A letter to the Prime Minister, Premiers & Chief Ministers.Fri, 27 Mar 2020
Dear National Cabinet Members,
AUSJET / ADVCA is the peak industry body for businesses involved in providing industrial cleaning, liquid waste management and asset maintenance services to government agencies and municipalities including but not limited to, Water Authorities, Power Authorities, Port Rail and Councils. In addition, our members also provide these services across Mining, Oil and Gas, Steel and Aluminium production, Civil Construction and across the wider community maintaining and cleaning essential infrastructure such as grease traps and septic tanks.
We have a concern that apart from NSW there is no prescribed list of essential services legislated in other states and territories. As such our members activities could be deemed as “non-essential” in states outside of NSW, for the purposes of implementing control measures to restrict the movement of COVID-19 in the community.
Whilst AUSJET / ADCVA member and our wider industry participants fully supports the need for tighter controls to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and our members have implemented all directives issues by the government in relation to social distancing and hygiene. We are very concerned that if our industry businesses are deemed ‘nonessential’, that this would cause harm to the community and nation at large. Closing vital services that support vital infrastructure and help maintain public hygiene.
The Australian public rely on water reticulation and treatment, sewage collection and treatment, power generation, waste transport services, Vacuum, Drain Cleaning and HighPressure Water Cleaning are essential to maintain these services. Industrial, Commercial and Residential sectors also rely on Industrial Cleaning and Liquid Waste companies to keep their businesses and homes functioning. The community relies on us to clean out their septic tank at home, an obvious health issue.
It is vitally important that our members are permitted to continue to operate to provide the critical products and service support as may be required. It is recognised, that like the rest of the community our members, while continuing to provide their essential product and services, would do so under strict protocols to observe the sanitation and separation guidelines provided by your committee.
We urgently seek your approval to have our member and wider industry businesses declared as essential businesses for the purposes of this control measure. We note that in NSW, a company that provides the supply of goods or services necessary for providing any service as referenced in Section 4 Essential services (1) clauses (a)–(k). on page 2 of the Essential Services Act 1988 No 41, broadly applies to the services of our members and wider industry businesses. We therefore believe that this should apply in every State & Territory under the circumstances we are facing.
Accordingly, we seek your approval to deem the providers of Vacuum, Draining Cleaning and High-Pressure Water Jetting operators and associate businesses as essential business for the purposes of any future control order.
We look forward to your confirmation that our members businesses can continue to operate.
Chairman of the Board