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Small businesses must apply for rent relief by 30 September to get backdated relief

Small businesses must apply for rent relief by 30 September to get backdated relief

Dear Members,

For Victorian small business owners to get rent relief backdated to 28 July 2021 under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme), they’ll need to make a written request and provide evidence to their landlord by 30 September 2021.  

If they make a request after this date, rent relief is only available from the date of application. To make a request, tenants can use one of the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) letter templates (see question 13 of our FAQs). 

The Scheme is there to help business owners with an annual turnover of less than $50m who have seen a fall in their turnover of more than 30 percent during the pandemic.  

Under the Scheme, business owners get a reduction in their monthly rent that matches their drop in turnover. For example, a business owner with a turnover of 40 percent of what they were getting before the pandemic can only be charged 40 percent of their rent. At least half of the remaining amount has to be waived, with the remainder deferred for payment from 15 January 2022.  

The VSBC is supporting both tenants and landlords under the Scheme – and also in situations where the tenant isn’t eligible. The VSBC can provide information and assistance to help with negotiating an agreement and access to free and impartial mediation if a fair agreement can’t be reached. Both tenants and landlords can seek this assistance from VSBC. 

The Scheme runs until 15 January 2022.    

More information 

  • VBSC FAQs that offer help in determinising eligibility, calculating fall in turnover, requesting relief, and applying for free mediation or a binding order 
  • VSBC web page for tenants and landlords that links to a step-by-step process and a helpful scenario 
  • VSBC webinars (open to small business owners located anywhere in Victoria)  delivered in partnership with the City of Stonnington on 28 September 2021 (register here) and Mornington Peninsula Shire on 29 September 2021 (email cate.pratt@vsbc.vic.gov.au for details) 

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

 

IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT ! #GETVACCINATEDNOW

IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT ! #GETVACCINATEDNOW

Dear Members,

We can’t urge you enough to do your bit for Australia.

The landscape has changed it’s not so much about looking at the case numbers but more now looking at the vaccination take-up rates. It is the only way out to keep yourself, your family, your staff, and the community safe.

Please don’t hesitate, your time is now.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

 

Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan | Premier of Victoria

Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan | Premier of Victoria

Dear Members,

New restrictions imposed on Victorian Geelong, Mitchell, and Surf Coast communities

A number of cases have been identified overnight in Greater Geelong, Mitchell Shire, and the Surf Coast. The Chief Health Officer has now declared that from 11:59 pm on Sunday 19 Sept the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast, and Mitchell Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown. Restrictions will be the same as those in Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew. There are only five reasons to leave home. Shopping, exercise, and outdoor social interaction will be limited to 10km from your home. Masks will be mandatory indoors and outdoors too.

Victorian Roadmap for Reopening

The Premier’s media release is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorias-roadmap-delivering-national-plan and links to the roadmaps are available at the end of the media release.

On the question of how businesses will check the vaccination status of customers, penalties for non-compliance, and other business information, the Premier has said yesterday that was yet to be determined.  

Step 1 – from 26 September 2021

  • 80% 16+ single dose
  • Outdoor facilities open for contactless recreation – eg, golf, tennis, bows

Step 2 – from October 2021

  • Schools Return
  • 5 Oct – GAT students
  • 6 Oct – VCE Unit ¾, final year. VCAL and IB students
  • 18 Oct – Prep (Mo – Wed), Year 1 and 2 (Thurs – Fri)

Step 3 – from 26 October

  • 70% of 16+ double dose ie  National Plan Phase B)
  • No restrictions on leaving home
  • No curfew
  • Travel limit increased to 25km
  • Students return to school
  • Early child education/ care – open for children of fully vaccinated parents
  • Retail – general retail open for outdoor service only, plus click and collect/ delivery
  • Hairdressing – fully vaccinated: 5 people
  • Hospitality – food and drink seated service and outdoors only, fully vaccinated: 50 people
  • May involve reduced quarantine requirements for vaccinated residents returning from interstate
  • Public gatherings – fully vaccinated: 10 people, unvaccinated: 5
  • Entertainment venues – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Religion – fully vaccinated: 50, unvaccinated: 20, outdoor only
  • Funerals – fully vaccinated: 50, unvaccinated: 20 – outdoor only
  • Weddings – fully vaccinated: 50 unvaccinated: 10 – outdoor only
  • Outdoor community sport – open for training only (not competition) Minimum number required, changing rooms closed
  • Swimming pools – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Community facilities – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Creative studios – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Zoos – fully vaccinated: 25% capacity
  • Amusement  parks – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Real estate – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoor auctions
  • Tours – fully vaccinated: 50, outdoors only
  • Care facility visitors – easing of restrictions

