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11 Jan 2022

New COVID rules

COVID rules are changing rapidly and it’s hard to keep up.  Here’s some information that may help in case you are a close contact or test positive to COVID…

If you test positive do this…
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases

If you have been told that you are a close contact, do this…
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts

What is a close contact?

  1. Household or household-like contacts – You have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility (Accommodation houses and Short Stay).
  2. Other contact – Someone who has COVID-19 has informed you that you are their social contact, or a workplace or education facility has informed you that you are a workplace or education contact (Day Service and CLR).

Rapid Antigen Tests

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests#key-points
(You can purchase a test kit from supermarkets, pharmacies or online from selected suppliers)

Employee Support

Please remember that our Employee Assistance Program (Benestar) is available to all staff and their direct family members. Benestar has recently expanded its clinical network to offer the right care at the right time, the right way, with the right person. We encourage you to make use of the service if required. For a confidential conversation please contact Benestar on 1300 360 364 or you can access via the Benestar website

Useful links

Fear of contracting COVID and how to cope Beyond Blue

Managing your mental health when you have COVID-19 – Beyond Blue


7 Jan 2022

In light of the current COVID-19 climate in Victoria and the increased rate of transmission of the Omicron we have decided to increase our current PPE process that is in place as standard precautions within our Accommodation houses.  We do not anticipate that this will be ongoing but necessary over coming weeks in order to keep staff and residents as safe as possible and to ensure ongoing availability of our workforce to maximise continuity of care for all residents.  The new requirements are as follows;

  1. All staff are to continue to wear face masks and face shields or goggles at all times when in our Accommodation houses, however the Surgical masks currently being worn are to be replaced with the N95 masks ( N95 masks must be changed every 4hours or earlier if heavily soiled).
  2. Staff will now also need to wear long sleeved gowns when on shift.
  3. Gloves are not required unless a possible or confirmed case is identified, strict hand hygiene either with soap and water or alcohol rub remains the most important barrier and must be completed at all relevant times (see handwashing posters.
  4. No donning and doffing stations or posters for zones are required to be in place– unless there is an actual or potential positive COVID case identified in the home.
  5. Wherever possible staff are to take breaks outside.
  6. Only 1 person can be in the staff room for breaks at a time.
  7. Remove all surgical masks and replace the supply at our entries/sign in stations for visitors with an N95 mask.
  8. Wherever possible maintain 1.5mtr distance from others particularly colleagues when on shift

Please note these changes are only to be implemented for staff on shift when working in our Accommodation homes.  If you are supporting a client in the community the additional PPE is not to be worn. N95 masks should however remain in use.

If you require further clarification or have questions please speak with your team leader.

Stay Well, stay safe.

Andy Gabriel
GM Home & Living Support


4 October

In alignment with the recently announced vaccination requirements issued by the Victorian Government. All disability sector (Bayley House) workers currently classified as an Authorised Worker will be required to be vaccinated with first doses required by 15 October and a second dose by 26 November. Read more here

Aligned with this requirement, Bayley House will continue to collect evidence of vaccination for staff with the purpose of understanding and reporting on our workforce COVID vaccination status. We ask that you submit your vaccination status and evidence HERE If you have already provided your vaccination certificate you DO NOT need to do so again.

Your leaders and managers are here to assist you in meeting your required vaccination obligations by the 15th of October. Please make contact and seek confirmation if you are unsure of your personal requirement.

Regards

Anthony Di Battista

GM People & Culture


10 September

We are excited to launch our revised Bayley House Staff Engagement Survey.

For us to keep improving on the way we do things at Bayley House, it is really important that we listen to what’s important to you.

Your feedback matters. It will provide information that will help shape and define what people programs we focus on and improve how we connect and communicate as an organisation.

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete online. It’s open now and closes on the 24th September at 6pm. The survey is anonymous and all responses will be kept confidentially within People & Culture.Staff Satisfaction

Once everyone’s feedback has been received, People & Culture will review the responses and provide a summary of the results to staff.

