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.

24 August | Restricted areas – Greater Brisbane, Ipswich and West Moreton

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.

August 24th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

7 August | Update from DNRME

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.

August 7th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

7 August | Update from DNRME

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.

August 6th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|

7 August | Chief Health Officer Direction for NSW/ACT border close

Following our member call yesterday, QRC has been engaged in further discussions with Minister Lynham’s office and DNRME on the Border Restriction Direction for the NSW/ACT border close from 1am, Saturday 8 August. Thank-you to members for their input for QRC’s representations to the Government. Overnight (1:45am today) the Chief Health Officer released the Border Restrictions Direction (No. 11).    In summary, the Chief Health Officer Direction reinstates the designation of “critical resource sector employee” under the definition of “specialist worker”. A “specialist worker” (Section 5(4) of Schedule 1 of the Direction) is determined to be a person entering Queensland for an “essential activity” and must only remain in Queensland for the time necessary to carry out the activity.

August 6th, 2020|Categories: Latest News|
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