COVID-19

Newcrest is continuing to closely monitor the developments and escalating global concern around Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

We are taking a conservative approach and will continue to closely monitor the situation, heed the advice provided by relevant local governments and authorities at each of our operations and corporate offices and adjust our precautionary measures accordingly.

At this point in time Newcrest does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of our operations.

Across all of Newcrest’s operations we have a number of business continuity plans and contingencies ready to implement in the event of a significant number of operational employees and contractors being exposed / contracting the virus in order to minimise disruptions to our operations. 

We expect that these plans will enable the operations to continue producing in line with our production schedule, and if there are any material impacts, we will inform the market in line with our continuous disclosure obligations. 

Media Releases

Newcrest COVID-19 control measures include:

  • Passenger screening and health checks will be conducted for all FIFO (Fly-In-Fly-Out), contractors and visitors travelling to Newcrest operations and/or projects

  • Newcrest has recommended against all international travel at the current time

  • Self-quarantine applies to those who have travelled internationally for business or privately in the past 14 days, as well as any travellers who have been in contact with a person diagnosed with or suspected of having the virus

  • Newcrest staff shall not attend conference or similar events until further notice

  • Employees on all sites have and will continue to receive regular communication updates through the Health and Safety Department and Newcrest All Site notifications, particularly on sanitation practices and what to do if they feel symptomatic

  • Local communities are being updated on Newcrest’s current site practices in relation to COVID-19

  • Newcrest corporate personnel are working remotely as practicable

  • Communications to all sites have been issued highlighting safe and hygienic practises to minimise spread of infection.

Emergency management team

At a site level, we have established an Emergency Management Team (EMT) of key management.

The EMT is meeting at a minimum twice daily whilst we consider all of the current information from a global and a local perspective, amending our response as necessary, and ensuring that key messages are communicated to our people, community representatives and neighbouring communities with priority.

We have developed in conjunction with experts a Communicable Disease Control Plan (CDCP) which is updated as required and contains site-specific isolation protocols.

On-site medical provider

Across Newcrest, we have plans in place to ensure the health and safety of people against the potential of exposure and management of COVID-19.

The measures and plans have been developed in full consultation with and based on advice from a range of health officials. This includes our on-site medical providers supplying remote-care nurses under the supervision of on call off-site physicians. 

Return to work restrictions

Newcrest has implemented return to work restrictions for personnel who have travelled to or returned from any international locations.

In these cases, the person must remain in self isolation for 14 days before they will be permitted to return to work.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our response accordingly.

Controls and communication

Newcrest has and is continuing to implement additional precautionary controls that are specific to our operation. We are providing regular updates regarding these controls to employees, contractors, and Community representatives.

We have also commenced regular contact with community representatives to discuss the controls we have put in place, to respond to concerns arising from neighbouring communities, and to ensure alignment with protocols neighbouring communities wish to put in place.

Working remotely

Newcrest has implemented an additional measure to reduce exposure and potential transmission of COVID-19 by identifying roles where a physical presence in the workplace is not required.

This measure is consistent with global government efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This activity is also occurring across Newcrest Operational sites as well as corporate offices.

Domestic Australian restrictions

We are discussing with the Australian, New South Wales and Western Australian governments the implications of the additional restrictions put in place by these and other jurisdictions in recent days.

In the case of Western Australia we are working to adjust organisational and workforce arrangements at Telfer in response to recently announced ‘closure’ of the state border by the state Premier.

In New South Wales the state government has clarified in dialogue with the industry that the restrictions announced by the Premier on ‘non-essential services’ will not apply to the mining industry or its suppliers. 

The Minerals Council of Australia has obtained confirmation from the Australian Government that there is a workplace exemption for the mining industry when it comes to the ban on gatherings of 100 people or more.

We are joining other industry leaders in dialogue with the Government about challenges facing the industry including workforce movement restrictions, pressure on infrastructure such as ports, rail networks and community health facilities and medium-term equipment and consumables supply risks.

Through these discussions we are also acknowledging the particular responsibility on the mining industry to support measures to protect vulnerable people in remote and regional communities.

FIFO flight operations to Lihir

We have suspended all FIFO flight operations from Australia into Lihir until further notice, with effect from last Friday. Outgoing flights remain in place. This step was taken in line with the Australian Government’s advice to Australians not to travel overseas until further notice. 

