Coronavirus workshops available to Australian businesses

BY Australian Retailers Association
06 March 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison activating Australia’s emergency response plan to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA) is hosting a series of one-day workshops to help businesses minimise the operational, financial and reputational risks the virus poses.

The sessions, which will be hosted in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane in mid-March, are designed to assist risk managers, occupational health and safety managers and human resources development plans to protect the health and safety of their employees, deal with the challenges in their supply chain and keep their businesses operating as the dangerous contagion spreads.

The RMIA’s CEO and Executive Director Jason Smith said: “The workshops will be led by industry experts who will deliver comprehensive information and tools to help organisations manage their business continuity and crisis plans in order to mitigate against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The crisis around the coronavirus has clearly moved to the next level with the Australian Government expecting the virus to move to a pandemic phase and stepping up measures to prepare authorities for what is likely to be a sustained period of instability and disruption.

According to media reports, state and federal governments estimate a pandemic outbreak could last up to 10 months, 40% of the country’s workforce could be sidelined by illness or caring for family members, and Australia’s GDP could take a 10% hit.

“From what we understand, emergency measures are set to be deployed at hospitals, schools and aged care facilities. Some hospitals are preparing coronavirus specific wards, while schools are expected to be prepped for a pandemic response that could result in classes being reduced or cancelled. Border Force personnel have been called in to escalate screening at airports, as cases of the flu-like virus grow across the region.

“Our workshops will help managers identify the issues most likely to impact their business operations and ensure they are doing all they can to protect the health and safety of staff,” Mr Smith said. The sessions will be held in Sydney on March 19, Melbourne on March 13 and Brisbane on March 17. For more information go to www.rmia.org.au

*ARA Members receive an exclusive discount. Call us on 1300 368 041 to find out more.* 

About RMIA

With over 30 years’ experience in representing the practice of risk management, the Risk Management Institute of Australasia (RMIA) is the professional institution and industry association for Risk Managers in the Asia Pacific region, providing leadership, knowledge and recognition for risk professionals. Members of the RMIA cover every sector of the community and economy.

For more information, contact:Julie Fenwick, Daylight Agency jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au

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Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

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