Richmond TAFE – Short Courses

Richmond TAFE are offering some Short Courses. Introduction to Canine Behaviour - 3 November 2020 First Aid - Medication Techniques for Pets - 14 November 2020 Click link to see details and contact Richmond TAFE 02 4570 9099 animalsciencermd@tafensw.edu.au...

Media Release: Please don’t neglect pets in easing Victoria’s lockdown

PLEASE DON’T NEGLECT PETS IN EASING VICTORIA’S LOCKDOWN Today, PIAA is releasing an Advocacy Paper arguing for a wide reopening of pet industry businesses across the Stage 4 lockdown area from the end of next week, including mobile pet grooming. “Greater Melbourne’s roadmap out of lockdown mustn’t neglect the welfare of our domestic animals,” said Barry Codling, president of the Pet Services Association of Australia (PIAA). “We have a duty of care to the animals we bring into our households and families, to keep them fed, sheltered, safe and healthy. “The Victorian government’s welcome decision allowing onsite grooming services to reopen from 28 September 2020 recognises these services are essential, and not merely discretionary or cosmetic. “But much wider support services for our furred and feathered family members can be reopened safely now under the Second Step of Victoria’s Covid-19 Reopening Roadmap,” Mr Codling said. Other than veterinary care, pet support including grooming, boarding, walking and training has been closed under lockdown.  Besides the loss of thousands of Victorian jobs, many animals have suffered health and wellbeing problems, and many “pet parents” have been stressed about the welfare of their much-loved furred and feathered family members. “Contrary to the views of some, grooming and other pet services are not discretionary. They are essential to animal health and wellbeing, particularly when their owners are frail elderly, have disabilities affecting mobility, don’t have private transport, or otherwise struggle to care for their pets without assistance,” Mr Codling said. The PIAA paper outlines the case for reopening these businesses, providing necessary animal health and welfare-related services, as part of the Second Step...

DON’T FORGET DOMESTIC ANIMALS IN DRAWING VICTORIA’S COVID ROADMAP

Media release 3 September 2020 DON’T FORGET DOMESTIC ANIMALS IN DRAWING VICTORIA’S COVID ROADMAP Victoria’s roadmap out of Stage 4 lockdown must not ignore the welfare of our domestic animals as well as people, says industry peak body, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA). “During the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve seen many people turn to animal companionship to help them get through a very tough time,” said PIAA national president, Barry Codling. “Just like their owners, pets need to be properly fed, exercised and cared for. “This isn’t just about veterinary and feed services, but access to other supplies and services that ensure domestic animals can live happily and healthily, even in the midst of this pandemic.” “Even grooming and walking services are essential for many companion animals,” Mr Codling said. “For example, if a pet owner is frail and elderly, and can no longer properly groom and exercise her beloved dog, she needs help in caring for that companion animal, just as much as they need help with caring for themselves. “But in a crisis like this pandemic, these services are too easily under-valued when governments make decisions about what businesses can remain fully or partly open, and which cannot,” Mr Codling said. With the Victorian government planning to release its roadmap out of the current lockdown on Sunday, including its plan to reopen the state’s economy, Mr Codling said it is highly important to treat domestic and companion animal health and welfare services as essential and not discretionary. “We call on the Premier, Mr Andrews and the Minister for Jobs, Mr Pakula, to include pet services businesses...

PIAA Aquatic Pet Advisory Committee

PIAA has formed an Aquatic Pet Advisory Committee (APAC). The committee’s purpose is to provide objective advice, insights and/or recommendations to the PIAA board on matters pertaining to the aquatic industry in Australia. The inaugural APAC members are: Gareth Barber of Pure Aquatics (NSW), Gem Swan of Aquahub (QLD), Graeme Faulkner of AquaDepot (WA) and Stephen Mildern of Nature Aquarium (VIC) One of the responsibilities of APAC is to identify a set of industry priorities that PIAA can focus on addressing. These priorities are to be grouped into one of four themes. Each theme is to be assigned an APAC member to act as the lead in collating priorities to be discussed at formal APAC meetings.   APAC’s themes and the respective APAC member lead are as follows: – Theme 1: Unite the aquatic industry – Graeme Faulkner Theme 2: Educate pet owners* - Gem Swan Theme 3: Improve the welfare the pets – Gareth Barber Theme 4: Grow the size of the industry – Stephen Mildern We welcome all PIAA members to provide any priorities they might have for the aquatic pet industry by filling in the attached priority request form and submitting it via email....

Understanding the Pet Industry and Training

Every successful organisation understands the importance of focused training to improve the team’s performance. Background One of the PIAA’s constitutional drivers is to Develop/promote quality standards, educational packages for our members. A key initiative within our strategy of 2020, was the PIAA’s board commissioning of a comprehensive review of training needs and educational support for our members and the Pet Industry. What we found over our 6-month review. A disjointed confusing educational offering, largely outdated, requiring significant review and updating. Our developing channels lacked base understanding, hence little to no formal educational options are available or relevant. All underpinned by a maze of complexity and bureaucracy. Significant Government funding is available to support certified education across Australia, the challenge is navigating the Federal and State government bodies and their agencies to unlock funding, focus and support. Not withstanding the administrative requirements and measures required to monitor completion and funding. Our Goal Identify a partner who could assist the PIAA in developing a training solution that enables our members to have access to funding for certified training. Creating a genuine career path based on relevant qualifications designed for the needs of the Pet Industry. The PIAA’s goal is to provide a training pathway for our members to drive a higher minimum standard, help support and improve retention rates, enhancing a customer centric and learning culture within our industry. This would have the purpose of: Increasing the skill level of the industry Increased knowledge of member teams so they can have qualified conversations with pet owners Providing a course that PIAA members promote to their teams, allowing them to become accredited professionals PIAA supporting a new educational benchmark in the pet industry Read the full document...

