23 March COVID-19 AMPLA Update March 23, 2020 By AMPLA Admin General COVID-19, AMPLA Update 0 From the Chair and Executive Director Further to our update last week, AMPLA is pleased to confirm the following arrangements are now in place to support our staff and members in the coming months: AMPLA Learning & Development Seminars: AMPLA is replacing all of our traditional face-to-face seminars with virtual learning opportunities for the coming months. This means you will continue to hear and engage with our expert speakers, from your office or home workplace. We have two seminars running this week, and it's not too late to register for the AMPLA VIC Energy Webinar, or AMPLA WA Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak Webinar. There's also a help sheet available to assist you in setting up Zoom to access our webinars AMPLA Conferences: The WA Conference, currently scheduled for 22 May 2020, has been postponed for the time being. We hope to run this conference in its traditional format later in the year, subject to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus. Planning for the AMPLA Annual Conference, to be held in Sydney, 14-16 October 2020 is well under way, and we are building an exciting program for our members. Given the uncertainty regarding the length of time we will be impacted by COVID-19-related restrictions, we haven't made a decision regarding the format of delivery for this event, but rest assured we'll keep you updated as plans evolve. AMPLA Office: The AMPLA national office in Melbourne will be physically closed from Tuesday 24 March, with all staff working remotely until the restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted. Our team remains online and ready to assist you, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email on email@example.com and the appropriate team member will get in touch with as soon as possible. Although we have been a little side-tracked with recent developments, we are working hard on our new online home and hope to share this with you in the coming weeks. AMPLA will continue to closely monitor developments and advice from Government regarding the COVID-19 virus and will continued to provide updates to you on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or suggestions. Regards, Ryan Hartfield, Gordon Bunyan Chair, AMPLA Board Executive Director Related Articles March Board Update From the Chair and Executive Director AMPLA is closely monitoring developments and advice from both Federal and State Governments regarding the COVID-19 virus. Given the extraordinary circumstances, we wanted to reach out personally to our members, to provide an update on the changes AMPLA is making to keep our members, guests and staff safe and well, and to ensure the continued delivery of our member services. February Board Update From AMPLA Board Chair, Ryan Hartfield: Welcome to our first edition of Board updates for 2020 Our aim is to provide our members with a regular update following each Board meeting, on the strategic discussions happening around the Board table. Energy industry and government response to COVID-19 In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, government and industry have come together to ensure the community, economy and industry are supported. The Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) has formed the Energy Coordination Mechanism (ECM) which is expected to have a complete plan by the end of April. The immediate focus of these efforts has been on four areas How foreign investment changes may impact the mining and energy sector In early June 2020, the government announced a review of the foreign investment rules, expanding them to apply to all foreign investors in anything deemed a ‘sensitive national security business’. The changes are scheduled to come into effect on 1 January 2021. There are concerns that this will impact foreign investment in the mining and energy sectors, and in particular the critical minerals space. What law firms and in-house legal are doing to combat the threat of coronavirus The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is drastically changing how we live, work and even play. For law firms and in-house legal practitioners, that means balancing the concerns of your clients with safeguarding your own staff. In some ways, small firms have an advantage over their larger counterparts. Moving to remote or online work is simpler with fewer moving parts to accommodate. On the other hand, it can be challenging to meet the increased needs of your clients at this anxious time. For in-house legal services, the size of the challenge becomes one of risk management for their organisation. But even those with strong governance and business continuity plans in place are struggling to manage many of the unprecedented issues they’re facing today. The impact of coronavirus on the energy and resources industry The last few weeks have seen the world face an unprecedented disruption with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). First reported in China, we’re now seeing many countries shutting down for periods of time to try to contain the spread of the virus. Australia is facing a particularly difficult year given the bushfires that ravaged the country recently. Now with COVID-19 adding to the pain, the energy and resources industry is being impacted in several ways outlined below. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.