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Rolling information for industry. Updated regularly.
 
Click here for the UDIA Victoria 
COVID-19 Action Plan for Government & Industry

TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2020

National Cabinet Mandatory code of conduct and sme commercial leasing principles

Australia's National Cabinet today decided its Mandatory Code of Conduct and SME Commercial Leasing Principles for the COVID-19 pandemic period. Information can be found on the PM's website here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-070420  

TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2020

ADVOCACY WIN: Advisory Note for RAP fieldwork and engagement during COVID-19 Stage 3 restrictions

We have worked with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria to develop an Advisory Note for Registered Aboriginal Parties to continue to undertake fieldwork within COVID-19 restrictions, and to keep work progressing without fieldwork if necessary.
 
This is critically important for keeping development and construction sites operating, and is a positive advocacy outcome for greenfield developers in particular. 
 
The Advisory Note says that fieldwork can continue within COVID-19 restrictions, but if RAPs do decide to suspend worksite visits, assessments of Cultural Heritage Management Plans and permit conditions, can and should continue with full and proper consultation.
 
This Advisory Note from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria will help our industry and RAPs to navigate through the urban development process within the COVID-19 restrictions as appropriate. 

Click here to read the advisory note. 

MONDAY 6 APRIL 2020

Treasurer's message to industry 

The Treasurer of Victoria has released a meaningful commitment for our industry and an important message for all those working on-site to continue implementing safe work practices.
 
Make sure your organisation, your team and your worksites are implementing all the guidelines and social distancing measures to keep people in the industry safe and healthy. 

DHHS guidance note can be accessed here.

Further guidance developed by UDIA Victoria and other industry associations and unions, with input from WorkSafe and DHHS, available here.

Click here to read the letter from the Treasurer. 

Monday 6 APRIL 2020

ADVOCACY WIN: Councils directed to keep wheels turning

State Government has officially advised local councils that they must not dismiss or stand down staff, ensuring they remain open, productive and responsive to essential service industries like ours.
 
This is good news for our sector amid concern that councils would fall behind and further delay development activity during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
We commend Government on their positive reception to our COVID-19 Action Plan, which calls for a move like this. We advised the Government to keep councils open and productive, providing confidence to industry and a future pipeline of work. They listened.

Friday 3 APRIL 2020

ADVOCACY IN ACTION, WEEKLY WRAP

UDIA Victoria have worked diligently this week to put forward our industry’s solutions to Government for keeping the Victorian economy going through the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a wrap up of our key advocacy activities. 


Thursday 2 APRIL 2020 

UDIA has today joined forces with Master Builders Victoria in a written letter to the Municipal Association of Victoria, urging local councils to extend worksite hours.
Click here for the letter.


THURSDAY 2 APRIL 2020 

UDIA National has today released ‘Helping Australia Bounce Back’ – an advocacy document that details six strategic steps governments can take now to stimulate housing and construction, and how they fit in the context of our larger policy goals. Click here to read more. 


tuesday 31 march 2020

UPDATED gUIDELINES FOR THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY 

Today an updated set of guidelines for employers and workers was released. This is to assist workplaces to manage any potential threat of COVID-19. For our industry to stay safe and open, everyone most observe these guidelines. Click above for further information.


TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2020

COVID-19 Jobkeeper payment 

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

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


Monday 30 MARCH 2020

Best practice for managing construction sites in the coronavirus environment

This note provides guidance on best practice for reducing the spread of coronavirus within the construction industry. The construction industry is encouraged to review this guidance and implement appropriate measures on their construction sites.
This guidance is correct at the time of publication and its application may be impacted upon by future announcements relating to the operation of the construction sector. Click above for further information.


friday 27 MARCH 2020

BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION and Development Industry Lives to work another day

Premier Daniel Andrews has this afternoon announced that Victoria is not yet progressing to Stage 3 restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. UDIA Victoria has been working night and day to present a case to government that the building, construction and development industry is implementing and managing social distancing measures and health practises to keep worksites safe, healthy and compliant with all government requirements. Click above for further information.


wednesday 25 MARCH 2020

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES AND UNIONS UNITE ON COVID-19 SAFETY MESSAGE

United group stress the need to follow appropriate measures and guidelines which stipulate strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks, in addition to other measures, to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open. Employer groups and unions have worked together to develop guidelines in line with government recommendations and they should be adhered to immediately and followed dutifully by all employers and employees. Click above for further information.


TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020 

UDIA VICTORIA COVID-19 ACTION PLAN FOR GOVERNMENT AND OUR INDUSTRY 

We are pleased to share our COVID-19 Action Plan with you as well as an open letter to all local councils, state government agencies, members of parliament and other stakeholders which we sent yesterday. On behalf of our critically important industry, we are calling on Government to remain open for business and remain engaged with our industry. 


monday 23 MARCH 2020 

Building, construction and development sites to remain open
Premier Dan Andrews has this morning confirmed that Victoria is implementing a shutdown of all non-essential activity at 12pm today to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus. At this stage, the shutdown does not include building, construction and development sites as they remain an essential service for the time being. Click above for further information.


saturday 21 MARCH 2020 

Economic Survival Package to Support victorian businesses and jobs

The Victorian Government has today announced the biggest business relief package in the nation. The package is for small and medium sized Victorian businesses and employees dealing with immediate and anticipated flow-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Click above for further information.


TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 

COVId-19 and udia evolving member services

Like you, we have spent recent days working through the implications for UDIA Victoria’s team and how we best continue to deliver member services.  UDIA Victoria’s Board of Directors met last night and the Executive Committee will continue to meet weekly, enabling our organisation to make agile decisions that are in the best interests of UDIA Victoria’s members, our business and our team. Click above for further information.


COVID-19 Government advice