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ARAMA e-News Bulletin

Monday 03, Aug 2020

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AUGUST 2020 Edition



A message from our CEO to you


There is always a silver lining
Trevor Rawnsley  



Dear Valued ARAMA Member,
No matter how bad we think things are there will always be someone worse off than us and there will always be better times ahead - Unknown
Well, it`s been a busy couple of days since the recent developments in NSW and Queensland on the back of the increased community transmission of Corona Virus in Victoria. This is draft number 5 of this monthly e-News Bulletin in the last 24 hours (sorry Tess) however we wanted you to receive this bulletin in time to understand and absorb many of the changes which are scheduled to commence on August 1.
ARAMA has become a much more nimble and resourceful organisation which gives us even more opportunities to deliver accurate and relevant information direct to our members in a factual way. The “New Normal” gives ARAMA an opportunity to shine just as you are given an opportunity to shine in whatever is your new normal.
ARAMA brings you the facts and while there is a lot of reading to get through this month it is important to understand the facts so that you can make important decisions about your business.
Speaking of facts - the old adage of “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story” has never been more clearly on display than some of the rubbish being peddled about by the anti-short stay lobby groups and other anti-anything groups. Our lead article below calls it out for what it is.
Enjoy this month`s read.
Best wishes
Trevor Rawnsley



Industry News


Victoria`s Stage 3 Lockdown badly affects short stay rentals… but what`s next? a ban on long stay rentals too?

The Victorian State Government has effectively banned leisure accommodation again and severely restricted Victorian's ability to travel, accommodate overnight and gather. How is this affecting short stay accommodation in Strata in Victoria and what impacts could this have on all Accommodation providers in Strata Schemes elsewhere in Australia?
There is a group with vested interests misusing the COVID crisis to advance their own agenda. Is this a foreshadowing of what could happen around Australia ?

Even if you are not in Victoria you should read this


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Queensland puts new restrictions on Sydney travellers

Find the very latest press release from the Premier regarding the expansion of declared hotspots in Sydney


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COVID-19 update from the Qld Government

Please find this statement from the Queensland Government plus direct links to updated health directives including border restrictions.


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New RTA Web Service and end-of-tenancy email launching this Month

Queensland’s Residential Tenancy Authority (RTA) has announced an expansion of its on-line digital services.


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Latest news from the Residential Tenancies Authority

This month`s update from Queensland`s RTA brings you the latest news and developments


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COVID Industry Support Resources

This update from the Queensland Governments Industry Support task force takes you directly to key information on Stage 3 Easing of Restrictions, COVID Safe planning for your business, training and financial support.


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Queensland Border restrictions and passes

New Border Restrictions are in place. ALL travellers to Queensland will need a border pass. The latest Health Direction relating to borders are now available.


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You may have heard - Queensland is Good To Go!
Many operators are now involved in Tourism and Event’s Queensland’s Good To Go campaign, having already completed an industry approved COVID Safe plan or the free ATIC COVID Clean module to receive their Good To Go recognition.


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Quarantine Factsheet Update

The Queensland Government has produced a factsheet for people arriving into Queensland and covers information for both interstate and international travellers entering Queensland that are required to quarantine and the associated fees and payment information.


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Update for Victorian Operators

The Victorian Government has recently announced a $534 million Business Support Package as a result of the 6-week lockdown in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.


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Are you COVIDSAFE compliant in NSW ?

In response to questions from members in NSW here is a direct link to the facts which are current as of today. The facts will reveal that the NSW Government recommends that you compile a COVIDSAFE plan and register it online with Service NSW however while it is best practice it is not compulsory for our Industry…yet !


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New rules for Gyms in NSW ?
Updated heat maps and access to free posters are included in this update from NSW Health. ARAMA is waiting for clarification regarding the new rules for Gyms in NSW and will contact members directly as soon as we receive clarification


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Important decisions from the Fair Work Commission

This workplace relations up date while emanating from VTIC is an important and succinct account of the recent changes to workplace laws in Australia and the impact that is has on business. This is a must read if you engage any workers anywhere in Australia - either full-time, part-time, casual or contract labour.


