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MATES National Welcome to MATES Onsite – Chris Lockwood, MATES National CEO Onsite is an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work that our MATES volunteers and supporters put in every day – true MATES Champions. MATES is grateful to the Industry Partners who provide essential funding to MATES and all the valued industry stakeholders who recognise the importance of the MATES program to workers and their families; those who organise anything from barbeques to marathons to raise awareness and funds; and most importantly, the Connector and ASIST volunteers and workers onsite who bring MATES to life every day through looking out for their mates.

‘We have been able to save a life,’ is something we can all be proud of. MATES has taken great steps over the past year to expand its capacity to deliver the program to more workers, and to continually build on its highly regarded research base. Research and feedback shows that MATES makes a difference. In 2019, the commitment by MATES to provide an evidence-based program

MATES Kokoda Trek 2019 Following in the steps of Australian Diggers, MATES in Construction, Mining and Energy staff and supporters experienced the Aurora Adventures’ 2019 MATES Kokoda Trek, collectively raising over $160,000 in much needed funds for MATES. Vince Borg of MATES in Mining said of his second year on the trek, ‘Kokoda 2019 was challenging for different reasons; I had to really find another gear or a different purpose for trekking. I decided to base my trek around helping as many people as I could to get through and to learn why others had embarked on this journey. I witnessed so many selfless gestures this year in my group.’ And Darwin’s MATES in Construction QLD/NT Case Manager, Matt Hull, said, ‘The reason I did Kokoda was to honour the fallen warriors of WW2 and all of the other wars. I know most of you knew I had served before and deployed on operations to Afghanistan. It was a life mission of mine to walk that walk, to say I had completed it.’

What is your motivation to trek with MATES in 2020? Contact Aurora Adventures on 1300 158 468

toward improving mental health and reducing suicide in the construction, mining and energy sectors, was recognised through federal and state funding, support and recognition. The Construction Blueprint for Better Mental Health was launched earlier in 2019 as in initiative to change industry approach to mentally healthy workplaces, gaining support from peer mental health organisations and industry stakeholders – we’re excited to see the take up through 2020 and beyond of the Blueprint by the industry. MATES is committed to building best practice into everything we do and that was the theme that brought all MATES staff together in January for the inaugural ‘True North’ Conference. Having doubled in size over the past 3 years with new industries and expanded geographical reach, this was a timely event to ensure no matter how far we are spread, we share the one focus of supporting workers doing it tough. We hope you find inspiration within this edition of Onsite and if MATES isn’t in your workplace yet, I encourage you to reach out and get MATES on your site – mates.org.au


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MATES in Construction reaches NZ After much research and determination, not to mention anticipation from the NZ Construction Industry, MATES has launched in New Zealand. Under guidance of the MATES in Construction Australia and New Zealand Boards, MATES NZ CEO Victoria McArthur, has impressively established operations from the ground up. MATES NZ is fortunate to possess strong support of mental health and suicide awareness at government and industry levels, through both funding and adoption of the program.

New Zealand is distinct from Australia, having many differing cultural influences upon workplaces. However, high levels of distress within construction compared to other industries is a shared concern. The MATES program has long been sought after as a solution to the problems facing the NZ Construction Industry. The differences in NZ are tailored into the MATES program to achieve authenticity and create true connection.

Allison Milner Memorial Fund Following Associate Professor Allison Milner’s tragic death in August, MATES in Construction took the decision to establish the Allison Milner Memorial Fund in her honour. The fund supports a national scholarship program, and it will be sustained with the support of MATES in Construction Australia, each of its members, and contributions from MATES in Energy and MATES in Mining. The fund is an important avenue through which the core tenets of Allison’s research can be continued by talented and dedicated research higher degree students.

Simon is pictured alongside Allison’s husband, Rohan McCarthy and sister, Ingrid Ueno.

We are very happy to announce that the inaugural recipient of the fund is PhD candidate Simon Tyler who commenced his postgraduate studies at the University of South Australia in October. MATES in Construction SA has partnered with UniSA to support a full-time PHD student to undertake research specific to suicide ideation among construction workers. Simon himself comes from the construction industry and his work is critical as it will help us to better understand the nature of suicide-related distress among construction workers. His principal supervisor is Professor Nicholas Procter, a long-term research partner of MATES.


