27 May 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:

Victoria lockdown

Victoria lockdown

From midnight tonight, Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown. The whole of Victoria will be declared a COVID-19 hotspot from 1am Friday 28 May 2021.

If you arrived in Queensland before 1am AEST Thursday 27 May

Any resources worker who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.

If you have entered or are entering Queensland between 1am AEST Thursday 27 May and 12.59 am AEST Friday 28 May

Any resources worker who arrives in Queensland after 1am Thursday 27 May and before 12.59pm AEST Friday 28 May and have been in Victoria in the last 14 days, must follow the same lockdown conditions as Victoria, 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:

– shopping for necessary goods and services

– authorised work or permitted education

– exercise – a 2-hour limit with one other person

– care giving, compassionate, and medical reasons

– to get vaccinated.

  • 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 ride share in the backseat on the passenger side with the window down.

If you are entering Queensland after 1am AEST Friday 28 May

Any resources worker travelling from Victoria to Queensland after 1am Friday 28 May, must complete a Queensland Border Declaration pass, get tested, and quarantine in government-arranged accommodation for 14 days, at their own expense, unless they hold a specialist worker exemption.

​​A resources worker is considered to not 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.

All resources companies should follow their company health plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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.

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 declared 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.

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.