COVID-19 Walk-on guidelines

Off the back of some questions from farms regarding walking-on mares during the breeding season, TBA has developed a set of protocols to assist breeders as they plan for the coming months. 

These guidelines are recommendations only and given the rapidly changing situation these may need to be revised in light of future developments. It is also important to follow any directions given by public health officials. 

COVID-19 Walk-On Guidelines:

  1. All paperwork should be completed beforehand and sent electronically where possible.
  2. Stallion farms should keep a record of all people visiting their farm and walking on mares (this can be done electronically or via a paper record).
  3. Those walking on mares should limit their contact with stallion farm staff.
  4. Hand sanitiser should be provided and used by any visitor.
  5. Stallion farms may ask those coming with a walk on mare to remain in the vehicle and have their staff unload and handle the mare. In which case, all handles on the truck should be sanitised.
  6. Alternatively, farms may ask those coming with mares to unload the mare and put her in a stable or walk in yard and remove the head collar.
  7. Where possible farms should set aside a toilet for the use of farm visitors.

Further to our update on Tuesday, the NSW Government has now officially listed the movement of mares as exempt from current border restrictions. Click on the link below to read more: 

NSW Border Restrictions – What You Can And Can’t Do

However, in addition to your border entry permit, the Government has advised that you will also need a COVID Safety Plan. You can download a simple template from the link below: 

NSW Government COVID Safety Plan – Agriculture

Podcast for Thoroughbred Breeders during covid-19

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia is committed to bringing breeders the most relevant information on COVID-19 that can assist our industry during this challenging time. That is why the TBA has partnered with Stable Financial to discuss government stimulus packages and the JobKeeper Payment that have been established to assist businesses affected by COVID-19.

The Federal Government has introduced the JobKeeper Payment to help employers meet the cost of staff. Given a lot of farms are looking to take advantage of JobKeeper, Tom Reilly has recorded two podcasts with TBA’s honorary treasurer, Adam Tims, to get his insight on the subsidy.

Adam – who has an accountancy business that specialises in the thoroughbred business – explains some of the intricacies of qualifying your business and your staff for the scheme. TBA hopes that this podcast will provide answers to many in the industry, though it must be said that all Adam’s comments are general in nature and he encourages all businesses to speak to their accountants for specific advice.

Businesses seeking to qualify to take advantage of the full six months of subsidy, will have to register by the end of this month and, as Adam notes in the podcast, this isn’t something that can be done without some careful thought.

Listen to the first podcast by clicking on the link below:

Episode 101: COVID-19 + government stimulus + Australian breeding

Listen to the second podcast by clicking on the link below:

Episode 102: JobKeeper

The Government’s information on JobKeeper can be found at the link below:

JobKeeper Government Information

*The podcast has been published across several different hosting platforms for your convenience.

COVID-19 And Your Business

The Government has released a number of support measures to assist businesses and individuals during this COVID-19 crisis. Please see below for some useful links and information:

Support for Businesses Fact Sheets:

View all Fact Sheets here

JobKeeper Payment

Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.

Read more here

SME Guarantee Scheme:

The Government is working with the banks to support $40 billion of new lending to small and medium sized businesses.

Under the Scheme, the Government is guaranteeing 50 per cent of new loans issued by eligible lenders to SME’s.

This $40 billion Scheme will provide loans of up to $250,000 for up to 3 years for a business with a turnover of less than $50 million dollars. No repayments will be required for the first six months. These will be unsecured loans and they will help build a bridge for small and medium sized businesses to the other side of the coronavirus.

Read more here

For a full summary of what banks are doing during the COVID-19 crisis:

Read here

Support for Individuals & Households Fact Sheets:

View all Fact Sheets here

Coronavirus Supplement Payment:

The temporary Coronavirus Supplement will be an extra $550 a fortnight payment on top of current income support payments such as Jobseeker Payment, Youth Allowance, Austudy for students and apprentices, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance, and Special Benefit.

Permanent employees who have been stood down or who have lost their jobs will likely be eligible for the supplement (there is still some eligibility criteria in place).

Casual staff and sole traders whose hours have been cut can also access the Coronavirus Supplement if they find themselves earning less than $1,075 a fortnight.

The Government has extended the usual eligibility criteria for Jobseeker and Youth Allowance payments, and asset tests and waiting periods have been waived, to allow more people to access these payments during the COVID-19 crisis.

Claiming the Coronavirus Supplement:

If people are already receiving one of the welfare payments listed above, they don’t actually have to do anything. Services Australia will automatically pay the Coronavirus Supplement to eligible recipients each fortnight.

If they are not currently receiving welfare, they will need to apply.

The first step is to create a myGov account and then register intent to claim. If eligible, payments will be backdated to this date.

Step by step how to create a myGov account:

View here

How to register you intention to claim a Centrelink payment:

View here

For all Government resources regarding COVID-19:

View here

Industry Guidelines For COVID-19

Dear Breeder, 
As you are all well aware these are challenging times for the thoroughbred industry, as well as Australian society.
As we deal with the ongoing issues from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia has prepared some guidelines that may assist your planning and preparedness for an outbreak of the virus on your farm.

Please click here to view the guidelines.
The guidelines are recommendations only and given the rapidly changing situation these may need to be revised in light of future developments.

I can also assure you that TBA is having ongoing conversations with the Federal Government, with the aim that the breeding industry is given consideration when policies that may impact on our activities are being developed.
We are also in discussion with Inglis and Magic Millions about plans for the upcoming sales season.
If you should need any further information please feel free to contact me directly.
We wish you well in these difficult times,
Tom Reilly and the team at TBA