MATES in Construction QLD/NT

The Construction Blueprint Starting with an industry round-table in 2016, the accumulated efforts of industry, employee groups, employer groups and researchers developed the Blueprint for Better Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Building & Construction Industry 2018-2020. The Industry Engagement Coordinator (IEC) started with MATES in Construction in June 2019. With a clear framework in place attached to the Blueprint, the IEC commenced working with individual business’s and companies to lift the bar on workplace mental health across the industry by collaboratively reaching for the five pillars of the Blueprint at site and company levels. To date, companies have demonstrated a real interest and commitment to undertaking the benchmarking survey to develop an industry standard regarding the Blueprint. This has resulted in over 4,000 workers

across Queensland benefiting from a workplace who’ve committed to the Blueprint, improving their access to help and reducing the stigma attached to mental health. Innovative initiatives taken on by companies include setting up an intranet with free mental health services for workers to access who may be facing a challenge. Incorporating mental health and suicide prevention initiatives in workplace health and safety initiatives. Training supervisors in working with and mentoring staff who may be experiencing adversity and reworking stress management and wellbeing policies to prioritising manageable and realistic workloads. As more companies sign up to the Blueprint, the benchmarking attached to what the industry is undertaking when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention grows, this benchmark will be used to leverage improvements across the industry into the future and will provide a baseline for long-term improvement.

Making MATES in the Top End In November 2018 MATES received funding from the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) and the Northern Territory Department of Health to establish MATES in Construction in the NT. We were fortunate to recruit a young Territorian, Matthew Hull, as our first NT Field Officer and Case Manager. The program was officially launched on the Hutchinson Builders’ Manunda Place Project site in Darwin in February 2019. Since then we have worked to build awareness around the existence of MATES and the issue of suicide and mental health problems in the Construction, Mining and Energy industries. In May/June we had a billboard installed on the main road to and from the Darwin airport. Over the year we have worked tirelessly to network with the industry in the territory. We are particularly grateful for the support we have received from the CFMEU, the ETU, Master Builders Association, BUSSQ and Cbus – helping us open doors and raise awareness.


10th QLD Charity Lunch MATES Queensland/NT 10th Annual Charity Lunch was another sell-out event in 2019 at Hillstone, St Lucia. With thanks to the events major sponsor, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), it was a very enjoyable and successful fundraising lunch. It was a wonderful opportunity to get our MATES together and celebrate as an industry, the significant difference we are making to the health and wellbeing of our QLD/NT construction workers. The event was supported by a range of industry bodies including Cbus (Entertainment Sponsor), AGL (Food Sponsor), ETU (Drinks Sponsor), Quanta Services (PreEntertainment Sponsor), Multiplex and ElectroGroup (Activity Sponsors). MATES thanks you for your on-going sponsorship, support and contribution towards better mental health. Minister Mick De Brenni spoke on behalf of the QLD Government acknowledging how the Construction

Proud to be MATES with Justin Geange The annual Suicide Prevention Australia conference attracts 700+ delegates across the suicide prevention sector as well as government representatives. It is with great pride that Field Officer Justin Geange won the Life Award for ‘Communities Matters – Individual’, for the most outstanding effort for an individual connecting with their community as a suicide prevention effort. Justin received a well-deserved, long, standing ovation. He was given the award for not only the work he does as a MATES Field Officer but also for the work he does in his local community as an RUOK ambassador and supervisor/participant in lived experience networks. Justin raised $6,359.77 for Mens Health by growing and subsequently shaving 365 days of hair; an example of the distance he will travel for others.

industry works together to reduce suicide, while Executive Director of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, Leanne Geppert, provided an introduction to Queensland’s brand new Every Life suicide prevention plan. The lunch also saw the announcement of the perpetual Jan and Graham Martin Medallion to be bestowed each year on a young worker under the age of 25 who has performed an extraordinary act or demonstrates behaviour effecting positive change around mental health or suicide prevention in the workplace. The lunch was enjoyed by the wide range of union, industry, government and community representatives who generously dipped into their pockets to secure one of the many sought after raffle prizes up for grabs. Together we raised $95,000. MATES QLD/NT would like to thank all who supported this event as your contributions go a long way to ensuring MATES can continue to provide quality suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services to the Queensland/NT construction industry.