Step 4 – from 5 November

  • Metropolitan Melbourne aligns with Regional Victoria (80% of 16+ fully vaccinated ie. National Plan Phase C)
  • Employment – work from home if you can OR go to work if fully vaccinated
  • Schools – on-site learning for all levels with safety measures
  • Adult education – on-site for hands on, skills-based education. On-site if fully vaccinated
  • Early child education/ care – open
  • All retail – open with DSQ4sqm per person
  • Food and drink – open for seated service. Fully vaccinated. 150 indoors, 500 outdoors, small venues can have up to 25
  • Food courts – takeaway only
  • Hairdressing, beauty, personal care – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors
  • Interstate travel – allowed
  • Interstate borders may exempt vaccinated residents from domestic restrictions, subject to National Cabinet
  • International travel – revised quarantine arrangements for fully vaccinated international arrivals, subject to National Cabinet
  • Face coverings required indoors only
  • Private gatherings – up to ten people can gather in the home
  • Public gatherings – fully vaccinated: 30 outdoors
  • Mask removal for alcohol consumption permitted for fully vaccinated
  • Religion- fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors, unvaccinated: 20
  • Funerals – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors, unvaccinated: 10
  • Weddings – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors, unvaccinated: 10
  • Physical recreation and community sport – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Outdoor seated physical recreation and community sport – fully vaccinated: lesser of 25% or 5000 per venue
  • Swimming pools, spas, saunas, steam rooms, springs – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Community facilities – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Indoors seated and non-seated entertainment – fully vaccinated: 150 per space
  • Outdoor seated entertainment – fully vaccinated. 50% capacity
  • Arcades, escape rooms, bingo – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Amusement parks – fully vaccinated: 150 per space indoors, 500 per space outdoors
  • Casino – fully vaccinated: 150 per space indoors
  • Retail betting and electronic gaming – fully vaccinated: 150indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Karaoke and nightclubs – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Accommodation – open in line with private gathering limits
  • Real estate – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors
  • Tours and tours transport – fully vaccinated: 150 indoors, 500 outdoors

Step 5 – from 19 November

  • 80% of 12+ fully vaccinated ie National Plan – progression to the final phase
  • All settings align with the National Cabinet approach
  • Private gatherings – 30 visitors to the home from 25 December 2021
  • The Government states in its roadmap: “Settings and dates are indicative and subject to change pending COVID-19 thresholds, hospitality caseloads, and health advice.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

PRESS RELEASE | NLNA partners with Tabcorp

PRESS RELEASE | NLNA partners with Tabcorp

PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE:
16 September 2021

NLNA partners with Tabcorp and continues to secure the future of the lotteries and newsagent industry.

The National Lotteries and Newsagents Association (NLNA) has officially launched its 3 year partnership with Tabcorp, the largest provider of lotteries in Australia.

NLNA was formed with the sole intention to improve income, increase foot traffic and reduce costs for our members. NLNA’s partnership with Tabcorp will inject energy and excitement into the industry, as we work together for the betterment of the industry.

Brendan Tohill, NLNA CEO said “This is an exciting partnership and lotteries are real growth pillar within our industry. Australian’s love lotteries and on the big Powerball jackpots one in three adult Australian’s purchase a ticket, we look forward to working with the Lotteries team around Australia”

NLNA is a new age association, bringing real programs to life. Working together with Tabcorp we continue to increase foot traffic for our members. In addition, NLNA has brought many initiatives such as NLNA TradeSquare, Ninsurance, Blueshyft, Amazon Hub, Digital Screen Network, HR Hotline, Free Workshops and Video Newsletters, that have immediately attracted more foot traffic, reduced costs and increased income for our members.

NLNA’s cut-through with Government during the global pandemic has been second to none in keeping the doors open nationally. COVID-19 highlights the importance of having an industry body in NLNA, with strong government relationships who advocate on behalf of our members.

NLNA continues to work tirelessly on developing strategic partnerships that will ensure a sustainable future for our members. We look forward to working with Tabcorp as we continue to grow and support our industry into the future.

PRESS RELEASE END