The online planning tool, hosted on the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission’s website, should take about 30 minutes to complete.
Its aim is to leave businesses with a clear idea about what they need do to keep people safe, how they will get their business back up and running, and how they might adapt their operating model to the changing environment.
Moreover, the tool gives businesses a helping hand with organising supplies, updating insurance and reactivating subscriptions, while also providing direct access to available assistance, including links to help with cash flow, wages and loans.
NCCC chair Nev Power said that since businesses have been affected differently by the government’s lockdown measures, everyone needs a plan for when restrictions change.
“It’s been a really tough time for business owners and their employees, and it will continue to be challenging as we head into a staged recovery. We should acknowledge the tremendous efforts of employers and workers, and make sure that we’re looking after each other as we work our way through this pandemic,” Mr Power said.
“The sooner we can get businesses open and people back in work, the sooner our lives and livelihoods can be rebuilt as our economy recovers. At the same time, as restrictions change, we need to make sure that both workers and customers are safe.”
The NCCC’s tool brings together information from across government on the range of help and assistance available to support businesses.
It was built to complement the Safe Work Australia online hub, which remains the definitive source of information for businesses to understand their work health and safety obligations.
Mr Power said: “We need businesses everywhere to get behind the safety protocols and have their COVIDSafe plans in place.
“One of the key things will be to maintain our discipline around physical distancing and hygiene. Our success depends on everyone — business owners, workers, customers — keeping up our practices of handwashing, social distancing, covering our sneezes and coughs, staying home if you are unwell, getting tested if you have symptoms and downloading the COVIDSafe app.”
Businesses are also encouraged to seek advice from their local WHS authority, Safe Work Australia, or contact the Fair Work Ombudsman to ensure they meet all their legal obligations.
The tool can be downloaded from the NCCC website.