You can click on this link or the QR Code using a mobile device.

If you have any questions please speak to your manager or alternatively contact Hannah Dart, People & Culture on hdart@bayleyhouse.org.au or 9982 1539

 


25 August

Thank-you to all who have responded to the questions that went out to all staff regarding COVID19 vaccinations. We continue to see our government providing greater opportunity for disability workers to be vaccination with a “Vaccination Blitz” announced this week. This is a great opportunity for our people, regardless of age, to receive a vaccination and be part of the roadmap out of the COVID19 pandemic.

We will continue to provide opportunities for our staff to take part in these essential activities and have in place the following initiatives to support the rollout:

  • Bayley House will continue to run our vaccination program with Aspen with the second session occurring on 1 September 2021. Please register interest with Leonie
  • Bayley House will support staff to receive vaccination by:
    • Providing paid time off to attend a vaccination clinic – please discuss and schedule with your manager
    • Supporting staff who experience symptoms post vaccination

Our objective is to understand the percentage of staff who are vaccinated and ensure we are doing our best job to provide a safe and COVID free work environment for staff and clients.

If you have not had a chance to respond to our recent survey, please follow this link.


20 August

Re: Provision of proof of COVID19 Vaccination

I hope this communication finds you well and safe.

In this ever-evolving scape, Bayley House is now in the lawful position to ask our staff to provide evidence of their COVID vaccinations. This is another positive step forward aligned with our commitment to the health, wellbeing and duty of care for all staff, clients, contractors or visitors who attend all BH sites. It also represents a positive step forward towards Victoria reaching vaccination targets with the objective of minimising the impact to our community through lockdowns.

To simplify and ensure security of data, the data collection process we have set up is an online form within our BH IT network. This request includes providing your name, department and uploading your digital certificate of the vaccination. A guide on obtaining this information is included in the included FAQs.

I thank you all for your cooperation and resilience as we continue to redefine normal through this pandemic. As always, please reach out to me or the P&C team should you have any questions.

Staff Vaccines

We ask that this information is provided by Wednesday the 25th of August.

Kind Regards

Anthony Di Battista
GM People & Culture

To Complete the form on your mobile device, please scan the QR code on the right.

To complete on your computer or laptop, please follow this link.

FAQs

Simple steps to provide evidence of COVID19 vaccination

  1. Go to your MyGov login and download your COVID19 Vaccination certificate. (MyGov Login)
  2. Follow the link to the staff vaccination submission form. Complete the required details and upload the certificate to the form (Link to submission form)

Where can I get the required evidence of my vaccination?

Your proof of vaccinations can be found in your MyGov ID. You can access this location HERE. There are comprehensive guidelines for access to this information located HERE.

What if I don’t have a MyGov ID?

It is assumed that most staff have this set up already as you would have access to your annual payment summaries through this link. If you don’t have one set up you will need to set one up on the MyGOV site by selecting create ID. (LINK)

I have logged in but can’t find my certificate?

After you have logged in to the MyGov site you will need to follow the link to the Medicare page. This is where your health data is located. If you have not linked this service, there is a simple step to do this online or alternatively you can call Medicare for assistance. There are clear prompts on the website to assist with this.

Am I required to provide this information?

Yes. Bayley House is able to legally request this information as it is considered a “lawful and reasonable direction”.

What if I am unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons?

We ask that staff who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons advise us of this fact with a letter or certificate from their doctor. In this circumstance we are committed to discussing and finding the most responsible solution to ensure both yours and our client’s safety and wellbeing.

What if I have not been vaccinated?

If you have not been vaccinated, we will need to be advised and the form allows you to do this. We will work with you to ensure you find the quickest solution to receiving a vaccination.

What if I refuse to be Vaccinated?

Bayley House, based on assessment of risk to staff, client and obligations to all persons who may enter our worksites assess that we require all staff to receive COVID19 vaccination. For staff who are unable to meet this obligation we will seek to understand the reasons and find the least impacting solution for all parties involved. We acknowledge this is a shared space of both individual and organisation needs.

