Support for the Construction Industry Continues and for Training Providers Across Victoria
Posted by Tristan Angelini on 08 October 2021
Many businesses in Australia have been in limbo for the past several months due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus. Ever since the pandemic hit, we have had to change the way things work including how much freedom we could exercise in terms of doing our work on a day-to-day basis. The construction industry, for example, although seemingly still thriving had to experience a little bump on the road during the past couple of weeks because of the lockdowns imposed to control the infection from spreading in worksites.
The lockdowns caused construction sites and projects to lose a lot of money, which is why the Victorian government has pledged to support construction businesses that were affected by the safety reset shutdown.
As the construction industry gets back on track, the Victorian government has allotted a $196.6 million package of cash grants for about a thousand operators in the construction industry. Eligible businesses will get to receive a one-off payment covering the restrictions that started from September 21 to the 4th of October. The grant will also become available to sole traders that were unfortunately badly affected by the shutdown.
Businesses from Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, and Mitchell Shire are seen to be eligible for financial support from the government. NSW has also received financial support of $6.5 billion in COVID-19 disaster payments. There have been some issues regarding the allotment of funds due to factors such as the vaccination rates.
The Victorian government also allotted support for training and education providers across the state amidst the pandemic. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney announced fee relief extension plus additional fee relief for eligible registered training organisations as well as non-school senior secondary providers to the value of over $391,000. In 2020, a fee relief of $550,000 was already provided by the Victorian government to help those who were impacted by the pandemic and require funds to start again. Those who are registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority will get to receive the funds from the government. The VQRA has been allowed to extend its power to issue refunds for annual and re-registration fees paid since March 16th on the day of the declaration Victoria is in a state of emergency. The same fees are also waived until December 31st.
What is the difference between RTOs and NSSSPs?
RTOs provide nationally recognized training and qualifications, while NSSSPs are done for non-school setting senior secondary education. This includes VCE and VCAL. Investing in this training is crucial in order to ensure high-quality education for all. The pandemic has been very challenging for everyone, especially for business owners, workers, and investors.
The key here is to continue to address the problems by communicating with the powers that be. Support for the construction industry and training programs will help the economy not just short-term, but long-term. Victoria is known for providing world-class services and training, and it is important to do what it takes to make this possible even during a difficult time.