Read our ACWA President, Neil Fox’s contribution to the April issue of Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazine (Carwash.com) – https://www.carwash.com/update-australian-carwash-market/
Advance Notice – SAVE THE DATE
Invitation West Australia Car Wash Meeting
Tuesday 27 April 2021
Meet 10:30 for 11:00am at Kwik n Kleen, 77 Canning Highway South Perth
Grab a coffee from Exile Coffee onsite at the carwash, while you hear presentations and see the recent upgrades to the site
Lunch (approx 12:30) at the nearby The Como Hotel, 243 Canning Hwy, Como (just 2 mins drive from carwash)
For more information and to RSVP by Friday 23 April please contact Fiona at the ACWA Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0400070417
First car wash gathering in Adelaide for 2021 hosted by ACWA SA Director, Matt Hood.
You are invited to meet at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 March 2021 in the Bistro Bar of The Jetty Bar, 28 Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA. Drinks, presentations from ACWA Suppliers and dinner.
Introduction and welcome to new ACWA Supplier, Castle Chemicals – Brad Barrack will provide a quick overview of Castle, plus speak on the chemistry and development in the car wash industry and changes seen in the last 12 months with ceramic like products such as silica dioxide and true top coat ceramic and graphene ie: Blair Ceramics.
Welcome to Sam Casilli, Velocity Vehicle Care – Coinless is much more than just a new carwash App that enables your customers to start a wash without having to get out of their car, touch the pay station or even put the window down. It is a whole Operator Dashboard to help you monitor your business, profit, contact customers, run a Wash Club or Fleet Account etc, but most importantly help grow your business.
For more information or to RSVP contact Fiona, ACWA 0400070 417.
Throughout the Victorian lockdowns, there has been a frustrating information time lag between the announcement of restrictions and the details. It seems the latest “Circuit Breaker Lockdown” is no exception.
At some time since the Premier’s announcement on Friday, the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website has been updated to include information specific to car wash operations.
The information can be found here, https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/shopping-and-retail#can-a-car-wash-still-operate.
As a result, ACWA regrets to inform that the official Government information now states “Car washes, including those operating as part of petrol stations, must not operate”.
ACWA also advises that at least one site in metropolitan Melbourne has been attended by Vic Police and ordered to close.
This is a difficult circumstance for car wash operators to navigate. We all appreciate that closing a site is not a simple matter of flicking the switch.
And, in some cases, by the time sites are closed, the lockdown period will have expired. For this reason ACWA has been informed that some members do not intend to close their sites at this time.
The Association makes no judgement; however, operators need to be aware that penalties may apply if operating in contravention of the Chief Health Officer’s orders.
Please note the Government regulations allow for workplaces to be attended to facilitate decommissioning.
ACWA has done an extensive search on various WA Government websites this morning. As has been typical of State Government processes in all states during the pandemic, website information is often out of date, confused and difficult to find.
In essence, the only thing on line remains yesterday’s Premier’s Announcement https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/perth-metro-peel-and-south-west-enter-hard-lockdown.
What can be found in news reports and the Premier’s Statement is summarised below:
Effective from 6 pm 31 January 2021 until 6 pm Friday, 5 February, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South-West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown. Only the Perth Metro, Peel and South West Areas are impacted.
- The Peel Region http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/regions/Pages/Peel.aspx
- The South West Region http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/regions/Pages/South-West.aspx
REASONS TO LEAVE HOME
The Public is advised they can leave home for essential reasons including:
- Shopping for essentials and medicine:
- Note we assume that all products and services not listed in the venues and “Businesses that Must Close” list below, can open and can be legally purchased as “essential” items.
- On this basis car washing is a legitimate product for purchase
- Work, if you cannot do so from home
- Accessing medical or health care services
- Exercise, but only within your neighbourhood for one hour per day
BUSINESSES THAT MUST CLOSE
The WA State Government has declared the following businesses must close:
- Indoor sporting facilities
- Skate parks
- Entertainment venues
- The casino
- Religious venues
- Restaurants-able to open for takeaway
- Cafes – able to open for takeaway
- Masks are required when engaged in any of the reasons to leave home.
- Clearly, wearing masks in the workplace is mandatory.
- Funerals to be reduced to 10 guests
- Weddings scheduled during the five-day lockdown must be cancelled.
- Public and private schools in affected areas to close.
- Childcare centres can remain open for the children of people who cannot work from home.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – COVID SAFE PLANS AND GUIDELINES
The latest information and tools, including industry-specific COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines for Western Australia, can be found here https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-covid-safety-plans-and-guidelines.
The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South-West regions are moving to a 5-day lockdown effective at 6pm, Sunday 31 January, 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021.
ACWA has been unable to locate specific details on the lockdown however according to the announcement there does not appear to be any restrictions around the operation of car wash sites. However, if you intend opening your site during the lockdown please note previous ACWA notices about sanitation, social distancing and COVID Safe Plans should be implemented immediately.
The lockdown announcement can be found here https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/perth-metro-peel-and-south-west-enter-hard-lockdown
ACWA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when information becomes available.
Members Zoom Meeting – Western Australian Lockdown Support Meeting
Members who require support or information at this time are invited to attend a general discussion on the Western Australian COVID 19 Lockdown situation via ZOOM at 9.15 am (Perth time) Monday 1 February 2021.
