Business Solutions Work Sites
8th January 2021 – Update for EFI Sites in Greater Brisbane
The following Endeavour Foundation work sites have been impacted by these changes:
- Wacol EFI
- Geebung EFI
- Acacia Ridge recycling centre
- Redcliffe (Kippa Ring) EFI
Due to this most recent development, we have decided to temporarily suspend all work at EFI sites in the Greater Brisbane region for Monday 11 January 2021.
The safety of all employees and supported employees is the highest priority. We will be closely following Government guidance and advice over the coming days and will assess by Monday 11 January 2021 when this decision is updated. We will inform you of any changes and their impacts as soon as possible.
You are able to access Annual Leave and Long Service Leave (if entitled) or Leave Without Pay - COVID-19 for this day.
11th September – Update for Supported Employees in VictoriaDear families and carers For now, all our worksites across Victoria remain closed, however, the Victorian Government has outlined its plan to ease restrictions. Depending on health advice and daily cases of COVID-19 going down, the Government is hopeful worksites will reopen from Monday 28th September 2020.
While nothing is certain, Endeavour Foundation is also hopeful of this and is making plans now, so we can be ready for your return to work, if restrictions ease as planned.
We will keep in contact with you over the next few weeks with more information and instructions about what ‘your return to work’ will look like. We want you to feel informed and confident throughout the process.
Our priority will always be your health and safety and we will continue to act in line with government restrictions and health advice.
You probably have many questions, so we have compiled a short list of Frequently Asked Questions for you and will add to them as we move through the next few weeks.
Thank you for your understanding throughout this difficult time. We know the continued delay in reopening may be disappointing for some, but we are sure you understand that we have a duty of care to provide a healthy and safe workplace for all members of our team, especially for those with underlying health conditions.
We will be back in touch again soon.
Chief Executive Officer
3rd SeptemberImpact on Work Sites
Please also be advised, that we have made the decision to reopen the Wacol site for production from Monday 7th September with the following conditions:
- There is no significant change in medical or government advice that increases restrictions
- That there is no substantial increase in numbers of confirmed cases in the local area that would present unacceptable risk to our customers or staff
- All staff will be mandated to wear a face mask and will actively encourage customers to wear one, especially those who travel to/from work on public transport
- Screening will be carried out twice per day.
5th August – Closure of Victorian Work Sites Keon Park and OakleighThe Government announced this week that Victoria has entered a State of Disaster from 2nd August until Sunday 13th September to respond to the increase in COVID-19 case numbers and to help reduce the risk of further transmission.
Melbourne moved into Stage 4 restrictions from 2nd August which also includes a curfew across Melbourne from 8pm to 5am. This means the only reason to leave home during these times will be for work, medical care and caregiving.
Due to this, we have made the decision to close our Victorian Business Solution sites in Keon Park and Oakleigh effective from COB Friday 7th August.
This means that all Endeavour Foundation sites across Victoria are now temporarily closed.
Providing a safe workplace for all of our staff has and continues to be our number one priority through this pandemic.
Victoria has seen a large increase in community transmission, much of which can be attributed to casual workforces. As our sites have been operating in this manner, we feel the level of risk to our team is too high and we wish to comply with the Victorian Governments advice that people should stay home as they endeavour to get this pandemic under control.
We will be re-assessing these restrictions on or before 13th September in line with the government restrictions and health advice.
We understand this is disappointing for staff and those supported employees preparing to return to work, however we have a duty of care provide a healthy and safe workplace for supported employees, especially those with underlying health conditions.
Please rest assured that, despite these current challenges, we remain committed to the long-term future of our supported employment services in Victoria.
What options do supported employees have if they cannot work?
Supported employees will be asked to access their leave entitlements.
If they choose not to use their leave entitlements, they can take leave without pay.
We have easy read information prepared to also help explain these decisions and leave entitlements.
Why are we suspending work for all supported employees?
The safety and wellbeing of you, our staff, and our customers is our number one priority.
We have a duty of care to provide a healthy and safe workplace for supported employees, especially those with underlying health conditions.
We continually follow government advice and implement protective measures at all work sites, however we will sometimes have to suspend work for supported employees if there are COVID-19 outbreaks and we can no longer guarantee their safety.