_0.pdf

To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job


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

Assistance Available to Small Businesses

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


(As at 1.00pm AEST 27 March 2020)

These are extraordinary times for all Australians. The coronavirus is having a devastating impact on Australian jobs and small businesses.

The Morrison Government is acting to cushion the blow from the coronavirus for businesses and households to help them get through to the other side of this crisis as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by its spread.

For the latest information on the Coronavirus, please visit australia.gov.au. This site will link you to the up-to-date news, updates and advice from Australian Government Agencies.

Below I have set out a summary of the measures available to small businesses and sole traders under the $189 billion economic support package announced by the Prime Minister.

I have also included in the table at the end of this letter the measures announced by each State and Territory Government in response to the coronavirus crisis to assist you and your stakeholders in finding the right support.

Helpline available

The Morrison Government’s Business Hotline – 13 28 46 – has been expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also send an email.

The Hotline operates seven days per week, and provide an additional two hours a day of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7.00am to 11.00pm AEST.

During these challenging times businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 need readily available access to advice so they can fully understand the assistance available to them and their employees.


Assistance for Sole Traders

The Government also recognises a significant number of sole traders and Australians who are self-employed have had their income reduced as a result of the COVID-19.

The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. This supplement will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the eligible payment categories. These changes will apply for the next six months.

Some sole traders may apply for income support to supplement their income. To ensure they can keep focusing on their business, sole traders and the self-employed will be able to meet their mutual obligations by continuing to run, operate and diversify their businesses over the next six months.

Sole traders who have a reduction in their turnover of 20 per cent or more will be able to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation before 1 July 2020 and a further $10,000 after 1 July 2020.  We are making sure that sole traders and the self-employed have maximum flexibility to keep their doors open in these extraordinary circumstances.

To view the media release in full, please click here.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Support_for_sole_traders.pdf

Early release of superannuation

The Government will allow individuals in financial stress as a result of the COVID-19 to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21. The withdrawals will be tax free.

Individuals wishing to apply for early release of their superannuation will be able to do so from mid-April 2020. Applications can be made to the myGov website: www.my.gov.au.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Early_Access_to_Super_1.pdf

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers

Tax free payments of up to $100,000 will be made to eligible businesses with a turnover of under $50 million, to provide temporary cash flow support to businesses that employ staff.

This will work by giving eligible businesses that withhold tax to the ATO on their employees’ salary and wages a payment equal to 100 per cent of the amount withheld.

Eligible businesses that pay salary and wages will receive a minimum payment of $20,000. Payments will be made automatically on lodgement of activity statements.

This measure will benefit around 690,000 businesses employing around 7.8 million people.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Cash_flow_assistance_for_businesses_0.pdf

$1.3 billion measure Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Employers of apprentices and trainees who employ less than 20 full-time staff can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent, of up to $7,000 per quarter, for each trainee or apprentice they employ.

This applies to trainee and apprentice wages paid for the period from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee.

This will support up to 70,000 small businesses and around 117,000 apprentices.

Supporting Small Business to Get to the Other Side with Loans 

The Government has announced a new Coronavirus Guarantee Scheme to support small and medium businesses with a turnover less than $50 million.

This measure compliments the $8 billion worth of measures the banks announced last week to defer loan repayments for six months for small and medium businesses battling the impacts of coronavirus.  Small businesses should contact their bank to apply.


Under the Scheme, the Commonwealth will guarantee 50%, through the participating banks, of an eligible loan to small and medium enterprise customers that have been impacted by the coronavirus.

  • The Scheme will have the capacity to support lending of $40 billion to small and medium businesses.
  • Loans will be used for working capital purposes and be unsecured and it will be for loans granted within 6 months starting 1 April 2020.
  • The Scheme will apply to new or existing customers of banks and non-bank lenders.
  • Lenders will not be charged a fee for accessing the Scheme.
  • It will be repayment free for 6 months.
  • The maximum loan will be $250,000 for a term up to 3 years.
  • It will not apply to re-financing of existing customers. Those already have existing loans that will benefit from the ABA announcement.

Through this measure, the Government is offering to guarantee $20 billion.

The Government’s announcement of the Scheme follows the announcement by the Government on 19 March 2020, together with the Reserve Bank, to inject more than $100 billion into the Australia’s financial system. Please click here for the Government’s release and here for the Reserve Bank’s release.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Supporting_the_flow_of_credit_1.pdf

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Support

The ATO has set up an Emergency Support Infoline – 1800 806 218.  The Infoline provides tailored advice to support small business who may be having difficulties meeting their tax and super obligations.