Further Resources

It is important that all staff take steps to ensure they are informed and making the right choice for themselves. The below links are some resources that can provide further information on this topic.

Links to information and services:


16 August

IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATE
Changed Victorian Lockdown Restrictions from 11.59pm Monday 16th August 2021 

Dear Team, 

I hope this message finds you safe and well. With the recent announcements from the Victorian Government regarding increased restrictions we would like to inform you that there will be no major alterations to how we are operating our services or programs.  

During this next phase of lockdown, we encourage you to be vigilant and follow the restriction requirements to ensure both continuity of service at Bayley House and to ensure yours and/or your families wellbeing. 

The Leadership Team acknowledges the individual pressures that may occur during these times. We encourage you to reach out to your manager and/or make use of the Staff Employee Assistance Program should you need to do so.  

Below are some key facts relating to your role, please read through and touch base with your manager should you have any questions or concerns.  

Kind Regards 

Anthony Di Battista
GM People & Culture 

Revised Restrictions 

From 11.59pm Monday 16th of August 2021 there will be increased restrictions relating to the current lockdown and restrictions in place in Victoria.  

These changes to the restrictions are: 

  • Permits for authorised work will be re-introduced 
  • Curfew from 9pm to 5am everyday – this will be enforced from Monday at midnight. But the premier is asking for people to follow the rules from 9pm. 
  • Exercise is to be done alone or with one other person. A husband and wife may go for a walk and if they have dependent children they can join, groups larger than that are not allowed. 
  • No removal of masks to drink alcohol 
  • Playgrounds, basketball courts, skate parks and exercise equipment will be closed from midnight 
  • Restrictions on religious broadcasts – the same production crew must be used and you cannot have rotating crew members. 

A full list of restrictions in effect for Victorians is available here.  

Bayley House Impact 

Please review the below in regard to your specific area of work 

  • Residential: remains an essential service; no visitors permitted; Day Service and Transport: services will resume as normal but following the density limits set out by DHHS.  Masks will be mandatory at all times inside and outside.   
  • STA service continues as per current bookings, no new bookings will be taken. 
  • Community Access: services will look to recommence in alignment with DHHS guidelines. 
  • Corporate: staff are to continue to work from home; admittance to Nepean office permitted for critical work purposes only which, in all cases, must be approved in advance by a General Manager 

In addition, a reminder that a single use surgical face mask must be worn by staff at all times (indoors/outdoor) in the provision of client service.   

Permitted Workers / Travel Permits 

Permits for “Authorised Workers” are required. Managers will be responsible for issuing these and it’s the responsibility of staff to ensure they have one with them when attending the workplace. Staff identified as essential (authorised) workers (all Residential staff) are also encouraged to carry their Bayley House identification.  If you do not have Bayley House identification, please contact your team leader or manager. 

Other Information 

  • Exposure Sites: a full list of current exposure sites and testing/isolation instructions is available here.   
  • Vaccination: We continue to strongly encourage all staff to consider vaccination. Current information relating to the Vaccination Rollout Program can be viewed here. Bayley House supports the NDS policy that all client facing staff in the disability sector should be vaccinated in order to best protect the clients we support. We thank all staff for their understanding over the past weeks lockdown and equally, your support as we re-emerge.  Should you have any queries, please contact your team leader, manager or general manager. 

27 July

IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATE

Revised Restrictions

From 11.59pm Tuesday 27/07, Victorian’s can leave their residence for any reason and can travel beyond 5km from their residence.  Tomorrow will also see a return to onsite learning for school children.

Whilst restrictions have eased, a number remain in place. A full list of restrictions is available here.  It is important to note these restrictions do not commence until 11.59pm tonight, with earlier restrictions remaining in place until then.

Bayley House Impact

The easing of restrictions means the following:

Residential: remains an essential service; no visitors permitted; Day Service and Transport: services will resume as normal but following the density limits set out by DHHS. Masks will be mandatory at all times inside and outside.  A gradual return to Community Based activities will occur.

Community Access: services will recommence following DHHS guidelines.

