22 July 2021 / COVID-19

Queensland Closing to NSW and Mask Wearing to Continue for Another Week

The Queensland Government provided the below update this morning. Current restrictions in place for South East Queensland will ease as of 6am, tomorrow (Friday) morning.

However, mask wearing will continue for another 7 days until at least 6am, Friday 30 July.

Queensland also announced that its border is closing to all of New South Wales as of 1am, tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Further details are provided below.

Imminent NSW border closure

New South Wales will be a declared hotspot from 1am, Friday 23 July 2021. Previously the hotspot declaration only applied to the locked down areas of New South Wales but due to concern of spread it will now apply to the whole state.

The border is also currently closed to the states of Victoria and South Australia.

Only Queensland residents are able to return from these hotspot states, but anyone wishing to do so will be made to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

A New South Wales border zone will come into effect from tomorrow at 1am. Residents living within this zone will be allowed to move between NSW and Queensland for essential reasons, including for work.

Anyone in this circumstance must have the relevant border pass prior to travel and must be careful not to enter any areas outside of the border zone.

Face masks

Masks will remain mandatory until 6am, Friday 30 July across the 11x LGAs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset. 

Masks are required whenever you leave home including on public transport, in taxis and rideshare, in shopping centres and supermarkets, hospitals and aged care facilities, restaurants and cafes, churches and indoor workplaces (where social distancing isn’t possible).

To keep our people safe, Hutchies prefers everyone wears masks in our offices in South East Queensland when safe to do so.

If you are inside on a construction site and cannot socially distance, you need to wear a mask, if it is safe to do so. The construction industry in Queensland has remained open due to successful adoption of COVIDSafe practices and wearing a mask wherever possible is an essential part of this.

Face masks will also now need to be worn whilst seated in stadiums.

The face mask wearing rule also applies to you if you have been in South East Queensland in the last 14 days and are now elsewhere.

Eased restrictions for SE QLD

The 11x LGAs of South East Queensland will move to the same level of restrictions as the rest of Queensland from 6am, Friday 23 July:

All indoor settings: one person per 2 square metres, or 100% capacity with ticketed and allocated seating. Dancing is allowed provided the area only has 1 person per 2 square metres and crowding is controlled.

Stadiums: Stadiums hosting large events will move to 75% capacity. Masks will need to be worn while seated in South East Queensland.

Private gatherings: limited to a maximum of 100 people indoors. No limit on outdoor public spaces

Indoor wedding ceremonies and funerals: 1 person per 2 square metres or 200 people or 100 per cent capacity with ticketed and allocated seating (whichever is greater). Dancing is allowed

Hospitals, aged care and disability centres: Visitors will be allowed, provided those visiting have not been to any hotspots or venues of concern.

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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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