COVID-19 FOREST INDUSTRIES INFORMATION
With Australia facing the COVID-19 crisis there is a lot of information out there about what it means for those involved in the forest product industries, no matter where you are.
To help, AFPA has put together the information and updates you can see below. It will be added to as it happens and updated as soon as it changes, and if you see something we should b sharing then please let us know.
To get through this we need to work together, even if it is a distance. Stay safe and well and reach out if help is needed.
Worker and customer hygiene
Your workers must practice good hygiene, including:
- frequent hand washing or hand sanitising
- limiting contact with others, including through shaking hands, and
- covering their mouths while coughing or sneezing with a clean tissue or their elbow.
Encourage good hand hygiene by everyone at the workplace by:
- providing access to hand hygiene stations on entry and exit, and
- encouraging them to only touch what they intend to purchase
Important COVID-19 health and safety information
If you are looking for more information on health and safety information and regulations these websites can assist.
- Prime Minister Morrison’s online newsroom
- Australian Government website
- Department of Health
- Tasmanian Government COVID-19 website
- Safe Work Australia
- SafeWork NSW
- Victorian Department of Health
- West Australian Government
Federal Government Jobkeeper payment initiative
The Federal Government has created a new initiative to try and keep Australians in jobs called the jobkeeper payment initiative.
Economic stimulus updates
Delays to plant certification
The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment advises that due to a range of new processes to manage the risks of CoVid-19, clients should expect delays.
More information can be found here.
National Cabinet Meeting 29 March
The latest meeting of the National Cabinet met on Sunday 29 March announcing further restrictions.
National Cabinet Update 27 March
National Cabinet met on Friday 27 March
West Australian Travel Restrictions
The West Australian Government will implement stricter restrictions on travel.
Victorian Government assistance
Victoria has announced a package of assistance for businesses.
Tasmanian Relief Announced
New Tasmanian travel restrictions
First ABS Economic impact assessment
Senate Inquiry into CoVid-19 response
The Federal Government and Opposition have agreed to form a Senate inquiry into the response to the CoVid-19 crisis
NSW forms new Department of Regional NSW
The new department will help regionally based businesses and residents to deal with the combined effect of Bushfires, drought, and now CoVid-19
Tasmanian energy cost relief for small businesses
Tasmania has announced it will provide relief from energy costs for thousands of small businesses and individuals across the state.
Australia's Resource Ministers promise to work together during the crisis 31 March
AFPA Media Release: Australian Forest products industries essential for food and medicine production and transport
On Firday 27 March AFPA distributed a media release giving its position on Forest products industries manufacturing and delivery of essential services and products.
Minerals Council Support CoVid-19 restrictions
The Minerals Council of Australia has published a statement outlining the measures it’s members are taking to restriction the spread of CoVid-19
BILLIONS IN TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESS, $1 BILLION FUND FOR JOBS, AND HELP FOR THE VULNERABLE
The NSW Government today released the second stage of its economic package aimed at keeping people in jobs, helping businesses and supporting our most vulnerable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tasmania announces relief package details
AFPA Media Release: Forest Products are an Ëssential Service"
COVID-19 INFO & LINKS
JobKeeper Payments - What does it mean?
Essential Services produced by Australia’s Forest Products Industries during CoVid-19 crisis
Federal, state and territory governments are urged to recognise the forest products industries as essential services that must continue to operate throughout the CoVid-19 crisis to ensure Australians continue to have access to essential goods and services. These include:
NFF LIst of essential services in Australia and information pages
On Friday 27 March the National Farmers Federation published a list of how primary industry was being classified federally and in each state and territory.
- The Commonwealth recognised agriculture as an essential service on 25/3/20.
- Queensland has deemed the transport of food as a ‘critical’ service that is exempt from the border restrictions the Qld govt announced on 26/3/20.
- NSW has listed ‘primary industry production and related businesses and the entire food chain as an ‘essential industry’.
- Victoria has listed farms and agribusiness as not included in the current bans agreed by the National Cabinet on 24/3/20.
- South Australia has classified food and food production as an essential service. Primary produce coming over the border will be exempt.
- Western Australia recognised food deliveries as unrestricted under its Emergency Management Act on 20/3/20.
- Northern Territory has not listed agriculture as an essential service but has listed Food markets, grocery stores, retail and shopping centres that is necessary for the normal business of those premises.
Forest Stewardship Council Consultations Update
Because of difficulties due to the CoVid-19 Crisis the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has made some changes to its ongoing consultation plans.
ACCC Chair addresses wealth and disaster online forum
The Chair of the ACCC Rod Sims has made an address to an online business forum title wealth and disaster.
AFPA on the job
Our members best interests are always at the forefront of our minds, and in this unusual and chaotic time we are working to make sure they are up to date with what is happening and that the newly convened national cabinet has all the information it needs to inform its decision making.
Currently it is our priority to make sure governments know the proven reasons our industry needs to be defined as a supply chain member that supplies essential services and products Australia wide.
We will continue to keep you informed through all our communications channels about what’s happening and what is being reported.
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- For media advice or needs contact our Coms team
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