The Vital Resources Fund was established in March 2020 to provide support to communities facing significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queensland and New South Wales
Supporting COVID-19 detection in regional communities
The BHP Vital Resources Fund is supporting Vanguard Health as part of a $7.59 million project 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.
Telethon Kids Institute
Supporting vital research into COVID-19
The BHP Vital Resources Fund has committed $2.66 million for the Telethon Kids Institute to research and 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.
Helping support communities in need
To help families and communities in need, the BHP Vital Resources Fund is supporting Foodbank to provide essential food provisions during the COVID-19 crisis. We're committing $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.
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.