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23 June, 2020
P&Cs need to know...

Tell us what you think!

The first half of 2020 has been pretty tough! Council is here to help P&Cs and represent parents - and we'd love to know what you think: How did we do? Please tell us in this 2-5 minute survey!
Your feedback will help us improve into the future.

Constitution Workshop

If your P&C's constitution is out of date, come along to our practical P&C Constitution Workshop to find out how to review, rewrite or amend your constitution. The workshop is free and looks at the model rules, the ACT Associations Incorporations Act, Council’s sample constitution, and the process of passing an amended constitution through your P&C. It's on Tuesday 30 June, from 7-9:30pm, via Zoom.  Register here.

Effective P&C Workshops

These Free online workshops are designed to help your P&C meet legal obligations, recruit volunteers, run smoothly and stay on track. From what the P&C is all about and your role in it, to the nitty-gritty of running meetings and handling difficult people, all office bearers are encouraged to come. There will be time for questions and some brain-storming too!
There are two sessions:
PART 1: Roles, goals and responsibilities. Tuesday 21 July, 7-8pm, Via Zoom.
PART 2: Communications, meetings, volunteers & fundraising. Wed 22 July, 7-8:30pm (Zoom).
Details of each session and how to register.

New Workshop: P&Cs as employers and canteen providers 

For P&Cs which run small businesses such as canteens, there are always questions about employing staff and meeting your regulatory and legal obligations. This workshop focuses on this important area. 

Plus!  By popular demand! We've added a half hour discussion about reducing your canteen waste (with thanks to Judi Barton from Farrer Primary P&C)! 
It's on Tuesday 28 July, 7-8:30pm, Via Zoom.  Details of each session and how to register.

AGM extensions

ACT Incorporated Associations (that's all our P&Cs) now have until 30 October to hold their AGM and can have electronic video attendance and voting without the need to apply to Access Canberra for an extension. Your Public Officer should have received a letter from the ACT Government about this. No further extensions are likely.

School return plan: kids with disability

The Commonwealth Department of Health has published the Return to School for Students with Disability COVID-19 Risk Management Plan  to help families and schools prepare for the return to school. It can aid discussions with the school and doctor on strategies to reduce risks in the school environment. There are links to safety guidelines on the pdf plan.

COVID safety and food

ACT Health and the CIT are providing Free infection control training for workplaces, including for food businesses, which would be perfect for canteen staff who meet the eligibility criteria. The course covers organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures. It's online and takes around 18 hours. Enquiries to Kylie Seretin (6207 3196)

Help line
The ACT COVID Business Liaison Line (6205 0900) is a good contact for specific questions about small food businesses.

Safety plans
In our last Council Communicator we let you know that Food Businesses in the ACT are now required to have a written Covid Safety Plan, available in the canteen for inspection by Health Protection Services Inspectors. We have a template plan to help. We have had some enquiries about this and want to clarify:
  • COVID safety plans are Not required for fundraising food stalls
  • our template is a starting point only for canteens to consider risks and mitigation. For example, canteens may accept cash payments under the current restrictions and may run a counter service.
  • It's a good idea to tell your community that you have, and are following, a safety plan in the canteen - it can help increase confidence in your service.

Canteen business manual!

The much anticipated Canteen Business Essentials Manual is now available! It's got everything you need to establish or operate an effective P&C-run canteen, from regulations you need to comply with to information on finances, staffing, purchasing and putting together a healthy choices menu that works for your customers, your staff, and your bottom line! It has loads of useful templates and sample documents, spreadsheets, surveys and more.

Do take a look, it is really well produced and easy to work through. We understand that ACT Health will be sending one to each canteen! With many thanks to ACT Health who responded to the difficulties faced by P&C canteens with significant investment and perseverance to deliver this guide. 

JobKeeper, school holidays & canteen closures

Those P&Cs that manage their school canteen and are receiving JobKeeper payments for their canteen employees, will need to continue paying those employees during the school holidays and while the canteen is closed. If the payments to the staff are stopped over that period, your P&Cs eligibility for the JobKeeper payments will also be stopped.  The best place for detailed information for P&Cs on JobKeeper is the ATO's Not for profits section, or Not for Profit phone line: 1300 130 248.
Council happenings...

Upcoming events

  • General Meeting, TONIGHT from 7 to 9:30pm. Guest speaker will be Katy Haire, Director General of the ACT Education Directorate. To attend please email us, and we will send you the online meeting details.
  • Constitution Workshop, online, Tuesday 30 June (week 10), 7-9:30pm.
  • Effective P&C workshop PART 1: Roles, goals and responsibilities. Tuesday 21 July (week 1), 7-8pm, via Zoom
  • Effective P&C workshop PART 2: Communications, meetings, volunteers & fundraising. Wed 22 July (Week 1), 7-8:30pm via Zoom.
  • Workshop: P&Cs as employers and canteen providers. Tuesday 28 July (week 2), 7-8:30pm via Zoom.
You might be interested...

NAIDOC Week Event – via Facebook Live + Youtube

Official NAIDOC Week celebrations have been deferred, but ACTCOSS are still bringing the community together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week via a digital event to discuss the meaning and importance of Aboriginal culture, with particular focus on this year’s theme – ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. It's on Facebook Live and YouTube on Tuesday 7 July, from 11am to 12.30pm.

Active transport webinar

The Conservation Council is hosting an exciting Environment Exchange online event “Finding our feet: Active travel in the ACT” on Tuesday 30th June at 5.30pm. The discussion will explore all things active travel both in a national and ACT context (where transport emissions make up 60% of the ACTs emissions!) Panel members will discuss the current transport challenges and barriers to active travel in the ACT, the future of transport systems and ways to further support active transport to contribute to a sustainable and liveable Canberra.

Financial literacy resources

The ATO has launched a range of new teaching resources for primary school students focuses on developing civic values and financial wellbeing. It is designed to help students establish a strong foundation in financial skills and increase their understanding of the role of tax and superannuation. The ATO also partnered with ASIC to develop an accredited online professional learning course for primary school teachers to support them in teaching the material.

NAIDOC video/photo competition

Create your own videos and/or photographs of this year’s theme for NAIDOC 'Always Was, Always Will Be' to enter this fun competition!

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