Corporate: we are asking staff to continue to work from home; admittance to Nepean office permitted for critical work purposes only.

In addition, a reminder that a single use surgical face mask must be worn by staff at all times (indoors/outdoor) in the provision of client service.

Standdown of Staff

All staff will return to their duties from Wednesday 28 July and we wish to thank the many staff for their flexibility in being redeployed across the service.

Infection Control

For those staff remaining onsite in the provision of client service, remember to wash your hands properly, maintain physical distancing, sanitise regularly, and follow the published requirements for the use of PPE.

If you are unwell and/or have any COVID19 symptoms, do not attend the workplace, get tested and isolate.

Permitted Workers / Travel Permits

There are no required travel permits however staff identified as essential (authorised) workers (all Residential staff) are encouraged to carry their Bayley House identification.  If you do not have Bayley House identification, please contact your team leader or manager who can supply other evidence of your essential work.

Other Information

Exposure Sites: a full list of current exposure sites and testing/isolation instructions is available here.

Vaccination: We continue to strongly encourage all staff to consider vaccination. Current information relating to the Vaccination Rollout Program can be viewed here. Bayley House supports the NDS policy that all client facing staff in the disability sector should be vaccinated in order to best protect the clients we support.  We thank all staff for their understanding over the past weeks lockdown and equally, your support as we re-emerge.  Should you have any queries, please contact your team leader, manager or general manager.

Kind Regards

Anthony Di Battista
GM People, Culture and Quality


 20 July

IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATE

Victorian Lockdown Extended from 11.59pm Tuesday 20 July 2021

As many of you are now aware the current lockdown for Victoria has been extended by a further 7 days. This means the lockdown end date will be Tuesday 27 July @ 11.59PM

Lockdown Restrictions

As part of these measures, the following restrictions are to apply and are expected to remain in place until further notice has been provided by the Victorian Government.

  • Five reasons to leave home: essential shopping, provide/receive care; authorised work; exercise; receive COVID vaccination
  • Mask to be worn at all times (indoors/outdoors) other than own residence
  • Other restrictions apply and are expected to be published on the DOH website shortly.

Bayley House Impact

Naturally, these restrictions impact the services we provide to our clients.  As a result, the following will apply during the lockdown period:

  • Residential: remains an essential service; no visitors permitted; no new respite bookings (existing bookings can attend); some residences may offer in-residence day activities
  • Day Service and Transport: services suspended separate advices will be sent out on this
  • Community Access: services suspended
  • Corporate: staff to work from home; no admittance to Nepean office permitted

In addition, a reminder that a single use surgical face mask must be worn by staff at all times (indoors/outdoor) in the provision of client service and eye protection is required in all residential settings by all staff.

Standdown of Staff

The extension of the lockdown will result in continued suspended services in Day Service, Transport and Community Access.  A standdown of some staff in these areas will occur. A separate email will be sent to affected staff to explain the impacts of this. We anticipate we may be able to redeploy staff to support critical 1:1, 1:2 support on site, operate in-residence day activities and/or online activities.

Infection Control

For those staff remaining onsite in the provision of client service, remember to wash your hands properly, maintain physical distancing, sanitise regularly, and follow the published requirements for the use of PPE.

If you are unwell and/or have any COVID19 symptoms, do not attend the workplace, get tested and isolate.

Permitted Workers / Travel Permits

There are no required travel permits however staff identified as essential (authorised) workers (all Residential staff) are encouraged to carry their Bayley House identification.  If you do not have Bayley House identification, please contact your team leader or manager who can supply other evidence of your essential work.

Other Information

Exposure Sites: a full list of current exposure sites and testing/isolation instructions is available here.

Vaccination: We continue to strongly encourage all staff to consider vaccination.  Current information relating to the Vaccination Rollout Program can be viewed here. Vaccination continues to be one of the five reasons to leave home.

We thank all staff for their understanding regarding this lockdown.  We anticipate the Government will provide further information early next week on the easing of this restriction.  In the interim, should you have any queries, please contact your team leader, manager or general manager.

