The Australian METS sector is being impacted by restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) here at home and globally.

METS Ignited is committed to supporting our sector through this difficult time and providing resources to help you support your network to navigate through this and help build a bridge to recovery.

To keep the METS sector informed with new information and support as it becomes available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on businesses and industry, following is a list of up-to-date resources.

Financial business support for SMEs

Essential Services

The Australian Government has announced social distancing measures to protect the Australian community from the spread of COVID-19.

More information on these measures can be found on the website here.

Services Support

As well as financial support, services support has been ramped up across the country, including a 13 28 46 Contact Centre providing specialist advice to navigate the range of support available to help companies forge ahead.

Federal, state and energy ministers have taken action to deliver a coordinated national approach to safeguard energy supplies impacting Australian households and SMEs.

We have seen large technology companies come together to help SMEs to work remotely, launching a website with free practical tools to support a new way of doing things.

Free resources are now available including downloadable posters and fact sheets to provide your team with up to date health advice and practices to keep everyone safe.

Additional support for SMEs and the broader population:

How can METS companies get involved?

On behalf of all of the Industry Growth Centres, The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has launched a portal for Australian manufacturing, component suppliers and skilled design, engineering and manufacturing experts to register their interest and core competencies in support of the national response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register portal is live now with all contact is treated in strict confidence.

There are a number of tenders for equipment and expressions of interest that are being published through the department of industry websites and the AusTender website.

Tenders are being released by different departments as needs arise. They will be published through the AusTender portal.

Border Controls

Interstate Quarantine

Updates from February 2, 2021:

  • On 1 February, the Victorian Government announced that from 9pm on Sunday 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and South West region have been declared as a red zone under Victoria’s traffic light travel permit system, meaning travel from these areas is banned without special exemption (exemptions include for resources sector specialist worker.)
  • On 1 February, the NSW Premier announced that NSW will not be closing their border to WA. NSW Health advised if you arrive in NSW from Western Australia by air on or after 10:12pm on 31 January 2021 you will be required to undergo COVID-19 screening on arrival. If you arrived or are arriving in NSW from a WA affected area on or after 25 January 2021 you should get tested and stay at your place of residence or in suitable accommodation unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave.
  • On 31 January, the Tasmanian Government announced that the Perth Metropolitan Region, Peel Region, and South West Region in Western Australia have been declared as High Risk Areas, and that anyone who has been in this area in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter Tasmania.
  • On 31 January, the South Australian Government announced that it had suspended cross-border travel from Western Australia with exemptions for essential travellers from key industries. Any essential worker in the mining, oil, gas and energy sector who has arrived from Western Australia since 12.01 am on Tuesday 26 January 2021 must undertake COVID-19 tests on day one, five and 12.
  • On 31 January, the Queensland Government announced that Metropolitan Perth, Peel and the South West regions of Western Australia have been declared hotspots. From 6pm that day anyone who arrives in Queensland from one of these regions must go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who is already in Queensland and has been in Perth or the Peel or South West regions since 1am on Monday 25 January 2021 should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • On 31 January, the Northern Territory Government declared Metropolitan Perth, the Peel Region and the South West Region of Western Australia as COVID-19 Hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 7.30pm on 31 January 2021. Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory from a COVID-19 Hotspot must undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities at a cost of $2,500 per person. Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 25 January and 31 January 2021 from a declared hotspot in WA must have a COVID-19 test and undertake self-quarantine until a negative test is returned.
  • On 31 January, ACT Health asked anybody who has been to the Perth metropolitan area or the Peel and South West regions of Western Australia since 25 January to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19. ACT Health are also asking that non-ACT residents who are in Western Australia to not travel to the ACT at this time.
  • On 31 January, the Western Australian Government announced that effective from 6pm Sunday, 31 January 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown, based on health advice. These measures are being implemented due to a fast evolving situation in Western Australia with a positive COVID-19 case detected in a hotel quarantine worker.
  • On 31 January, the Western Australian Government also announced that Queensland and Victoria will move to the ‘very low risk’ category from the following dates: Queensland 12.01am, Monday 1 February and Victoria
  • 12.01am, Friday 5 February. This means that arrivals from Queensland and Victoria can travel to Western Australia without quarantining for 14 days. Travellers from New South Wales to Western Australia must undertake 14 days quarantine.
  • On 31 January, the Australian Government announced the quarantine-free travel zone with New Zealand would resume after being temporarily suspended on 25 January 2021.
  • On 29 January, the Victorian Government announced the Cumberland LGA in New South Wales is an ‘orange zone’. Travel from an orange zone requires people to self-isolate on arrival in Victoria, get tested within 72 hours of arrival and remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Other updates:

On 29 January, the ACT Government announced that from 3pm that day, the Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA) is no longer considered a COVID-19 affected area with the ACT Chief Health Officer revoking the ACT Public Health Direction for COVID-19 affected areas of New South Wales. The revocation of the Public Health Direction is a reflection on the significantly improved situation in Sydney recently and means there are no longer any travel restrictions in place for travel to the ACT from any State or Territory.

The ACT Government announced that from 3pm on 22 January 2021, the Cumberland LGA is the only remaining LGA considered a COVID-19 affected area.

Mandatory facemasks people aged +12years inside Canberra    Under a Public Health Direction the ACT Government announced that effective 11.59pm on Friday 22 January 2021, face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over while inside the Canberra Airport terminal and during domestic commercial flights in and out of Canberra.

On 28 January, the Queensland Premier announced that Queensland will reopen to all of New South Wales at 1am on Monday, 1 February. Greater Sydney will no longer be declared a hotspot and millions of residents across 35 local government areas will be able to enter Queensland from Monday without undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine.

On 22 January, the Western Australian Premier announced that Queensland and New South Wales will transition to ‘low risk’ states from 12.01am Monday, January 25, 2021.

On 28 January 2021, the Queensland Premier announced that Queensland will be reopened to all NSW from 1am on Monday, 1 February. This means Greater Sydney will no longer be declared a hotspot.

WA – Queensland and NSW move to ‘low risk’ Effective 12.01am Monday, January 25, Queensland and New South Wales will transition to ‘low risk’ states and subject the following conditions:

    • Self quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;
    • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;
    • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test;
    • be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise;
    • complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days.

The Chief Health Officer has also advised that given the unique situation in Queensland, Queensland could transition to ‘very low risk’ from February 1. This transition will be confirmed closer to the date, based on the latest public health information.

Jurisdictions currently considered ‘very low risk’ and are permitted to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements currently include the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

State Government Information

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