To assist best practice health and safety procedures please see below guidance for community contact. Please assess the level of risk and potential impact associated with your activities which involve community, indigenous or landholder engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
QRC and MCA have produced a Communities Checklist to assist with community engagement during the COVID period. The Communities Checklist is a simple, three-page list of prompts to support sites and companies to undertake community engagement during the pandemic – it’s meant to be helpful guidance, not some new ‘rules’. It brings together existing company standards and obligations (including, in many cases, regulatory requirements re: consultation) into tool that can be refined for use. It is intended to be used in conjunction with forthcoming industry safety and health guidelines and existing remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities guidelines.
To assist members implement best practice indigenous engagement at this time, the industry-agreed national protocols outline stringent measures to be implemented by resource companies to protect indigenous communities. Please see the attached document – Keeping remote Indigenous communities safe which gives guidance on the implementation of the relevant protocols.
If you have any concerns about indigenous or general community engagement during the pandemic period, please contact QRC’s Indigenous and Social Policy Manager, David Allinson.
Many member companies are reducing or eliminating contact with landholders to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Companies should mitigate health risks to landholders wherever possible.
For the safety of their staff and safety of all others, proponents should implement mitigation strategies to minimise the likelihood of the identified risks from occurring. This includes following all Public Health Directives and advice issued by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.
To ensure best-practice, prior to entering private land proponents should re-engage with landholders to understand and manage property biosecurity concerns, and are pragmatic and respectful to ensure all individuals remain safe.
If you have concerns about land access, please contact the Department of Resources through the resource community infoline , and please also notify Anna Wright, QRC’s Resources Policy Advisor at: AnnaW@qrc.org.au.