2 July 2020 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

  • QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:
    • QRC will be developing an Election Strategy for the upcoming Queensland election. The strategy will include ads on television, radio, and in print. QRC is looking for ‘real people in high-visibility safety wear’ to appear in advertisements.
      • Can companies please identify any willing workers to feature in the ads.
    • Companies should avoid, wherever possible, taking workers from hot spots in Victoria. A number of companies are including questions about hot spots in their health check forms and have advised QRC that they are asking workers who reside in a hot spot to not attend work.
      • Ian Mack from Round oak Minerals asked: if this applies to workers residing in regional Victoria but travelling through hot spots? Response: no. To date a worker not residing in a hotspot travelling through an airport in a hotspot area is not classified as coming from a hotspot.
    • Josh from Shell: request for written advice from DNRME. QRC advises it is forthcoming.
    • Brisbane airport (BAC) will continue to allow for temperature testing for two to three weeks in the main terminal. Temperature testing at the main airport terminal will be consolidated into one area in the centre check-in air (near where Tiger airlines area). BAC requires a licence to be taken out to enable testing to take place in this area – QRC will take out the licence. BAC advises that as traffic increases, the testing station will move to the Ibis hotel, nearby. These changes will only apply to departures out of the main terminal.
    • Saliva testing is now being used in Victoria, which aims to increase take-up of testing, as some Victorians are refusing nasal testing. Qld Health is not encouraging its use as it is not yet proven as effective and not TGA approved.
    • Biosecurity areas are expected to open up from 10 July providing health plans are in place.
    • No finalisation of mandatory code for shipping crew changeovers as yet. Voluntary code still being used.
    • Warwick Squire, DNRME, advises border restrictions as they relate to Victoria are still being finalised. The government is aware of heightened risk, and potential impacts on resources sector workforce but there may be some changes to exemptions.
    • 10 July easing of border restrictions (other than Vic) – don’t have final advice on this but there may be staged lifting of restrictions eg requirements for health plans may remain for critical resource sector workers
      • Josh, Shell, asks if hotspots will be expanded across Melbourne or Victoria? DNRME advises that hotspot applications focus on postcodes, whereas Qld government focuses on Victoria as a whole.
    • DNRME will provide updates on guidance as it comes to hand. QRC will circulate to members and also via the QRC website.