24 March 2020 / COVID-19

National Cabinet Meeting - New Restrictions

The Prime Minister just made the following announcements after tonight’s national cabinet meeting:

  • States and Territories are keen to be as consistent as possible and will be trying to be uniform in their approach nationally to avoid confusion
  • From midnight tomorrow night these activities will no longer stay open / take place (these are in addition to the activities announced on Sunday) – all retail premises must display how many people can be insider under 4sqm rule:
    • Food courts (takeaway only)
    • Auction houses, open house inspections
    • Outdoor and indoor markets (unless considered an essential food supply – states / territories will define shortly)
    • Large gatherings brought together for particular organised events – states / territories again will specify local effects
    • Personal services (beauty, therapy, waxing, tanning, nail salons, tattoo parlours) - excl physio and allied health, hair dressers and barbers with strict social distancing measures)
    • Amusement parks and arcades
    • Play centres indoor and outdoor
    • Community and recreation centres, yoga, health centres
    • Bootcamps and personal training limited to maximum 10 people with strict social distancing
    • Social based sporting activities (large groups ie team sports)
    • Swimming pools
    • Galleries, museums, libraries, historic centres
    • Community facilities, clubs etc
    • Places of worship now extends to weddings (no more than 5 people) and funerals (no more than 10 people)
  • Further rules we must follow as part of social distancing measures (states and territories will police):
    • Stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out
    • Going out for the basics and exercise in a small group in your house is ok
    • Providing care or support for others is ok
    • Going to work is ok – where you cannot work from home (strongly encouraged to do this though)
    • Visits of others to our houses should be kept to a minimum and with a very small number of guests (use common sense)
    • No more family gatherings or house parties
    • Do not go outdoors and gather in groups
  • School advice has not changed – it is still safe to send kids to school
  • Will meet with relevant teacher bodies tomorrow to work through issues
  • Schools will open after the term break
  • All jobs are essential – hence schools must stay open for kids to go to school to help job stability for parents
  • Ban on international travel (previously was a ‘Do Not Travel’) – comes into effect
  • New penalties for profiteering of large quantities of things being sold / taken overseas
  • Next National Cabinet Meeting tomorrow night to discuss other measures (including leases). Will provide another update then.

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16 August / Update

Built by Hutchies' Teams, for Hutchies' Teams.

Our new Payments Tool is live and replaces our Filenet system. 

We've got some resources available below for anyone new to the system to help you get up to speed on how it works.

Filenet is no longer being used for payment processing. If you need to refer back to previous invoices, please contact AP.

Payment Enquiries

Please contact AP

Technical Enquiries

Please contact IT Support

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29 July / Notice

We've secured new agreements to provide Hutchies' teams consistent service, products and pricing. 

Bingo & United

We have a new partnership with Bingo Industries and United Waste Services across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This expands Hutchies' price competitive options for construction and demolition waste bins.

Bingo / United covers:

  • New South Wales – As north as Dungog, out to Katoomba, all of Sydney and down to Nowra in southern NSW
  • Queensland – Morayfield down togreater Brisbane region, west out to Tivoli and down to Kingscliff in NSW
  • Victoria – most of Greater Melbourne and surrounds

Raw Skips

Our long term partner in South East Queensland has secured their rates exclusive to Hutchies for the next 6 months.

Raw Skips and their partner Whale Skips cover most of the South East Queensland regions – from Gold Coast right up to Noosa and everything in between.


Our suppliers both have a range of options available at exclusive prices:

  • Guaranteed fixed pricing for 6 – 24 months
  • Up to 4 x 1.5m crane bins included at no charge for each project (region / supplier dependent)
  • Below market rates guaranteed
  • Detailed waste reporting & recycling / sustainability reports
  • And more!
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18 July / Update

Hutchies' new Payments system training kicks off this week.

The login details are on page 3 of the draft training manual

Access via this link

Everyone now should have invoices under their test login (you can start testing now).

We are aware of a couple of bugs (The format of the Payment Schedule report & IV performance).

