17 November 2020 | Update from DNRME

Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) and how it relates to the resources sector:

Border changes and COVID-19 hotspots

From 11.59pm on Monday 16 November, 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South Australia are declared COVID-19 hotspots, meaning travel from there to Queensland is restricted.

Queensland residents who have been in a South Australia hotspot since Monday, 9 November and want to return will now need to enter hotel quarantine on arrival and at their own expense.

Anyone other than a Queensland resident who has been in a newly declared hotspot arriving in Queensland will not be allowed to enter. The only exceptions to this are people allowed to enter for permitted purposes, such as specialist or essential workers.

Specialist and essential worker exemption process

There is no change to the current specialist and essential worker application process. All applications must be progressed via the Health portal in the first instance.

Read more about the specialist worker application process.

Entering Queensland

If a resources worker was in a South Australia hotspot on or after Monday, 9 November and entered Queensland before 11.59pm on 16 November they must get tested – even if they have no symptoms. They must also quarantine until 14 days have passed since they left the hotspot. The worker can quarantine on a worksite as long as that site has a quarantine management plan and they continue to follow COVID safe practices.

If a resources worker has been in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of arriving at, departing from or transiting through an airport, and did not stop anywhere else in the COVID-19 hotspot or leave an airport, they will not be required to quarantine and get tested.

The worker should take the following steps when completing their Queensland Border Declaration Pass:

  1. Select ‘Yes’ to the question: In the last 14 days prior to entering Queensland have you been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot?
  2. Select  the appropriate ‘Transit’ response
  3. Select the form of private transport used to travel through the COVID-19 hotspot to the airport

If a resources worker has been in a COVID-19 hotspot, other than to transit to an airport, they must follow the specialist worker application process. When completing the border declaration pass they should take the following steps:

  1. Select ‘Yes’ to the question: In the last 14 days prior to entering Queensland have you been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot?
  2. Select  the appropriate ‘Essential activity’ response

A resources worker who was in a South Australia hotspot before 11.59pm on 8 November is permitted to enter Queensland.

Border Declaration Pass

Anyone wanting to cross the border into Queensland needs a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

From 10 November, an improved border pass system has been in place to streamline processing at border checkpoints and provide protection for Queenslanders. The system removes confusion about pass types by auto-selecting passes based on the information provided by applicants.

Resources workers should allow up to three business days for border pass applications to be processed. Workers with a current border pass obtained prior to 10 November can continue to use the pass until it expires, including the X Pass (Border Zone Travel).