Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector:
Western Australia lockdown
From today, Western Australia (WA) has entered a three-day lockdown, and 34 local government areas and two unincorporated areas in Perth and Peel are declared COVID-19 hotspots.
Anyone who was in Perth or the Peel region on or since 1am 17 April 2021 must follow testing and quarantine requirements.
A new border direction (No.24) is in effect for anyone entering Queensland from the WA hotspots.
A new Places of Concern direction is also in effect and refers specifically to the requirements of isolation and quarantine.
Resources workers who were in Perth or Peel on or since 17 April
Any resources worker currently in Queensland, who has been in the Perth or Peel hotspots on or since 1am on 17 April 2021, must follow WA lockdown requirements until the lockdown ends on 2am AEST 27 April 2021 including:
- get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and then stay home or in your arranged accommodation and not leave home until you have received a negative test result.
- even after receiving a negative test result, only leave home (or arranged accommodation) for the following reasons until 2am AEST 27 April 2021:
- get essential goods such as food, groceries, medical or necessary supplies
- receive health care
- end of life visits if allowed by the facility you are visiting
- for safety reasons
- Wear a mask at all times when leaving their home or accommodation.
- Travel by private vehicle only, in a taxi with a protective shield or in a taxi or rideshare in the backseat on the passenger side with the window down
- Must not attend ANZAC Day Services
All resources companies should continue to follow their company health plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Border Restriction Direction No. 24
A new Border restrictions direction is in effect and this means resources workers who have been in a Perth or Peel hotspot cannot enter Queensland unless they are a Queensland resident, or are required to perform an essential activity and they have received a specialist worker exemption.
Any resources worker who is permitted to enter Queensland from a hotspot during the lockdown must:
A resources worker is taken not to have been in a COVID-19 hotspot if they:
- transited through an airport in a hotspot and did not leave the confines of the airport.
- transited through a hotspot by road using private transport, only stopping for essential fuel and fatigue management, wore a face mask at all times when stopping and did not stay overnight in a hotspot.
Specialist worker exemptions
Resources companies with workers travelling to Queensland from a Western Australia hotspot can apply for a specialist or essential worker exemption if they believe the worker meets the criteria of a specialist or essential worker.
A specialist or essential worker who has been endorsed to enter Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot must have an approved Queensland Border Declaration Pass and a Quarantine Management Plan.
The specialist worker application process remains unchanged and all applications must be progressed via the Health portal in the first instance.
Emergency event exemptions
The emergency event exemption application process remains unchanged. Find out more about the application process if you need a worker to enter Queensland from a WA hotspot to respond to an emergency resources event.
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.
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.