Message from Michele
So Tough – but So Grateful.
As we move to pay our first JobKeeper payment this week, there have been many moments where we weren’t sure we would get there. From the initial announcement where we found out at the same time as you all, creating over 200 enquiries in the first 48 hours. To the complexity of the programme, making deciphering the programme and trying to explain to you even harder, including the last minute updates that created a stress on our central team (thank you Sandra, Steph and Ru). Then, overlayed with the need to access funds to be able to pay a payroll three times larger than we normally do with 60-70% less revenue, whilst having to await reimbursement and increasing our on costs exponentially, as you can imagine it has been challenging.
I am pleased to say that we have successfully processed the first payment for eligible staff, backdated to the 30th March for many. I might sound ungrateful in my first paragraph, but I just wanted to acknowledge the incredible work our team has done to keep you all fully briefed along the way through Live Streams, FAQ’s, weekly newsletters and for working through the JobKeeper process so that we may help you to receive JobKeeper if eligible. JobKeeper has been a blessing and the personal and organisational benefits are gratefully appreciated.
We are also not naive to think that this benefit doesn’t come at a cost, one which we know we may see and feel for many years to come. One which will drive our new way of working into the future. I am truly grateful to you all, who dedicate yourselves to the Y, being patient during these hard decisions and putting your hand up to help in any way you can. Truly inspiring. A special note to Sandra Marson, Steph Ferguson and Ru Thomas for the long hours, countless research and long holds on the phone to the ATO, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Chief Executive (Experience) Officer