COVID-19 Update – Cash flow boost for employers

From 28 April 2020, eligible businesses will receive a tax-free cash flow boost of between $20,000 and $100,000 through credits in the activity statement system when they lodge all relevant activity statements. This is to help during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.  You do not need to apply for the cash flow boost. All you need to do is lodge your upcoming activity statements. Make sure you lodge your March and quarter 3 activity statements on their due date and no earlier. This will ensure you receive the maximum refund available to you to assist with your cash flow. If your business is eligible, the credit will be automatically applied - but not before 28 April 2020. You can view the eligibility criteria on our page Boosting cash flow for employers. If you are lodging online through our Business Portal, remember you now need to log in using your myGovID. Set up your myGovID today, if you haven’t already. Remember, registered tax agents and BAS agents can help you with your...

COVID-19 Update – JobKeeper Payments for employers and employees

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees.  Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.   Employers will be eligible for the subsidy if: Their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 percent relative to a comparable period a year ago (of at least a month) and The business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy The employer must have been in an employment relationship with eligible employees as at 1 March 2020, and confirm that each eligible employee is currently engaged in order to receive JobKeeper payments. Not-for-profit entities (including charities) and self-employed individuals that meet the turnover tests that apply for businesses are eligible to apply for JobKeeper Payments. How to Apply Businesses with Employees Initially, employers can register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper payment via the Australian Taxation Office from 30 March 2020. Subsequently, eligible employers will be able to apply for the scheme by means of an online application.  The first payment will be received by employers from the ATO in the first week of May Eligible employers will need to identify eligible employees for JobKeeper Payments and must provide monthly updates to the ATO. Participating employers will be required to ensure eligible employees will receive, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax. It will be up to the employer if they want to...

COVID-19 Update

In light of recent Government announcements, please see the below information.  At this time, no pet related business are impacted by these changes. The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020 Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation) Gyms and indoor sporting venues Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos and night clubs Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies). Other facilities are not impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions if necessary. These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues. Organisations, workplaces and employers All people should practice good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene stay home if they have travelled overseas in the last 14 days, are unwell, or have been in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19. Organisations and employers who are responsible for a workplace or venue should start to take actions now to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This includes any venue, such as a school, university, office building or any workplace. Consider whether activities/events can be postponed, reduced in size/frequency or cancelled. Cancel non-essential activities such as business travel, study visits, extra-curricular activities and sporting events. Encourage flexible working arrangements including working from home and off-peak travel, and consider whether staff workstations can be more widely spaced. Ensure adequate hand washing facilities and soap are available. Provide and promote hand sanitisers at building...

COVID-19 – Important Information for Employers

If you are an employer responsible for workers, you must identify and manage all work health and safety risks, including the exposure to COVID-19. If the workplace is adopting appropriate measures such as handwashing, proper hygiene and social distancing, then it is likely you are doing all you can to prevent direct exposure to the likelihood of contracting COVID-19. Employers should make appropriate arrangements so that workers who need to self-quarantine stay away from work and where possible, work from home. Please be sure to highlight to your workers, your Workplace HR policies and your Working From Home Policy. Employers are still entitled to continue monitoring staff productivity, work completion, use of company resources and compliance with company policies and procedures while staff are working from home. Please see the below link to Safe Work Australia with detailed information in relation to COVID-19 and links to state specific information....

Australian Government – Support for Businesses – COVID-19

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses. Boosting cash flow for employers Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses Increasing the instant asset write-off Backing business investment Supporting apprentices and trainees Click here for the Australian Government Fact Sheet on Cashflow assistance for businesses Click here for the Australian Government Fact Sheet on temporary relief for financially distressed businesses click here for the Australian Government fact sheet delivering support for business investment Click here for the Australian Government fact sheet on assistance for severely affected regions and sectors Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit A Coronavirus Business Liaison Unit has been established within the Treasury to engage with business on a regular basis and provide updates to Government on crucial issues. For further information, please visit...

Important information for Boarding Kennels & Catteries

Processes for preventing, containing and managing COVID-19 within the Pet Boarding Sector The information supplied in this process has been advised to directly by a coronavirus advisor from health direct. All information can be reviewed and updated by regularly reviewing www.healthdirect.gov.au Pet Boarding Establishments has been categorized under the category of ‘hotels’ whereby we have a high degree of high transient clients. The risk in this category is deemed LOW RISK in Australia I have been advised by health direct to proceed with business as usual and to try and maintain calm for staff and clients Face masks are not necessary unless someone has flu like symptoms, has traveled overseas or someone has been tested positive to COVID-19 Process when dealing with the public It is advised to wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds every time you associate with a client regardless where that client is travelling to or from Wash your hand regularly through out the day, I recommend every 1-2hours. Do not touch any part of your face until you have washed your hands. Use hand sanitizers continue at least 60% alcohol after washing hands or where washing your hands is not available Stay 1.5metres away from clients. Avoid hugging, shaking hands or touching clients directly however if you do touch a client simply follow procedure to wash your hands immediately after. All clients who have travelled to the following countries should not be permitted into the kennels/catteries and are to stay in their car while you retrieve their cats: China Japan Iran Italy South Korea You may wish to ask clients in...

The latest from our Banking Partner – Commonwealth Bank

Leave nothing to chance - A business podcast Comedian Yianni Agisilaou chats to some of Australia’s inspiring small business owners.  Lean from their insightful conversations.  They’ve been there, done that and lived to tell the tale. Listen now Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast were CBA clients at the time of recording and are speaking from their personal experiences only. This podcast is not intended to provide advice. The host Yianni Agisilaou was employed by CBA specifically for this podcast series. As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 AFSL and Australian credit licence...
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