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New rules for JobKeeper & JobSeeker announced.

The Australian Government is extending the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021 however new rules and reduced rates will apply.


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Got questions about JobKeeper?

Join Business Australia for a free live Q&A Webinar.


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Getting back on track?
Here is a 10 point plan to help you and your business recover more quickly. While it has been developed by Business NSW of which ARAMA is a councillor on its Tourism Industry Council the plan has great application for all operators.


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Here`s one for the analyst inside you
In what amounts to compelling reading, you can read the most comprehensive list of Coronavirus statistics ever produced to date. These will help you win any fact based argument.


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Who starts a business in a pandemic?..... We did!
As long time specialist Valuers to the Management Rights industry, we recognised that clients, for a long time, have had extraordinarily little to no choice for their valuation requirements. Now at long last there is clear choice, stronger competition and all our clients will be in full knowledge that we are 100% focussed on their business and the industry, because this is all we do. 


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Q&A about Occupiers Statements
Sean Albert shares what he is asked on the topic of Occupier’s Statements in terms of what are they, who should sign them, what do you do with them, and so on?  The below Q&A should provide clarity around the most commonly asked questions.


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The Latest from ARAMA



When you refer a new member to ARAMA, make sure they add your name to the referral field. All entries add up and you could WIN a 2021 TOP award! 


Following the SELL OUT of July, we are back again for MRITP in August!

Management Rights Industry Training Program (MRITP) in Brisbane. Registrations have opened for 27th August 2020.

ARAMA has developed a one day fully interactive training program for beginners and experienced Management Rights owners.


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ARAMA's Next Educational Webinar: What is the new Normal?

Join our interactive webinar on Wednesday, 19th August to learn more! How has COVID-19 changed the way the visitor economy works and how has this effected both the tourism and residential tenancies market.


Register for the webinar



Member Spotlight



Doug Thompson, Branch President of Sunshine Coast and Resident Manager at the White Shells Luxury Apartments in Marcoola

Overlooking the expansive white sands of Marcoola Beach on the glorious Sunshine Coast of Queensland, you will find Doug, his wife, Vicki and daughter, Michelle at their luxury apartments.

The property is 12 years old, well built, in a quiet residential area, and by the beach. The Thompsons have run the business for the past 5 years. Doug, who had an insurance background for 43 years in New Zealand, wanted a change of pace and lifestyle. They always enjoyed their family holidays on the Sunshine Coast and were looking for a fantastic managers residence. White Shells was exactly what they were looking for!

While COVID-19 has been a lowlight with little bookings for 3 months, Doug explains there are many highlights, seeing the community come together, enjoying the local MR managers meetings nicknamed the “book club”, meeting others and supporting them through this time. Doug believes everyone who is an ARAMA member would be well-looked-after and is especially grateful for the past weekly COVID webinars.

Doug is the ARAMA Branch President for Sunshine Coast and when he isn’t running the business, he enjoys: spending time with his family, rugby union and golf. 

Doug's top tip: "Take breaks for yourself. It can grind you down, and become stale."


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Why become an ARAMA Member?


Join an association that is looking out for your needs, offering guidance and providing support, whilst you continue with the day to day operations as resident managers.

ARAMA offers our members invaluable benefits along with exclusive cost savings of over $2000 annually! View our 2020 Member Benefits

To access our online discussion forum, educational webinars and other online resources - join ARAMA today. 


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Cyber Risk Management

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ARAMA Member Assistance Program (A-MAP)
As a commitment to supporting our members, we have created a new member benefit called A-MAP. This service connects you to qualified psychologists and counselors. This is a FREE and confidential counselling/support service to help ARAMA members deal with personal or work-related problems in a positive way.


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