22 July 2021 | Update from Department of Resources

Queensland restrictions update

Face masks restrictions

From 6am AEST Friday 23 July until 6am AEST Friday 30 July, Face mask restrictions will continue to apply for South East Queensland.

Border restrictions

From 1am AEST Friday 23 July 2021 all of New South Wales will be a declared hotspot. A New South Wales border zone will come into effect at this time.

This means New South Wales border zone residents can only enter Queensland for a permitted purpose, and Queensland residents can only enter the New South Wales border zone for a permitted purpose.

You can cross the border from a border zone community for an essential activity, work, education or organised children’s sport. See the full list of permitted purposes. You cannot cross the border for recreation or tourist activities or events, exercise or for a holiday.

New South Wales border zone residents and Queensland residents cannot travel outside the border zone in New South Wales, and then enter Queensland without an exemption or undertaking quarantine.

The following are currently declared COVID-19 hotspots:

  • South Australia – all of South Australia.
  • Victoria – all of Victoria.
  • New South Wales – local government areas (LGAs) of Blayney Shire, Cabonne Shire and Orange City as well as LGAs that make up Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Entering Queensland from a hotspot

Any resources worker who has been to a hotspot in the last 14 days or since the declared start date (whichever is shorter) will not be allowed to enter Queensland unless they are a Queensland resident or have an exemption. Anyone allowed to enter will need to quarantine in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.

Specialist worker exemptions

Resources companies with workers travelling to Queensland from a declared hotspot can apply for a specialist or essential worker exemption if they believe the worker meets the criteria of a specialist or essential worker.

As per the critical worker exemption process, it is urged that essential work should only be undertaken where that work cannot be performed by someone else, is time-dependent in nature, would have a significant impact on production, or have an unacceptable safety impact. Employees are urged first to consider replacing impacted employees and only allow them to work if they meet the criteria and as a last resort. Rotational workers undertaking routine work duties should not be considered essential in this context.

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

Travelling to Queensland through a hotspot

Resources workers travelling to Queensland through a declared hotspot are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass but will not have to quarantine if they:

  • were in a COVID-19 hotspot for the sole purpose of transiting through an airport and didn’t leave the airport
  • transited through a COVID-19 hotspot by road using private transport stopping only for essential fuel, supplies and to manage driver fatigue, wore a mask when stopping and did not stay overnight in a hotspot
  • transited through a COVID-19 hotspot by road using private transport to enter an airport in the hotspot and fly to Queensland.

For example, if you drove to an airport carpark and then took private transport to the airport.

You won’t be required to quarantine if you have only been in a hotspot in one of these situations.

Travelling to another State

Resources workers departing Queensland to another state or territory should check the relevant State Government border restrictions currently in place for the state they intend travelling to. Please note that due to the constantly evolving nature of virus outbreaks if you leave Queensland, you may be unable to return to your place of work within Queensland without quarantine.

Get tested

Regardless of where you have been, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested immediately and quarantine at home until you receive a negative result.