Last updated 29 July 2020
Health and safety is the number one priority of Australia’s minerals sector.
Our approach is in line with the determination by the Prime Minister and the National Cabinet to keep Australia running by focusing on the health response, economic impact and keeping Australians in work.
The industry is also acutely aware of its responsibility to sustain the economy in a time of national crisis while making a strong contribution to regional communities as a responsive and responsible partner.
This page will be updated regularly with information to support industry response and share information, based on official advice or information provided by member companies.
The MCA will be providing regular public statements on the industry’s response. See here for the statement from 18 March 2020
Restrictions for Australian travellers
While maritime crew remain exempt from the restrictions it is strongly advised that organisations provide any employee arriving or departing Australia by air with a letter providing evidence of employment and reason for travel. This will greatly assist the identification of travellers who are exempt and help facilitate their travel.
Please note that all current travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements for entry to Australia remain in place.
More information and updates on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The minerals industry is privileged to engage and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Traditional Owners, groups and organisations across Australia.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the minerals industry has a special responsibility to work with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to keep remote and very remote communities safe.
More information and resources on the Indigenous communities page.
Ports access, customs and clearance updates
Official Commonwealth information sources on health alerts and advice
See below for contact details and web addresses which may be helpful in planning for and, if the situation arises, responding to a situation where a potential or confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified.
Please note the information is generic and any plan to be developed should involve early engagement with local and state authorities to ensure the latest advice and information is used and exposure risk and decontamination times are minimised.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert updates
The national guidelines provide nationally consistent advice and guidance to public health units in responding to a notifiable disease event. They can be found here.
COVID-19 resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers provides a resource on management of suspected and confirmed cases, cleaning and disinfection can be found here.
Interim advice on non-inpatient care of persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, including use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is available here.
The 24 hour Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 hotline number is 1800 020 080
PPE should be ready and available at each site to mitigate the risk of transmission where a worker is suspected of infection with COVID-19 and during the disinfection of facilities before return to work.
Shipping and flight restrictions
Queensland has implemented a mandatory 14-day offshore quarantine on ships entering its ports from other countries. In directions issued by Marine Safety Queensland, commercial ships are barred from entering Queensland ports if fewer than 14 days had elapsed since the last time they or anyone on board had been in a country other than Australia. If the direction is contravened, the maximum penalty is $66,725 for an individual and $333,625 for a corporation.
Both Qantas and Virgin have reduced domestic flights which may affect availability of FIFO employees. If member companies are affected, please notify the MCA so these issues can be taken up with the airlines.
Mining inputs constraints and possible alternative suppliers
As the COVID-19 epicentre shifts from China to Europe and the USA there is a risk that the manufacture and supply of mining inputs will be constrained. Potential alternative suppliers may exist in Australia and can be found at the ICN Gateway.
The ICN Gateway holds 70,000 suppliers, it is a simple and easy way to engage with and maximise Australian content, whilst at the same time, implement second and third-tier supply opportunities
ICN has representatives in all states with contact details at https://icn.org.au/contact_us.