Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

The Senior Leadership Team want to take this opportunity to update you on a number of other important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) topics that relate to our Operations and Functions, we appreciate that our team has many questions and have a plan communication to answer and inform as this situation unfolds.
As this situation evolves, the COVID-19 Subcommittee will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks.

This means we need our people to focus on their exposure to risks by controlling and/or eliminating hazards wherever possible.

While the risk of infection remains low in our workplaces, our guiding principles as we continue to move forward:

  • Keep G&S Engineering employees safe is our first priority
  • Continue to serve our Clients with the highest standards
  • Do our part to slow community spread of the virus where there appear to be outbreaks, so that the most vulnerable people are able to get the care they need

It is important for all of our valued subcontractors and partners to adopt our commitment to safety, and for our team to advocate and action the motto, "if it’s not safe, stop- then make it safe".

Our Safety Culture Supporting you during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Our culture embodies the shared belief across all business units that every incident is preventable. Therefore our approach to the Coronavirus or Covid-19 will support this culture and focus on prevention.

  • Ensuring adequate health and safety measures are in place to curb the spread of the virus. 
  • Using our reporting culture, where people are encouraged and prepared to report potential risks or exposure. 
  • Following the outlined rules for social distancing in line with the government regulations will be seen as acceptable behaviour.
  • Educate yourselves, colleague and family on prevention techniques, guideline and current rules in place to prevent the spread of transmission. 
  • A learning culture where personnel willingly investigate and draw the right conclusions from safety information and voluntarily implement improvements.
  • A flexible culture where employees are able to reconfigure the work process in the face of high-risk operations to always ensure that safety is our first consideration.
COVID-19 and temporary early access to super

Guidance for Sunsuper members on temporary early access to super

While superannuation helps people save for retirement, the Government has recognised that for those significantly financially affected by the coronavirus, accessing some of those savings today may outweigh the benefits of maintaining those savings until retirement.

If your employees are experiencing financial stress as a result of COVID-19, they may be eligible to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21. They will need to apply directly to the ATO through the myGov website from mid-April 2020. It is important to note that applications cannot be made through Sunsuper directly.

Your employees can find out more on our website, or read the government’s fact sheet.


Jamie Woods

Regional Manager – Central Queensland

Sunsuper Webinars

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G&S Engineering has not experienced a drop in Revenue of 30% or more. This means we do not qualify for this payment.

As we are unable to qualify for the Job Keeper payment, for those of you with little or no work on currently, we encourage you to apply for the  government job seeker allowance. There have been major changes to eligibility for job seeker payments due to  COVID19  including the removal of asset and means testing and the removal of the waiting period

/ Please refer to the link below for more information>>

Please note, you no longer require a letter from G&S Engineering to complete your application for the Job Seeker allowance.

 / For easy instructions on how to apply for Job Seeker allowance online use the following link>>

You may also be entitled to up to $10,000 of your superannuation this year. Your superannuation fund will have more details on how to access this.

Check your local state government websites regularly for COVID-19  initiatives that provide relief on household costs (e.g. reduction in electricity bills, local council fee waivers, changing rules for renters and landlords etc).

The impact of COVID-19 on our pipeline of current and future work has been minimal. I can confirm we are currently mobilising project teams to sites in various locations across Australia.

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Working from home with kids - tips

1. Create a daily routine-

Work out a routine that is going to work for you and your family. It’s a known fact that kids work well under routine, just as if they would at school. Try to keep their days planned and stick to the daily routine the best you can. You may find the daily routine doesn’t work how you thought it would. That’s ok, don’t put too much pressure on yourself as this is new to most of us. 

2. Start the day with a short Family meeting –

If they’re old enough to understand what’s going on, be clear about how independent you expect them to be while you’re working from home. Let them know when it’s ok to interrupt you (i.e. If they need a hand to go to the toilet or there is blood )

3.Capitalize on Naptime –

Try and schedule MS Teams if possible when your little one(s) are having their day sleep. For the old kids put on their favourite movie for some quiet time.

4. Prepare Snack & Meals –

Not having to commute works in your favour. Use this time to have snacks and meals prep and ready in the fridge will help save time and interruptions during the working day.

5. Keep Kids Entertained – 

As Easter is approaching, now is a great time to do some Easter arts and craft, obstacle course outside with a few witches hatsclassics like hide and seek, tag, and catch are great ways for 2-3 kids to play together. For those little ballerina’s YouTube have tons of dance and chorography available.

6.Plan for Interruptions –

Every WFHP has at one point experienced being interrupted while on a conference call or phone. Hit the mute button during conference calls to avoid any unexpected yells of "Mummmeee!"in the background.

Give your child a nonverbal "Do not disturb" when you need quiet time. If you have a home office, place a item on the door that way they know not to disturb you when that item is on the door handle.

Toddlers won't understand that they can't always have your undivided attention. If your toddler is fussing while you're on the phone, it’s ok if they want to feel included or say a quick “Hello”, if you feel that you aren’t able to continue the call then reschedule to another time.

This applies for your pets, please don’t feel embarrassed if they are barking or making noises in the background. As a team we need to be understanding that certain background noises may arise.

7. Reach out for help if you need it –

The normal office day has a set start time and finish time. The new norm for most of us won’t see us do our work in a continuous block like a normal day in the office. It may mean that you will require to work at night when the kids are asleep or early in the morning. Ensure to reach out to your Manager if your finding it difficult to complete your full- time hours.

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