9 July 2020 | QRC COVID-19 Working Group meeting

  • QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following:
    • The border between Victoria and Queensland is now shut. Workers travelling to Qld under a critical resource sector worker exemption are no longer able to travel into Qld.
      • The exemption has been revoked except for key government employees, at the discretion of the Chief Health Officer (CHO).
      • The CHO will consider exemptions in the case of extreme/crisis labour supply issues on a case-by-case basis.
    • No change from last week as to shipping crews: crews must be separated from the public at all times while transferring to their ship. No contact with the public is permitted and protocol is supervised by the police.
    • Workers entering Qld from all states, other than Victoria, will not require exemption certificates after 10 July: a Border Declaration Form will be required instead.
      • Question: how to access a Border Declaration Form? Answer: these are available online, and the applicant is required to carry a paper copy. Warwick Squire advised that these will expire after 7 days, or if those details change, whereupon the applicant will need to reapply. COVID Health plans for interstate workers are no longer required but should be maintained in readiness if the situation changes.
    • There will be a temperature testing area in the middle of the terminal at Brisbane airport.
      • QRC will hold the licence to cover temperature testing at Brisbane Airport by companies and their contractors. The centralised testing area is for the main Brisbane terminal, but for companies flying from charter areas, it will be business-as-usual.
      • Companies flying from the main terminal will be able to use this facility under QRC’s licence, no individual licences needed.
      • The testing facility will eventually be moved to the Ibis Hotel when commercial passenger volumes increase significantly.
    • Local mayors are keen to see commercial flights return to a normal basis and are asking companies to consider moving back from charters to regular commercial flights.
    • DNRME advised from 12:01 on 10 July, Border Restriction Directive 8 will come into force. It is posted on the QRC COVID website.
      • All of Victoria is now a declared hotspot.
      • Critical resource worker exemption has been removed from the Directive. Resource workers arriving from all non-hot spot states will require Border Declaration Forms (as per the above).
      • Resource sector employees have been removed from the essential activity list in Schedule 1 of the Directive.
      • There are a range of restrictions for people seeking to enter Qld including anyone who has tested positive to COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or has been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
      • The CHO may consider exemptions but these will be in extraordinary circumstances only.
    • Question: are COVID management plans developed for staff accommodation still required under the updated Directive?
      • Answer: Warwick Squire indicated that there is no statutory requirement to keep the management plans current. However, in the circumstances, there may be business and safety reasons to maintain them. DNRME also advises that if COVID numbers increase, the critical resource worker exemption may be enlivened. In which case, the management plans may be required again.
    • Question: can Victorian residents enter Queensland? Answer: no.