BMA tightens QLD workforce movement

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BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has limited interstate travel to those working in business critical roles in the mining sector.

This is in line with the Queensland Government’s efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus, with border controls being tightened across the state starting Friday.

Anyone who is not a Queensland resident or considered exempt from the restrictions will not be allowed to enter the state.

This includes interstate fly in, fly out (FIFO) workers who are not critical to a project’s operations, according to Queensland’s Mines Minister Anthony Lynham.

BMA flagged that it could introduce further measures to meet the restrictions.

These include temporarily relocating workers, amending rosters and increasing the use of charter flights and health screening, in addition to controls that are already being implemented across BMA sites.

“We are all in this together, and BMA will continue to implement measures to keep our people and communities safe by reducing the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) spread,” BMA asset president James Palmer said.

“In doing so, we hope to help keep Queensland strong by supporting jobs and local businesses as we work through this difficult period.”

The new border controls will replace the existing arrangements where people can cross the border provided they self-quarantine for 14 days.

They do not affect FIFO or drive in, drive out (DIDO) workers travelling from within Queensland.

“Queensland has no known cases in our remote regional communities, and restricting these workers from entering the state will remove a possible transmission route,” Lynham said.

“Exempting critical people will ensure that resources projects can continue to produce the mineral and energy resources we need.”

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