Kind Regards

Anthony Di Battista
GM People, Culture and Quality


15 July

IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATE

As many of you are now aware, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a five-day lockdown for Victoria to commence at 11.59pm Thursday 15 July 2021.

Lockdown Restrictions

As part of these measures, the following restrictions are to apply and are expected to remain in place until 11.59pm Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  • Five reasons to leave home: essential shopping, provide/receive care; authorised work; exercise; receive COVID vaccination
  • Mask to be worn at all times (indoors/outdoors) other than own residence
  • Other restrictions apply and are expected to be published on the DOH website shortly.

Bayley House Impact

Naturally, these restrictions impact the services we provide to our clients.  As a result, the following will apply during the lockdown period:

  • Residential: remains an essential service; no visitors permitted; no new respite bookings (existing bookings can attend); some residences may offer in-residence day activities
  • Day Service and Transport: services suspended separate advice will be sent out on this
  • Community Access: services suspended
  • Corporate: staff to work from home; no admittance to Nepean office permitted
  • In addition, a reminder that a single-use surgical face mask must be worn by staff at all times (indoors/outdoor) in the provision of client service.

Standdown of Staff

As a result of suspended services in Day Service, Transport and Community Access, a standdown of staff in these areas will occur.  A separate email will be sent to the affected staff to explain the impacts of this.  We anticipate we may be able to redeploy a small number of staff to operate in-residence day activities and/or limited online activities.

Infection Control

For those staff remaining onsite in the provision of client service, remember to wash your hands properly, maintain physical distancing, sanitise regularly and follow the published requirements for the use of PPE.

If you are unwell and/or have any COVID19 symptoms, do not attend the workplace, get tested and isolate.

Travel Permits

The matter of travel permits has not been raised by the Government in today’s press conference nor is this referred to on the DOH website.  We encourage all Residential staff to carry their Bayley House identification.  If you do not have Bayley House identification, please contact your team leader or manager who can supply other evidence of your essential work.

Other Information

Exposure Sites: a full list of current exposure sites and testing/isolation instructions is available here.

Vaccination: important information on how to book your COVID19 vaccination and preferred vaccination for your age group is available here.  We strongly encourage all staff to consider vaccination.  Vaccination has now been extended to those aged 40-49 in State-based vaccination centres using Pfizer, with vaccination one of the five reasons to leave home.

We thank all staff for their understanding regarding this lockdown.  We anticipate the Government will provide further information early next week.  In the interim, should you have any queries, please contact your team leader, manager, or general manager.

Should you have any queries, please reach out to your team leader, manager, or general manager.

Kind Regards

Belinda Jago
Acting GM People and Culture


25 May

IMPORTANT COVID19 UPDATE

Many of you will be aware of media reports regarding recent community infection of COVID19 in the greater-Melbourne area over the past 24 hours, with Department of Health (DOH) confirming four locally acquired cases in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

RESTRICTIONS

From 6pm this evening (Tuesday, 25 May 2021), the following restrictions will apply across greater-Melbourne.

Socialising: From 6pm on Tuesday, private gatherings in homes will be limited to five visitors per day and public gatherings will be limited to 30 people.

Mask-wearing: Face masks will have to be worn indoors including at all workplaces in Greater Melbourne. Exemptions apply for people aged under 12 years old.

Schools and Workplaces: Schools and workplaces will remain open with current restrictions. There are no changes to existing density rules. Children in primary schools do not have to wear masks but teachers will need to wear a mask. Secondary school students need to wear masks.

Venues: The government will pause a move to lift the density quotient in outdoor spaces and venues to a maximum of 200 people in spaces smaller than 400 sq m.

Weddings and Funerals: If a wedding or funeral is in a private residence then restriction apply, meaning only five guests are allowed plus the celebrant and one photographer. If a wedding is at a venue, there would be no change to the existing density quota other than the requirement to wear a face mask when not eating or drinking.

Checking in: Use of the Service Victoria QR code service will be mandatory in all venues and facilities required to have mandatory electronic record-keeping from Friday, 28 May.

