Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources The EEAA is collaborating with key industry stakeholders and government to secure advice, assistance and a restart date for the exhibition and business events industry. COVID-19 SAFE OPERATING FRAMEWORK The EEAA has released an industry-wide COVID-19 Safe Operating Framework outlining best-practice health and safety protocols that the industry can follow and incorporate with their own COVIDSafe plans to facilitate the safe return of business events. Access the EEAA Covid-19 Safe Operating Framework here. GOVERNMENT ROADMAP TO A COVID-19 SAFE AUSTRALIA The Federal Government announced its approach to the phased lifting of COVID-19 restrictions via a three-step RoadMap and Framework for operating in a COVID-19 safe Australia in May 2020. Access the information here. Access the documents located in the DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS section to the right of the screen: The Federal Government RoadMap and Framework for operating in a COVID-19 safe Australia. For current information relating to COVID-19 in Australia, please visit the following websites: Australian Government Australian Government Health Department Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: On Friday 11 September, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed $50 million in support for Australia’s business events industry. The new Australian Business Events Grants Program will see organisers of meetings, conventions, incentive and exhibitions able to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50% of their costs (between $10,000 and $250,000). Read more here. BECA The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) is working closely EEAA and other industry Associations to consult with Government, including through Minister Simon Birmingham and the Treasury Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit to design and implement support for the Australian exhibition and events sector. See their latest updates and media releases here: AUSTRALIAN STATES AND TERRITORIES COVIDSAFE RESTRICTIONS The COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to change across Australia, each state and territory continue to alter their restrictions and border measures to suit. Find out what applies in each state and territory: New South Wales – information is available here. Queensland – information is available here. South Australia – information is available here. Western Australia – information is available here. Victoria – information is available here. Australian Capital Territory – information is available here. Northern Territory – information is available here. Tasmania – information is available here. COVID-19 RESTRICTION CHECKER As COVID-19 restrictions and borders change across Australia’s states and territories, the Government has released the COVID-19 Restriction Checker which provides advice on social distancing measures and travel arrangements in each state and territory. DOWNLOAD THE #COVIDSAFE APP The EEAA encourages all Australians to download and use the #COVIDSafe app. The more widely this app is used, the more quickly Federal, State and Territory Governments speed up contacting people exposed to Coronavirus and enable the ease of restrictions and commence recovery. Download the App here. COVID-19 WhatsApp for the latest official Coronavirus information in real time. EEAA NEWS AND UPDATES Follow the EEAA and industry news via the EEAA E-Newsletters JOBKEEPER SCHEME The Federal Government confirmed the JobKeeper scheme will be extended beyond September for six months, in an adjusted format. Businesses currently on the JobKeeper scheme receive $1,500 a fortnight per staff member to keep them employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Post 27 September, JobKeeper will become a two-tiered system, with a higher and lower level payment based on hours worked. For further information is available here. BECA have also collated the Federal, State and Territory Government COVID-19 measures which may assist you during the coronavirus pandemic. See further information. MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is designed to help people deal with the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing. The free service is available around the clock, delivering clear, evidence-based information, advice and support specifically tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the pandemic Call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service on 1800 512 348 for 24/7 support from mental health professionals. For practical information, tools and support options to help support your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au. Helpful Links Wellbeing Tips for getting a good night’s sleep 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus How mindfulness can help The importance of eating well during the coronavirus pandemic Managing your mental health – the importance of looking after your physical health Community kindness during the coronavirus pandemic Next stages After COVID-19, what will ‘normal’ life be like? Strategies for transitioning back into the workplace after coronavirus How managers can lead the way to healthy work environments How to help your employees with back-to-work anxiety Back to work: how to manage reopening your business OTHER GOVERNMENT INFORMATION Tourism Australia’s Business Events Boost Program Limits on public gatherings Information on social distancing Latest updates from the New Zealand Ministry of Health INDUSTRY RESOURCES BECA Coronavirus Information page The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has launched a COVID-19 dedicated website , featuring a series of guides that can be viewed and downloaded The Australian Travel Status Map UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has collated relevant updates and advice UFI Connects – online talks, sessions and panels to keep the industry connected during this time Crisis Recovery Guide for the exhibition industry from MBB Consulting See latest updates from EEAA Members If you would like to receive updates from the EEAA please subscribe to our newsletter or contact [email protected].