- if any team members, or their immediate family or household members, have travelled internationally, they must immediately isolate themselves and work from home for 14 days from the date of their return. They may return to work at the end of 14 days self-isolation if they are showing no symptoms;
- if team members develop any of the identified symptoms, they are to seek immediate medical attention. They may not return to work until we have a medical certificate clearing them for work;
- if they have contact with a person with suspected COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves and work from home for 14 days. They may return to work at the end of 14 days self-isolation if they are showing no symptoms, or earlier if the suspected case has been confirmed as having tested negative for COVID-19;
- if they have contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must immediately isolate themselves and work from home for 14 days. They will not be permitted to come back to work until they are declared medically fit and have provided a medical clearance certifying them free of COVID-19.
In any of these situations, our team members may not attend our offices, or engage face to face with IRC’s or stakeholders.
Domestic travel is now confined to only essential travel and this is being monitored on a daily basis.
We are also ready to roll out working from home processes if required for the entire business.
IRC and TAC meetings and other people attending our offices
Importantly we are creating a culture of infection control in the workplace. Apart from the measures above, we are reinforcing the importance of handwashing, use of hand sanitiser, not touching your face and importantly practicing social distance.
Social distancing will feel very different than our teams’ normal approach, but for the safety of our visitors and our team it is a sensible precaution.
Signs detailing these measures are prominently on display in our office.
We also ask that if you are attending our offices that you ensure that you are observing all of the measures we have noted above and those that the relevant Australian and State Governments have advised.
Please DO NOT attend our offices if you have been in contact with a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms. While we all know there is no substitute for face to face meetings, during this time, we should adopt a practice of using virtual meetings where possible. We have excellent Zoom facilities that we hope can be an acceptable substitute during this outbreak.
Where face to face meetings are occurring in our Board Room we are limiting the numbers in attendance to ensure that social distance in terms of seating is also practiced. However it is likely that from Monday, 23rd March all IRC and TAC meetings will be conducted virtually.
Impact on our projects
We are in dialogue with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment regarding the evolving situation. While we have contractual commitments to meet regarding face to face meetings and project deadlines which to date the Department has not indicated any change to, as an organisation, for our Board and management, the health and welfare of our team and stakeholders are our overriding priority.
We particularly understand that our sectors will be amongst those hardest hit during this evolving COVID-19 outbreak. In the Health, Community and Government sectors they are facing unprecedented demands on their workforce during these exceptional circumstances. Our retail, sport and recreation sectors and in particular the tourism and hospitality sectors are facing an extraordinarily uncertain future which is impacting their businesses and workforce. We understand this will impact on your ability to contribute to projects and obviously your own wellbeing and your organisations requirements on your time take precedence.
All we can do is continue to try and undertake our projects to the best of our ability in these trying circumstances and keep the Department informed of any challenges we face in meeting our obligations.
Ongoing safety focus
We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to provide updates to you as appropriate. When required we will act swiftly, communicate clearly but also approach this situation calmly.
Please let us know if your organisation has put in place any restrictions or requirements. We have already had a number of our stakeholders advise that they are no longer approved to travel. We are keen to work closely together, with a shared focus on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the people in our respective organisations.
The current situation is evolving and we are together facing what is uncharted territory for us all as organisations, a nation and as individuals. Along with our independent Board we are continuing to monitor the situation but protection of our team and stakeholders remains our overriding priority.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss any of the above. Most of all we hope that you and your families stay safe in these incredibly challenging times of uncertainty.
CEO, SkillsIQ Limited