Submission on Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine.

The MCA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world-class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, and environmentally and socially responsible, attuned to its communities’ needs and expectations.

The minerals industry’s number one value and commitment is the safety and health of its workforce, where everyone who goes to work in the industry returns home safe and healthy. The minerals industry is committed to the principle that every individual working in the industry (regardless of where they work and the tasks they undertake) should have the same high standard of protection.

The mining sector is deeply committed to the health and wellbeing of its employees and their families. This includes a particular focus on an individual’s fitness for work, their physical and mental well-being, and a focus on both the safety and health aspects of their role and the tasks they undertake. The industry has long been a leader in developing a strong culture and focus on behaviour, which is underpinned by the health and resilience of our workforce.

The risks associated with drugs and alcohol in the workplace have long been known and addressed by the mining industry, with the industry maintaining a very low, and in some instances zero tolerance policy. Regular and mandatory workplace drug testing is a key part of our industry’s health and safety strategy.

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