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CORONAVIRUS [COVID- 19 PLAN]

INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 FOR AMSRS MEMBERS AND COMPANY|CLIENT PARTNERS

31.03.20

COVID-19 JobKeeper Payment

Yesterday the Australian Federal Government delivered a historic wage subsidy to the value of $130 billion, impacting around 6 million workers. The payment help will ensure eligible employers (including charities and not-for-profits) and employees stay connected while some businesses move into hibernation.

  • This subsidy will see workers receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.
  • The payment will be paid to employers, for up to six months, for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and is retained or continues to be engaged by that employer.
  • Where a business has stood down employees since 1 March, the payment will help them maintain connection with their employees.
  • Eligible employers will be those with annual turnover of less than $1 billion who self-assess that they have a reduction in revenue of 30% or more, since 1 March 2020 over a minimum one-month period.
  • Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
  • The program will commence, 30 March 2020, with the first payments to be received by eligible businesses in the first week of May as monthly arrears from the ATO.
  • To register your interest visit the ATO website here: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

To read more about yesterday’s announcement please click here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job

Comprehensive fact sheets from Treasury can be found here: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/jobkeeper

We hope the recent announcements over the last week have been able to provide our members with some certainty and parameters for decision making whilst we navigate these unchartered waters.

NEW VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GRANT ANNOUNCED FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

On 28 March 2020, the Victorian Premier announced a new Government grant of $10,000 that will be available to small Victorian business operators that employ staff.

To be eligible to apply for the grant, the business will need to:

  1. employ staff;
  2. hold an ABN as at 16 March 2020 and have turnover of greater than $75,000 for the 2020 financial year;
  3. have annual wages of less than $650,000 in the 2020 financial year; and
  4. have been directly impacted by Government closure measures.

To obtain a grant, eligible businesses need to apply online via the Business Victoria website by 1 June 2020.


27.03.20

The AMSRS supports all viable methodologies during this challenging time.


24.03.20

COVID-19 Second Stimulus Package

On Sunday 22 March, the Australian Federal Government delivered a second stimulus package estimated to be worth $66b. Key points for businesses:

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers:

  • This assistance is aimed towards companies, including not-for-profits, with an annual turnover of up to $50m.
  • The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not‑for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments will help businesses’ and not-for-profits’ cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.
  • The cash injection will be linked to your company’s wages bill through the taxes an employer withholds during the year.
  • The assistance will be paid via the current ATO system once the March BAS is lodged direct to your company’s bank account. The payments will be delivered by the ATO as a credit on your business activity statements.

Regulatory Protection and Financial Support for Businesses:

  • The Government will establish the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme which will support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to get access to working capital to help them get through the impact of the coronavirus.
  • Under the Scheme, the Government will guarantee 50% of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SMEs. This will unlock up to $40b in finance available for SMEs.
  • There will be more flexibility in respect to creditor initiated insolvency and voluntary administration actions. Moving the outstanding amounts limits from $2000 to $20,000, and timing to respond to 6 months instead of 21 days.
  • Relief for directors while trading insolvent will also be provided over the next 6 months.

To read more about the above information please click here:

Elissa Molloy

CEO

Australian Market & Social Research Society

P: +61 2 9566 3100

M: 0417 155 325

E: elissa.molloy@amsrs.com.au

W: www.amsrs.com.au

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23.03.20

Click here to download a copy of the Government’s Economic Response from Sunday 22 March 2020.


20.03.20

COVID-19 UPDATE - AMSRS FACE TO FACE EVENTS

In response to the unprecedented and evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Market & Social Research Society (AMSRS) is today taking further measures to protect the health of our members, staff, stakeholders and the wider community.

  • We are moving our Fundamental courses that were due to be held on 23 & 24 March at the Novotel in Sydney to online delivery. All our face to face courses and workshops until August 2020 will be deferred or moved online.
  • We are deferring our National Conference that was to be held on 6 & 7 August 2020 in Melbourne to May 2021. We will host an interim online mini-conference in August 2020 – stay tuned for details.
  • Some of the AMSRS team will be working from home for this period. However, the AMSRS phones can be diverted so we will be answering your calls and emails and we are committed to assisting Members and Partners in any way we can.


