12 February 2021 | Update from Department of Resources

Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector:

Border restrictions and COVID-19 hotspots

There are changes for people travelling to Queensland from Victoria, Western Australian and New South Wales.


Victoria

From 1am AEST Saturday 13 February, resources workers who have been anywhere in Victoria on or since 29 January 2021 will need to apply for a border pass before entering Queensland.

Greater Melbourne

From 1am AEST Saturday 13 February, the 36 local government areas that make up Greater Melbourne will be COVID-19 hotspots. Resources workers entering Queensland who have been in one of these hotspots on or since 9 February must complete a border pass, enter Queensland by air and quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days, unless they hold a specialist or essential worker exemption.

Resources workers who have been in Greater Melbourne since 5 February and have arrived into Queensland should check the list of venues attended by the latest COVID-19 case and:

  • If they have been to one of these venues, get tested immediately, isolate for 14 days and call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
  • If they have not been to one of the listed venues, get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Western Australia

From 1am AEST Sunday 14 February all regions of Western Australia will be removed as a COVID-19 hotspot.

See current border restrictions for anyone who has been in Western Australia since 25 January.

New South Wales

Resources workers who have been in New South Wales since 2 February and are currently in Queensland should monitor their health, get tested if they have any symptoms then isolate until they receive a result.

Check the list of venues attended by the latest COVID-19 case in New South Wales.

Specialist and essential worker exemption process

Resources companies with workers who have been in a hotspot can apply for a specialist or essential worker exemption if they believe the worker meets the criteria of a specialist or essential worker.

A specialist or essential worker is someone who is required to be in Queensland to provide time-critical services, that can’t be already obtained in Queensland.

A specialist or essential worker who has been endorsed to enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot must have an approved Queensland Border Declaration Pass and a Quarantine Management Plan.

Specialist or essential workers travelling to Queensland must quarantine in accordance with the Quarantine Management Plan.

The specialist worker application process remains unchanged and all applications must be progressed via the Health Portal in the first instance.