16 July 2020 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:

  • COVID-19 situation in other states is tenuous. The Qld Chief Health Officer extended hotspot declarations and border closure to Liverpool and Campbelltown in NSW, both within the greater metropolitan area of Sydney. Noting virulent spread in younger people.
    • Biggest concern for sector is impact on supplies and services between southern states and Queensland, including delays at border.
  • In relation to airport testing:
    • QRC has taken out the license for use of facilities at the General Aviation Terminal at Brisbane airport for temperature testing for QRC member companies and their service providers. The facility is in the centre of the terminal.
    • Ibis testing location will commence in due course as air traffic expands. Cost of service is still being negotiated. Car parking is readily available.
    • Commercial airlines have not implemented temperature-testing however the Qld Chief Health Officer has encouraged the resources sector to continue as it is a beneficial practise. This view is shared with the broader community.
  • Schools are experiencing difficulties obtaining laptops. If member companies have laptops that can be repurposed and donated to the state school system, please contact QRC.
  • Question: has there been a change to hotspot status today (from Liverpool and Campbelltown in NSW, and Victoria)? Answer: no, not at this stage.
  • Business visa holders will find it difficult to return if they leave Australia. QRC advises that compassionate grounds have been sufficient to leave the country, to date.
  • Question from Kelly Vea Vea from Isaac Regional Council: are there exemptions from hotspots? Answer from DNRME: generally, no. However, while there are limited exemptions available (e.g. to electrical workers) the numbers of allocations are extremely low.
    • DNRME notes that while the critical resources sector worker exemption has been mothballed (under Border Restriction Directive 8, effective 10 July, as noted last week) that might be enlivened again if restrictions are put back in place.