The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now been declared a global pandemic, with significant implications for individuals and for businesses.

Several AMTIL events have been cancelled over the coming months, in line with official advice on avoiding large public gatherings. A large number of industry events, both in Australia and overseas, have also been cancelled or postponed. AMTIL is working to ensure that we have the latest up-to-date information on our website about further cancellations and postponements.

More generally, AMTIL is continuing to monitor the situation and will continue to do all we can in support of our members, partner organisations and the broader industry. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the health, safety and wellbeing of the general public is of paramount importance. The Federal Government, state and local authorities, and several other bodies are continuing to provide up-to-date information on the outbreak and its implications.

There is also widespread concern about the impact the crisis will have on the economy, including on the manufacturing sector; the Federal Government has announced a range of measures to support businesses, with further announcements expected in this area. Further support measures are also expected.

AMTIL recommends the following resources for you, your colleagues and your business.

Advice for individuals

The Federal Government is making available the latest official medical advice for the general public on protecting yourself and others and containing the spread of the virus. Details can be found at:

www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 

Advice on workplace safety

Under workplace health & safety laws, employers must have measures in place to eliminate or manage the risks arising from COVID-19. Safe Work Australia has released a set of guidelines advising businesses and workplaces on how to manage the risks. Details can be found here:

www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-employers

 

Advice on travel

Severe restrictions have been on travel, both domestic and international, with further controls to be expected as the situation evolves. For up-to-the-minute advice on travel, visit:

www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel

 

Advice on business support

The Federal Government has announced a range of measures to assist small businesses with cash flow, and to support investment.

For details on measures to assist small businesses with cash flow, visit:

www.treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Assistance_for_businesses.pdf

Details on measures to support investment can be found here:

www.treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet-Support_for_business_investment.pdf

 

The COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve rapidly with new information emerging all the time. AMTIL strongly advises all our members and the wider manufacturing community to monitor events closely, and take the appropriate measures to stay safe.

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