Sutherland Shire Council is committed to ensuring that we provide the most relevant information, as provided by the leading public health agencies about coronavirus (COVID-19) for our local businesses. Below we have listed some of the most relevant government websites for businesses to check as frequently as possible.
Become a COVID Safe business
Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Safety Plans help to protect your staff, customers and visitors as you get back to business.
Some businesses will need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the public health orders, but you can also voluntarily complete one. To find out if you need to complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan, select your industry below.
There are different plans for different industries, and they all provide advice on:
- recording contact details of staff and customers
When you’re completing your plan, consult with your staff, and share it with them when it’s done. Find a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your industry.
Register as a COVID Safe business
As a COVID Safe business, you’ll be able to show customers that you’re committed to keeping them safe. Customers will also be able to provide feedback in real-time.
You can register online after you have completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan.
When you’ve registered, you’ll get:
- digital COVID Safe badge for use on Google and social channels
- posters on safety and hygiene
- reports on how your customers rate your business safety
Registering your premises is optional and comes with some obligations. You’ll need a COVID-19 Safety Plan to register.
If you have completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can now register as a COVID Safe business.
Show that you’re COVID Safe
The final step is showing that you’re doing your part to keep our community COVID Safe:
- download and display your COVID Safe posters and make your customers feel confident
- consider using a contactless method such as a QR code to collect customer details for contact tracing
- share your completed COVID-19 Safety Plan with your staff to ensure their wellbeing
- display your COVID Safe badge on your digital and social channels such as Facebook and Google Maps
- train new workers to act in a COVID Safe way
- keep your plan up-to-date when there are changes to the rules.
Customers can provide feedback on how your business is providing a COVID Safe environment.
Sutherland Shire Council
On the 26th July councillors have resolved to re-instate Sub-Committee delegations in regard to rent waivers and deductions as the Sutherland Shire businesses community and its residents are impacted by COVID-19 Delta variant. Copy of the council minutes can be found here.
Council Tenants - Apply for Rent Relief
Council’s Public Health webpage
Subscribe to Sutherland Shire Council’s business fortnightly e newsletter for more updates
Like our facebook page (shirebusiness) for regular updates
See our restaurant & café directory here. Get behind our local shire restaurants and support the local economy by ordering a meal today!
COVID-19 FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE
The NSW community is facing a particularly challenging time, and businesses and many workers are impacted. The NSW Government is providing support for individuals, sole traders, micro-businesses, small and medium businesses, as well as the creative services industry, and accommodation providers to help at this time.
•There are different support packages available to micro-businesses, small to medium businesses, sole traders and small non-profits depending on your annual turnover. Please visit nsw.gov.au for more information or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.
•For workers, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment is available for those who have lost eight hours or more of work per week because of stay-at-home orders, movement restrictions, being stood down, losing their job or having hours reduced. Visit the Services Australia website for more information.
•There is also protection from eviction for tenants who have lost 25% or more of their income. Landlords can also claim land tax relief if they reduce the rent of lockdown impacted residential and commercial tenants.
Looking after your mental health during these challenging times is important. There is support available for individuals and businesses who need it.
Information and advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus) for community and businesses in New South Wales.
NSW businesses are able to access a range of advice and support related to COVID-19 through Service NSW.
Get access to a free business concierge to navigate financial support, licence and permit requirements.
NSW Small Business Commissioner
The NSW Small Business Commissioner has some FAQs relating to employer obligations and leave, business advice and dispute resolution.
NSW Government program offering subsidised business advice to businesses affected by disasters and emergencies. Phone - 95455900 for Realise Business, the local provider of this program.
Safe Work NSW
Coronavirus advice and guidance for safe NSW workplaces
NSW economic stimulus package supporting health businesses and jobs.
Fair Trading NSW
Coronavirus frequently asked questions on consumer and business rights.
Covid - 19 Stimulus package for payroll tax - Frequently asked questions.
COVID-19 Disaster Payment - A support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order.
Department of Health
For general health information about coronavirus
Get the latest COVID‑19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies
Summary of information about coronavirus for small business including financial assistance packages, eligibility, timing and support. Phone 13 28 46
Download the COVIDSafe app here. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians.
Australian Taxation Office
Find out how the ATO is supporting businesses affected by coronavirus including the JobKeeper payment.
My Business Health
Supporting good mental health, access tools, templates and tips to manage business challenges.
Australian Government Stimulus Package including cash flow assistance for businesses, temporary relief for financially distressed businesses, instant asset write off and other support for businesses.
Safe Work Australia
Advice for employers and measures to have in place to maintain a safe workplace during coronavirus.
Fair Work Ombudsmen
Employer and employee frequently asked questions about workplace obligations and entitlements if you’re affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Understanding your privacy obligations to your staff - handling of employee health information.
Head to Health
The Government’s digital mental health portal.
Enquiries can be directed to Business and Tourism on 9710 0892 or email@example.com