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 information to share, please email the PAA directly

Help us use our time effectively to keep you informed.

Preparing for Easing of Restrictions and Return to Work

Australia’s federal, state and territory governments are gradually easing restrictions around public gatherings, how businesses can operate, and regional travel. The pages linked below summarise our understanding of current government responses and do not replace the government’s formally issued advice.

When considering which restrictions are applicable to you, note that local State/Territory regulations take precedence over Commonwealth instructions.

**Please note that the Australian government responses to Covid-19 are changing regularly and remain the authoritative source for what is and isn’t permitted.

State & Territory Specific information

The following information may also help you prepare for the easing of workplace restrictions:

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

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
Business Costs Assistance Program Applications open 3 June 2021. The program provides $2,500 or $5000 grants for eligible employing and non-employing businesses in sectors most impacted.

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.

KPMG – A list of 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).

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
FutureLearn – Selection of free courses aimed at anyone with an interest in mental illness generally, and anxiety and depression in particular

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 the PAA 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 would like to discuss any aspect of  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).