11 June 2020 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

  • QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:
    • QRC will advise members of pathology sites across Queensland to facilitate testing of suspected COVID cases, and will provide a map on the QRC website.
    • QRC has sought advice from Qld Health about temperature testing. Qld Health advises it is a useful tool, and recommends industry continues to temperature test.
    • Qld Health would like resources sector companies to be a part of a community testing pilot – more details to come.
    • As advised last week, Qantas will be returning to a more regular intra-state flight schedule from tomorrow (12 June). Social distancing will be observed where it can be in the terminal and planes will be filled to capacity.
    • QRC advises that responsibility for management of the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act restrictions will be passed to the States and restrictions likely to be lifted within the next 10 days.
    • QRC is collating information from companies about what optional COVID protocols are currently in place, and what plans exist to roll them back. QRC will advise on the outcomes of this work.
      • This will include plans to continue use of charter aircraft, which will provide certainty and comfort to the community. Where capacity on planes is increased, all passengers will wear face masks.
      • In coming weeks there will be a (minor) shift back to using commercial flights.
      • This work is being done in cooperation with Kelly Vea Vea (Isaac Regional Council) to gain community views on roll back.
    • As part of the gradual lifting of restrictions a number of companies, including Anglo and BHP, will allow workers back into towns and to access facilities such as take away food and gyms. Over the next few weeks companies will open access to pubs and clubs. QRC will work with communities and companies to ensure they understand responsibilities.
    • Brisbane Airport Corporation has advised that testing facilities will continue for resource companies (but not to the flying public). QRC will continue to engage to provide advice on airport protocols.
    • Bobby Foot advised that Qld Health inspected BHP’s site, and reviewed implementation of its COVID health plan. Positive feedback was given from Qld Health as to how protocols are being implemented.
    • QRC advises that FIFO workers are now being integrated with in with local community and local workers at the worksite.
    • Re: exemptions for interstate workers: companies are removing workers from the list when exemptions are no longer needed. The need for the seeking of exemptions process is diminishing.
    • General view is that companies are monitoring COVID numbers especially this week and next, and looking at potential impacts of the easing of restrictions and rallies that were held on the weekend against advice of Chief Health Officer.