Our COVID-19 Response


Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO) advises that a range of measures to protect its workforce, contractors and our local community from the risk of transmission of COVID-19 are in place.

There has been no indication of any relevant illness at our site and these measures are purely proactive and prudent to ensure the health and well-being of everyone connected with our site.

We are very conscious of our responsibility as a major employer in the local area to both safeguard people and to continue to provide steady income for individuals, families and the region.

Principles and Actions

All our COVID-19 protective measures are based on ensuring an absolute minimum interaction between our workforce and the local communities of Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerdacuttup.

We are following all advice from Federal and State health authorities regarding health and hygiene, sanitising and cleaning, and social distancing. The measures outlined below will be in place or even strengthened in line with the advice from authorities.

Our workforce

It is important to note that all First Quantum employees are based in Western Australia. The majority of our mining contractor employees are based within the Great Southern and Goldfields-Esperance regions. The need for external specialist employees is now being assessed on an individual basis and if they are required. They arrive at the site by vehicle or bus.

Key Social Distancing Actions

  • There will be temperature checks on arrival at the site;
  • All buses will practice social distancing with designated seating arrangements
  • Our buses will not stop in any community between Albany, Esperance and the site;
  • All buses will be sanitised at depots at Albany, Esperance and Hopetoun and when they arrive at the site;
  • We are implementing Working from Home arrangements where possible for the maximum number of employees and all local residents have been encouraged to drive to the site;
  • Employees driving in and out have now been instructed not to stop in any community between Albany and Esperance, and not to stop in Hopetoun or Ravensthorpe;
  • There will be no physical contact with members of the Jerdacuttup community, only phone and email are permitted;
  • Employees in site accommodation have been instructed to remain on site during the course of their rostered shifts and return directly to their home communities upon completion.

Health actions

  • Our trained medical staff, facilities and equipment will be available to support local community facilities on an appropriate and as need basis;
  • A specific quarantine procedure has been implemented on site in preparation for any COVID-19 case;
  • Any worker that tests positive will be instructed to return to their home and self-isolate and their return journey to their home will be organised and monitored to ensure ongoing isolation;


Actions relevant to each community

Below are the same actions but set out as relevant for each community.

Hopetoun & Ravensthorpe

  • All local residential employees are being encouraged to drive themselves to site to ensure social distancing
  • Implementing Working from Home wherever possible
  • Regional drive in and drive out employees are not to visit Hopetoun or Ravensthorpe on their way to or from site and must remain on-site for their entire roster


  • There will be no physical contact by employees with members of the Jerdacuttup community – only phone and email is permitted

Albany and Esperance

  • No stops in communities for buses between either city and the site;
  • Social distancing on the bus
  • Sanitisation of buses after each trip
  • Employees driving in and out have now been instructed not to stop in any community between Albany and Esperance, and not to stop in Hopetoun or Ravensthorpe; 

We believe the measures outlined above will reduce interaction with our communities to a minimum. While our goal is always to be part of our local communities, for the time being we believe that separation is the sensible course of action.

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