If you were scheduled to attend a course or event during this period, we will contact you directly. Thank you for your patience, and should you have any concerns please contact Leslea on 0410 653 415.

Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and monitoring the advice of the federal and state governments and health authorities.

You can find the latest information on the AMSRS website

AMSRS resources and services during the crisis

This is an extremely difficult time for all Australians and for the world.

We are committed to supporting our members and partners through this period.

The AMSRS will continue to operate, meetings and committees will run remotely and our team is focused on delivering valuable services to members.

Our online courses, webinars and recorded webinars are available.

We will continue to respond to this evolving situation, and keep you informed.

For further information download a full version of the COVID-19 PLAN at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/australian-health-sector-emergency-response-plan-for-novel-coronavirus-covid-19



The attached table provides a summary of COVID-19 PLAN and guidance in interpreting this for businesses.

Kind regards

Elissa Molloy

CEO

Australian Market & Social Research Society

P: +61 2 9566 3100

M: 0417 155 325

E: elissa.molloy@amsrs.com.au

W: www.amsrs.com.au

Find us on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook

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16.03.20

The outbreak of Covid-19 continues to evolve and practitioners may have questions regarding what they should do in their businesses plus also contact with participants. Below is some general information to assist practitioners.

This information is based on current understanding and will be updated should government and health advice change significantly. It should be noted this does not replace government advice; it is meant to supplement the official sources with the addition of some research considerations. Remember to continue to check the up-to-date guidance on the Australian Government website https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.

OVERVIEW:

What is Covid-19 and how to avoid it?

Covid-19 is caused by the coronavirus which affect lungs and airways. Signs of Covid-19 include experiencing a cough, fever or shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The symptoms are similar to other illness such as cold and flu and includes:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

It is still not known exactly how the virus spreads from person to person. Although similar viruses are spread via cough droplets.

The best way to avoid the spread of Covid-19 is to take the following personal actions:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water (best option) or use sanitiser gel (alternative).
  • Ensure you have tissues readily available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (NOT your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid close contact with people who display indications of being unwell. Ideally keep 1.5 metres(4 feet) away.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes if your hands are not clean.
  • Use bacterial wipes to clean your work surfaces including phones, keyboards, computer mouse, etc.

Recently travelled

The Australian Government announced yesterday that individuals who have travelled overseas and arrive back into Australia from today must stay indoors (‘self-isolate’) and avoid contact with other people for 14 days.


Self-isolation: How to do it

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people.

You might also be asked to stay at home if you may have been exposed to the virus.

Staying at home means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home

You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

You should stay in touch by phone and on-line with your family and friends.

To find out more, read our home isolation information sheet.


UNDERTAKING RESEARCH:

Some Considerations for Members and Company/ Client Partners

AMSRS recommends the following steps are taken into consideration when undertaking research activities in Australia to minimise potential infection to staff, participants and contractors.

Research Staff

1. If research staff begin to feel unwell and/or have visited a high-risk country within the last 14 days or been in contact with anyone who has visited a high-risk area, ask them to self-isolate and to work from home (if the staff are fit to do so and they role enables home working). This includes all interviewers, contractors, freelancers, recruiters and temporary workers.

2. Provide guidance to staff on what they must do to self-isolate.

3. Provide guidance to staff on what actions will be undertaken should offices become infected.

4. Contact https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert to receive appropriate advice if you have evidence or concerns of any staff or participants being infected with Covid-19.

