Hello ACA members and colleagues,

On behalf of the Board and ACA staff, we wanted to let you know what we’re doing at the ACA in light of COVID-19.

The office is open and we are providing training and member services as long as it is deemed safe to do so. We are following all state and federal government instructions as I’m sure you all are. We are planning for staff to work from home.

Our plans will undoubtedly change in the future but this is what we’ve done to date and what we’re proposing in the future:

The Board has decided to postpone a number of ACA branch meetings and events out to early April.
Board and management will monitor all governmental instructions and make further decisions on ACA meetings. It’s safe to say that in the current environment, we have to be prudent and nimble in how we approach these decisions.

All staff will be working from home on Thursday 19 March 2020. 
This is a trial to ensure our communications, electronics and computers are all doing what they’re supposed to do from home. The office is still contactable – via email and phone. Phone calls to the office will still be answered – they will be directed to staff mobiles. If staff do need to work from home for a period of time going forward, they can do so in full health and wellbeing and can continue our work. Email staff as many of you do – nothing will alter there.

We are keeping our lecturers fully informed of the status of each respective course they are proposing to lecture. 
We are seeing changes to our registration patterns, as you would expect, so we continue to monitor this vital part of our Association’s finances. We are keeping students informed of changes to any courses as a result of COVID-19.

The following hygiene and infection control measures have been introduced for all training courses:
– Alcohol-based hand sanitizer available
– Alcohol wiped surfaces in all rooms
– Extra hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes have been made available
– Classroom setups are being arranged to ensure students are seated 1 per table, and all students and instructors are placed at least 1.5 meters apart.
– We provide gloves for any hands-on learning activities
– Our training team is working closely with students whose companies have restricted travel to get them in future classes

The implications of COVID-19 on the Association and the status of the economy will have a very real impact on how the ACA delivers its services to members.
We are reviewing all aspects of the Association to ensure we continue to support members going forward.
Keep connected and visit the ACA website – https://www.corrosion.com.au/

We will keep you informed of developments as they come to pass and as the ACA plans evolve.

Kind regards,

Dean Wall 
ACA Chairman     
Richard Reilly 
ACA Chief Executive


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