Speak Up Be Heard In partnership with Construction Skills Queensland, the Department of Industrial Relations and Griffith University, MATES has been doing extensive research amongst Queensland apprentices to seek an understanding of why the age profile of suicides in the Australian Construction industry is significantly younger than amongst other employed men in Australia. This research has been done in two stages, firstly we interviewed 69 apprentices to understand what issues they found had significant impact on their mental health and well-being. The themes identified by these apprentices have been further explored through a very large survey of more than 1500 apprentices. In December the results of these surveys will be presented to selected industry leaders and organisations before a final report is presented to the industry in early 2020.

The final stage of this project is to develop a suitable intervention to reduce suicide amongst apprentices, in close consultation with the industry.

MATES Awareness Campaign With the support of the Queensland Government, CSQ and BERT, MATES in Construction conducted an awareness campaign across regional Queensland in April and June 2019. The 2019 campaign ‘MATES are stronger together – Get MATES on your site’ was delivered via roadside billboards, A2 posters, social media and site contacts and was very successful at raising awareness for MATES. The 2020 campaign ‘MATES Stronger Together’ has just been launched across Queensland with a new range of billboards and new hoardings for sites.


MATES in Construction WA

A Dry Spell in WA A big shout out to a few MATES supporters, Dylan Ogilvie and Kent Millington, who along with a number of their Melchor colleagues took on the challenge to go alcohol free for 100 days while raising an impressive $15,636 for MATES WA.

and mental heath and suicide, which is real. Nobody knows exactly how much of a contributing factor alcohol is when it comes to high rates of suicide in the construction, mining and energy sectors, but we know there is a statistical correlation.

A huge thank you to the guys who took on the ‘dry spell for MATES’ – maybe it will become an annual event! Our thanks also go to their families, friends and colleagues who supported them and donated.

And if that wasn’t enough, Melchor stepped up their support of MATES WA even further by becoming a state partner and rolling out our training across their metro and regional projects. A heartfelt thank you to all the team at Melchor for your commitment, support and passion in making a difference, helping your workers and the industry

As well as raising valued funds for MATES WA, the team at Melchor shone a light on the link between alcohol

BHP Looking After Their MATES. Powerhouse BHP know better than anyone about the importance of supporting their staff, particularly when they are faced with challenging working conditions such as fly-in-fly-out (FIFO). BHP Management in Perth were taken through the MATES program and immediately saw the value and benefits in what we do, and how we do it… then began the start of a beautiful new friendship! The MATES WA Team were given the welcomed opportunity of rolling out MATES training across one of Australia’s biggest construction projects for an iron ore facility at South Flank, in WA’s Pilbara Region.


In August alone, we successfully trained a whopping 825 people in General Awareness Training, welcomed 94 new Connectors to the MATES family and in addition, BHP now have 22 ASIST trained employees – all working towards the common goal of helping their mates and providing support when they need it most. A huge thank you and well done to BHP management, staff and the contractors for getting involved. The WA team look forward to visiting the South Flank project again in early 2020 for the second stage of the roll-out.

Recognition of Social Responsibility

MATES WA Charity Lunch

The WA chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held their 2019 Awards for Excellence in November.

The fifth annual MATES Lunch was held in Perth for MATES in Construction WA in May of 2019. The event was once again a huge success, with 350 guests attending.

TBH sponsored the Social Responsibility in Construction Award. This award recognises the achievements of an outstanding woman who has shown a significant commitment to socially responsible practices within the construction industry. We are pleased that our Peta Miller was nominated, achieving a Judges Commendation. Peta is one of our Case Managers in our WA office, and as part of that role, demonstrates commitment to improving the mental wellbeing of members of the WA construction community.

Our keynote speaker was Craig Hamilton, a well known sports commentator with his own experience of the importance of mental health, and advocate for talking about the issues to reduce stigma and increase help seeking behaviours. He described how just a couple of years ago he didn’t believe that he could ever have a mental health issue, but he was living proof that it can happen to anyone. He spoke about how his issues presented and how his experiences have changed his attitudes and wellbeing in the longer term. Senior Case Manager, Liam Cubbage and Senior Field Officer, Damien McVeigh, were interviewed by host Karen Tighe about MATES, how the program translates in the working environment and about increasing the capacity of workers to look after themselves and each other.