Participant Recruitment

If approaching individuals face to face to participate in research interviewers/recruiters/researchers should:

· Avoid people who look visibly unwell

· Stand at least 1.5 metres (4 feet) away from the potential participant

· Carry tissues and bacterial wipes and throw away in a bin any which are used

· Avoid touching their nose, mouth or eyes

· Avoid any physical contact such as shaking an individual’s hand

When developing the screener questions (via online, telephone or face to face) to establish whether individuals qualify for a face to face project, researchers should add some additional questions to determine:

· Whether individuals have visited or been in close contact with any individuals who have visited, or travelled through (via transfers, etc) any of the high-risk areas

· Whether individuals are experiencing any flu-like symptoms

· Whether individuals have been in close contact with individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms

People who respond to the screener questions in a way which indicates they have a high risk of infection should not be recruited for face to face research. These people could be recruited for either online or telephone studies if obtaining such information is unlikely to expose the interviewer/recruiter/researcher to potential infection.

The Covid-19 screener questions, can only be collected with the informed consent of participants as they include the collection of sensitive information (about people’s health),- refer to rule 21 of the AMSRS Code of Professional Behaviour.

NOTE When recording the responses to the screener questions no inferences should be made to the actual health of the participant. Researchers are not health professionals. The screener questions being recommended are to be used to reduce potential risk to others involved in research (interviewers, recruiters, researchers and other participants).

During Face to Face Research

Before face-to-face research commences the screener questions to establish Covid-19 risk should be repeated. Any individuals whose screener responses raises concerns should be asked to withdraw from the research.

If participants are screened out prior to the commencement of the research, they should be refunded for any costs (such as travel) they have incurred in order to participate in research.

When setting up venues and/or facilities being used for the face to face research undertake the following:

· Position participants and those involved in the research (e.g. researchers, moderators, recruiters, venue staff, hosts, interviewers) at least 1 metre apart from each other

· Provide hand sanitizer

· Provide adequate washroom facilities which have hot water and soap

· If providing refreshments, ensure that the servers are trained to handle refreshments in an appropriate manner

· If providing goods as incentives, ensure they are wrapped/sealed before handing to participants

Provide participants with a telephone number, website, and/or email address for your research organisation which participants should contact if they become infected with Covid-19 following a research project.

Contact https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert immediately upon receiving notification of any participants who have become infected with Covid-19.

Act swiftly on advice from the https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert in relation to your staff and participants following the reporting of a Covid-19 infection.

For further information download a full version of the COVID-19 PLAN at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/australian-health-sector-emergency-response-plan-for-novel-coronavirus-covid-19


Date: 13.03.2020

Undertaking Research: Some Considerations for Members and Company/ Client Partners

AMSRS recommends the following steps are taken into consideration when undertaking research activities in Australia to minimise potential infection to staff, participants and contractors.

Research Staff

  1. If research staff begin to feel unwell and/or have visited a high-risk country within the last 14 days or been in contact with anyone who has visited a high-risk area, ask them to self-isolate and to work from home (if the staff are fit to do so and they role enables home working). This includes all interviewers, contractors, freelancers, recruiters and temporary workers.
  2. Provide guidance to staff on what they must do to self-isolate.
  3. Provide guidance to staff on what actions will be undertaken should offices become infected.
  4. Contact https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert to receive appropriate advice if you have evidence or concerns of any staff or participants being infected with Covid-19.

Participant Recruitment

If approaching individuals face to face to participate in research interviewers/recruiters/researchers should:

  • Avoid people who look visibly unwell
  • Stand at least 1.5 metres (4 feet) away from the potential participant
  • Carry tissues and bacterial wipes and throw away in a bin any which are used
  • Avoid touching their nose, mouth or eyes
  • Avoid any physical contact such as shaking an individual’s hand

When developing the screener questions (via online, telephone or face to face) to establish whether individuals qualify for a face to face project, researchers should add some additional questions to determine:

  • Whether individuals have visited or been in close contact with any individuals who have visited, or travelled through (via transfers, etc) any of the high-risk areas
  • Whether individuals are experiencing any flu-like symptoms
  • Whether individuals have been in close contact with individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms

    People who respond to the screener questions in a way which indicates they have a high risk of infection should not be recruited for face to face research. These people could be recruited for either online or telephone studies if obtaining such information is unlikely to expose the interviewer/recruiter/researcher to potential infection.

