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A message from BHP

The coronavirus pandemic poses great challenges for our country. But Australians have overcome great challenges before. And we will again, by doing what Australians have always done in tough times; working together, caring for our neighbours, and sharing with those in need.

It’s why BHP is committing AUD $50 million to establish the BHP Vital Resources Fund and accelerating payments to our existing small business suppliers, to support the people and communities who’ve always supported us.

Accelerating supplier payments

To help regional economies during the coronavirus pandemic we are accelerating payments to our small business suppliers. We’ve also created a $6 million fund to support labour hire companies.

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BHP Vital Resources Fund

$50 million has been committed to establish the BHP Vital Resources Fund to help support the people and communities who’ve always supported us.

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Western Australia - Supporting regional communities

The RFDS has extra support to meet increased patient demand in Regional WA. The Junction Company in Hedland, can expand its production of soap supplies. Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service are employing a local GP for remote aboriginal communities.

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Queensland - Supporting regional communities

Vanguard Health will open two new COVID-19 testing centres in Moranbah and Bowen. ELAM has more staff to provide food and social support in Moranbah and neighbouring communities. CQ Financial Counselling Services can now provide services across the entire Isaac region.

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South Australia - Supporting regional communities

Andamooka's Community Wellbeing Program is assisting the vulnerable with meals and essential services. The Country and Outback Health SA now have an additional Mental Health Clinician for 6 months to provide mental

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Supporting our people and communities around the globe

As always, the safety of our people comes before anything else. We have regional teams of specialists, across the globe, monitoring the situation to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and the safe continuity of our operations. As a global company, BHP is committed to supporting not only the communities we operate in within Australia, but around the world.

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Vital Resources Fund

Following is a summary of key funding provided to date. In addition, the BHP Vital Resources Fund is supporting a wide range of smaller projects and providing in-kind support to communities across Australia.

Queensland and NSW

  • Vanguard Health $7.59 million to set up and service two clinics in Central Queensland offering walk-in, drive-in, telehealth and regional outreach facilities to help ease the strain on public health facilities.
  • Oz Harvest – $790,000 to help address food shortages for vulnerable people such as the elderly or those who are quarantined.
  • Isaac Regional Council – $500,000 to provide financial support to local businesses that are ineligible for government subsidies or identified as ‘at risk’.
  • Upper Hunter Community Service – $200,000 to support emergency relief vouchers and financial support for local resident to buy food, fuel and pay bills.
  • Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service – $140,000 to help increase capacity of the medical rescue service during COVID-19.
  • CQ Financial Services – $120,000 for capacity building support to expand the service to provide tailored advice for businesses facing financial hardship.
  • Northern New South Wales Rescue Helicopter – $100,000 for the provision of emergency equipment and PPE for aircrew, medical staff and patients as they respond to COVID-19.
  • Emergency and Long Term Accommodation Moranbah (ELAM) – $95,800 to provide food and social support through extra staffing to families and individuals in need.


Western Australia

  • Telethon Kids Institute – $2.66 million for research to test the effectiveness of a drug to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 by reducing the infectiousness of people who contract the virus.
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service – $2 million to support extra capacity in the Pilbara during COVID19.
  • Foodbank WA – $1.25 million to support the purchase and distribution of food to families and communities.
  • East Pilbara Independence Support (EPIS)$555,000 to establish a ‘quarantine house’ for six months that can be used by the Indigenous community as a safe space to self-isolate.
  • Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) – $330,000 to retain additional GP support for remote Indigenous communities in the Western Desert region.
  • Lifeline WA – $300,000 to enhance staffing capacity and mental health services across the state.
  • Bega Garnbirringu Health Service – $220,000 to help fund a range of services including support for school students and victims of domestic violence, efforts to combat homelessness and to support food security.
  • Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) – $220,000 to support return to country and to provide a safe place for indigenous communities to self-isolate in the Western Desert region.
  • Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry – $120,000 to provide support for local business sustainability through online diversification.
  • Bloodwood Tree Association – $119,000 to build a mini-mart to support the South Hedland Soup Kitchen service that has seen an increase in demand for food staples due to COVID-19.

South Australia

  • Foodbank SA – $910,000 to support service delivery during COVID-19, as well as a breakfast program for school children into regional and remote communities across South Australia.
  • Emergency housing support in Upper Spencer Gulf – $190,000 to provide self-isolation accommodation options, plus support for food, hygiene and perishables for the Kokatha, Kuyani and Barngarla peoples and their extended families should they need to self-isolate during the pandemic.
  • IT support for Aboriginal corporations – $19,000 to provide IT equipment to Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation employees and Advisory Board to allow them to continue their business-as-usual activities in support of the Corporation’s membership. BHP is progressing similar agreements with other Traditional Owner groups.
  • Country and Outback Health – $68,000 to employ a full-time mental health clinician for six months to provide mental health support to people in the Roxby Downs and the Upper Spencer Gulf regions.
  • Andamooka community support – $58,000 to assist those who are advised to stay at home with critical food distribution and access to medical assistance.
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