Black Dog on a Lead are a Perth based charity raising mental health awareness and encouraging people to talk to each other to reduce the stigma of depression and anxiety. Each year they hold a walk around Bibra Lake in Perth’s southern suburbs to get people talking. This year MIC WA was lucky enough to be the beneficiary of funds raised, and the walk became known as the March for MATES. It was a good spirited family day, organised to perfection by the Black Dog on a Lead committee and volunteers. A few hundred people donned specially printed hi-vis shirts to do their lap of the lake and gathered for speeches and entertainment before and after the 6km walk. There was a raffle with brilliant prizes, food trucks and of course a sausage sizzle to reward the participants for their effort.

The Mates Helping Mates Leadership Awards were presented on the day recognising outstanding performances by individuals and companies for their work to make their sites mentally safer places to work. The winners were PACT Construction in the Organisation Category and Dean Brooker and Chris Muir taking out the Individual Category, both from Probuild’s Murray Street Project. Our former CEO, Godfrey Baronie, was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his work with MATES WA spanning nearly seven years. Part of what makes this lunch so effective is the level of support MIC WA receives from the industry and stakeholders. We would like to thank the prize donors and all of our sponsors for the event: Principal Sponsor - Cbus; Gold Sponsors - Avid Resources, Georgiou, Probuild, ReddiFund, Renascent WA; Silver Sponsors - ADCO Constructions, BMD Constructions, Broad Construction, CFMEU WA, Directions Workforce Solutions, GFWA, Landcorp, Master Builders Association WA, Site Skills Training, Trident Construction Resources; and Special Sponsor Quanta Services Australia.

Mates Helping Mates Leadership Awards: Individual Category winners Dean Brooker & Chris Muir. L-R: Damien McVeigh (MICWA Senior Field Officer), Dean Brooker (Probuild) & Brad Geatches (MICWA CEO)


MATES in Construction NSW

Lipman – Corporate Fighter for MATES On 29 November, MATES NSW CEO, Brad Parker presented Simon Kelleard from NSW Industry Partner – Lipman with his MATES Champion Award at their Rooty Hill Site. The back story regarding Simon Kelleard (Project Engineer - Lipman) is that he raised funds for MATES NSW by competing in a Corporate Fighter Event at The Star in Sydney. Simon not only encouraged the roll-out of MATES training onsite, he also bravely stepped into the boxing ring to raise much needed funds for MATES NSW. Simon is now encouraging this event to be an annual, all-of-industry fundraiser for MATES.

and having a fight. I then looked into the Corporate Fighter program which is a 12 week program aimed at beginners whilst raising money for charity. As Lipman had just partnered with MATES, I approached them to see if they would be interested in allowing me to do Corporate Fighter and they thought it was a great idea.’

Simon explains, ‘I first found out about MATES through Lipman as we had just recently partnered with them. The statistics that MATES provided us about the industry shocked me and I thought it was a great cause.

Corporate Fighter is run in accordance with Amateur Boxing League rules. Participants undertake an intensive 12-week training program before stepping into the ring highly organised and professional event held at The Star. The 12-week program involves training 5-6 times a week at the Corporate Fighter gym and additional personal fitness and strictly no drinking for the 12 weeks. The program is run by a world class team of coaches led by head coaches Jemma Dale and Luke Jackson.

‘I didn’t really have any experience as a boxer until roughly 1 year ago when I started doing some beginner boxing fitness classes, I was really enjoying the boxing side of it and became interested in getting more involved

‘My fight ended up being the Main Event of a 12 bout night, unfortunately I lost the decision. As Brad was there, maybe he can provide some details of the fight!’ You won in our eyes, Simon!

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Hanson has Gone Golfing with MATES The Hanson metal Roofing / MATES in Construction Charity Golf Day was held during the catastrophic weather and fire conditions of November – but was a highly successful day raising $44,791.75! Stephen Hanson explains his motivation to support MATES,

saying, ‘It was a pleasure to raise funds for MATES in Construction. I lost a workmate to suicide a couple of years ago and experiencing the devastation in the workplace first hand motivated my family and I to give to such a worthwhile cause.’

