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.
- On 05 August 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provided an update following their weekly meeting on 4 August. ATAGI considered an update from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on current confirmed cases of Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) and those under investigation.
- In the context of a COVID-19 outbreak where the supply of Pfizer is constrained, ATAGI reinforces adults younger than 60 years old who do not have immediate access to Pfizer should re-assess the benefits to them and their contacts from being vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, versus the rare risk of a serious side effect.
- At this time, there is no update to the ATAGI statement from 17 June 2021 in relation to the use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, except to note that further clarification has been provided in regards to its use in outbreak settings.
- ATAGI reinforced that the benefits of vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca strongly outweigh the risks of adverse effects in all Australians ≥60 years.
- ATAGI reinforced the importance of completing a two-dose schedule with the same brand to ensure maximal protection.
- On 02 August 2021, the Minister for Health announced that from 09 August 2021 12-15 year-olds who are immuno-compromised, have underlying medical conditions, or are Indigenous or live in regional communities will be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Border Controls and Exemptions:
- On 6 August, the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer declared Greater Melbourne, including Greater Geelong, Moorabool and Golden Plains a hotspot from 11:59pm on 5 August 2021 until 11:59pm on 12 August 2021.
- On 5 August, the NT Government declared hotspots for Local Government Areas (LGAs) and unincorporated areas in the Greater Melbourne area, effective from 7:30pm on Thursday 5 August.
- On 5 August, The Tasmanian Government declared Victoria as a high risk (Level 2) area from 8pm today, Thursday 5 August. Anyone intending to travel to Tasmania after 8pm (Thursday 5 August) who has been in Victoria after this time, will not be able to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller.
- On 5 August, the ACT Government introduced a stay-at-home order from 11:59 pm tonight (Thursday 5 August 2021) for all of Victoria.
- On 5 August, the Premier of Victoria announced the state will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven-days from 2000 hrs tonight.
- On 5 August, the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer widened the Greater Sydney COVID-19 from 11:59pm 5 August 2021 to 11:59pm 12 August 2021.
- On 5 August, the ACT Government declared 14 additional local government areas (LGAs) in regional NSW as COVID-19 affected areas.
- On 5 August, the NSW Premier announced lockdown will be introduced for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock from 5pm today until 12.01am Friday 13 August.
- On 2 August, the QLD Government announced South East Queensland’s lockdown has been extended until 4:00pm Sunday 8 August as authorities try to contain the Delta outbreak.
- On 2 August, the ACT Government extended the stay-at-home requirement for the 11 LGAs in South East Queensland until at least 4:00pm Sunday 8 August.
Financial business support for SMEs
- Coronavirus SME guarantee scheme – Supporting the flow of credit
- Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
- JobKeeper Key dates
- Local Capability Fund – WA Government support for SMEs adversely impacted by COVID
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 business.gov.au website here.
As well as financial support, services support has been ramped up across the country, including a business.gov.au 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.