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.
Please find below the latest information on COVID-19 from DNRME, and how it relates to the resources sector. Border restrictions Further restrictions on Queensland’s borders have been announced. From 1am this Saturday (8 August, 2020) New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will be declared hot spots. This change means that Queensland’s borders will be closed to any visitors coming from New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory–in addition to all of Victoria. Any Queensland resident who wants to cross the border after this time will need to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine. Exemptions Specialist worker Under the updated Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11) resources sector employees will fall under the category of Specialist Worker and require an exemption, applied for and issued by the Chief Health Officer. The category of specialist workers has been expanded to include limited opportunities for the resources and other sectors to apply for exemptions for critical workers. The process for applying for an exemption will be provided ASAP. It is important to the safety of the Queensland community that exemptions are only granted in very limited circumstances and will be approved by the Chief Health Officer. An assessment process, including relevant application forms and guidance material is currently under development and will be made available as a priority. Further information about the Queensland border restrictions, including questions and answers, can be found on the Queensland Health website.