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Freight Forwarders and air freight service providers on board to help Australian exporters

Freight Forwarders and air freight service providers on board to help Australian exporters

The Australian Government is continually working towards rebuilding critical global supply chains for Australian’s agricultural and fisheries exporters.

See below for the latest information regarding Freight Forwarders & Air Freight Service Providers providing freight services on key export routes under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM).

The above networks will link Australia’s agricultural and fisheries producers to export hubs, whilst their experience in handing fresh produce on a large scale will meet the needs of seafood, meat, dairy and horticulture exporters.

With flights now arriving and departing every day, the IFAM is working to restore critical supply chains for the Australian exporters.

The IFAM is currently supporting the following flights:

  • Sydney to Tokyo (Narita) return
  • Brisbane to Singapore return
  • Brisbane to Hong Kong return
  • Brisbane to Auckland return
  • Melbourne to Singapore return
  • Melbourne to Hong Kong return
  • Melbourne to Auckland return
  • Brisbane to Cairns to Hong Kong return
  • Adelaide to Singapore return

How will it work?

*FF = Freight Forwarder. ^Non-IFAM Freight Forwarder will need to work with one of the six IFAM Freight Forwarders to access the mechanism.

The Co-Ordinator General of the IFAM, Mr Michael Byrne, will work with IFAM appointed suppliers to establish efficient logistics processes. The government will meet a portion of the airfreight costs – reducing costs for exporters and ensuring they can export their produce to international customers quickly.

The Mechanism intends to use a range of approaches including charter services and block purchases of capacity. Updates surrounding the Mechanism including further details and communications can be found on the Austrade website: austrade.gov.au/ifam

Exporters need to be registered to access IFAM

Exporters can register their interest by completing and submitting the form available at haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/international-freight-assistance.

IMPORTANT: If you have already submitted an EOI before 16 April 2020, please note that you will need to resubmit the form with additional information. This additional information will inform which air freight routes are prioritised by the IFAM.

Additional freight capacity is available now – contact your Freight Forwarder

While IFAM is progressing toward full implementation, there is additional freight support available in the market; including domestic network flights, international repatriation flights and international commercial freight-only flights.

The best way to access this capacity is through your Freight Forwarder.

AusIndustry: Free Business Support Webinars

AusIndustry: Free Business Support Webinars

AusIndustry are providing a series of free webinars in partnership with a range of leading organisations to support businesses through COVID-19. More webinars will be organised to meet trends and demands from businesses over the coming weeks.

Cashflow in a Crisis

Style:  Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added this week)
When:

07/04 Tuesday,  12:00 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST (Sold out)
07/04 Tuesday, 2pm AEST, 1:30pm AECT, 12 noon AWST (New Session)
07/04 Tuesday, 4:30pm AEST, 4:00pm AECT, 2:30pm AWST (New Session)

14/04 Tuesday,  10am AEST, 9:30am AECT, 8am AWST (New Session)
14/04 Tuesday,  12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST (New Session)
14/04 Tuesday,  2pm AEST, 1:30pm AECT, 12 noon AWST (New Session)

21/04 Tuesday,  9am AEST, 8:30am AECT, 7am AWST (New Session)
21/04 Tuesday, 11am AEST, 10:30am AECT, 9am AWST (New Session)
21/04 Tuesday, 1:30pm AEST, 1:00pm AECT, 11:30am AWST (New Session)
Presenter: Bernadette O’Connor, Executive Director at Management Governance Australia
Join: Register via Eventbrite


How Exporters can Survive COVID-19 and then Prosper

Style: Large Group Session (depending on demand, more small group sessions may be added this week)
When: 07/04 Tuesday, 10am AEST, 9:30am AECT, 8am AWST
Presenter: Christelle Damiens, Managing Director, Exportia
Join: Register via Eventbrite


Grants and Government Assistance

Style: Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added)

When:

08/04 Wednesday, 12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST (Sold out)

08/04 Wednesday, 3pm AEST, 2:30am AECT, 1pm AWST (New Session)
15/04 Wednesday, 10am AEST, 9:30am AECT, 8am AWST (New Session)
15/04 Wednesday, 12noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST (New Session)
15/04 Wednesday, 3pm AEST, 2:30am AECT, 1pm AWST (New Session)

Presenter: Nicholas Ng, Partner, Deloitte Private
Join: Register via Eventbrite

People and Culture Impacts of COVID-19

Style: Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added)

When:

09/04 Thursday, 10am AEST, 9:30am AECT, 8am AWST (New Session)

09/04 Thursday, 12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST (Sold out)

09/04 Thursday, 3pm AEST, 2:30am AECT, 1pm AWST (New Session)
Presenter: Michael Mead, Head of Consulting and Legal Services, Ai Group
Join: Register via Eventbrite

Cashflow in a Crisis – SOLD OUT

Style:  Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added this week)
When: 07/04 Tuesday, 12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST
Presenter: Bernadette O’Connor, Executive Director at Management Governance Australia
JoinRegister via Eventbrite

