3 April 2020 / COVID-19

PM Address

The Prime Minister just addressed the media following a National Cabinet Meeting:

  • New phase for the National Cabinet Meetings now – having established the many baseline supports and measures in place already
  • Now it’s about reviewing data and measures on a regular basis to adjust as necessary
  • If the virus was still growing at the rate it was 10 days ago Australia would have 10,000 cases today based on modelling (we have just over 5,000) – new cases are down to 5% a day at the moment
  • We must continue to do keep the pressure on and abide by all measures to stop the spread
  • We are now at the suppression phase and need to put the pressure down on the virus with the controls ready for the recovery phase
  • Some modelling work is underway to look at scenarios of how the virus will pace under current measures and data
  • At the current rate doing what we’re doing and with upgrades to ICU capacity and ventilators, the trajectory is promising and encouraging (but there are no guarantees)
  • Agreed today by National Cabinet:
    • Launch of a new daily national dashboard of key statistics with simple summary of the Chief Medical Officer in the afternoon (on health.gov.au)
    • Places of worship will now be considered ‘workplaces’ for Easter and religious services (to enable streaming to the public) – Churches / places or worship are not open to the public, but this will enable priests etc to conduct streaming events
    • Holiday working visa holders in Australia must self-isolate for 14 days prior to any movements within Australia out to a work placement (ie fruit picking
    • Commercial leases – very close to finalising an approach
    • Industry code for commercial and retail tenancies has been developed with industry stakeholders and will be released in the next few days
    • Each industry is to complete their own code and the code would be made mandatory for tenancies of turnover of less than $50M and participant of JobKeeper program (30% loss of revenue) will be covered under the Code (Landlord and Tenant will be supported) – both parties must negotiate in good faith, there is a proportionality principle is simply – the turnover decrease of the tenant must be reflected into the rental waiver of the landlord – Gov’t does not wish to be prescriptive about this – but landlords and tenants need to work through it together – banks need to come to the party but the Gov’t recognises they are not parties to this landlord + tenant agreement – both tenants and landlords will be protected under the terms

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1 July / Notice

Starting 1 July 2024, Victoria is introducing a new operator licence for non-slewing telehandlers (capacity of more than 3 tonnes).

Previously, only a CN licence was required for mobile cranes.

There is now special training for safely operating non-slewing telehandlers with different tools attached.

If you already hold a crane licence (CN / C2 / C6 / C1 / C0), you don’t need to do anything unless you want to learn more about telehandler operation.

Effective 1 July 2024

If you don't currently hold one of these licences, and need to operate a non-slewing telehandler over 3 tonnes, from 1 July you must:

  • Complete and pass the non-slewing telehandlers training by an authorised registered training provider (Course 11249NAT)
  • Apply for the new licence
  • Provide a copy of the licence to Hutchies

The new licence is only for operating non-slewing telehandlers, not a non-slewing mobile crane or slewing telehandler.

To operate non-slewing telehandlers under 3 tonnes, there are no changes. Operators must still be trained in either THA Gold Card or RIIHAN309F.

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28 June / New

Hutchies has a new facilities management system to under pilot for our Toowong office.

The myBuildings tool aims to streamline work requests, quotes, communication, and invoicing for our on site contractors. 

Our plan is to extend the implementation of this system to our office at 31 Staple Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Reporting building maintenance

If you're in Toowong, and have an item to report, please send all maintenance requests to:


Contractors on site

All contractors performing works internally and externally at Hutchies' Toowong office (which includes ADG Engineers' buildings) must complete our induction process and sign in using the QR code located at reception.

More information

If you have any questions about the new system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sarah Di Lorenzo in Hutchies' Property Team. 

Thank you in advance as we transition to this more efficient way of managing building maintenance.

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19 June / Training

This qualification applies to individuals working in, or wishing to transition into, a work health and safety (WHS) role who provide a broad range of technical knowledge and skills and have some limited responsibility for the output of others.

The qualification applies to those working as supervisors, WHS personnel, and workers in other WHS-related roles who manage risks effectively, apply relevant WHS laws, and contribute to WHS within the workplace in known or changing contexts with established parameters.

The specific nature of this course will include contextualisation of Hutchies’ Policies, Processes, Procedures, and Systems relating to on-site hazard identification, risk assessment and hierarchy of control measures within the scope of its operations.

Units of competency for the Cert IV WHS that we will cover are:

  • BSBHWS412 Assist with workplace compliance with WHS Laws
  • BSBWHS413 Contribute to Implement & Maintenance of WHS Consultation & Participation Processes
  • BSBWHS414 Contribute to Risk Management
  • BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS Management Systems
  • BSBWHS416 Contribute to Workplace Incident Response
  • BSBWHS417 Assist with Managing WHS Implication of Return to Work
  • BSBWHS418 Assist with Managing WHS Compliance of Contractors
  • BSBWHS431 Develop Processes and Procedures for controlling Hazardous Chemicals in the workplace
  • BSBCMM411 Make a Presentation
  • BSBWRT411 Write Complex Documents

Funding is available for eligible Queensland participants via CSQ.

For course inquiries call / email Warren Belford on 0427 337 379.

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