COVID-19: latest updates for stakeholders
Friday 20 November 2020
South Australia's current lockdown to be eased
Restrictions to be eased from 00:01 Sunday 23 November when resource sector operations may resume under conditions in place on 16 November, information regarding employee movements
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Managing the COVID-19 pandemic
The World Health Organisation has declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic with containment measures disrupting business activity around the world.
The Department for Energy and Mining (DEM) is well prepared to manage the response to this pandemic, relying on a SA Health strategy that was specifically prepared well in advance of the COVID-19 outbreak.
DEM's containment response will be continuously reviewed to remain consistent with updated Government advice and policy.
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- Information for stakeholders Includes:
- Keeping our staff and the working environment safe
- Conferences and events
- More information
Information for stakeholders
The Government of South Australia has identified the energy and mining sectors as key industries essential for the ongoing economic activity of the state. Accordingly, it is critical the Department for Energy and Mining continues to support these businesses to continue operations as far as practical in the current circumstances.
The department is liaising with our energy and mining stakeholders to understand their business continuity plans to avoid and minimise any disruption to the delivery of essential infrastructure and services to the South Australian community.
In line with public health advice, the Department for Energy and Mining is moving to electronic means of engagement within the agency and with our external stakeholders, and continues to keep the channels of communication open as the nationwide response to containing the COVID-19 virus evolves.
The high-level of cooperation the Department has experienced throughout the ongoing health emergency is appreciated and DEM's Chief Executive, Dr Paul Heithersay, will continue to keep the energy and mining resources sectors updated as new information comes to hand.
Updates for South Australia's resources sector
|Date||Update summary||Full text of update|
|19 November 2020|
'Hard border' in place for 48 hours from 11:59 Thursday 19 November, to then be replaced by a permit system. Hard border restrictions mean that only freight drivers and those with medical or emergency reasons, urgent animal welfare or as authorised by law to pass through the border.
|19 November 2020|
Six day restriction on movement in South Australia to contain current COVID-19 outbreak - advice on how the Direction should be applied to employee movements (local workforces, FIFO, DIDO) and operational activities in the resources and energy sectors
|18 November 2020|
Six day restriction on movement in South Australia to contain current COVID-19 outbreak - FIFO movements, construction activities, non-essential operations to stop for six days
|16 November 2020|
Response to 'Parafield cluster' of COVID-19 cases in South Australia - potential exposure locations and times across metropolitan Adelaide, contact tracing, tightened border controls, continued need for company preparedness
|13 October 2020|
Further updates to border arrangments (Cross Border Travel Direction 16)
|24 September 2020|
Cross-border travel direction 15 - New South Wales added to list of Low Community Transmission Zones
|28 August 2020|
Cross-border travel direction 13 now in force - information on quarantine changes for travellers from low community transmission zones transiting through Sydney or Canberra airports, travel exemption application requirements, clarification for arrivals from Queensland, Essential Sector COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Plans, maintenance shutdowns, and family member relocations to decrease FIFO movement
|28 July 2020|
Significantly reduced travel between South Australia and Victoria, modified arrangements for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory; required information for travel exemption applications; support for temporary relocation for families; recommendations regarding maintenance shutdowns; and clarification regarding transiting Tasmanian travellers
|21 July 2020|
Changes to cross-border travel restrictions including compulsory polymerise chain reaction (PCR) testing for people arriving in South Australia, close contact recording for Victorian FIFO workers, use of surgical face masks, and quarantine requirements for Victorian residents
|9 July 2020|
Emergency Management Direction regarding cross-border travel restrictions updated following escalation in community transmission of COVID-19 in part of Victoria, update on quarantine requirements and on permitted roads, and template for streamlining FIFO travel
19 June 2020
Key changes to the Cross Border Travel Direction (Number 7) and the relevance of these changes to the resources sector, particularly with regard to FIFO and DIDO workers
16 June 2020
State border restrictions for people travelling directly from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania to be lifted at midnight 16 June 2020, report on the asymptomatic COVID-19 testing trial conducted at Adelaide Airport for inbound FIFO workers
