Latest COVID-19 Updates
Club Communication - 2/4/20
The Board of Gymnastics Victoria is very aware of the sudden impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the gymnastics industry and acknowledges that many clubs are dealing with financial stress, mortgage and rental costs, loss of members, loss of staff and loss of community connection.
The Board is currently meeting on a weekly basis and communicating daily to respond to the significant challenges we are all facing. Some of the priorities for the Board at the moment are:
- Understanding as much as it can about how this crisis is impacting the gymnastics industry
- Listening to clubs about what Gymnastics Victoria can do now and in the future, to assist
- Redirecting the services and operations of the organisation to ensure it will recover
At the Board meeting this week, the Board agreed to further measures to immediately assist clubs.
Term 2 Fees
The Board has approved that no member registration fees (“bulk fees”) will be charged to clubs for Term 2 this year. This decision has been made with the understanding that club facilities are likely to be closed during this time. This measure is in addition to previously announced financial relief for clubs which can be found here .
Reduction in GV Staffing
The Board and CEO are currently looking at all operational expenses to ensure the organisation can continue to provide services to clubs into the future. As an immediate step, Gymnastics Victoria’s staffing is being reduced by 25% overall, through a range of means. More decisions will be made this week to further reduce operating costs. Staff workplans and activities in the office are being reoriented to ensure that clubs and the broader gymnastics community are provided with the support they need.
The Board welcomes ongoing feedback from Victorian gymnastics clubs and remains committed to supporting the industry at this critical time. It is inspiring to see how quickly so many clubs have moved to establish new ways of working and to continue to engage with their coaches and gymnasts through online technologies, social media and interactive video content.
The strength and resilience of the gymnastics industry gives us confidence about the future of gymnastics in Victoria.
Club Communication - 31/3/20
Yesterday the Federal Government announced that businesses that have been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a wage subsidy to continue paying employees. Under the JobKeeper program, businesses will be paid $1,500 per fortnight for each eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months (payments to start in May). This assistance will help businesses keep staff and will help businesses restart when the crisis is over. Businesses are still eligible if they have staff who have been stood down. Employees that are eligible include full-time, part-time, and long-term casuals (i.e. those who have had regular work for more than 12 months).
We strongly encourage clubs who have had any employees as at 1 March 2020 to register their interest in applying for the JobKeeper Payment here
JobKeeper Fact Sheet: click here
You can let your employees know that:
You are planning on registering for the scheme (although you cannot confirm whether your business will be eligible at this stage).
If your business is deemed eligible, you are planning on registering all eligible employees over 16 years of age for the scheme (including eligible Visa employees and casuals who have worked for more than 12 months on a regular basis as at 1st March)
If successful, employees currently earning more than $1,500 per fortnight will continue to earn their current wage. Employees currently earning less than $1,500 per fortnight will receive this payment in full (minus additional superannuation). This includes employees who have been stood down.
Employee eligibility for JobKeeper payment will be subject to other government and employment payments they will currently be receiving.
If your business (and employees) are deemed eligible, payments to employees may commence from May for a maximum period of 6 months.
You will notify individuals eligible for additional wage payments through this scheme in due course.
For information from True Blue Migration about international coaches who are on working visas click here
Economic Impact Survey
A reminder that Gymnastics Victoria are seeking gymnastics-specific support from the State Government and is gathering information to build a picture of the economic impact due to the closure of Gymnastics clubs. If you haven’t already completed the survey if you could do so by Wednesday 1st April at 5pm any information you provide will help to demonstrate the impact that Gymnastics has on the state’s economy. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence by GV and only aggregated figures will be released to aid our advocacy on behalf of members.
Please access the survey HERE
Business Support Fund from Vic Government
The Victorian Government yesterday opened its Business Support Fund for applications. Clubs may be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 – details available here.
Businesses are eligible to apply for a grant through the Fund if they meet the following criteria:
Have been subject to closure or highly impacted by shutdown restrictions announced by the Victorian Government to-date; and
Employ people; and
Have a turnover of more than $75,000; and
Have payroll of less than $650,000; and
Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and held that ABN at 16 March 2020 (when the State of Emergency was declared); and
Have been engaged in carrying out the operation of the business in the Australian State of Victoria on 16 March 2020.
The Gymnastics Victoria marketing team are working hard to share the great things that our Victorian clubs are doing to keep members engaged during this time. Please share any activities that your club are running with the hash tag #StartHereGymAnywhere. We are also looking at ways we can provide exciting content for our community like photography competitions, Facebook live sessions, skill drill videos and other creative online competition ideas.
Please note that the planned National KinderGym Marketing Campaign has been put on hold and will launch when Gymnastics clubs are open again. If you would like any further information or the updated KinderGym logo, please email email@example.com