COVID-19 Updates - 6th August, 2020

5:45pm, 6th August, 2020

Face masks 

Further to Circular 20-128, member clubs are strongly encouraged to make plans for their staff to use face masks.  

To-date, the NSW Government has strongly encouraged customer-facing club employees to use face masks. However, it is important that clubs are prepared for a range of potential eventualities, including one where face masks are made mandatory for customer-facing employees. 

Clubs are advised to explore options for obtaining face masks for customer-facing staff. 


JobKeeper 2.0 

ClubsNSW notes that many clubs will not remain eligible for JobKeeper under the test which applies from 28 September 2020. This is because the 30% reduction in revenue test applies to both the June (April to June 2020) and September (July to September 2020) quarters, and some clubs may not have the requisite reduction in revenue in the September quarter. 

ClubsNSW, through Clubs Australia, is advocating to the Australian Government for changes to the reduction in revenue test, so that eligibility for JobKeeper beyond 28 September 2020 will be determined by a 30% reduction in revenue during the six month period spanning April to September 2020 (inclusive). 

ClubsNSW is engaging with providers of face masks to ensure a sufficient supply is available for clubs who have difficulty obtaining masks.

5:45pm, 6th August, 2020

Virtual meetings

Member clubs are advised that the legislation permitting the holding of virtual meetings will be extended for 6 months until 21 March 2021.

An explanation of the legislation can be found in Circular 20-063.

The announcement by the Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, can be found here.


Great Southern Nights

Further to Circular 20-091 on the NSW Government’s initiative to support live music events across NSW,  member clubs are advised that applications are now open for clubs to be part of the initiative – Great Southern Nights.

Great Southern Nights will bring 1000 COVID-safe performances to live music venues in Greater Sydney and regional NSW in November 2020.

Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), to stimulate the revival of the live music and entertainment sectors and in turn the visitor economy in the recovery phase of COVID-19.

In announcing the opening of applications, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, highlighted the importance of holding live music events across NSW, particularly regional NSW.

“The response to Great Southern Nights has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s clear that this game-changing event will have a huge impact on many industries which is why we want 50 per cent of gigs to be in regional NSW and the other half in greater Sydney,” Minister Ayres said.

The online application form can be accessed here

If your club meets the eligibility criteria, a member of the Great Southern Nights team will be in contact to discuss your potential place on the official program. Clubs are encouraged to submit proposed talent/programming at the time of applying.

For more information and frequently asked questions, please view the Great Southern Nights website here


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For more information or any questions, please contact the ClubsNSW Members Enquiries Centre.

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