Latest developments2020-04-11T11:47:23+00:00

Latest developments

This page will be regularly updated for the resources industry regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, including Government responses to the pandemic.

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This is an update for the resources industry regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, including Government responses to the pandemic.

Please keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information. It’s best to source information from verified Government websites such as Federal Government website and Queensland Health website.

If you’re unsure if you or employees are experiencing symptoms there is a quiz you can take here.

26 August | QRC COVID-19 Working Group briefing

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.

August 26th, 2021|Categories: Latest News, QRC COVID-19 Working Group briefing|

25 August | Mackay vaccination hub

FIFO, DIDO and all resources industry workers based in the Mackay region are encouraged to get vaccinated at the vaccination hub at the Mackay Showgrounds, which will soon ramp up to 1000 appointments per day. The Mackay Hospital and Health Service has advised that bookings are preferred, but that walk-ins will not be turned away.

August 25th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

21 August | Update from Department of Resources

Please see below the latest information from the Department of Resources. This bulletin provides resources companies and peak bodies in the resources sector with the latest information on COVID-19 and how it relates to the sector. Entering Queensland from the NSW border zone The Delta outbreak in NSW is escalating, and currently presents a real threat to Queensland. That’s why it’s critical that we do everything we can to minimise any risk for the virus to spread across our border. This is why we’ve implemented tighter controls on movement across our border than ever before. Queenslanders should not enter New South Wales.

August 21st, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

12 August | QRC COVID-19 Working Group briefing

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: kylieb@qrc.org.au. 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.

August 12th, 2021|Categories: Latest News, QRC COVID-19 Working Group briefing|

9 August | Update from Department of Resources

Please see below the latest information from the Department of Resources. Please note of particular importance the bolded sentence under 'COVID-19 vaccinations'.  This bulletin provides resources companies and peak bodies in the resources sector with the latest information on COVID-19 and how it relates to the sector. Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown To protect the health of Queenslanders, the Cairns and Yarrabah Local Government Areas are in lockdown until 4pm on Wednesday 11 August.

August 9th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

8 August | Update on masks and FIFO/DIDO vaccinations

Masks  Following the lifting of the lockdown of 11 SE Qld LGAs, FIFO workers from those LGAs working outside the areas are now able to leave their accommodation when not at work. The requirement to wear masks at all times unless it is unsafe to do so or when sitting to eat or drink will remain in place for a further 2 weeks. Companies should remain extremely vigilant in regard to social distancing, mask-wearing and testing, and isolating any worker with symptoms or who has been identified as a close contact. FIFO/DIDO Vaccination Also of importance is the CHO’s decision to prioritise the vaccination of FIFO/DIDO workers along with teachers and transport drivers. To qualify as a FIFO/DIDO worker, the worker should be Queensland based and residing in accommodation which is not their normal place of residence while performing their work anywhere in Australia or PNG. 

August 7th, 2021|Categories: Latest News|

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