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Victorian COVID-19 restrictions

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, Melbourne moved to Stage 4 restrictions and regional Victoria moved to Stage 3 restrictions.

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From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. You and your staff should wear them when at work and also when travelling to and from work. If you don't, you must have a lawful reason not to.

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COVID-19 support for all Australian businesses

It's important to keep workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. You can find the latest information and resources for your industry on the Safe Work Australia website.

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Business types in this industry


The rental, hiring and real estate services industry includes:

  • motor vehicles
  • transport equipment
  • farm animal & bloodstock
  • video and other electronic media
  • heavy machinery 
  • scaffolding
  • intangible assets (e.g. patents and trademarks)

Legislation, standards and initiatives


You must be aware of the laws that apply to the rental, hiring and real estate services industry. Key legislation includes:

Licences and permits


State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the rental, hiring and real estate services industry.

The licences and permits you may need include:

  • hire car operator accreditation
  • real estate agent accreditation
  • vehicle permits and licences 
  • luxury car licence
  • erecting/displaying signage
  • playing video/sound recordings
  • disposal of waste 
  • zoning permits
  • restricted trading days

Find the licences and permits you need for your business

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find information on the licences you may need.

Taxation


The rental, hiring and real estate services industry have specific Goods and Services Tax (GST) measures. Know your GST obligations and register with the Australian

Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure you can claim your GST credits.

Visit the ATO website to learn more about the GST requirements for the rental, hiring and real estate services industry:

Other tax measures that may apply to your rental, hiring and real estate services business include:

  • Fuel tax credits provide a credit for fuel tax (excise or customs duty) that is included in the price of fuel. Credits only apply to fuel that is used in eligible business activities.
  • Luxury Car Tax (LCT) applies if you purchase or import luxury vehicles valued above a certain amount.
  • Boat hire arrangementsmay apply if your arrangement qualifies as a business for the purposes of tax.

Employ people


If you employ staff, you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the rental, hiring and real estate services industry.

Browse a list of industry and occupation awards to find the one that applies to your industry.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)


All business must comply with general occupational health and safety regulations. The rental, hiring and real estate services industry also has state specific WHS requirements.

These include:

  • occupational noise management
  • standards for protective clothing and equipment
  • standards for occupational safety signage
  • national standard for manual handling
  • prevention and response to workplace bullying
  • prevention of workplace violence (e.g. robbery)
  • electrical safety

Learn more about state-specific WHS requirements.

Environment


While the rental, hiring and real estate industry does not rely heavily on the environment, they can still have a significant impact. The main environmental issues that businesses in the rental, hiring and real estate services industry should understand include:

  • waste management and reduction
  • reporting
  • fuel economy 
  • sustainability

Insurance


Alongside compulsory insurances, the rental, hiring and real estate services industry has specific insurances. These insurances include:

  • public liability
  • equipment and machinery
  • property and buildings
  • vehicles
  • animals and business interruption

Government organisations


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Further advice and assistance

Check our general business information for additional regulations and obligations relevant to your business.

For further advice and assistance, consider contacting your accountant, solicitor, business adviser or industry association.

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