Tag: COVID-19

The below information applies to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne areas affected by the Stage 4 lockdown. It has been interpreted from publicly available information and advice compiled by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Please call Business Victoria on 13 22 15 if unsure about your situation. Note: Full COVID-19 resources in the VASA members Continue reading Stage 4 lockdown advice for automotive businesses in Melbourne

JobKeeper Payment

The Australian Government’s JobKeeper support package has been extended to March 28 2021, with a few catches, while the Apprentice Wage Subsidy has been extended and broadened to include medium-sized businesses with up to 199 employees. JobKeeper eligibility tests requiring businesses to demonstrate ongoing impacts to their turnover will continue each quarter and the payouts Continue reading Australian Government updates support packages from September 2020 onwards

Driver wearing mask

Those venturing out of home in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire face a $200 fine for not wearing a protective mask. This includes employees in the workplace unless a lawful exemption or reason applies. Advice from the Victorian government is that employers ensure their employees wear face coverings while they are working, unless lawfully exempt. Continue reading Masks mandatory in Melbourne & Mitchell Shire: Your obligations in the workplace

AAAA Autocare

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has cancelled this year’s Autocare 2020 event, which was to take place during late October at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. AAAA had already postponed the event from June to October due to the COVID-19 outbreak but ongoing safety concerns and travel impacts forced the association to pull the Continue reading Autocare Brisbane cancelled

AAAA COVID-19 Webinars

AAAA COVID-19 webinars

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association produces excellent, informative webinars to help its members navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and related government support. AAAA has kindly agreed to share these webinars with VASA members through the members-only section of the VASA website. VASA will update this page every time a new webinar is posted. Please also see Continue reading AAAA COVID-19 webinars

Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

The automotive service and repair industry has experienced a downturn caused by COVID-19 that is worse than that of the retail sector and almost as deep as that facing hospitality, according to survey data from the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association. However, Australian workshops are reportedly more satisfied with government assistance than all other small business Continue reading Workshops hard-hit by COVID-19 but appreciate government assistance, optimistic about future

NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

As part of national COVID-19 relief measures, the New Zealand Transport Agency is allowing vehicle owners a reprieve on mandatory Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) checks until October 10, but the NZ Motor Transport Association warns this could result in years of havoc for both workshop owners and motorists if left unrevised as lockdown restrictions lift. Continue reading NZ Warrant of Fitness (WoFs) extensions could have dire consequences for COVID-hit workshops

COVID-19 advice and support for automotive repair businesses

UPDATED: August 14, 2020 with details of metropolitan Melbourne Stage 4 measures. The below advice is largely based on information produced by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and as such is relevant to Australian businesses only. AAAA has also kindly agreed to share with VASA members its excellent, informative series of webinars designed to help Continue reading COVID-19 advice and support for automotive repair businesses

AAAA, HVIA push for auto repair and parts to be classified ‘essential business’

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia are campaigning for the government to include automotive parts and repair services on the ‘essential business’ list, enabling them to remain open under lockdown conditions in order to support emergency vehicles, essential transportation services and those who will need to support the most vulnerable members Continue reading AAAA, HVIA push for auto repair and parts to be classified ‘essential business’