The Australian minerals industry is acutely aware of its responsibility to sustain the economy in time's of national crisis while making a strong contribution to regional communities as a responsive and responsible partner.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the MCA led Australia’s minerals industry helping to keep workers, families and local communities safe, and operations continuing.
The MCA co-ordinated access to vaccines for workforce and mining personnel travelling overseas in 2021, and facilitated co-ordination between miners and governments for regional and remote community vaccine rollouts, including the provision of logistics, messaging and vaccinators. The MCA’s work to manage the impact of domestic and international exit and entry decisions taken by government enabled members to reduce disruptions to operations, while minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission in Australia.
In partnership with the states, this co-ordination enabled members to establish vaccination and information clinics onsite and in regional and remote communities in the mid-West and Hunter Valley, NSW; Goldfields, Pilbara, Port Headland and other parts of WA; the Bowen Basin, Weipa, Gladstone and other parts of central and far north Queensland; and across the NT.
While communities were rightfully focused on their own needs during the pandemic, the MCA continued its industry positioning campaign to improve perception of mining and demonstrate community support, its commitment to the regions and strong contribution to the future.
Australia’s resources sector supports COVID-19 vaccinations
- The Australian mining industry’s core value and commitment is the safety, health and psychological wellbeing of its workforce, where everyone who goes to work returns home safe and healthy
- The sector will work together and in partnership with communities and others to keep Australians safe
- As one of Australia’s largest industries with a strong presence in regional Australia, the resources sector will support the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout across operational sites and nearby communities
- Robust health and hygiene protocols already in place means the sector can continue to contribute to jobs, exports and national prosperity while protecting workers, families and communities