Updated: 13 July 2020 (please note: this page will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances)
As always, our primary focus remains on providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for the entire Fortescue family. Since the outbreak began in January 2020, we have carefully monitored its impact and swiftly introduced measures to meet guidelines introduced by Commonwealth and State Governments.
Our Incident Management Team is meeting regularly review our operations and the Government’s advice. As the social distancing guidelines have changed, we have responded to each additional measure quickly and are regularly communicating with our teams on all matters relating to the mining sector, as well as the importance of physical distancing and stringent hygiene.
Our focus on the health and safety of our workforce extends to their mental health and wellbeing. All Fortescue team members have access to the Fortescue Chaplains and Employee Assistance Program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For the latest information on the global outbreak, please find a range of available resources below:
We are encouraging our team members to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe App, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play.
We have a robust COVID-19 case management process in place to manage a positive case at one of our sites or offices.
This process is in accordance with the WA Department of Health guidelines and is reviewed on a daily basis.
COVID-19 case management process summary:
On 27 May 2020, we commenced PCR testing for COVID-19 for all fly-in, fly-out team members as an additional measure to protect Fortescue team members and reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak on site.
Supported by this testing program, site-based team members commenced their return to normal rosters from 22 June 2020.
In line with advice from the WA State Government, the following measures remain in place for our team members at operational sites:
Fortescue team members based in the Fortescue Centre and Bennett Street offices in Perth, as well as those in our Karratha and Community offices, commenced a return to the office with the following guidelines in place:
The Fortescue Family Room, our on-site creche facility, remains closed and external visitors, including family members, are unable to visit a Fortescue office unless critical for business.
Fortescue Centre inductions
All face to face inductions will continue to be conducted online. For more information, please reach out to your recruiter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In line with the travel restrictions announced by the Commonwealth and State Governments, a number of protocols relating to travel for Fortescue team members remain in place:
WA border restrictions
Effective 24 March 2020, Western Australia has implemented strict border controls requiring all arrivals from other States in Australia to undertake a quarantine period for 14 days.
In response to the situation in Victoria, additional hard border measures have been introduced from 10 June 2020, preventing anyone who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days from entering WA unless they meet a new exemption list or would normally reside in the State.
We will continue to work closely with our interstate workforce to ensure Fortescue can continue to operate safely, maintain jobs, sustain our business and protect communities. This includes offering employees and contractors the opportunity to temporarily relocate to WA.
We are committed to providing our team, contractors, suppliers and key stakeholders with the latest information as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
In addition to regular Incident Management Team meetings, we have:
A number of videos have also been produced as an effective means of communication: