QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): The Queensland Government now requires all workers that will travel across the border to have at least a first dose of vaccination. It will be difficult to get essential workers out of NSW in any circumstances. A quarantine management plan will, ideally, be in place as part of the application for specialist worker exemptions. QH will view the application more favourably if they have received at least one vaccination. Only small numbers are expected to be approved. Work towards establishing the vaccination hub at Brisbane Airport, at the Pullman, is progressing. No feedback has been received from third-party providers, except Vanguard. Vanguard appear to be more advanced than other providers and have inspected the facilities.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): The QRC is exploring the possibility of a COVID vaccine facility at Brisbane Airport to be located at the Pullman Hotel. A trial of the vaccination of FIFO/DIDO workers returning to Brisbane after their shift in regional Qld may be available as soon as next week. The QRC will advise members as details become available. Please advise the QRC with an estimate of how many individual staff members may require vaccinations at this facility per week. Please direct your advice to Kylie Barron: firstname.lastname@example.org. QRC has already been in touch with three 3rd party medical providers accredited to administer the Pfizer vaccine. If you are aware of an alternative 3rd party provider you wish to use who can safely prepare and administer the vaccine, then please advise the QRC.
Mr Macfarlane opened the call and thanked members for joining. Mr Macfarlane advised that The Honourable Scott Stewart, Minister for Resources would be joining the call, along with the Department of Resources and Regional Mayors. The CHO remains optimistic that the current lockdown in the 11 LGA’s in SE Queensland may be able to be lifted at 4.00pm on Sunday 8/8/21. Member companies are encouraged to remind their workforce to obey all current restrictions that are in place if they are or have been in any of the 11 LGA’s since Friday 30th The resources industry must continue to set a good example in order to protect its workforce and the community it works in and to avoid any unfavourable media coverage. QRC has been advised that a determination from the CHO, not at the request of QRC, means FIFO and DIDO workers will be prioritised for vaccination, regardless of age. QRC is engaging with the State Government, Queensland Health and the Office of the Queensland Vaccine Operations Coordinator for further details about how this will work in practice. QRC remains of the view that regional communities should be vaccinated at the same time as the mining workforce.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): The CHO has announced a further one-week extension of the requirements to wear a face mask if you are in the identified SE Qld LGAs or have been in those LGAs in the last 14 days. Persons who have visited those SEQ LGAs must wear a mask as per SE Qld until next Friday 6th August unless they have been outside the LGAs for more than 14days There has been some confusion about Border arrangements. For gas field workers travelling between operations in the NE South Australia and SW corner of Qld, exemptions are in place but workers are required to be tested within 7 days of arrival in Qld and every 7 days. For FIFOs in the NSW ‘bubble zone’, identified in the map the QRC distributed on Saturday, workers in that area can travel anywhere in Queensland for work-related purposes. They must apply for an entry pass into Queensland. It is preferable for resource companies, not contractor companies, to apply for specialist/essential worker exemptions when bringing workers into Queensland from hot spots.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): • There are no changes to the rules, as relating to mine sites, that have been in place for the past few months. • Mine site workers can still be assessed as critical workers if they cannot work from home nor have their work done by another person. o A question was asked about interstate travellers and Essential Workers clarified that if an essential worker has been tested and indicated a negative result, and has travelled interstate, then they will be able to return to work. • In relation to inter-state travels, there is a specialist worker exemption being managed by the Department of Health. If workers must be brought from NSW, for example, then a specialist travel permit will be required.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following (actions in bold): A lockdown applies in the Greater Brisbane Area (Brisbane, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay region) from 5pm tonight, for 3 days (presently scheduled to lift Thursday night but subject to review). CHO is viewing this situation very seriously. QRC asks that travel be minimised to essential travel only over the 3 day lock down period. Companies to advise QRC via email@example.com of the number of workers who must travel over the next 3 days.
QRC COVID-19 Working Group spoke about the following: With the removal of Sydney restrictions, an increase in air traffic is anticipated. The only significant restriction still in place is WA (2-week quarantine period for anyone travelling there from Qld). In relation to work camps, the QRC has stated its opposition to their use as quarantine
Discussed: Greater Brisbane Area lockdown and easing restrictions, COVID protocols, appropriate mask usage, social distancing and other hygiene measures.
Discussed: Brisbane quarantine hotel worker who recently tested positive to a new highly contagious strain of COVID-19, the Greater Brisbane Area (GBA) 3-day hard lockdown from 6.00pm on Friday 8 January until 6.00pm Monday 11 January 2021, Qld Health contact tracing, resources industry is still an essential industry.
Discussed: Current restrictions in place, applications for specialist workers in hotspot areas, temperature testing at Brisbane airport.