Isuzu Australia Limited: Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As we all know, the COVID-19 situation is not over and continues to have a bearing on our day-to-day lives. And by all reports, it will continue to do so for some time.

In light of this, we acknowledge that it can sometimes be difficult to keep pace with the constant flow of information hitting us from multiple angles, from our news sources to our social media feeds.

To help make the search for relevant information easier and more targeted, we’ve compiled some frequently asked COVID-19 queries covering Isuzu’s operations, the government’s stimulus package measures, as well as some suggestions around staying safe as movement and distancing restrictions begin to ease.

Isuzu Trucks

Are Isuzu Trucks dealerships still operating all services?

Yes, Isuzu dealerships across the country are still open and in operation. Dealer truck and parts sales, as well as servicing are available. Contact your local Isuzu dealership to find out more.

Have supply chains been affected? Is there any delay in parts and component supply?

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) is in constant dialogue with its parent company, Isuzu Motors Limited (Japan), and has put measures in place to assure the continued availability of parts for the Isuzu Trucks family in Australia. For more information regarding Isuzu’s management of its local and international supply chains, click here.
What is Isuzu doing to contain the spread of COVID-19?

Isuzu is continuing to take advice from the Australian government and health authorities regarding safe work practices and social distancing. Where remote work is not feasible, social distancing and sanitary procedures are in place. For more information, click here.

Stimulus package

What stimulus package measures are in place at the moment?

There is a range of measures in place designed to boost the economy and keep businesses ticking along. All businesses, including sole traders and small-to-medium business owners, can find financial support from the various stimulus packages laid out. To find out what’s applicable for you, click here.

Can I utilise the increased Instant Asset Write-Off threshold in my next truck purchase?

Yes, you can. The threshold for the Instant Asset Write-Off has been increased from $30,000 to $150,000, and this applies from 12 March 2020 to 31 December 2020. This can be used for new trucks first used or installed ready for use in this timeframe.

To make use of this stimulus package measure, do check out the ongoing Isuzu Trucks Takeaway Truck promotion on the Ready-to-Work range. See here for an example on how the increased Instant Asset Write-Off threshold can help you save in your new truck purchase.

For more information on the stimulus package, read here.

How does the Backing Business Investment measure (accelerated depreciation) work?

Under the Backing Business Investment measure, eligible businesses can have the cost of depreciating assets deducted at an accelerated rate, resulting in earlier tax deductions. Read more about Backing Business Investment here.
See here for an example on how the Backing Business Investment measure can help you save in your new truck purchase.

When will these stimulus package measures end?

These stimulus measures are all time limited.

The increased Instant Asset Write-Off is applicable to assets first used or installed ready for use between 12 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive).
The Backing Business Investment measure is applicable to eligible assets first used or installed between 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2021 (inclusive).

How can I insulate my business from the downturn?

There’s a range of steps you can take to ensure your business is best placed to bounce back. We spoke to an expert financial advisor. Find out more here.

Easing COVID-19 restrictions

Have restrictions begun to ease? How will they ease?

Yes. The federal government has announced a 3-step-framework in easing restrictions and building a COVIDSafe Australia.

All states and territories will follow the same framework, but will each move between the steps outlined at its own pace, in line with each state’s own public health circumstances.

Are there still interstate border closures? Where can I get updated information?

Yes, some states and territories have enforced border closures of varying severity. These states include Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.

Depending on your reason for travel, you may be denied entry, permitted to enter but with conditions such as a 14-day self-quarantine or a compulsory 14-day log of your movements.

However, essential workers such as truck drivers may be granted exemptions. For more information regarding restrictions that affect truck drivers, click here.

What are the current lockdown measures?

Each state’s and territory’s lockdown measures are different and constantly changing to meet the demands of their own public health situation.
Visit the relevant government website to find out more:

COVID-19 safety

I work in freight and logistics, what can I do to minimise risk of infection?

There are a number of strategies you can implement to minimise the risk of infection, as advised by the Department of Health. These are primarily based around personal hygiene and social distancing, and increased cleaning of surfaces you come into contact with.

Read more about what you can do to prevent infection here.

What can I do to keep customer interactions and my truck COVID-19 safe?

Maintaining social distancing is the best measure you can take, as advised by the Department of Health. Keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others, and directing any coughing/sneezing into your elbow (or into a tissue and disposing of it) is best practice. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, after touching anything or sneezing/coughing is also best.

Wiping down and disinfecting your truck and load after interactions with unknown parties can also keep you and your customers safe. For tips on contactless delivery, click here.

For more useful information, check out Truck Stops Operating Amidst COVID-19 to help plan your long-haul journeys.