COVID-19: Energy Queensland’s response19 March 2020
With so much concern about the global COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it might help to know what we’re doing to support our fellow Queenslanders. We recognise and are prepared for the potential for how this virus may affect our workforce and communities.
Queenslanders can count on us to be there when they need us. Our people are highly trained, geographically dispersed, and well-accustomed to supporting each other and their communities under difficult circumstances.
What’s the plan?
We know that a reliable electricity supply is particularly important to our communities during a health emergency. This is why we have robust business continuity plans: as always, we have essential equipment and key personnel based at strategic locations, and we’re working closely with our supply chains. This means we can continue to respond to our customers as quickly as possible.
Our extensive experience with natural disaster responses, along with our deep established relationships with local authorities and emergency services, mean we’re in the strongest possible position to safely support our communities.
We’ll have some staff working from home or from alternative locations to safeguard power supply to our customers, and we’ll continue to do everything possible to keep things business as usual.
What if a local team or site is affected?
Prevention is our first line of defence. As well as following the advice from Queensland Health, we’re minimising exposure risks through ramped-up personal protective hygiene measures, splitting crews, and deploying crews from home rather than depots wherever possible.
In the event that a particular site was affected by COVID-19, we’re very well practiced at bringing in support from other areas. Examples include cyclone responses where teams in impacted communities are unable to help with the local response – in these cases, workmates from other centres are able to offer the on-the-ground response and support that’s needed.
What are we doing differently?
We also need to recognise that this is an extraordinary event on a global scale, which means that there may be cases where our approach or response times could be affected.
The well-being of our people and customers is paramount. Part of protecting the community means that we’re suspending all disconnections unless requested for safety reasons. As well as limiting potential exposure and spread of the virus, it also eases the stress on households and businesses struggling financially.
It could also take longer to get through to us on the phones, or for our crews to get to non-critical jobs. We want to answer your questions and respond to issues as soon as possible - if it’s not urgent, please send us a message via social media or our websites, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Here's some helpful links:
We’ll always prioritise life threatening emergencies – call 13 16 70 (Ergon Energy) or 13 19 62 (Energex) 24/7 to report things like fallen powerlines. Info on faults and outages is also available on our Outage Finders:
Please bear with us – this is a tough time for Queensland and all Australians, and we’re doing all we can to make it easier to get through, together.