Is interstate FIFO/DIDO restricted?
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.
The Department has developed a guideline and online form for critical resource sector employees to apply for a specialist worker exemption for employees travelling from declared COVID-19 hotpots.
Applications will only be accepted from companies.
If you have workers you consider to be critical specialist workers, you need to complete an online application form, and provide supporting documentation (within the spreadsheet provided online).
It is critical that all criteria identified in the Guidelines is addressed in order to progress your application. Applications that do not contain the required information will be rejected.
This information will form part of the assessment and inform the Chief Health Officer decision.Previous exemptions are no longer valid.
Which interstate FIFO/DIDO workers are allowed to travel to Queensland?
As per the Border Restriction Direction issued by the Chief Health Officer, critical resources sector employee means a person that:
a) is required to be appointed under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999; the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999; or the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and the position is mentioned in the list published on the Queensland Health website; or
b) has been approved by the Chief Health Officer as a critical resources sector employee.
The guidelines are available on the website which outlines the process for confirming a worker as exempt.
What about FIFO/DIDO within Queensland?
Queensland-based resource workers are not restricted to critical resource sector employees. FIFO/DIDO workers who live and work in Queensland can continue to work in any roles in Queensland. Additional restrictions about overseas travel or hotspots continue to apply to interstate and Qld workers.
I am a critical resource sector employee. What do I need to do to cross the border?
After receiving an exemption, a Queensland Border Declaration Pass will also be required to be completed. (You are unable to apply for a Border Declaration Pass, until you have been granted specialist worker exemption).
What happens if a worker arrives without the exemption approval due to a delay in the application process?
DNRME advise that there are criminal offence provisions that relate to unauthorised travel so no one should leave their home location until they have their approval. The failure to manage this will also be taken into account in all future exemption applications made by a company.
Should operators apply for exemptions for contractors who are doing work for them?
DNRME advise that the preference is that contractors must apply in their own right. Contractor applications must be accompanied by a letter of comfort from the operators confirming that the work is business critical and non-deferrable. The letter must be signed by a senior executive.