How Exporters can Survive COVID-19 and then Prosper

Style: Large Group Session (depending on demand, more small group sessions may be added this week)
When: 07/04 Tuesday, 10am AEST, 9:30am AECT, 8am AWST
Presenter: Christelle Damiens, Managing Director, Exportia
Join: Register via Eventbrite

Grants and Government Assistance – SOLD OUT

Style: Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added this week)
When: 08/04 Wednesday, 12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST
Presenter: Nicholas Ng, Partner, Deloitte Private
Join: Register via Eventbrite

People and Culture Impacts of COVID-19 – SOLD OUT

Style: Small Interactive Group Session (depending on demand, more sessions may be added this week)
When: 09/04 Thursday, 12 noon AEST, 11:30am AECT, 10am AWST
Presenter: Michael Mead, Head of Consulting and Legal Services, Ai Group
Join: Register via Eventbrite 

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

With a large amount of uncertainty, anxiety and negativity going around at the moment, just how do you talk about Coronavirus with your children?

We’ve put together a short guide below to help you strike up the discussion with your kids, with some personal tips from parents here at Australian Organic.

Remember, the language you use will depend entirely on your child’s age and their ability to understand and interpret the language you use in a meaningful way.

 

Open the discussion

You may want to start by understanding just how much your children know about the current situation. Ask them about what they think is happening, how serious they think the situation is and try to assess how they’re feeling about it all. Once you begin to understand this, you can decide how to open your discussion and what language to use.

If you child doesn’t know much about the situation, you may want to begin by describing what’s happening briefly, in a calm manner. You don’t want to overwhelm them with information. If they already know a lot about what’s happening, you may want to understand where they have been getting their information from, and how they feel about what they understand.

 

Language & tone

Try to use positive, reassuring language and deliver your message in a calm manner. With all of the negativity currently in the media and online, try to deliver a positive message and make it clear that you are available to talk and are here to support them. Children will need extra attention and assurance during this time.

To make it easier to understand, try using some analogies and examples. For younger children, you may find some examples from their favourite cartoon characters or TV programs. For teens, remember that their emotions may already be running high, so try not to make them feel overwhelmed and make them understand that although the situation is extraordinary, it is also manageable.

Although your choice of language is important, it’s not just about the words that you use. Your child will interpret the seriousness of the conversation and the impact on themselves according to how the message is delivered.

For example, a serious message can be delivered in a frantic panic, with lots of negative vibrations – and that will tell the child that the person they depend on is scared, so therefore they should also be scared.

The same serious message can be delivered in a factual way with reassurance and positive tones, so that the child can see that the situation is serious but the person they are depending on seems under control – so they will take the message more calmly.

No matter the age, if the leader is panicking, the followers will panic.  The delivery has to be considered and delivered in a way that doesn’t express panic.

 

Be open & honest

It may be tempting to bend the truth to make things seem a little better than they are, but it is actually more beneficial to be open, honest and keep factual. Try not to make promises you can’t keep, and create a safe space where they can talk openly. Encourage your child to have an open dialogue with you, so you can keep track on how they’re feeling.

You can always try to make some fun out of the situation. For example, singing a song to ensure hands are washed for at least 20 seconds, downloading posters to hang up around the house to remind them of proper hygiene procedures and praising children when they cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow and remember to wash their hands.

 

Limit media

Helping children to understand the difference between fact and ‘the story’ is sometimes hard but may be necessary to prevent unwanted panic. It’s easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of the news both on TV and online – especially those stories that are just trying to sell ‘clicks’. Understanding how to separate the two and finding the facts can also help with keeping them grounded.

Younger children may have a lot of questions about what they see on TV or online, or even what they hear in household conversations. Try to answer questions open and honestly whilst trying to remain positive. Reassuring your children as often as possible will help them to remain calm and feel safe.

 

Talking positively about the future

It’s important to assure kids that there is an end to this and a positive one at that. Talk about what they’d like to do once things get back to normal – where they’d like to go, people they’d like to see first etc. Give them something to look forward to, but don’t make any promises when it comes to timeframes. Just let them know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

South Australia Health have developed an excellent resource to help talk to children about the Coronavirus. Download the booklet for free here.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Organic Industry Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Organic Industry Resources

See below list of resources and information relevant to individual sectors of the organic and agriculture industries. If you have a resource that you’d like to add or include, please contact us.

Intrastate Travel Letter Template for Farm Workers

If you require workers to travel intrastate to access your agricultural operation, you can download a letter template to adapt and provide to your employees to overcome the recent travel restrictions.

