April 2020 eNews

by Louise Magee on April 08, 2020

For many the Summer of 2019-20 was the worst we’ve ever seen with so many communities impacted by drought, fires and floods. Now faced with a global pandemic – Summer no doubt seems like a distant memory.

We want to take moment to reflect on the lives lost during summer to fatal drownings. Royal Life Saving NSW has released their drowning report for 2019-20. Whilst the overall numbers are down slightly from previous years, this can no doubt be attributed to the impact the catastrophic conditions that Summer had on so many communities and the reduced amount of people in and around water during these times.

Free Online Training

During such unprecedented times, many are finding themselves with more time to upskill and take on study or broaden areas of expertise. There is a variety of courses available to our Industry to keep you ticking over in the coming months. Below are a few options to check out:

TAFE NSW have released a range of free online course in Business Administration. Certain criteria applies to access the course for free or reduced fees. Click on the link below to find out more information:


Royal Life Saving NSW are offering a free online course in Cultural Awareness. The 3-hour program is designed for anyone in our industry to help better equip with interacting with people of all cultures and backgrounds. Facilities who have teams of 75% or more will gain the title of being a ‘culturally qualified centre’ and be provided with all the promotional materials to promote to your customers.

To register or find out more click here:


Choose Australian Made in the Aquatic Sector

Continuing to support the needs of people with a physical disability, is so important in these difficult times of isolation.

With so many people having been isolated at home over the next 3-6 months, it will be vitally important to get our communities active again when our Aquatic Sector can get back to Business as usual.

In light of that, Para Mobility is focused on ensuring we are not disadvantaging anyone or any venue or facility who may need important Assistive Technology at this time. It’s a good time whilst your venue is closed to think about what Accessibility equipment may be required for future use and start planning ahead.

In line with government requirements and with strict health protocols in place, our committed team are still manufacturing all our Australian Made products to ensure the equipment gets to the people & venues that need it in this time.

Because our Supply chain is within Australia, we are not seeing any major delays in producing our equipment at this stage, so I encourage you to get in touch if you require any accessibility equipment such as Pool hoists, Pool Steps, Change tables Ceiling hoists, Aquatic wheelchairs and more, in the near future.

Many of us are working remotely and actively monitoring & responding to all enquiries to the main phone line & email of 1300 444 600 or sales@paramobility.com.au.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Best wishes from all the Para Mobility team

ASQA extends the transition period for the new sport qualifications

In light of the corona Pandemic, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) have extended the transition period for further qualifications.


Information Checklists for Venues during a partial or full Venue Shutdown

The ARI have received some advice from Barrack Consulting to assist with venues who need to review their coverage during partial or full closure. The checklists below provide some practical risk steps for facilities that may need to conduct a partial or temporary closure.

Click here for Partial Premises Closures

Click here for Temporary Premises Closures

IQ Pool Shutdown Guide

IQ have released a free Procedure Guide for those looking for advice on how to best maintain a commercial swimming pool during this forced shutdown. The Procedure guide below is for running your pool on maintenance mode. It includes an easy step by step process as well as other handy tips.

Following this maintenance procedure will assist your pool to remain healthy and require the least amount of effort in bringing it back into full operation.

If you’d like any further advice please feel free to contact the IQ team at anytime. We remain here to support the industry during this difficult time.

We wish you and your families all the very best and hope you remain safe.

Best Wishes

IQ Team

Click here to access the Pool Shutdown Guide