Briefing: read the latest news from the MICE industry

Another weekend has brought more social distancing measures, and I have to say for the first time, they’ve not come as a surprise—most of us are now mentally prepared for this new (albeit temporary) reality; taking advice and functioning to the best of our abilities.

We are seeing signs of the curve flattening. Ideas, initiatives and solutions are starting to replace the initial shock felt by nearly all of us. I think it’s fair to say that we are adapting and rising to this challenge.

Read more about the new government wage payments below.

Meme of the week

Self-employed or business owner? Govt to pay each employee $1500 per fortnight

The Federal Government will provide businesses with $1500 a fortnight to pay each employee, for six months under the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

  • You must have lost 30 percent turnover.
  • Employees must have been on the payroll from 1 March 2020.
  • Includes stood-down and re-hired people.
  • Covers not-for-profits and self-employed.
  • Includes full-time, part-time, and casuals employed for at least a year.

Unlike the Boosting cash flow for employers scheme, you must apply for this scheme.

You need to register your interest on the ATO’s website here. You can’t apply officially yet, the government is rushing legislation through.

The first payment will be received by employers from the ATO in the first week of May.

Rescheduled dates for the Event Organisers Summits

The Event Organisers Summits have been rescheduled to later this year! Applications are open, click here to apply.

  • Melbourne: 8 October 2020
  • Sydney: 20 October 2020
  • Brisbane: 29 October 2020

Read: Overseas arrivals to quarantine in Australian hotels

The Federal Government is forcing all international arrivals to Australia to quarantine in hotels, with some escorted by military personnel.

This latest measure to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus may double as a much-needed boost to the hotel industry.


What’s new in NZ

Wellington, New Zealand show’s off its culture. Image: Supplied.

Go with Tourism—a NZ-government funded initiative—has a new service offering free support to tourism industry workers and businesses. Tourism workers can access a range of support, including online resources and one-on-one sessions.

While Wellington is off-limits, the city has created a range of virtual reality and 360 experiences featuring local businesses and attractions. It is free to download from the Steam and Oculus VR stores.

Plus, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has launched their No. 8 Newswire to share how the industry is coming together.

Working remotely got the team in a slump? Try a virtual team building activity to get back into gear

Team building company, Adventure for Life, has just launched a new collection of programs to help teams working from home, including a few free online activities for the Events Industry over the next few months.

Sabre Team building has ‘perfected and adapted’ existing online tools for online and virtual team building. Their team can help facilitate the sessions, or train up an internal facilitator so you can run the show.

SongDivision has launched a virtual version of its team songwriting experience. One program, called Remote Team Anthem, lets up to 20 people create their own original song.