The Hire and Rental Industry Association Australia (HRIA), Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia (EWPA) and Telescopic Handler Association of Australia (TSHA) are lobbying to get rental services classified as ‘essential’.
By being defined as ‘essential services’, rental companies will be able to provide the required equipment to various government departments, emergency services and essential infrastructure projects during a period of lockdown.
To this end, the associations have been in contact with state and territory Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as federal MPs whose portfolios include emergency services.
From a more operational perspective, they have also been in correspondence with the state and territory Emergency Management Centres who coordinate resources and equipment in times of emergency.
Information and updates are being shared with members as they become available.
HRIA is making the latest guidance and information relating to the coronavirus outbreak in Australia available on its website, HRIA.com.au
To date, there have been more than 4,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, and 19 deaths from the disease.