    The Covid-19 screener questions, can only be collected with the informed consent of participants as they include the collection of sensitive information (about people’s health),- refer to rule 21 of the AMSRS Code of Professional Behaviour.

    NOTE When recording the responses to the screener questions no inferences should be made to the actual health of the participant. Researchers are not health professionals. The screener questions being recommended are to be used to reduce potential risk to others involved in research (interviewers, recruiters, researchers and other participants).

During Face to Face Research

Before face-to-face research commences the screener questions to establish Covid-19 risk should be repeated. Any individuals whose screener responses raises concerns should be asked to withdraw from the research.

If participants are screened out prior to the commencement of the research, they should be refunded for any costs (such as travel) they have incurred in order to participate in research.

When setting up venues and/or facilities being used for the face to face research undertake the following:

  • Position participants and those involved in the research (e.g. researchers, moderators, recruiters, venue staff, hosts, interviewers) at least 1.5 metres apart from each other
  • Provide hand sanitizer
  • Provide adequate washroom facilities which have hot water and soap
  • If providing refreshments, ensure that the servers are trained to handle refreshments in an appropriate manner
  • If providing goods as incentives, ensure they are wrapped/sealed before handing to participants

Provide participants with a telephone number, website, and/or email address for your research organisation which participants should contact if they become infected with Covid-19 following a research project.

Contact https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert immediately upon receiving notification of any participants who have become infected with Covid-19.

Act swiftly on advice from the https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert in relation to your staff and participants following the reporting of a Covid-19 infection.


Date: 09.03.2020

The AMSRS is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and looking at implications for our Members, Company and Client Partners and their businesses.

AMSRS Events:

At this time, no restrictions are in place to prevent meetings and travel within the Australia, or places where we hold events. All AMSRS events that are currently planned to take place as scheduled. The AMSRS is taking precautions to ensure the health of all event participants and we are consulting the latest guidance from the https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/australian-health-sector-emergency-response-plan-for-novel-coronavirus-covid-19 and public health authorities.

With the situation evolving rapidly, we also encourage our members, participants and staff to consult these sources as they prepare for events and lead their companies.

Australian Government Department of Health
World Health Organization advice for the public

World Health Organization planning recommendations for mass gatherings

Johns Hopkins University live tracker

Information for Members and Company & Client Partner organisations on COVID-19

A virus can spread from person to person and may vary greatly. Sustained person-to-person spread in the community has been reported in China and continues to spread internationally.

Symptoms of COVID-19 reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. It is reported that symptoms could appear as long as 14 days after exposure.

The novel coronavirus outbreak represents a significant risk to Australia and therefore the federal government has taken a precautionary approach in line with preparedness and response guidance for a pandemic, working collaboratively with state and territory and whole of government partners to implement strategies to minimise disease transmission through strong border measures and widespread communication activities.

Australia will approach this novel coronavirus outbreak by undertaking activities to:

  1. monitor and investigate outbreaks as they occur;

  2. identify and characterise the nature of the virus and the clinical severity of the disease;

  3. research respiratory disease-specific management strategies;

  4. respond promptly and effectively to minimise the novel coronavirus outbreak impact;

  5. undertake strategies to minimise the risk of further disease transmission; and

  6. contribute to the rapid and confident recovery of individuals, communities and services.

For further information download a full version of the COVID-19 PLAN at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/australian-health-sector-emergency-response-plan-for-novel-coronavirus-covid-19



The attached table provides a summary of COVID-19 PLAN and guidance in interpreting this for businesses.

Kind regards

Elissa Molloy

CEO

Australian Market & Social Research Society

P: +61 2 9566 3100

M: 0417 155 325

E: elissa.molloy@amsrs.com.au

W: www.amsrs.com.au

Find us on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook

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