Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) and how it relates to the resources sector: Border changes and COVID-19 hotspots From 11.59pm on Monday 16 November, 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South Australia are declared COVID-19 hotspots, meaning travel from there to Queensland is restricted. Queensland residents who have been in a South Australia hotspot since Monday, 9 November and want to return will now need to enter hotel quarantine on arrival and at their own expense. Anyone other than a Queensland resident who has been in a newly declared hotspot arriving in Queensland will not be allowed to enter. The only exceptions to this are people allowed to enter for permitted purposes, such as specialist or essential workers. Specialist and essential worker exemption process There is
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Discussed: BAC temperature testing space, MSQ crew changes, NSW/QLD bubble area, QRC's campaign, part 1, 2 and 3, automated specialist worker system, DNRME streamlined system
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from Department Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) and how it relates to the resources sector: Applying for an exemption because of an emergency event Under the updated border direction, workers providing emergency energy, drinking water, sewerage, liquid fuel, telecommunications or resources services can enter Queensland.
Discussed: Queensland's overall COVID position, Central Qld Health turnaround (13.1 hours), Border Directive #14 will be effective from 3pm 28 September, border declaration forms, specialist worker exemptions remain unchanged, applications must come from the company, not the worker or contractor, upcoming changes to quarantine procedures.
Discussed: Restrictions eased in Gold Coast and Darling Downs, Health Directive #15 due in 2 weeks, specialist workers, APPEA/QRC/AMEC report, companies must be mindful of managing fatigue at all times, companies to continue to enforce social distancing, exemption processes, marine safety, an update re: QRC 'You can count on us' campaign.
In collaboration with the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), QRC seeks your feedback through a survey on the Queensland Specialist Worker Exemption process. This will assist the Queensland Government make any necessary improvements to ensure movement of workers essential to the resources sector. Click here to complete the survey
Discussed: No new cases in CQ for 3 months, COVID test turnaround times, specialist worker exemptions and survey for members, ship crew protocols, QRC temperature testing facilities, QRC's pre-election media campaign, SSRC Act, DNRME working with Qld Health to streamline exemption application processes
As you would be aware, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) has declared Greater Brisbane, Ipswich and West Moreton a restricted area. She emphasised today that there are no restrictions to travel to or from these areas, but people in these areas should carry face masks and use in confined areas, eg. shops. There are also restrictions now in place in terms of the size of gatherings in public places and in homes in these areas. Members sourcing FIFO workers from these regions should ask their workers to be extra vigilant in regards to social distancing, hand cleaning and sanitising, and wearing a face mask as per the CHO’s directions.
Discussed: Speculation around further border closures, specialist exemptions, BAC airport testing facility, QRC meeting with the Premier, DNRME update on Directive #11
From 1am on Saturday 8 August, Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11) (the direction) comes into force and places tighter controls on people moving into Queensland from declared COVID-19 hotspots (Victoria, NSW and ACT). Under the direction, the Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days except in limited exceptions. Process for applying for a limited exemption under Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11) It is important to the safety of the Queensland community that exemptions are only applied for if the position is critical and cannot be done by someone already in Queensland.