Stephen Hanson & Family from Hanson Metal Roofing with cheque totaling $44,791.75

MATES NSW Charity Lunch The MATES in Construction NSW Charity Lunch brought a positive mental health experience to the more than 350 guests who attended the event in October, 2019 at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf. To keep the positive motivation going throughout the lunch, Rob Shehadie and Tahir Bilgic were our extremely funny MC’s who made for a relaxed day of fun, laughs and inspiration. Executive Director (NSW) Master Builders Association and National Chairperson of MATES, Brian Seidler, welcomed and thanked industry for their support. Guest speaker Christine Morgan, CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and adviser on suicide prevention to the Prime Minister, spoke of the importance of the MATES Program in our industry.

Rob Shehadie and Tahir Bilgic

Christine Morgan speaking of the importance of MATES in our industry.

Industry Partners were presented with their plaques, acknowledging the valuable role that industry partners play in helping MATES help workers of our industry. Plaques were received by: Australian Post Tensioning, Quanta Services, Richard Crookes Construction, Multiplex, Auswide Scaffolding, Lipman Group, Sydney Labour & Workplace Traffic, Synergy Scaffolding, Shape Group, EISS Super, Lack Group, Randstad, Fredon and Dial Before You Dig. We would like to thank our sponsors for their support: BUSSQ (event and networking event sponsors); QUANTA Services (entertainment sponsor) and Richard Crookes Construction (beverage and food sponsor). The networking event was sponsored by Auswide Scaffolding, Sydney Labour, Synergy Scaffolding, Shape Group, Lack Group, ADCO, Dial Before You Dig, Icon and Caledonia.

Deik Lack, MATES National Marketing Manager Greg Johnston and MATES NSW CEO Brad Parker

Monique Langdon of Multiplex with Brad Parker


MATES in Construction SA

MATES SA did the 2019 City-Bay Fun Run The MATES in Construction SA team took part in the City-Bay Fun Run to help raise money for their suicide awareness and prevention program. The team proudly raised a healthy $2,680.58 and is extremely grateful for all the support they received and especially to those who were able to donate. All money raised was fed straight back into running their program (no pun intended!).

Country SA PHN Project Update Earlier this year, MATES SA expanded their reach into the northern regional areas of the state through a partnership with Country SA PHN. This came about following the results of an online survey Country SA PHN conducted throughout Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and the Yorke Peninsula as part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial (NSPT). The purpose of the survey was to assess the perceived needs and barriers in relation to suicide prevention in the regional hubs of South Australia. The data collected provided a snapshot of perceived gaps and service needs within suicide prevention, which included training opportunities, workforce collaboration, stigma around suicide and follow-up care. So far, this partnership has enabled MATES SA to provide workplace suicide prevention training to over 700 people. The program will continue over the next six months, so if you are in the region and would like to book training, or would like to know more about the program, contact them on 0883730122 or enquiries@micsa.org.au.


General Awareness Training for SA politicians Working with Hon. John Dawkins, Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention, MATES SA ran a General Awareness Training Session for a group of politicians and other key people on the construction site directly behind parliament house. The aim of the session was to raise awareness of the problem of suicide in our industry and to provide first-hand experience of how MATES goes about making a difference. The session was well received and was followed up by a hearty on-site BBQ breakfast. Their next goal is to hold General Awareness Training IN Parliament House.

MATES SA Charity Lunch MATES in Construction SA recently held their Annual Charity Lunch at the iconic Adelaide Oval. Not only was this their number one fundraiser for the year, it was also a celebration of the great work the team has been doing throughout the year. Over 300 people joined together to show their support and help raise vital funds to help reduce suicide in the SA construction industry. Dignitaries included former Premier and Honorary Patron of MATES in Construction SA, Dean Brown, the Hon. John Dawkins – Premiers Advocate for Suicide Prevention, the Hon. Mark Butler – Federal Member for Port Adelaide, the Hon. Peter Malinauskas – Leader of the opposition, the Hon. Susan Close – Deputy Leader of the opposition, the Hon. Chris Picton – Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing, and Senator Rex Patrick. The official side of the event commenced with emcee Ben Hook introducing the Honourable Dean Brown to deliver the opening address. SA’s Operations Manager Bob Clifford, then provided a year in review of what the team in SA had been up to. Cbus returned as Major Event sponsor, something they have generously done since SA commenced charity events. Noel Lacey from Cbus spoke a few words on the industry and why they are proud supporters of MATES. Karyn Dale, SA’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, then took some time to thank all the event sponsors and discuss ways people can support MATES.