 

General

Department of Agriculture – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Rural Safety & Health Alliance

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

International Freight Assistance Mechanism – Government COVID-19 Relief Fund

Export Finance Australia – COVID-19 Facility fact sheet [PDF 120 KB]

Horticulture

AUSVEG – Coronavirus Resources

Fresh Food Safety – Fresh produce safety

Freshcare Industry Advice

Hort Innovation – COVID-19 Information for Horticulture Participants

 

Meat & Livestock

RMAC – Border Control Arrangements for Red Meat & Livestock

MLA – COVID-19 Statement

Australian Pork – COVID-19 and your workforce guide

Eggs

Egg Farmers of Australia

Dairy

Dairy Australia – COVID-19 Directory

Wine

Wine Australia

Australian Grape & Wine Inc

Manufactured Goods

AFGC – COVID-19 Information for Industry

Grain

GrainGrowers Australia

GrainGrowers: COVID-19 Guide for Grain Growers

GRDC – News and Media

Wool

Wool Producers Australia – COVID-19 Information

Shearing Operations: Protocols in response to COVID-19 – Operations Document

 

Beauty

HABA

Professional Beauty

HBIA

International

Organic Trade Association (OTA) – COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus: General Resources

Coronavirus: General Resources

We have included a list of valuable resources below in reference to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that are updated on a regular basis.

 

General Coronavirus Health Advice & Information

Australian Government Coronavirus Updates

Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Government Coronavirus Resources for General Public

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus Advisory Information

World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus Q&A

Prime Minister of Australia – Media Updates

FarmHub – Australian Farmer Resources

Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)

Food Standards Australia – Novel Coronavirus and Food Safety

Booklet to Explain Coronavirus to Children – SA Health

 

 

State-based Information

NSW Coronavirus Health Information

NSW Government – Coronavirus

ACT Health – Coronavirus

NT Government – Coronavirus Updates

QLD Health – Coronavirus

SA Health – Information for the Community

Tasmanian Government – Coronavirus

DHHS VIC – Coronavirus

WA Department of Health – Coronavirus

Education

COVID-19 Information for Students, Parents & Education Providers

 

Travel Advice

Australian Government Department of Health Advice for Travellers

Smart Traveller- COVID-19 & Travel 

 

Employer / Employee Advice

Australian Government Department of Health Information for Employers

 Safe Work Australia – Coronavirus Advice for Employers

Work Safe QLD – Coronavirus Workplace Risk Management

Fair Work Ombudsman – Advice for Workers

Australian Government Jobs Hub

 

Business Advice, Grants & Financial Assistance

Federal Business Advice & Assistance

Federal Government Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses

Australian Government Information and Support for Business

Austrade – Advice for Exporters

State & Territory Information, Assistance & Events – Coronavirus

CEDA – Coronavirus Update

BDO Australia – Stimulus Measures

QLD:

Queensland State Government Support for Small Businesses

Market Diversification & Resilience Grants – QLD Agriculture, Food & Fishing Exporters

Equipment Purchase Grants – Agriculture, Food & Fisheries

QLD Rural & Industry Development Authority – Job Support Loans

QLD Dpt. of Employment Support for Businesses & Employees

Payroll tax support for QLD businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fees and charges relief for tourism operators and hospitality providers impacted by COVID-19

Low interest loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance with an initial 12-month interest free period for businesses to retain staff

QLD Business planning/strategies in response to COVID-19

 

WA:

WA – Dealing with Coronavirus

Restrictions to access the Kimberley & Remote Aboriginal Communities

TAS:

Tasmanian Government Coronavirus Information

 

SA:

SA Coronavirus Business Information & Support

City of Adelaide – Business Assistance

Food SA – COVID-19 Information for Industry

SA Job Rescue Package

 

 

NT:

Coronavirus Information for NT Businesses 

VIC:

Business Victoria – Dealing with Coronavirus

 

NSW:

NSW Small Business Support

SafeWork NSW – Coronavirus Advice for NSW Workplaces

Coronavirus – Information for Small NSW Business Owners

 

ACT

ACT Government COVID-19 Resources

 

 

Banks & Financial Institutions

Commonwealth Bank – Coronavirus Support for Customers

Westpac – Coronavirus Update

NAB – Coronavirus Guidance

ANZ – Coronavirus Updates

Suncorp & the COVID-19 Outbreak

Bendigo Bank – Coronavirus Assistance Package

BankWest – Coronavirus Support for Customers

Money Australia -Economic Impact of the Pandemic

 

If there’s any information or resources you think we’ve missed, please let us know. Contact us here.

2020 AOL Event Cancellations & Postponements

2020 AOL Event Cancellations & Postponements

In light of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many events have been postponed or cancelled. Check below for the latest AOL event updates during this time.

 

Event Status 2020

DateEventTypeStatus
27-28 MarchBeauty Melbourne (Melbourne)AOL SpeakingCancelled - new date 27/28 March 20201
7-9 MayAgFest (Launceston)AOL ExhibitingCancelled - new date 6-8 May 2021
27-28 MayAustralian Food & Grocery Council (Melbourne)AOL AttendingCancelled
1-2 JuneNaturally Good Expo (Sydney)AOL ExhibitingPostponed - new date TBC
15-17 JuneHort Connections (Brisbane)AOL ExhibitingCancelled - new date 7-9 June 2021
17-18 JulyBlackall Races (Qld)AOL HostingTBC