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Special COVID-19 Webinars

AFTA has been delivering a series of webinars to support members during this difficult time.

The webinar recordings and a link to the presentation deck are provided below. More webinar recordings can be found here.

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Mental Wellbeing

Cornerstone Webinar Series for AFTA Members

If you're interested in watching this webinar please contact the AFTA Team on


Take time-out to look after your mental wellbeing with this 3-part webinar series presented by Cornerstone People Solutions.

Cornerstone is a team of curious and creative people who design and deliver training content, specifically within the travel industry, that enriches lives. Through their webinars they hope to provide awareness of self and a fresh way of thinking about changes that we've all experienced as a result of COVID-19.

Webinar 1: Mental Reframing

The effects of the COVID-19 has caused massive changes to our daily lives, changes that have often happened quickly and unexpectedly. Work & life adjustments often come with a wide range of experiences and emotions. Suddenly, many of us who typically work in an office are now navigating
new working from home arrangements and often in complete isolation from others.

Learn strategies to help you succeed in this new norm whilst being mindful and aware that we are living in a current state of polarity. Sometimes we may be happy and grateful and at other times disoriented and overwhelmed, all the while, some things remain the same: Emails need answering,
families need looking after, bills need to be paid, problems need to be solved and decisions need to be made.

We look forward to sharing some positive ways to enable yourself to act with a balanced state of mind, clear purpose and enough energy to remain focused.

Topics include:

  • A time of transition
  • A necessary paradigm shift
  • The impact of mindset
  • Ways to create space and clarity

Webinar 2: You're still in control - time to regain momentum

It’s not an exaggeration to say that we are currently living through unprecedented times, which for some, may cause involuntary stagnation. Rather than rushing to slow or even stop your business activity, now is the time to dig deep, access true ingenuity and creativity and ensure forward motion.

Join us to investigate how you can tap into team-based innovation and resourcefulness to help your
business be relevant, supportive and prosperous in the unpredictable, shifting climate of 2020.

Topics includes:

  • What is currently lacking motion?
  • Where can we gain our momentum
  • Cultivating an open, creative & connected team environment
  • The strength of an innovative way of thinking
  • Control vs Influence

Webinar 3: Conscious Leadership

Many leaders and business owners are currently challenged with leading in conditions of great unpredictability and uncertainty. Given the unique nature of COVID-19 this is to be expected and often has the fallout effect of people feeling overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with all that is happening.

This, in turn, presents us with an opportunity right now, to lead our teams with a sense of calm & clarity that will provide much needed stability and direction during this extraordinary time. The challenge is to cultivate an environment (often virtual) that supports your team to not only prosper but emerge on the other side as a stronger, more resilient collective.

Discover why Conscious Leadership is the new management imperative and why this global pandemic presents a huge opportunity for leaders to transform in order to survive and thrive.

It’s time to reframe our expectations of leadership so that we can navigate with confidence and authenticity.

Topics include:

  • A time of Transition
  • A human centered approach
  • Being agile and responsive in uncertain times
  • Vulnerability is power: the role of self- awareness & a growth mindset

If you're interested in watching this webinar please contact the AFTA Team on

Mental Health Webinar: dealing with uncertainty & loss

Tuesday 7 April 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID – 19) situation has brought a high level of uncertainty, and loss, to our sector. Whilst many of us are focused on the economic and health impacts during this difficult time, we know the pressure goes deeper than that.

Hosted by two Mental Health Experts Linny Hursthouse, General Manager, CareerBuilders and Fairlie Morgan a Senior Consultant at CareerBuilders this webinar discusses mental health and wellbeing, the specific impacts uncertainty and loss have on mental health, and then explores helpful coping strategies and support mechanisms available to members as they face the challenges brought about by COVID-19.

To watch the 'Circle of Influence' video referenced in the webinar click here.

Contact Details: Our webinar hosts are available for businesses to support mental health and wellbeing organisational planning, organisational education and training, and mental health and wellbeing coaching.

Linny Hursthouse
Linny Hursthouse
General Manager CareerBuilders

0417 421 458

Fairlie Morgan
Fairlie Morgan, Consultant Psychologist

0457 001 476

Business Support

The how, why & what of a temporary or permanent business closure

Thursday 7 May 2020

Hosted by LJ Loch, CEO Alpha Consult and Naomi Menon, AFTA Head of Compliance and Operations

Webinar Overview:
Businesses are currently faced with some challenging decisions. AFTA has received requests for more information from members on temporary and permanent closures to business and what is entailed.

LJ and Naomi share some very practical tips and templates to help you start thinking about what you can and should do in the event of shutting your office on a temporary or permanent basis. Outcome – you will have a plan in place should either of these options be the path you have to choose.




About our Guest Presenter LJ Loch 

Alpha ConsultLJ Loch is one of Asia-Pacific’s most influential reputation and profiling experts. She brings 20+ years’ experience in the travel, tourism and aviation sectors as well as a number of other sectors as an advisor, strategist and journalist.