Our management team is largely residential and nearly all of our colleagues there are Papua New Guinean. The team, under the leadership of Chris Jordaan as resident General Manager, is continuing to operate the mine safely, focusing on maintaining health protocols. We appreciate the efforts of all our people at Lihir, and the willingness of some to reinforce the resident team in recent times to ensure the safety and sustainability of the operations.

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus on Lihir, or any of our other sites, at this point. The two employees that were under observation at the Lihir Medial Centre have been cleared and discharged. Our health provider at the Lihir Medical Centre will manage any future cases according to our COVID-19 Management Protocols.

The site team is now doing further work to set the site up safely for a period in which domestic travel within PNG is also limited. This follows an announcement by PNG Prime Minister Marape that domestic travel restrictions will apply within the country for 14 days from this Tuesday. The Port Moresby office and the rest of the government relations team is supporting Lihir in its dialogue with the PNG Government about the potential impact of these changes, and to ensure orderly implementation as required .

We continue to ensure the residential and broader community at Lihir is properly staffed and supported from a health and safety perspective over the coming period, and we continue to follow all recommendations from the PNG National Department of Health.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business - Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

30 March 2020

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES TO RETAIN JOBS - JOBKEEPER PAYMENT

The Morrison Government has today introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months. 

The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May.  Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.

Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.

Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.

The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).

Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:

  • their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
  • their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
  • the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_supporting_businesses_1.pdf

For Employers Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employers_0.pdf

Employees Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employees_0.pdf

To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job

 

 

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business - Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

25 March 2020

UPDATE - TIGHTER SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ENACTED

The Australian Government has commenced sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19.

Last night Prime Minister Morrison announced Stage 2 of the social-distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Find below a table that sets out the additional prohibited activities and venues that apply from 11:59pm (local time) 25 March 2020.

Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.

For more information please go to the Prime Minister’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020

Along with these measures Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering these States or Territory must self-isolate for 14 days.

Please go here to find out more from the respective State or Territory: https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-government

For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities that can be found here: https://www.dese.gov.au/news/coronavirus-covid-19#schools.

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au. Alternatively you can contact the business.gov.au support line at 13 28 46.

 

 

Additional prohibited activities and venues to apply from 11.59pm (local time) 25 March 2020

FOOD AND DRINK

  • Cafes. EXCEPTIONS: Take away service and home delivery. Cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless; workplace canteens can provide takeaway
  • Food courts. EXCEPTIONS: Delivery and takeaway can remain.

RETAIL

  • Auction houses
  • Real estate auctions, and display and open house inspections. EXCEPTIONS: Private appointments for inspection.
  • Outdoor and indoor markets will be a decision for each state and territory. EXCEPTIONS: Food markets will continue to operate in all states and territories.

BEAUTY AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

  • Hairdressers and barber shops. EXCEPTIONS: Up to 30-minute appointments and 4sqm rule to apply.
  • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours
  • Spas and massage parlours.

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

  • Cinemas, nightclubs
  • Casinos, gaming or gambling venues
  • Strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues
  • Concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums. EXCEPTIONS: Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Play centres (indoor and outdoor).

LEISURE AND RECREATION

  • Community and recreation centres. EXCEPTIONS: Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres
  • Boot camps and personal training (outside and inside). EXCEPTIONS: Outside must be limited to groups of no more than 10 people and social distancing must be observed
  • Social sporting-based activities
  • Swimming pools.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES

  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses will be a decision for each state and territory. EXCEPTIONS: Excluding permanent residents and workers.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

  • Caravan and camping parks will be a decision for each state and territory. EXCEPTIONS: Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks temporarily while their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.

NON-RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONS

  • Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • Libraries, community centres, and youth centres
  • Local government non-essential facilities and services (such as libraries and pools)
  • Community facilities (such as community halls, clubs, RSLs, PCYCs)
  • Weddings and Funerals. EXCEPTIONS: Weddings with a maximum attendance of no more than 5  people, with 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied. Funerals attended by a maximum of no more than 10 people, with the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applied.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business - Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

24 March 2020

UPDATE - QUICK LINKS TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND HOUSEHOLDS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Government is acting to cushion the blow from the coronavirus for businesses and households to help them get through to the other side of the crisis as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by its spread.

Below I have set out the quick links to the measures available to small and medium businesses, sole traders and households under the $189 billion economic support package announced by the Prime Minister:

Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au