Out of Work / Working from Home ?

Plenty of discussion already I know, I'm a lucky one been set up to work from home....first week and its doing my head in already.

Who's out of work...lost major contracts...let good staff go etc?

Anybody get the Gov $700 payment...did it help, is there additional help available?

Lots of people doing it tough for sure, mental well being is a big concern!

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 I've just jumped into a

Thu, 2020-03-26 18:59

 I've just jumped into a business development role a couple of weeks ago. Now I find I have 10 full time staff that are no longer required by a long term customer. No pressure. 


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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 Yep, brutal. We have 20+

Thu, 2020-03-26 19:51

 Yep, brutal. We have 20+ staff and as the BDM I am feeling the pressure as I am determined to keep enough work coming in to pay us all. Working from home, I've been doing 12 hour days, but it is very isolating.



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Well done

Fri, 2020-03-27 17:09


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 i work for myself and could

Thu, 2020-03-26 19:53

 i work for myself and could be working but due to a broken leg i cant so i am in self isolation mode anyway.


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Sent Home today/ working from home

Thu, 2020-03-26 19:59

Weird feeling as have worked for 25 years straight without a break. I'm a bit concerned about how long this will go for and really concerned for those without an income. I'm been told 8 weeks at home but who knows? Went for a arvo run to get as many whiting as I could before next stage lockdown. They where quiet but managed a late run to help the protein in the freezer. 

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My Manager came round Tuesday

Thu, 2020-03-26 21:42

My Manager came round Tuesday checking who has laptops etc to work from home in the event of a shutdown. If worst come to worst I have 17 weeks of various leave up my sleeve.

The Mrs is already working from home but that has now been made a shit tonne harder with 3 young children no longer in school. Not sure how secure she is if this drags out.


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Coal seam gas still operating

Fri, 2020-03-27 05:04

Coal seam gas still operating as normal but it's hard to keep your mind on the job knowing one positive test in camp will shut the whole region down. Won't be coming back to Perth for a long time I think as there is a good chance I won't be able to come back to QLD. 

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Fri, 2020-03-27 06:33

 Running an isolated roadhouse has its problems with most customers doing the right thing and others who have no consideration for others or the rules set in place to protect us and our customers.

You cannot please some, we had a sign up stating , take away food only,  a "lady" came in asked about a sit down meal, even after looking around and seeing all the tables and chair stacked up, then spat her dummy because we said no and then she was out the door like a flash.  Few laughs because we knew that the other roadhouses south of us have done exactly the same thing as us.

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I had to go to Perth last Wednesday

Sun, 2020-03-29 20:01

 Essential doctors visit. I was reluctant, but they still wanted me there. Going south, I saw at least a couple of dozen determined souls heading north, caravans and boats in tow, mix of grey nomads and younger crew. I came back Thursday morning, and, heading north, there were a LOT of vehicles towing boats and caravans coming south. Apparently Denham kicked everyone out of the caravan park Thursday, some of them landed in Kalbarri Thursday afternoon.  So I guess you will be getting real quiet, real soon, with the regional travel bans coming into force.

As late as last Friday, I had a job booked in Karratha for Tuesday/Wednesday. I refused it, F&A already booked, they were not happy. It would have been the last work I'll get for  months, most likely. 

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 I'm lucky at the moment .

Fri, 2020-03-27 08:06

 I'm lucky at the moment . Being in the food transport industry I have a job. However a bit riskier dealing with lots of people. Also working in karatha for a few weeks. Sandy is working with a skeleton crew in a cafe but who knows how long that will last  . I feel sorry for all those that have lost their jobs 


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Well i am fortunate to have

Fri, 2020-03-27 08:48

Well i am fortunate to have work but have been holed up at home for 2 weeks and am told it obviously has no end date. Finding the best way to deal with it is to have some structure in my day similar to being in the office. Hardest part is working off a small screen, i also note that my office chair is a lot more comfy than my dining chairs (when sat in it all day) - first world problems i know
Getting groceries home delivered and i believe bunnings are offering delivery too, my fuel bill is good atm!

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 We are still working  i have

Fri, 2020-03-27 12:52

 We are still working  i have a small company in construction industry

I don't know how essential we are and how long we can work for atm 

 we have a few months of work booked in but I'm concerned about the future economic situation for the country 

So I'm going to work my ass of while I can and try supporting the local business where I can.  and hopefully do my part for the country by keeping staff employed and make money for the government in the way of tax's 

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Fri, 2020-03-27 22:18


Construction has been considered essential most places but with restrictions to how it is done.

How the industry plays ball with the rules will probably decide if you can keep going or not.

Biggest issue will be clients pulling the pin due to not sure where their money is coming from in the future

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 Yep I've lost work due to

Sat, 2020-03-28 09:55

 Yep I've lost work due to people pulling the pin or putting work on hold as home improvements or cabinetry isnt high in the agenda atm


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 I work FIFO, was working in

Fri, 2020-03-27 16:03

 I work FIFO, was working in South Australia, but been sent to another site in WA. Dont know how long its going to keep up tho. Im lucky i have quite a bit of leave available if needs be, but cant really do anything except stay home and do stuff around the house.

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 Still working currently. Had

Fri, 2020-03-27 16:36

 Still working currently. Had some clients cancel maintenance contracts for the forseable future or look at halving regular services but the guys still have work. Ensuring everyone is following strict hygience procedures whilst out on site, in vehicles and in the office. If worse comes to worse I have a stupid amount of leave sitting there (long service/annual etc) so its ok for me in that respect but feel for those who have no job. 

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 I worked in a Irish pub as a

Fri, 2020-03-27 17:19

 I worked in a Irish pub as a bouncer for 9 years day after st Patrick's day 14 full time staff gone plus all the security 

I'm also a mobile welder/carpenter but that has slowed down last few weeks so see what happens next week


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 Mate hopefully a trickle of

Fri, 2020-03-27 21:41

 Mate hopefully a trickle of work to keep you going. That's all I want/need to keep the shrks from the door.  


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Still work as normal. Just

Fri, 2020-03-27 18:28

Still work as normal. Just moving to a slightly longer roster to reduce flights. 

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Business as usual

Sat, 2020-03-28 07:11

Two on two off on call 24/7 refueling aircraft at all hours . Rpt traffic has taken a hit yet the Flying Doctor's are keeping me busy. Fuel farms and the truck have to be inspected daily so I guess I'm lucky in that aspect, it's nice to be considered an essential service at the moment. It's also nice to be able to provide the service for the RFDS to keep em in the air looking after those less fortunate than us .


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 I was lucky/unlucky enough

Sat, 2020-03-28 09:48

 I was lucky/unlucky enough to catch a lift in the Careflight plane to Perth a few weeks ago. Those lads do an amazing job. 

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Sat, 2020-03-28 08:34

 Busy as all hell at Dampier port, putting on people to cope although expect it to slow post Easter.


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 still working. doesnt look

Sat, 2020-03-28 13:41

 still working. doesnt look like vet clinics will be shut down. strange times though. clients drop dogs at the front, nurse collects them and brings them in and we do exam while os stay in car, then we call them once exam done, payments done over phone etc. very cumbersome, but feel more comfortable this way. maintaining any kind of social distancing in a consult room is impossible.

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Doubled your roster

Mon, 2020-03-30 01:02

After doing isolation I have another 6 weeks to go back and do a 12 week roster as long As they keep flying ..... 

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 Yep the son in law is doing

Mon, 2020-03-30 07:31

 Yep the son in law is doing the double swing


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