Statement from Michael Hartman, CEO, Skills Impact
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Skills Impact has made a number of significant changes to our operations and activities. This has been done to comply with Australian Government COVID-19 mandates and recommendations and to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff, suppliers and stakeholders. Our executive team monitors the situation daily and meets (by video or phone) no less than twice weekly to assess the situation and alter our responses as necessary.
After our operational adjustments we are fortunate to be able to continue to deliver on our contracts with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment albeit with a reduction in the usual timeliness and high quality given the circumstances.
Since mid-March we have supported all staff to work from home for the foreseeable future, with at least daily contact with their line managers and regular team tele-meetings. We are pleased to say that all staff, and our systems, are adapting well.
We have of course ceased all travel and cancelled all face to face meetings and events which have been replaced, where possible, with tele and video conferencing.
We acknowledge that, prior to this pandemic, many of our stakeholders have been severely impacted by the drought and bushfires and their availability was already limited. Stakeholder feedback and input is critical to our work and so we are still encouraging stakeholders to engage with us by phone, email, our feedback hub and video conferencing. All staff members are available by phone and email, however not for face to face meetings.