10 August 2021 / COVID-19

New Construction Site Requirements in Greater Sydney

The NSW Government has announced new requirements for workers and construction sites across Greater Sydney.

Whilst we are still awaiting the official Health Directive, we understand that from 12.01am on Wednesday (11 August), all construction sites will be able to reopen across Greater Sydney albeit with two new requirements as outlined below.

Hutchies' focus is to make this new information available to all workers and subcontractors across NSW immediately. We are developing further detail for site entry requirements which will be issued in coming days. Team Leaders will also work with members of their team who reside in the affected LGAs with regards to coordinating their return to work.

New requirements announced by NSW Government in place from 12.01am Wednesday 11 August

  1. Construction sites can operate at a maximum capacity of 50%; and
  2. Construction workers from affected areas can return to work but must provide evidence that they have received:
    1. two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
    2. one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 weeks before attending work, or
    3. one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and, if less than 3 weeks since that vaccine was administered, a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours and this must be repeated for the first 3 weeks following the initial vaccine dose

Maximum construction site capacity

Hutchies' Teams will work with all subcontractors to establish workforce requirements across each trade to ensure optimal productivity across our sites.

Immediate steps people from affected LGAs should take

If you reside in one of the affected suburbs or local government areas (LGAs) listed below, to work on site you must:

  • Get a vaccination as soon as possible
  • Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible if you have only had one vaccine and that dose was less than three weeks ago (so you have evidence of a negative test result before sites open on Wednesday) and continue to do so every 72 hours for the first 3 weeks

Naturally Hutchies is committed to complying with all Health Order requirements. Once the Health Order is released we will work with everyone to ensure compliance with these new requirements.

Vaccination options

Everyone in New South Wales over the age of 18 is eligible to get vaccinated.

AstraZeneca is widely available whereas Pfizer is currently being targeted to certain priority groups.

Vaccination is free and does not require Medicare.

Walk-in Clinics

AstraZeneca vaccinations are available in walk-in clinics to anyone aged over 18 years old.

No appointment or GP referral is necessary.

Bilingual health workers are available at each clinic to answer questions about vaccines.

Pharmacies / GPs / State Hubs

Pharmacies, GPs and state hubs are also administering COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 18 and over.

You can book an appointment via the eligibility checker. 

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, talk to your doctor first.

Super Sunday at Olympic Park

If you cannot find a suitable option for vaccination, construction workers have also been invited for priority vaccination at the mass vaccine hub at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 15 August.

Testing options

Testing clinics across Greater Sydney have extended operating hours to enable more testing capacity under these new requirements.

Residents of affected suburbs / local government areas who have only had one dose of the vaccine, and that dose was less than three weeks ago, must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result every 72 hours (3 days). Testing must be done regardless of whether you have symptoms or not.

If you are in this category, we recommend being tested every 48 hours for the first 3 weeks following the first dosage of the vaccine for continuous coverage to attend work.

Affected suburbs / LGAs

These new health order requirements are focused on the 9 local government areas (LGAs) and some suburbs of Penrith LGA as at today.

Unsure of your LGA? Check here asap

Affect LGA Affected LGAAffected LGA
BlacktownCumberlandLiverpool
CampbelltownFairfieldParramatta
Canterbury-BankstownGeorges River Penrith (some suburbs)

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