Travel: Greater Melbourne residents can still travel to regional Victoria but their “restrictions travel with them”. A statement from the government says: “If you visit someone outside of metropolitan, they must not have more than five visitors to their home in that day. If you attend a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be bigger than 30 people”.

A press release from Acting Premier Merlino is available here. It is expected these restrictions will be in place until 4 June 2021.

BAYLEY HOUSE DIRECTIONS

The following directions apply to all Bayley House staff, contractors and volunteers, from 6pm 25 May 2021:

  • Residential: a fitted single use surgical face mask is required at all times indoors (including staff only areas) and is recommend outdoors where distance cannot be maintained.
  • Centre and Community Programs: a fitted single use surgical face mask is required at all times indoors (including staff only areas) and is recommend outdoors where distance cannot be maintained.
  • Corporate: a fitted face mask is required at all times indoors (including staff only areas).
  • Updates will follow from Chris and Natarsha shortly regarding any mask requirements for clients. However, client mask use is recommended where tolerable.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Exposure Sites: a full list of current exposure sites and testing/isolation instructions is available here.
  • QR Check-in: please ensure all clients and visitors check in using the Services Victoria QR application. When out and about on personal business, we encourage all staff use the QR application.
  • Vaccination: important information on how to book your COVID19 vaccination and preferred vaccination for your age group is available here. We strongly encourage all staff to consider vaccination.
  • Infection Control: remember to wash your hands properly, maintain physical distancing and sanitise regularly. If you are unwell and/or have any COVID19 symptoms, do not attend the workplace, get tested and isolate.

Should you have any queries, please reach out to your team leader, manager or general manager.

Tim Whee
GM People, Culture and Quality


23 April

It is very pleasing to see no community infection of COVID19 within Victoria for some 50+ days. However, this has been somewhat overshadowed by significant delays in the Commonwealth Government’s COVID19 vaccination rollout plan and reports of post-vaccination adverse effects.

As a leadership team, we are so pleased in the way that all Bayley House staff have adapted to the ever-changing circumstances that the pandemic has presented and your unwavering commitment to supporting quality outcomes for our clients.

By way of update, we wanted to share what we know and be very clear about what we don’t know.

Vaccination

Commonwealth Rollout

As reported, there have been significant delays in the Government’s COVID19 vaccination rollout plan. Phase 1A was to see residents and staff in residential care facilities vaccinated some time ago and Phase 1B, being individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities, as well as staff supporting those individuals being somewhat rolled out by now.

At this stage, we still have no advice from the Department of Health as to when onsite vaccinations for residents and staff in residential care facilities will occur. To overcome this, many providers are supporting residents to seek vaccinations from GPs. In addition, there is still no plan from the Department to support onsite vaccination for centre-based clients. More information on the Commonwealth rollout plan is available here.

Vaccines

There has been much media attention over the past few weeks regarding potential and limited adverse effects of COVID19 vaccination, specifically the Astra Zeneca vaccine. Whilst the Government has announced Astra Zeneca vaccine is no longer the preferred vaccine for healthy adults under 50, the vaccine remains available to those over 50 and may be suitable for those under 50 with chronic conditions and disabilities, subject to informed consent. From what we understand, the prevalence of adverse effects of the Astra Zeneca vaccine is 4-6 cases in every 1 million vaccinations (source: Department of Health) – this would equate to 100-150 persons if the entire Australian population were to be vaccinated. More information regarding the Astra Zeneca vaccine is available here.

Published in The Australian yesterday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, noted “The risk of really serious adverse events is rare” and that “The best vaccine to get is the one available right now.”

Getting Vaccinated

As noted above, the timing of onsite COVID19 vaccinations for residents and staff in residential care facilities is unknown. We can support all clients and their families with GP visits to seek vaccination through 1:1 or irregular supports.

