As the situation continues to evolve, I want to provide all our members with an update on business activities in the Australian steel industry.

The major steel companies have confirmed that their supply chains are operating normally.

Infrabuild has stated: "Currently all our facilities and suppliers are operating as normal.  We are working to minimise supply chain risks through our business continuity planning".

Bluescope has stated: "All of Bluescope's manufacturing operations in Australia continue to operate, as we seek to keep our customers supplied with steel products, including in the building and construction industry which has suffered from a shortage of some imported building materials.  It is important that we maintain our domestic production in order to ensure steel products are available for the various infrastructure stimulus projects that have been announced by governments".

Anecdotally, some of our Fabricator members have reported that they are receiving enquiries about bringing offshore supply back to Australia.

Government Support

As you will likely be aware, the Federal and state governments, as well as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), have announced a range of measures designed to help small and medium businesses in these trying times.

These measures include boosting cash flow for employers, support for businesses that employ apprentices and trainees, and supporting the flow of credit.

The Federal Government has also expanded its Business Hotline to provide specialist advisers and extended hours (from 7am to 11pm, seven days per week) to support small and medium businesses impacted by COVID-19. Call the Hotline number on 13 28 46.

If you require further information on the government support available, visit:

ASI Membership Services

The Australian Steel Institute is taking a proactive approach to managing the risks presented by the COVID-19 virus and supporting our members as effectively as possible. While our staff have moved to remote working arrangements, we are conducting discussions and meetings as usual - just using teleconferencing technology.

We are also working to accelerate the launch of our new eLearning platform, which will give members access to a wide range of courses and seminars online. Many more options will be accessible and available to all members.

The Australian Steel Institute will continue to deliver services and value to all members. It is business as usual for us in that regard. We will work with government, industry and all our members to provide whatever support and assistance we can over the coming months.

If you have any questions for us please contact your local State manager directly or call us here at head office on 02 8748 0180 or email membership@steel.org.au. 

Mark Cain
Chief Executive, Australian Steel Institute