Small businesses can contact the ATO to defer some payments and vary instalments that are due. These include income tax, activity statement, pay as you go (PAYG) instalments, FBT and excise payments by up to six months.

Sole traders and self-employed Australians who are PAYG instalments payers, may vary their PAYG instalments on their activity statement. They may do this by lodging a revised activity statement before the instalment is due and before the tax return for the year is lodged. Sole traders and self-employed Australians who vary their PAYG instalment rate or amount can also claim a refund for any instalments made during the 2019–20 financial year.

Where PAYG instalments are varied, the ATO won’t apply penalties or charge interest to varied instalments for the 2019–20 financial year and if a mistake is made in working out the PAYG instalment, the sole trader and self-employed Australian may correct it by lodging a revised activity statement or varying a subsequent instalment.

For more information: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Dealing-with-disasters/In-detail/Specific-disasters/COVID-19/

Increasing the Instant Asset Write-Off

We are increasing the instant asset write off threshold from $30,000 to $150,000, and expanding access to businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million until 30 June 2020.

For further information: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_Sheet-Delivering_support_for_business_investment.pdf

Backing Business Investment

Businesses with a turnover of less than $500 million can, until 30 June 2021, deduct 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible asset on installation, with existing depreciation rules applying to the balance of the asset’s cost.

Support for Coronavirus affected regions and communities

An initial $1 billion has been allocated to support those regions and communities that have been disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus, including those heavily reliant on industries such as tourism, agriculture and education.

The $1 billion will be provided through existing or newly established Government programs.

For further information:  https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Assistance_for_severely_affected_regions_and_sectors.pdf

These measures reflect our collective determination to do what it takes to support Australian jobs and Australian businesses as we work together through this complex and rapidly evolving challenge.


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

To view “COVID-19 Relief State and Territory”, CLICK HERE.

Helpline for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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


23 March 2020



From today, the Morrison Government’s Business Hotline – 13 28 46 – will be expanded to provide specialist advisers and extended hours to support small and medium businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operations at the www.business.gov.au 13 28 46 Contact Centre will increase from five days per week to seven days per week, and provide an additional two hours a day of support outside standard operating hours for the first month, answering calls from 7.00 am to 11.00pm AEST.

The Government is rolling out comprehensive, targeted assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we want businesses who are looking for information to be supported.

During these challenging times businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 need readily available access to advice so they can fully understand the assistance available to them and their employees.

To read the media release on the helpline, click here.

For more information on the assistance available to businesses please go to www.business.gov.au.

Please also go to https://www.australia.gov.au .  This site will link you to the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government Agencies.


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


Job Vacancy Alert

Job Vacancy Alert

Vertical Talent, supports the recruitment needs for some of Australia’s largest Supply Chain and Logistics companies with on-demand labour. Due to the current state of the world involving the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), our parent company, Drake International is experiencing unprecedented demand for entry-level positions across some of Australia’s major supermarket chains. As a direct result, we have over 1,500 roles we need to fill nationally and are urgently seeking applicants for in-store entry-level positions.

In addition to our traditional talent sourcing channels, we are reaching out to our entire network including the SCLAA membership to share the opportunity and encourage you to share with your networks. To find out more information on the roles, click here:

VIC: https://bit.ly/39ZNKIH

SYD: https://bit.ly/3d898gP     

ACT: https://bit.ly/2vzRbXG

QLD: https://bit.ly/2WiSO73

SA: https://bit.ly/2IVEx8h

WA: https://bit.ly/2QsoBia

You can also search other roles we have available in at www.drakeintl.com.au

Bushfire Recovery Victoria. Can You Help?


Bushfire Recovery Victoria


The SCLAA, in conjunction with State Bushfire Recovery organisations, has received a request for assistance from Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Lions Club members have collected a range of tools, including wheel barrows, gardening tools and hand power tools, which will be distributed to those in Gippsland affected by the bush fires. BlazeAid will be assisting with the off-loading.


Pick up tools in Torquay and transport them to Buchan in East Gippsland. Approximately 8 standard trailer loads would need to be accommodated.

All offers of assistance with this transportation will be forwarded to Bushfire Recovery Victoria who will contact respondents directly.

If you or your organisation are able to assist with transporting these tools for Bushfire Recovery Victoria, please contact the SCLAA National Secretariat at secretary@sclaa.com.au.