A reminder that staff are eligible for COVID19 vaccination under Phase 1A (residential staff) and Phase 1B (all other staff). Information on vaccination locations is available after completing the Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Workplace Restrictions

Density Quotient and Distancing Requirements

There have been no changes to the density quotient of 2m2 or distancing requirement of 1.5m. We know the last year has been challenging for our client-facing staff and we collectively applaud each of you for your consistent efforts. Over the past few weeks, we have seen our corporate teams return to the office and it is pleasing to see social distanced collaboration taking place.

PPE Requirements

There have been no changes to PPE requirements for client-facing roles with single use surgical face masks still required. With no community infection, we know it is easy to become complacent, but we still require staff to remain vigilant by ensuring your mask is fitted correctly, using sanitiser and practicing good hygiene.

We do anticipate some change for client-facing roles over the coming weeks and will keep staff informed if and when these are announced.

Flu Vaccination 2021

Onsite flu vaccinations were put on hold earlier this year due to concerns regarding logistical challenges and the vaccine interaction with COVID19 vaccines. With the delay in the COVID19 vaccination rollout we can confirm we can deliver onsite vaccination at Middle Crescent on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, in line with our COVID Safe Plan.

Staff that regularly work at Middle Crescent will be able to receive the flu vaccination at this time, however staff working in residential facilities or Nepean will not be able to receive the flu vaccination at Middle Crescent, due to workforce segregation requirements. Staff not located at Middle Crescent can seek flu vaccination via their GP or you can make a bulk-billed appointment at the Brighton Medical Clinic. Please ensure you advise your treating practitioner if you have or intend to have your COVID19 vaccination within two weeks of your flu vaccination.

We know it has been a challenging year for our clients. The Board and Leadership Team are so very pleased with everyone’s efforts in supporting our clients through these continued challenges. With our strategic plan becoming embedded, we look forward to what we can achieve without the distraction of COVID19.

If you have any questions please contact your team leader or manager.

Thank you 
Bayely House Leadership Team


12 February

IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE

As many of you are now aware, Premier Andrews has announced a five-day lockdown for Victoria to commence at 11.59pm on 12 Friday 2021.

Lockdown Restrictions

As part of these measures, the following restrictions are to apply and are expected to remain in place until 11.59pm on Wednesday 16/02:

  • Four reasons to leave home: essential shopping; provide/receive care; essential work; and exercise (max two hours per day within 5km from primary residence)
  • Mask to be worn at all times (indoors/outdoors) other than own residence
  • No visitors to residence
  • No public gatherings
  • Schools to close (some exemptions expected for essential workers)
  • Child-care to remain open
  • Other restrictions apply and are expected to be published on the DHHS website shortly.

Bayley House Impact

Naturally, these restrictions impact the services we provide to our clients.  As a result, the following will apply during the lockdown period:

  • Residential: remains an essential service; no visitors permitted; no new respite bookings; some residences may offer in-residence day activities
  • Day Service and Transport: services suspended
  • Community Access: services suspended
  • Corporate: staff to remain working from home; no admittance to Nepean office permitted

Standdown of Staff

As a result of suspended services in Day Service, Transport and Community Access, a standdown of staff in these areas will occur.  A separate email will be sent to affected staff to explain the impacts of this.  We anticipate we may be able to redeploy a small number of staff to operate in-residence day activities.  Unfortunately, we are not in a position to fully stand-up online activities in this timeframe.

Travel Permits

The matter of travel permits has not been raised by the Government in today’s press conference nor is this referred to on the DHHS website.  We encourage all Residential staff to carry their Bayley House identification.  If you are yet to be supplied with your identification, please contact your team leader or manager who can supply other evidence of your essential work.

We thank all staff for their understanding regarding this lockdown.  We anticipate the Government will provide further information early next week.  In the interim, should you have any queries, please contact your team leader, manager, or general manager.

If you have any questions please email HR@bayleyhouse.org.au

Tim Whee
GM People, Culture and Quality


January 13

Welcome to 2021!

Please read this important Job Keeper Update

In the 18 Dec People Post we provided staff with a Job Keeper update, see below.