12 June 2020
State's border restrictions to be lifted from Monday 20 July 2020 - impact for the mining, oil, gas, energy and METS sectors
|1 May 2020|
Planning for maintenance shutdowns, process for importing international expertise if required for emergency management, swab testing of FIFO workforces, the COVIDSafe app, and thoughts on the road to economic recovery
14 May 2020
COVID-19 impact and actions required regarding conduct of mineral exploration, working with native title groups, Cross-Border Travel Direction, COVID-19 tesing, South Australia's infrastructure stragegy and changes to energy legislation
15 April 2020
|SA Health briefing for the resources industry|
|4 April 2020|
|3 April 2020|
South Australian Government defers costs linked to exploration and licence fees for the minerals and petroleum sectors with the announcement of:
Read full details in the Minister for Energy and Mining's media release: Fee relief for the South Australian resources sector
|1 April 2020|
DEM Chief Executive outlines recommended industry response to the cross-travel directions and social distancing policies rolled out in South Australia
|29 March 2020||Non-essential movements resulting in unnecessary exposure pathways to stop|
|28 March 2020||Quarantine restrictions on international travellers into South Australia|
|27 March 2020||Cross-border travel arrangements - information from Dr Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining|
|27 March 2020||Cross-border travel arrangements - advice for Cooper Eromanga Basin Operators from South Australian Department for Energy and Mining and Queensland Gas Inspectorate|
|24 March 2020||Measures for controlling COVID-19 transmission|
Managing supply risks - guidance and tools for resource companies
The Minerals Council of Australia and the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and their member companies have developed two documents for use by the resources sector to further promote the operationalising of national protocols as they navigate the restrictions required to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Managing Supply Risks document provides practical guidance to resource companies to ensure supply risks to business critical services and products are identified, assessed and managed. The Essential Supplier Letter template is a tool for companies to use if suppliers seek or require confirmation of their 'essential status' to the resources industry.
The Department for Energy and Mining encourages essential industries in South Australia to use the guide and template letter to assist state authorities to maintain the restrictions while minimising the disruption to critical business operations.
More information is available from the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) website
Access to South Australia Drill Core Reference Library
In line with the Department for Energy and Mining's containment response to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, the Drill Core reference Library will be closed until further notice.
Requests for core inspections will not be accepted until further notice. Any inspections that have been been booked will need to be cancelled or postponed, and companies will be advised when restrictions are no longer in place.
Keeping our staff and the working environment safe
All DEM employees are taking measures to reduce potential exposure to the virus and to maintain the health and wellbeing of the department's staff and their families.
These measures include:
- Implementing staff working from home rosters while ensuring critical functions are maintained
- Guidance on appropriate social distancing, limiting meeting room capacities and providing alternatives to face-to-face meetings using Skype for Business and Microsoft teams
- Cancellation of all business travel
- An obligation for employees to report any recent travel and the results of any testing for COVID-19
- Adopting a self-isolation policy following SA Health guidelines
- Increasing daily cleaning services at our offices including meeting room tables, IT equipment, light switches, door handles and lift buttons and other high use surfaces
- Encouraging good hygiene practices, including the provision of hand sanitiser and cleaning agents throughout the offices
Conferences and events
Global concerns about the pandemic and the disruption to travel due to self-isolation policies has prompted DEM to review its role in organising and participating in conferences and events.
Copper to the World 2020 Conference
DEM has postponed the June 2020 conference and masterclass.
Updates, advice and information for South Australians about COVID-19 can be found on SA Health's:
South Australian Government
State-based COVID-19 information can be accessed from:
- a dedicated website sa.gov.au/covid-19 (includes Emergency Declaration and directions, business information including financial support, and frequently asked questions)
- the South Australia COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787 (open 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week)
Department for Energy and Mining
If you have any queries regarding the work of the Department in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak please email DEM.firstname.lastname@example.org