If you experience any issues during testing, please log them here.

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15 July / Notice

With the implementation of our new system for processing claims & invoices, please take note of the following dates to ensure a smooth transition.

  • 25/07/22 – No access to retention release module in Viewpoint.
  • 27/07/22 – No new invoices will be scanned into Filenet.
  • 27/07/22 - Filenet must be cleared entirely by 4pm– no exceptions. Every invoice will need to be actioned and cleared out.
  • 29/07/22 – No access to Filenet until we go live with the new system.
  • 02/08/22 – Go Live.

The week beginning 18/7/22 will be the start of our training blitz.

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12 July / Notice

New > Lead Procedure

Lead management was previously included in Hutchies' Hazardous Substances Procedure.

The separation of lead works / process into a standalone procedure provides updated specific guidance for the identification, assessment, communication, risk controls, monitoring and record management associated with lead works / process on site.

SP:06 Lead

Updated > Removal of Lead Material Checklist

The Removal of Lead Materials Checklist has been updated to address the planning and preparation requirements for lead works / process.

This checklist is used prior to the commencement of work, and confirming the area is safe to re-enter following completion of removal work.

Removal of Lead Material Checklist

WHS System Updates

Other recent updates include:

  • Energisation Permit [HB-HSEQ-F-074-B] — now available in all projects via HammerTech
  • JSA Form — revision of JSA to align with other risk assessment formats

Where there are minor formatting, grammatical updates or moderate changes in wording in any resources / templates, these will be updated automatically in our tools, without formal communication. 

To ensure you're using the latest tools, always access the Safety Systems via Hutchies' Toolbox > HSE tile and use HammerTech for on-site application. 


Health, Safety & Enviro


Team Leaders

  • Where your Team does not have a designated HSE Manager or HSE Advisor, please communicate these changes to your Team

Site Management

  • Review project requirement for lead work / process and where applicable implement the lead removal checklist prior to the commencement of work and before opening areas to other work groups

Team HSE Managers

  • Review updates and communicate these changes to projects where there may be lead removal works or energisation activities
  • Provide feedback on application of the process
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4 July / Meetings

Thanks for participating in Hutchies' Quarterly Company Meetings for Site Managers & Administrators.

A copy of each presentation is available to download below.

Share your feedback on this session

Survey > Site Managers' Meeting

Survey > Project Managers & Contract Administrators' Meeting

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1 Jul - 1 Aug / Promotion

As the financial year wraps up, it’s natural to think about the cost of things. Do the products or services we use work for us? And are we getting real value from them? It’s a time of making ‘new financial year resolutions’ – like switching to a health plan that better suits our lifestyle. 

To help kick off the new financial year, Bupa is offering 6 weeks free* in the first year on their range of Corporate Health Cover. So you can start fresh with a health plan that meets their needs and offers great value too.

Here are some of the ways you’ll benefit by joining Bupa health insurance:

  • You'll get a $50 Prezzee Gift Card when you get a quote with Bupa in July
  • You'll get 6 weeks free* on eligible combined Hospital and Extras products by joining between 1 July and 31 July 2022
  • You'll waive the 2 and 6 month waiting periods on Extras cover*
  • You'll get ongoing monthly discounts on Corporate Health Cover

Confused about the Medicare Levy Surcharge this tax time? If you earn over $90,000 as a single or a household income above $180,000 as a couple / family, getting Bupa Hospital Cover could help you at tax time.  

Speak to a health insurance expert now

Phone / 1300 662 074
Email / sales@bupa.com.au
Message / Chat to a live consultant now

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22 June / Legislation Alert

Scaffold Code of Practice 2021 commenced on 1 July 2021, with the exception of Section which had a 12-month delayed commencement.

From 1 July 2022, the following requirement applies to stand-alone scaffolding that has been installed on or after 1 July 2022.

The new recommendation is that the step height from the scaffold stair module onto the working platform should be minimised so that it is no more than 300 millimetres. This only applies where there is a change in direction between landings.

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