As mentioned, Job Keeper 2.0 ended on 3rd January 2021 and we advised that it would be unlikely that Bayley House would be eligible for Job Keeper 3.0.

Further to this, we confirm that Bayley House is not eligible for Job Keeper 3.0.

Any employees who were receiving Job Keeper top-up payments will no longer receive this benefit effective from 4 January 2021. This will be reflected from the fortnightly pay from 4 -17 January 2021.

If you have any questions please email HR@bayleyhouse.org.au

Hannah Dart
HR Business Partner


2020

December 18

Well, 2020 has been a year of contrast – a year that has gone so very fast, but also so very slow. As you read this month’s PeoplePost, I hope you are fondly thinking of spending time with family and friends over the holiday period and share my optimism for 2021 – we’re almost there!

COVID19

As each week passes, we continue to see no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Victoria and the community afforded more and more freedoms. Whilst community and general workplace restrictions have eased, the Victorian Government response for the disability sector has been rightly balanced to ensure risk is appropriately mitigated for all Victorians with disabilities. This has seen greater freedoms for residential clients and greater access to support for clients accessing center-based activities. However multiple safety protocols remain in place for client-facing staff – largely that the requirement for face coverings remain for all staff supporting clients with a disability, both indoors and outdoors.

JobKeeper

In September 2020 we shared the news that Bayley House was eligible for JobKeeper 2.0, being a tier-based payment between 28 September 2020 through 3 January 2021. At the same time, the Commonwealth Government announced JobKeeper 3.0, being a further tier-based payment between 4 January 2021 through to 28 March 2021, with eligibility for JobKeeper 3.0 being assessed by a further review of Bayley House financial position.

It is mixed news that Bayley House is highly unlikely to be eligible for JobKeeper 3.0. It is positive that our financial position has improved, however this likely to mean that both Bayley House, and employees receiving JobKeeper top-up payments, will no longer receive this benefit. As a result, we anticipate all JobKeeper top-up payments will cease after 3 January 2021 and be reflected in the pay on 6 January 2021. Should this situation change, we’ll notify staff immediately.

Corporate Return

In late November, the Victorian Government announced that 25% of office-based workforces may return, with a further 25% able to return on 11 January 2021. 2020 has certainly demonstrated that our corporate teams can successfully undertake work remotely from the office. We will be working with Corporate teams to assess their requirements to work from the office and set up schedules and processes to ensure we support our staff and meet our COVID-Safe requirements. More to come!

Staff Function

COVID-19 prevents us from coming together at the end of the year to celebrate our successes throughout 2020. Over the coming period, the leadership team will be working to set up a celebratory function to occur in early 2021 and we will be in touch with further details.

In the meantime, we do hope you have received our special mug, with artwork by our very own Danny Tong, as a small gesture of our appreciation for all your hard work in 2020. Please email Angela if you have not received or been notified about the collection of your mug.

General Update

Residential Roster

Over the past few months, we have been working hard to assess our residential rostering practices against our recently implemented enterprise agreement. This culminated in late November with the official staff consultation and feedback period. As a result, our revised residential rosters will commence on 4 January 2021. My thanks to all staff involved for their feedback and support.

HR3+ Implementation

21 December 2020 will see HR3+, our new roster/timesheet and payroll system go live. During December, staff and managers have been given a first-hand view of HR3+ and what you can expect from the system. HR3+ will be implemented in two phases, with further developments to be rollout in early 2021 and will see us well into the future. Staff and managers will have received a go-live checklist to complete, via email, in the past few days.

Following go-live, we anticipate some minor payment remediation will be required for residential staff due to the inability of Micropay/WorkBuddy to be able to calculate some aspects of the enterprise agreement. We expect to update impacted staff on this matter in January 2021.

Happy Holidays

On a final note, I wanted to offer all staff and their families my best wishes for a happy holiday season. 2020 has been a big year and we have collectively risen to the challenge to ensure we have continued to support all our clients during this challenging year. As you take time to reflect on 2020 with your friends and families over this period, please be safe and have a lovely break.

Tim Whee
GM People, Culture and Quality