ACWA President Neil Fox will Chair the meeting and we will collectively answer any questions based on our past experience with COVID Lockdowns in other States. To be part of the forum click the highlighted link below or dial in and connect by phone.
Topic: Western Australian Lockdown
Time: Feb 1, 2021 12:15 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney ….09.15 AM Perth time.
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Only ACWA Members receive free annual wage rate analysis and calculations provided by the Association’s Industrial Relations experts, Employment Services & Solutions Australia (ESSA).
We take this opportunity to remind car wash operators that car wash operator employers must comply with minimum wage and/or Award obligations. There are severe penalties for non-compliance. The revised rates come into effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 February 2021.
The new wage rates calculations are now available by logging into the Members’ section of the ACWA website https://acwa.net.au/members/. The most recent wage rates calculations can be quickly located by clicking on Quick-Find – Wage Rates, Templates, Manuals and Business Essentials in the left-hand navigation panel.
Importantly, ESSA has advised that the Fair Work Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman have not yet released their revised rates. This has usually occurred by now. Without the usual checking process in place, ESSA has been required to calculate and cross-check each individual rate with their “interpretation of the Decision”. The rates provided at this time are accurate; however, ESSA will reconfirm details as soon as the regulators release their rates.
Please also remember that one of the services available to all ACWA members is one-on-one consultation with our Industrial Relations Specialists at ESSA. So, if you are a paid-up member and require assistance, simply call the ACWA HELPLINE and ask for Graham Lilleyman.
Details of the ESSA service agreement for Members can also be found on the ACWA website.
ACWA Announces Postponement of the 2021 Rinse! National Tour
Before Christmas ACWA announced the launch of the Rinse! National Tour.
At the time of the announcement, the Australian COVID-19 landscape appeared stable. However, over the Christmas holiday period, there have been new COVID 19 outbreaks in NSW, Victoria and Queensland resulting in both quarantine and border chaos.
Mercifully infection numbers in all states have been low, and our businesses continue to operate. However, the response from Government has included swift, sweeping and volatile changes to interstate travel policies.
Regrettably, the high-risk travel environment created by the changes makes conducting Rinse! in the foreseeable future impossible. Noting, that potential State lockdowns and border closures pose the very real risk of leaving staff stranded interstate.
As a result, ACWA has been forced to postpone the Rinse! events.
Everyone at ACWA has been looking forward to catching up with our members and creating something of an industry celebration to kick-off 2021. And, we have been overwhelmed by the response and, particularly, the backing of Rinse! 2021 by our supplier members.
To put it colloquially, we are “gutted” to have to make this announcement.
We will advise the revised dates ASAP.
Earlier this morning Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced significant changes to health regulations in the Greater Brisbane area. This included a declaration that residents in the local government areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands and Logan will be required to stay at home.
The lockdown announcement is for three days and commences at 6 pm tonight, Friday 8 January, until 6 pm Monday 11 January.
Full details of restrictions can be found here https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/greater-brisbane-lockdown.
Please note that essential businesses (including car washes) can remain open as they did during the March 2020 restriction period. However, if located in an impacted area, your car wash will need to have a COVID Safe Plan to remain operational.
Importantly masks must be worn everywhere in the declared local government areas except if people are in their home. Car wash operators should ensure ALL STAFF are issued with masks while on-site and further, ensure they are worn.
For information, the Businesses that must close are as follows:
- Retail food services including pubs, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets except for takeaway services.
- Entertainment facilities, such as theatres, cinemas, music halls and concert halls.
- Amusement centres, such as places to play billiards, pool, pinball machines or video games.
- Indoor recreation facilities such as squash courts, indoor swimming pools and gyms.
- Places of public worship, except for weddings and funerals in line with the person limits.
- Spas, nail salons, hairdressers, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons and tattoo parlours
- Massage parlours unless provided by a registered health practitioner or qualified massage therapist.
- Auction houses
- Betting agencies and gaming lounges
- Markets, except for food and farmers markets
- Galleries, museums and libraries
- Community facilities, such as community halls
- Sex on-premises services, sex services premises and strip clubs
- Public swimming pools
Previous ACWA notices about sanitation, social distancing and COVID Safe Plans should be implemented immediately. Queensland Government COVID Safe Plan information can be found here https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/approved-industry-covid-safe-plans.
ACWA Members can access COVID Safe Plan Templates by logging into the member’s area of the ACWA website https://acwa.net.au/members
Launched in Brisbane in September 2019, the inaugural Rinse! was an outstanding success. We are now looking forward to hosting Australia’s friendliest car wash industry event as we take Rinse! to the next level, with 2021 Rinse! National Tour.
Rinse! Boardwalk Showcase
The focal point of the exhibition, the Rinse! Boardwalk Showcase. The Showcase presents car wash operators the opportunity to learn about the latest products in the marketplace from Australia’s leading car wash industry suppliers.
Rinse! After wash
Following the Boardwalk Showcase, enjoy a casual get together at Afterwash where you can continue to talk business or enjoy a drink and nibbles with car wash industry colleagues and friends.
Check out the date Rinse! is visiting your State and make sure it is in your diary in 2021.