17 December 2021 | Wet mess facilities at resources camps

Formal advice has been received from the Department of Resources and Public Health Directions team regarding the question of wet mess facilities at resources camps.  In broad terms, the “dine in canteens” setting in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction is not defined, but an approach that considers the public health risks should be considered when deciding if a facility falls within the provision.

For example, canteens that cater only to a known cohort and are not open to members of the public would clearly fall within the intended use of the “dine in canteens” setting in Schedule 1B.

Venues that cater to workers from multiple sites, and potentially different industries, are likely to have a different risk profile.

Based on this, Queensland Health has provided advice on 5 broad scenarios as below:

Scenario 1 – Single Mine Camp, servicing one company and one mine only

Advice: In this scenario, the wet mess/wet bar would meet the definition of a Dine-In canteen in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction, as this facility is remote in nature with no other options for workers, and workers are from one company/one mine.

Scenario 2a – Multi Mine Camp, but servicing one company and the facility is owned by the mine company

Advice: In this scenario, the wet mess/wet bar would meet the definition of a Dine-In canteen in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction, as this facility is remote in nature with no other options for workers, and workers are from one company (but from multiple mine sites).

Scenario 2b – Multi Mine Camp, but servicing one company and the facility is owned by a third party

Advice: In this scenario, the wet mess/wet bar would meet the definition of a Dine-In canteen in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction, as this facility is remote in nature with no other options for workers, and workers are from one company.

Scenario 3 – Multi Mine Camp, but servicing multiple companies and operated by a third party

Advice: In this scenario, given that there are multiple resource companies accessing the site, the wet mess/wet bar is interpreted to not meet the definition of a Dine-In canteen in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction as it more approximates a Hospitality Venue.

Scenario 4 – Multi Mine Camp that also services other sectors (eg. construction, rail, power, even the public), and operated by a third party

Advice: In this scenario, given that there are multiple resource companies and workers from other sectors (such as construction, rail, power, even public) accessing the site, the wet mess/wet bar is interpreted to not meet the definition of a Dine-In canteen in Schedule 1B of the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction as it more approximates a Hospitality Venue.