27 June 2021 | Update from Department of Resources

Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department of Resources and how it relates to the resources sector:

Changes to the Direction

From 1:00am Saturday, 26 June 2021 changes to the Declared Hotspots Direction,and from 10:00am Sunday, 27 June 2021 the Interstate Places of Concern (Stay at Home in Queensland) Direction (No. 2), came into place.  These changes include:

Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick or City of Sydney LGA:

  • The identified start date for the declared hotspots Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney Local Government Areas (LGA) was changed to 11 June 2021.
  • Any resources worker already in Queensland who has been in Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick or City of Sydney LGA on or since 1:00am 11 June 2021 must stay at their home or accommodation until the end of the Sydney lockdown, or until 14 days have passed since they were last in the LGA (whichever is earlier).
  • The direction is in place until midnight on Friday 9 July 2021.

Greater Sydney region (including Shellharbour, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong):

  • Any resources worker already in Queensland who has been in the Greater Sydney region on or since 1:00am 21 June 2021 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after leaving those areas.
  • The direction is in place until midnight on Friday 9 July 2021.

All remaining hotspots in the Greater Sydney Local Government areas continue to have an identified start date of 1:00am 24 June 2021.

Quarantine arrangements

Any resources worker who was in a declared hotspot must quarantine in that person’s place of residence or at another place that is suitable for the person to reside, and may leave their home or accommodation only:

  • for essential shopping or medical care
  • to perform essential work not in a vulnerable setting and the work is of a nature that cannot reasonably be performed from the person’s place of residence
  • to exercise outside alone or with members of their household
  • to provide essential care to a dependent
  • to obtain a COVID-19 test
  • to attend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment (must have been pre-booked, not a walk in)
  • to leave Queensland directly
  • in an emergency situation or to escape a risk of harm.
  • Face masks must be worn when leaving home or accommodation for a permitted reason, and any travel must be done by private transport or a taxi with physical distancing.
  • A relevant person may allow up to 2 visitors per day.

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. Employers 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.

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.

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

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.