Western Australia’s government has played down the likelihood of mining workers being allowed to serve shorter COVID-19 quarantine periods.
WA’s Chamber of Minerals and Energy has called for greater flexibility for fly-in, fly-out workers, most of whom are required to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine.
But the McGowan government on Thursday said there were no plans to ease the 14-day period for FIFO workers entering the state.
“WA’s Chief Health Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee all agree that 14 days of quarantine is an essential requirement,” a government spokeswoman said.
“This important health requirement will continue for the foreseeable future.
“The sacrifices many people throughout the industry have had to make has been enormous, and we thank them for that.”
Mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto have both committed to preferencing West Australians for operational jobs in the Pilbara but FIFO workers are expected to continue to be needed to fulfill positions across the state’s mining industry.
WA recorded one new case on Thursday after a man in his 30s tested positive upon returning from overseas.
At the time of publish, the state has four active cases, all in hotel quarantine.