COVID-19 What does it mean and how does it affect the Laundry Industry

The LAA laundry Association Australia is here to help its members in this time of uncertainty. We understand that having open conversations about Covid 19 policies and providing accurate and up-to-date information to employees and customers is very important.

LAA members need to ensure infection control methods have been updated, implemented and staff instructed to ensure everyone is protected .

While SOPs may differ from one facility to another, all infection control policies must be in line with the AS/NZS4146:200 for the handling of soiled linen and wash programs to ensure disinfection.

We need to come together and support each other. Stay safe and well.


LAA members are critical to providing ongoing services to:

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    Health Care
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    Aged Care
  •  Food Manufacturing

We as an Association have been lobbying appropriate Government Health Ministers in this regard. You also may wish to send your own letter of support and a document template is available on link at bottom of this page.   In addition its was agreed that in this unusual time members would help each other in times of crisis if a plant was unable to operate and a copy of this agreement is also available below.


Below are links to State and federal Goverment advice and also TRSA based in the USA Please not that advice may NOT be applicable to Australia

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Services Designation: LAA needs your help! 

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Laundry Association of Australia (LAA) are campaigning for you and the thousands of workers the industry employs in Australia to be considered an Industry that must be exempt from closure and supported to continue to operate effectively. We have written and will continue to speak with Federal and all State Ministers for Health to express our concerns as the industry voice. 

We ask for their support and assistance in assistance in the following areas: 

  • Laundries are exempt from any restrictions on business operations that may be enforced as part of a broader set of isolation measures on businesses
  • Governments support supply of critical hygiene products, PPE or other inputs as normal supply chains are continued to be disrupted 
  • Governments support laundries to maintain workforces
  • This support would be complementary with individual laundry and LAA initiatives to maintain supply for essential services

Call to Action: Thank you for doing your part to keeping our Life Sustaining Businesses open, operating and safe. However, we need every member’s help generating awareness and educating local, state and federal officials regarding the importance of our services and asking them to specifically designate linen, uniform and facility services as Life Sustaining Businesses. and ask that you personalise it and send it to your state and federal Ministers for Health to reinforce the LAA efforts, thank you.

Letter Templates have been created for the following Federal and State Ministers: 

Hon Roger Cook MLA: Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health, WA
Hon Natasha Fyles: Attorney-General and Minister for Justice; Minister for Health; Minister for Arafura Games; Minister for Disabilities NT
Hon Stephen Wade MLC: SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing
Hon Peter Gutwein: TAS Minister for Health
Hon. Jenny Mikakos: VIC Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Hon. Brad Hazzard: NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research
Hon. Dr Steven Miles: QLD Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
Rachel Stephen-Smith, MLA: ACT

Health ministers to lobby
Tasmania  Peter Gutwein Phone: (03) 6165 7650

ACT Rachel Stephen-Smith, MLA


Federal Government COVID-19 advice page


NSW Government COVID-19 Advice


Victorian Government COVID-19 Advice


WA Government COVID-19 Advice


Qld Government COVID-19 Advice and Support


SA Government Covid-19 Advice


Tasmanian Government Website


Word Letter template to send to your local Health Minister


LAA, COVID-19 Mutual backup agreement


TRSA COVID Guidance Page


ITSA Covid update


TSA UK Covid page