L-R: Michael Harper, Chair of MATES WA Board; Hon. John Dawkins, Premier’s advocate for Suicide Prevention; Hon. Peter Malinauskas, Leader of the Opposition; Hon. Dean Brown, former Premier and MATES SA advocate; Chris Lockwood, MATES National CEO.

Special mention was given to Gold event sponsor MSP Group and Entertainment Sponsor Quanta Services Australia. Tim Bishop from BMD Construction was the first of two guest speakers to take the stage, speaking honestly and openly about his personal mental health issues and suicidal thoughts. His story was insightful and incredibly moving, and Tim received a standing ovation for his bravery. Our second guest speaker was Kate Munari, Australia’s only female Navy helicopter pilot to fly in Afghanistan. Kate led teams in some of the most challenging workplace conditions and was responsible for making tough decisions during critical, life-and-death moments. Kate spoke about her experiences and the challenges she overcame while focusing on the health and wellbeing of her team. Michael Harper, Chair of the MATES in Construction SA Board, officially closed the afternoon and allowed the crowd time to network and continue their celebrations to the tunes of Matuezi Acoustic Duo, who provided entertainment throughout the afternoon. Overall it was a fantastic afternoon that helped raise considerable funds for the team in SA to continue the great work they do.

and economic infrastructure. They strive to achieve positive outcomes that will improve the lifestyles of all South Australians every day.

DPTI re-signs as SA Tier One Industry Partner We would like to thank the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) for signing up as a Tier One Industry Partner with MATES SA for another year. As part of the Government of South Australia, DPTI works as part of the community to deliver effective planning policy, efficient transport, and valuable social

‘The safety, health and well-being of employees are integral. Mental health is just as important as physical safety and MATES in Construction helps to improve the psychological well-being of employees. ‘DPTI is proud to support MATES and the training and assistance they deliver on the many infrastructure projects across SA, helping to make the construction industry a mentally healthier place to work and most importantly saving lives...’


MATES in Mining and MATES in Energy Thanks to the support of the Mining Industry, MATES in Mining has broadened its reach of the MATES program far and wide to find miners who are in need of support, some of whom are underground, some outback and some miles from their families. Mines throughout Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory have actively pursued and achieved MATES Accredited Site status and are now joined by St Ives Goldfields who can lay claim to being the first mine to reach accreditation in Western Australia. For more information on MATES Accreditation, please contact MATES on 07 3063 7055, talk to your field officer or head to mates.org.au > Training & Accreditation. Earlier in 2019, Glencore supported the inaugural MATES in Mining Charity Lunch as event sponsors, along with CFMEU and Mine Super. The lunch marked a coming of age for MATES in Mining, drawing 150 attendees from near and far to celebrate the achievements made by a small but growing team.

MATES Field Officer, Justin Geange, entertained and informed the crowd, followed by Daniel Keighran VC who inspired all by the story of his life as a boy growing up in the Australian outback and how he became a selfless soldier who risked everything for the sake of his mates at a time of great peril. 2019 was a year of change and challenges for MATES in Mining, however thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the MATES in Mining Field Officers some great progress was made. 2020 was off to a positive start with new General Manager of Mining and Energy, Suzanne Desailly taking up the helm. Her priority is to develop a sustainable funding model to ensure that more mining and energy workers are trained and supported by MATES. If you need support or information about the MATES program, training, events and research, MATES in Mining and MATES in Energy now have their own websites which can be located at mates.org.au or by calling 1300 642 111.



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MATES Onsite Newsletter 2020 Vol 1  

MATES activities and events nationally and by state - featuring MATES volunteers, staff and partners.

MATES Onsite Newsletter 2020 Vol 1  

MATES activities and events nationally and by state - featuring MATES volunteers, staff and partners.

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