Tag: COVID-19

automotive apprentice

Australia’s federal government has extended its wage subsidy scheme for apprentices and trainees for another year, ending 30 September 2021. The scheme, said to have helped create around 100,000 apprenticeships to date, was introduced in 2020 as part of the economic response to COVID-19 and subsidises 50 per cent of the wages of apprentices and trainees. In total, Continue reading Extension for Australian apprenticeship subsidy

Pandemic-busting vaccines need those working in temperature controlled transport and cold chain to bring their A-game In 2020 the word ‘unprecedented’ has been used with unprecedented frequency and now we have the unprecedented challenge of distributing vast volumes of COVID-19 vaccines around the world at strictly controlled temperatures of less than -70°C. As a result, Continue reading COVID cold chain

Uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on Victoria has forced the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) to reschedule its Australian Auto Aftermarket and Collision Repair Expo to 7 – 9 April, 2022 instead of the originally publicised date of 29 April to 1 May, 2021. The event’s longstanding venue, the Melbourne Convention Continue reading Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo rescheduled to April 2022

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