LJ has worked with many of the biggest brands, names and agencies as well as industry associations and state and federal governments.

LJ has a well deserved reputation for results with impact. She has worked with a number of franchise networks and businesses who have had to make the difficult decision to close on a temporary or permanent basis and will share those learnings with you.

Business Administration 101: What you need to know and how to avoid it

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Guest Speakers
Ian Niccol, Vincent Pirina & Andrew McEvoy, Aston Chace Group
Joseph Scarcella, Johnson Winter & Slattery - Lawyers

This webinar with subject matter experts from Aston Chace Group and Johnson Winter & Slattery - Lawyers, outline what steps your business can take to best avoid an administration process.

Our guest speakers also outline the formal Administration process, what's involved and how you need to prepare and the different types of Administration.

Presentation Deck


Future-proofing your business: How to survive in an economic downturn

Wednesday 25 March 2020

This webinar was hosted by 3 experts from DFK ANZ who provided insights on areas of a business’ operations that members can address to help minimise the impact of COVID-19 and other unexpected business threats.

Presentation Deck >

Webinar Q&As

Fair Work: COVID-19 & Australian workplace laws >

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JobKeeper Payments

How to Enrol your Business #2 - Update

Wednesday 29 April 2020

A follow-up webinar for 'How to Enrol your Business #1', AFTA's Head of Strategy & Finance helps members understand a Business’ enrolment process.

Webinar Recording >

Presentation Deck >

Jobkeeper enabling directions checklist >

How to Enrol your Business #1 - What you need to know

Wednesday 4 April 2020

In this webinar AFTA's Head of Strategy & Finance helps members understand a Business’ enrolment process.

Webinar Recording >

Presentation Deck >

JobKeeper Payment: Commonly Asked Questions

Wednesday 15 April 2020

On Monday 30 March 2020 The Federal Government unveiled a $130 billion scheme designed keep Australians in jobs. The details of this wage subsidy scheme known as 'JobKeeper' was unpacked in a webinar conducted by AFTA on Thursday 2 April 20.

In this follow-up webinar AFTA addresses some of the most commonly asked member questions.

Webinar Recording >

Presentation Deck >

JobKeeper Payment: What you need to know

Thursday 2 April

This webinar provides an overview of the JobKeeper Payment and what it means for Australian Travel Businesses.

Webinar Recording >

Presentation Deck >

Rent Relief

Latest Update on the Rent Relief Support Package

Wednesday 6 May 2020
Hosted by Courtney Duddleston, Head of Strategy & Finance

In early April, the Federal Government announced a rent relief package for commercial tenants affected by COVID-19. The package aims to ensure landlords to not terminate the lease of tenants that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, and that tenants continue to honour their lease. Recently, the various states and territories have begun to pass regulation around this, so join AFTA as we provide the latest updates around what rental relief your business is entitled to.


Rent Relief for Commercial Tenancies #2

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Hosted by Courtney Duddleston, AFTA Head of Strategy & Finance

This webinar is for those that missed our most recent webinar on Rent Relief for Commercial Tenants. Join Courtney as she discusses the Mandatory Code of Conduct and arm yourself with the knowledge to negotiate your own rent relief.


Rental Relief Package for Commercial Tenants

Tuesday 14 April 2020

Hosted by Courtney Duddleston, Head of Strategy & Finance and Jayson Westbury, AFTA Chief Executive.

On Tuesday 7 April 2020, the Federal Government announced a rent relief package for commercial tenants affected by COVID-19. The package is a key part of the government’s hibernation strategy and aims to ensure landlords do not terminate the lease of tenants that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19, and that tenants continue to honour their lease.

Under the scheme, landlords are instructed to reduce their commercial tenant’s rent in proportion to the tenants lost revenue to the impact of COVID-19.

In this webinar we unpack the benefits of this new announcement for our members.


Stimulus Package

COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package #2 Unpacked

Friday 27 March 2020

Providing further relief for Businesses and Sole Traders

Watch the webinar recording hosted by Courtney Duddleston, AFTA’s Head of Strategy and Finance, as she runs through the latest economic support package, including:

  • Enhancement to the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure
  • Support for immediate cash flow needs for SMEs
  • Quick and efficient access to credit for small business
  • Temporary early release of superannuation
  • JobSeeker Payment (formerly Newstart) for sole traders

Presentation Deck >

Webinar Recording >

COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package #1

Friday 20 March 2020

Cash Flow assistance for Business

Watch the webinar recording with AFTA’s Head of Strategy and Finance, Courtney Duddleston, as she runs through the measures designed to support your business, and how you can access them, including:

Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure, providing up to $25,000 back to small and medium businesses that employ staff; and
Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy for eligible employers of apprentices or trainees

Presentation Deck >

Webinar Recording >

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