COVID-19 – Shutdown of a Distribution Centre

COVID-19 – Shutdown of a Distribution Centre

Matthew Wragg
SCLAA National Chairman


Someone presents on site, at your Distribution Centre with COVID-19, what do you do?

It’s an interesting question to ask and very valid in Australia today, but it was a question I was just asked on my phone. I wonder what would have been the reaction just 3 months ago, which now seems a lifetime away.

As a risk consultant, I am always looking at the potential fall out for my clients, whether it be financial, cost or even jail time. Staying ahead of the curve is critical in managing your risks and from my perspective only the top 10% of Supply Chain managers do that really well, even if they haven’t achieved their plan, they are still considering and working all of their risks.

There has been mad panic from Corona fall out and we’ve seen toilet paper shortages among other things. If you turn your mind towards third world countries and read up on their anecdotes, you sure will be thankful you live here in Australia, no matter what the madness may seem to be.

But let’s take a moment to step back from the fact that someone may actually present to your workplace with Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

As a principle place of business, you have a duty of care to your workers, full stop. You must do everything in your power to protect them and those who frequent your site as well, whether it be delivery drivers, cleaners, security or any other persons as a PCBU (or persons undertaking a business undertaking). On top of that, we all want to see the back of COVID-19 and we all want to ensure socially that we can make an impact and ensure we do not pass this on as our elderly and vulnerable as they are at significant risk.

So, lets run through the process, one Supply Chain professional to another.

In the UK during the GFC and other Distribution Centres around the world I have worked, I have been involved with the shutdown of Distribution Centre. But they were all planned, whether it be Christmas, Good Friday or other types of shutdowns. Not many Distribution Centres run 24/7, 365 days per year, but they do exist I’m sure. Industries that come to mind are freight forwarding and petroleum for example, even power stations of old would have a supply chain of Coal behind their operation. Centre

But if someone presents with COVID-19, tomorrow morning, that isn’t going to qualify as a planned event and if you must shut down, it certainly would be planned.

If everyone had to walk off site right now, how would you even go about that?

The planning comes from before that moment, when someone presents with COVID-19. It comes now, before someone rocks into work with a dry cough or temperature.

Entry and Exit.

Most large workplaces have multiple entries and exits in place, and the suggestion to use one and not all and ensure that one is used only, is so that you can open others up. A known ‘clean’ area(s) that may be used in case an area in your building is at risk of exposing others. We know COVID-19 will live well on plastic for 12 hours and metal for 24 hours, so the risk of someone touching a space while infected and then an uninfected person touching the same place is very real.

If there is a security station on site which people must pass, please ensure there is a place to wash your hands and ensure that your protocols consider the washing of hands before anyone walks on site. Controlling who and when people come on site is a large factor and will help you answer any questions later down the track if health officials ask questions as to who may have been on site.

Ultimately, one entry and exit point is a great way to ensure that a singular pathway on and offsite is used by everyone.

Personal belongings

Ensure that people do not bring large amounts of personal belongings or anything that may not be left behind. If you do have someone present with COVID-19 on site, you may have to advise others that they cannot enter a space that has been contaminated. That space may hold belongings of others.

Many DCs are security controlled and bags must not enter the DC at any time in those circumstances. I would highly recommend that bags are not brought on site for any reason. Therefore, people on site would not have a reason to go back to their belongings for any reason, should you need to quarantine an area.

Outsourced Logistics

As a CoR professional, I know how important it is to ensure that you do not put drivers at risk, in any circumstance. But a planned shutdown has cut off times pre-planned for those delivering or picking up from site.

So how do you manage this aspect. If you need to shut down your DC at this very moment?

Two main options come to mind immediately. The first is easy and that is to redirect inbound trucks to other points in your greater supply chain to be unloaded. Then send everyone from your infected DC home.

The second is a little more difficult but may be the preferred option in most circumstances. I’d like to write more on this point, but I will simply sow the seed in this instance.

This option would require you to split your workforce into two groups. Group A, along with their resources such as forklifts and reach trucks and Group B with their forklifts and reach trucks as well. If group A has an employee present for work, you can be assured that this will be contained to group A resources and Group B will have access to clean resources.

For a short time, whilst the risk is still present within the workplace, you could potentially shut down group A and allow Group B to work the necessary areas to unload inbound vehicles only, in the areas only associated with Group B.

Whilst it may seem difficult to have almost an apartheid scenario in your DC, it may allow you time to wind your DC down with necessary resources working critical aspects of your Supply Chain, until the storm passes.


