Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty and rapid change, PAA efforts are focused on bringing you accurate, up to date information and resources as they become available.  If you have any concerns or useful information to share, please email the PAA directly

Help us use our time effectively to keep you informed.

Summary of Government State & Territory Restrictions

Preparing for Easing of Restrictions and Return to Work

The following page has information to help you prepare for the easing of workplace restrictions, including:

  • PAA/APMA Proposed Return to Work plan
  • NCCC COVID-19 business checklist
  • Assessing COVID-19 risk in the workplace
  • Hygiene and cleaning advice and information

Preparing for Return to Work

COVID-19 Information, Help & Support

COVID-19 Health Updates

Australian Government – Essential information, latest announcements
Australian Government Department of Health website – For the latest information about COVID-19 in Australia.
The World Health Organisation  – Provides daily updates, information and guidance about the global outbreak.

Business: Employer/Employee, Finance & Support

Australian Government – Support for Business – including Companies, Sole Traders and Employers (JobKeepers Allowance, JobSeekers Allowance, etc.)
Australian Tax Office – COVID-19 frequently asked questions (finance & ATO related)
Treasury – Economic Response to the Coronavirus
Fairwork Australia – Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws – Coronavirus information and support for businesses
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission – Understanding Small Business rights and obligations under Australian Consumer Law during COVID-19.

State & Territory Initiatives

KPMG – Government grants available to assist private, mid-market and family businesses affected by the impacts of COVID-19 (document at bottom of their webpage).
MHFA SUPPORT RESOURCES A list of financial and other supports at Federal and State levels for sole traders and/or small businesses (created April 2020).

A business liaison phone line has been created to assist businesses understand the support available to them through the ACT Economic Survival Package and practical advice for businesses operating through changed arrangements due to COVID-19. Call 02 6205 0900

Business guidance from the Business Concierge service if your business has been impacted by the NSW bushfires and/or COVID-19 (coronavirus). Call on 13 77 88 (Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm [Sydney time]) or request a call back.

The NSW COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant of $10,000 will be available to eligible NSW small business owners. The application form will be available on the Service NSW website by 17 April. More information here.

Search for available Queensland Government assistance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) business assistance finder or call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

Up to four hours of free and independent advice to directly help your business, click here. The Chamber of Commerce has produced the NT’s COVID-19 employer guide.

Contact the Business Team at the Department for Innovation and Skills on 1800 763 097 to have your business questions answered about the impact of COVID-19 on your business. Other assistance by way of grants, webinars, tips and resources available here.

Businesses across the state can now access information on dealing with COVID-19 by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so they can survive and keep people in work. Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning. More information available here.

The Small Business Development Corporation has created a COVID-19 assistance centre to provide dedicated, timely guidance on available support option. To access the service, contact 133 140 (8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays).

Information on relief measures for small businesses including a reduction in electricity bills, licences fees waived, and additional payroll tax relief here.

Business: Creative suggestions, tools, how to’s
Mindbodyonline – Creative Ways Fitness Businesses Are Approaching Life in the COVID-19 Landscape
WPbeginner – The Ultimate Coronavirus Small Business Guide – WordPress + Tools to Grow Online
Personal health
Beyond Blue – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
Headspace – How to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Head to Health – This page describes practical psychological skills to help cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases
The Flourishing Center – 20 Mind and body tools to overcome anxiety
The Black Dog Institute – Coronavirus: Resources for anxiety, stress & well being including when working from home
Lifeline – Mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times

Online forums

  • Beyond Blue have established a dedicated COVID-19 online forum for people to share their concerns and connect online to support one another.
  • ReachOut have online youth forums and online parents forums for COVID-19 offering peer support in safe and established online communities.
  • SANE have an active online forum focused on unpacking fact from fiction about COVID-19 and providing self-care strategies.

Resources for teaching online

Many studios and teachers are beginning to set up online sessions and classes for their clients, as social distancing and government restrictions impact business. This may be a steep learning curve for some teachers so the page linked below has useful resources to help you set up.

Resources for Teaching Classes Online

Member Support Plan - 9 April 2020

The recent shutdowns dramatically affected all PAA members. To help ease the burden for members we implemented the following:

  • an automatic 3 month extension of all personal memberships and PDP expiry dates (incremental rollout).
  • the membership requirement to hold a current First Aid certificate is suspended for renewals until it is once again possible to complete First Aid training.
  • BMS have agreed to extend the renewal date by 3 months for no additional premium, for all members renewing their insurance in the next 12 months.
    the limit for claiming online PDPs has been removed until further notice, allowing members to accumulate additional points from online workshops.
  • workshop organisers are advised that approved face to face workshops can be offered in an online format – the same number of PDPs will be awarded, provided content and length are the same.

It is impossible to predict where we will all be in a few months time. The Member Support Plan will be reviewed as new developments occur with the objective of helping members manage through COVID-19 to recovery.

Please get in touch if you have any further questions about your ongoing membership:

Previous Announcements

Stage 1 closures - Pilates Studios

Direct advice from the office of Federal Sports Minister, Hon. Richard Colbeck, informs that Pilates is considered an Indoor Sports Activity, i.e. “any activity bringing people together to exercise. This also includes yoga, dance and meditation”.

Also received early this evening from the NSW Sports Ministers Office is a link to the legislation regarding the closure of indoor recreation facilities. Within this, the Order specifically defines a ‘Health Studio’ as a type of indoor sport and recreation facility. Therefore, Pilates studios are included in the closures.

Information on Stage 1 Restrictions – information from your state or territory about restrictions on non-essential services.

Sun 22nd March 2020 – Business restrictions announced

The Australian Government has announced the following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).