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
- 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.
SA Border closure From 19 November – 21 November
In response to the coronavirus outbreak in South Australia, the Victorian Government has announced it will implement temporary border controls from tonight. From 11:59 pm Thursday 19 November, a ‘hard border’ will be in place for 48 hours before a permit system comes into effect from 11:59 pm Saturday 21 November. This is the first border arrangement that Victoria has instituted since the pandemic began.
Under the hard border, only freight drivers and those with medical or emergency reasons, urgent animal welfare or as authorised by law will be able to pass through the border. The final details of the permit scheme are expected to be release by the Victorian Government shortly. Initial indications are that the reasons to enter Victoria from South Australia from Saturday night will include:
- if you are an emergency services worker or a worker providing essential services
- for agricultural work
- to receive medical care (including seeking coronavirus testing), obtain medical supplies or compassionate reasons
- to shop to obtain essential supplies
- On 19 November, the Victorian Government announced it will implement temporary border controls with South Australia. From 11:59 pm Thursday 19 November, a ‘hard border’ will be in place for 48 hours before a permit system comes into effect from 11:59 pm Saturday 21 November. During the 48 hour period, only freight drivers and those with medical or emergency reasons, urgent animal welfare or as authorised by law will be able to pass through the border.
- On 18 November, the SA Premier announced a six-day lockdown. FIFO movements, construction activities, and non-essential operations across the resources and energy sector are to stop for six days.
- On 17 November, the SA Department for Energy and Mining released an alert indicating that contact tracing for the latest ‘Parafield cluster’ in SA has led to the instigation of COVID-19 protocols at two sites in SA’s resources and energy sector over the past 24 hours. On-site contact tracing, precautionary testing and isolation arrangements have been put in play at both sites in line with their approved COVID processes.
- On 16 November, the South Australian Premier announced new restrictions will come into effect in SA from 17 November, including limits on gathering sizes, a suspension on incoming international flights, and closure of gyms and recreation centres. South Australian residents have been advised to stay at home, avoid travel and wear a mask where it’s not possible to physically distance (particularly on public transport).
- On 16 November, the Tasmanian Premier asked travellers who have come to Tasmania from South Australia since 7 November 2020 to immediately self-isolate. Travellers arriving from 16 November 2020 should quarantine at either their residence or accommodation upon arrival.
- On 16 November, Victoria declared South Australia a COVID-19 hotspot and arrivals will be required to undertake an interview and may be directed to take a rapid test. Arrivals from South Australia will not need to quarantine unless they have come from an area of risk identified by the South Australian Government.
- On 16 November, the Queensland Premier announced the state will close the border to Adelaide as of midnight tonight after the city was declared a coronavirus hotspot. As of 11:59pm on 16 November, anyone who arrives into Queensland from Adelaide will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense.
- On 16 November, the Queensland Premier announced the city of Adelaide was declared a coronavirus hotspot. As of 11:59pm on 16 November, anyone who arrives into Queensland from Adelaide will have to undergo mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense.
- On 16 November, the NT Chief Minister announced all arrivals from South Australia will have to undergo mandatory supervised quarantine in response to the growing coronavirus cluster in Adelaide, declaring the state of South Australia a hotspot.
- On 16 November, ACT residents were advised to avoid non-essential travel to SA by ACT Health. No changes to border arrangements have been announced.
- On 15 November, WA announced changes to its controlled interstate border arrangements with South Australia, with anyone arriving from South Australia to be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise. Changes to the controlled interstate border with SA were announced. Changes that came into effect immediately include:
- Anyone arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport willnow be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise
- These arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID
- Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise and required to take a COVID-19 test on Day 2 and on Day
- Anyone who arrived from SA on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 2020, via road or air, will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their arrival and will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.