Queensland is Australia’s greatest state in which to live, but at times nature unleashes its fury on the Sunshine State and the ramifications for business, community and our economy can be devastating.
From our research following the 2011 Floods, Cyclone Yasi and Cyclone Oswald we know the impacts for businesses can be severe. To help businesses prepare for this year's storm season CCIQ has partnered with Queensland Government, the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Get Ready Queensland to put together resources and information to help you to make sure your business can mitigate your risks and prepare for storm season.
Click on a link to view the resources for your business:
Watch the Queensland Government video on how best prepare your business for storm season.
In the event of natural disasters in Queensland, a range of resources has been developed to help businesses get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
The resources are:
Below are a series of factsheets that will provide business owners and managers with essential information relating to the recovery efforts from the impacts of natural disasters. Simply click on a link to download the file.
The factsheets cover key areas of:
|Preparing Your Business|
Getting prepared before a natural disaster strikes your community will help your business continue to
|Standing Down Employees||Information on standing down your workforce in the event of a natural disaster|
|Business Recovery Checklist||Once the flood waters and cyclone damage has occured and you’ve had the opportunity to address the impacts of the damage for your family, friends and community, you will then most likely turn your attention to dealing with recovering and re-establishing your business.|
|Directors’ liabilities where likely to be trading insolvent|
|CCIQ is aware that the in certain natural disaster circumstances in Queensland may lead to some companies trading insolvent. This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the Director’s duties and liabilities with regards to insolvent trading and provides an overview of the options companies have and the possible penalties and consequences if they trade when insolvent.|
|Business owners/operators of flood/natural disaster affected businesses who believe that there may be any risk that their premises contains chemical substances or contaminated materials should engage a professional commercial cleaner to clean flood damaged areas.|
|Managing Your Employees Following a Disaster||With natural disasters as widespread as Queensland has experienced in the past few weeks, it is highly likely that not only has your business been affected, but that you and your employees may well have been directly affected personally as well.|
|Financial Considerations in Rebuilding and Re-establishing Your Business||Taking a measured approach to your response to a natural disaster can mean the difference between problems that threaten the continuation of your business and an opportunity not only to return to normal but emerge even stronger. Here are a few tips to get your business back to usual and give you the best chance of success, both in the immediate future and in years to come.|
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Government advice and resources for businesses
Get Ready Queensland is the go to site for information this storm season. Packed with resources and essential information. When it comes to extreme weather events in Queensland, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The more prepared we all are, the faster we’ll bounce back afterwards.
Stay informed via social media:
Facebook - GetReadyQLD
Twitter - @getreadyqld
The Queensland Government’s Business and Industry Portal has information on support services for natural disasters, along with some practical advice on preparation and recovery.
The Federal Government's Disaster Assist website provides businesses with information relating to disasters and where to obtain support.
In the event of a natural disaster CCIQ will extend its Employer Assistance Line services to any Queensland businesses forced to temporarily close or reduce operations as a natural disaster.
CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line will provide free human resources advice to businesses impacted by natural disasters in terms of managing their workforces appropriately and within the Fair Work Act.
For those businesses that are forced to shut due to flooding, cyclone or loss of power, industrial relations provisions in Australia provide options for staff to be placed on leave.
In the event of a natural disaster businesses can call CCIQ's Employer Assistance Line on 1300 731 988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for our free storm season webinars where you will hear from experts who can help you prepare your business for storm season.
Webinars are live online presentations from experts on a topic and can be viewed live or on demand after the broadcast via CCIQ's YouTube channel.
If you can't make the specific time - don't worry - we will send everyone who signs up a copy of the presentation and additional information to help you to prepare your business.