This is a critical element. Firstly, soap and disposable hand towels are critical. If you’re relying on hand dryers, I would remove them immediately as they are known to ‘blow’ particles including bacteria around the toilet area when in use. Unless you have HEPA-Filters on your hand dryers, stop using them!

Ensure to close off one toilet block if you can, to allow for the toilet block to be opened if you need to quarantine any other areas. If you’re trying to ensure a clean slate for a period of time, this is critical, to ensure a clean space in case another has been deemed unsafe due to infection. Even better if it is in a different part of your Distribution Centre.


Ensure you always have sufficient security on site, to ensure you can have sufficient crowd control. You want to ensure that people do not go where you do not want them, and you want to ensure that those who come on site are prepared sufficiently before they walk on site and should something go wrong, while they are on site.

You may need to ensure that 100-200 employees are directed offsite in a particular manner at the drop of a hat, so please ensure you consider this in your plans.

Traffic Management

We all have (or should have) traffic management plans in operation. But please get them out and consider where your staff are working on site at any given time, the areas that you may need to use in an evacuation, not to mention areas that you may still need to consider using whilst you wind down your DC.

Response Plan

Once you have considered these elements, it is critical that you brief your teams and ensure you have strict plans in place to wind down your DC. It will take time to wind your DC down potentially, so please ensure you factor in reasonable time frames to do this effectively.

Consider your risks, which are your staff and inbound freight, not to mention your customers, whether they be other DCs, retail outlets or residential. You must notify those which critically must know what is going on to ensure the safety of those around you.

You don’t necessarily have to call out the air raid sirens, keep it brief and to the point.


In closing don’t forget to log anyone who may have been onsite. You will all require testing and the Health Officials may need to speak with you and ask many questions later. Keep your data safe and sound.

Best of luck.
Matt Wragg

Helping you stay BAU during COVID-19

Helping you stay BAU during COVID-19

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change daily, we are seeing many companies responding to increased absenteeism and self-isolation, highly fluctuating demands, or freezes in recruitment.

If you’re experiencing any of this, our national partner Sidekicker can help SCLAA members continue with ‘business as usual’–poised with 3,103 pre-screened and ready to work warehousing staff to fill any staffing gaps.

A reminder of the significant advantages of hiring labour with Sidekicker:

  • Heavily reduced rates over traditional labour hire (on average 20% cheaper)
  • More reliable and productive national workforce (average worker rating 4.9/5)
  • Industry-leading fill times for on-demand requirements (average 2 hours)
  • Real-time visibility over labour hours and costs

Sidekicker has a huge and ever-growing workforce with experience at companies like Linen House, Hedgehog Logistics, Adore Beauty and HelloFresh, available now for casual, fixed-term or on-demand labour hire.

Learn more or get in touch with their team here

Australian Bushfire Recovery – Can You Help?

BlazeAid Belowra Valley Camp Requirements 

The SCLAA, in conjunction with the Joint Recovery Task Force NSW, is assisting BlazeAid with helping Eurobodalla Shire communities and businesses rebuild after the recent bushfires and floods.

BlazeAid is based at Moruya and is establishing an outreach camp in Belowra Valley on the local RFS site.

The camp will be working with the community and responsible for the repair and rebuilding of fences in the rural areas in order to enable local Australian farmers to retrieve and secure their livestock and resume farming operations.


  • Ablution blocks (toilets/showers) 2 x male and 2 x female.
  • Generators to power Ablution blocks and water tanks if not self-servicing.
  • Large refrigerator
  • Large freezer.
  • Security lights (sensor).
  • Shipping container for storage x 2.
  • 2 x Waste disposal bins-recyclable and general waste.
  • Skip bin for larger waste disposal.
  • Diesel Generator x 2, with fuel and jerry cans.
  • Steel shelving for storage.
  • Large marquee
  • Tarps 10x 8mtrs – 1 only
  • Tarps 6x4mtrs – 4 only

Additional kitchen needs and other sundry items will be supplied by BlazeAid.

We intend to be on the ground, working with the farmers mid next week. We have a fencing trailer ordered and supplies will arrive next week.

Estimated duration facilities required is 3 months. Delivery required to site.

Please direct your interest in fulfilling these requirements to the SCLAA National Secretariat at secretary@sclaa.com.au.

Logistics Centre Taren Point, Sydney

A Big Thank You to Jason and Mark Levin from JasonL Furniture for providing and installing all the office equipment required and to David Archer from Dexion WMS for providing all software required for the operation of the Centre.