16 August 2021 / COVID-19

Queensland-NSW Border Zone Measures Tightened

Current Status

Queensland closed its border to all of New South Wales as of 1am, Friday 23 July. A border zone was established to enable movement between the states of Queensland and New South Wales for residents who live near the border.

However, Queensland has responded to NSW's recent state-wide lockdown by further limiting reasons to cross the border.

Please read the below update if you reside or are intending to transit within the border zone.

Border zone

The border zone is an area in New South Wales that contains the following LGAs. These LGAs are now all under NSW's state-wide lockdown restrictions. Review the map for more detail.


NSW Border Zone LGA NSW Border Zone LGA Border Zone LGA 
BallinaGwydirTenterfield
BourkeInverellTweed
Brewarrina KyogleUnincorporated Far West
Bryon LismoreWalgett
Clarence Valley Moree Plains 
Glen Innes SevernRichmond Valley


Permitted reasons

Under the new rules, those wishing to cross the border for work will only be permitted for essential / critical reasons, which only includes work that is urgently required:

  • for safety reasons
  • for emergency repairs
  • which is necessary to maintain essential services and supplies to the community, or part of the community

It includes work performed by a tradesperson or construction worker for essential or emergency construction / repairs only.

It does not include work performed by commercial construction workers on non-critical projects.

Evidence of essential worker status (endorsed by the Chief Health Officer) is required.

New South Wales border zone residents

If you have not been outside the border zone (i.e. in other parts of NSW), you may enter Queensland to:

  • get essential goods or services you can't get in New South Wales
  • get medical care or supplies including a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination, which you can't get in New South Wales
  • perform essential work (see below)
  • attend school or childcare (children of essential workers and vulnerable children only)
  • provide help, care or support to a family member
  • fulfill parenting arrangements and other access between children / parents / sublings
  • in the event of an emergency situation

You must only remain in Queensland for the time it takes to complete the essential purpose.

Queensland residents

Reconsider all travel to New South Wales.

If you travel to the border zone within New South Wales, you must follow stay-at-home requirements when you return to Queensland.

The only reasons you can travel within the New South Wales border zone, are to:

  • get essential goods or services you can't get in Queensland
  • get medical care or supplies you can’t get in Queensland
  • perform essential work (see below)
  • attend school or childcare (children of essential workers and vulnerable children only)
  • provide help, care or support to a family member or fulfil other caring responsibilities
  • fulfill parenting arrangements and other access between children / parents / sublings
  • in the event of an emergency situation

If you travel to the border zone within New South Wales for any other reason you are required to return to Queensland via air and quarantine for 14 days in government nominated accommodation.

Essential workers list

Queensland has provided the following list of essential workers:

  • a medical practitioner or other prescribed health practitioner (including at residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and aged care or NDIS supports provided to a person’s home)
  • an emergency health services or emergency services worker
  • national defence, state security or police worker
  • a freight or logistics operator
  • an emergency infrastructure worker
  • air crew or maritime crew
  • a disaster management worker
  • a critical infrastructure worker
  • a tradesperson or construction worker for essential or emergency construction or repairs only
  • an emergency volunteer, volunteering for any community or government welfare, social, safety, emergency or disaster service.

Essential workers do not include:

  • teachers
  • anyone who can perform their work remotely, at home
  • childcare workers
  • hospitality workers
  • sales representatives
  • commercial construction workers on non-critical projects

Frequently asked questions

I am a NSW resident who lives in the border zone, can I go to my construction site or office in Queensland? 

No. General construction work is not considered essential. Only emergency or essential work (endorsed by the Chief Health Officer) is permitted. Office workers must work from home.

Please get in touch if you need help with looking into whether an exemption can be requested. Note, these are only provided in very limited circumstances for genuine essential reasons.

I am a Queensland resident, can I go to my construction site or office in New South Wales?

No. General construction work is not considered essential. Only emergency or essential work (endorsed by the Chief Health Officer) is permitted. Office workers must work from home.

Please get in touch if you need help with looking into whether an exemption can be requested. Note, these are only provided in very limited circumstances for genuine essential reasons.

How is the Queensland Government enforcing these new rules?

The Police have set up a heavier presence along the border and will be stopping every vehicle to request evidence of essential reasons. For emergency or essential construction work, this includes an exemption (endorsed by the Chief Health Officer) and a quarantine management plan.

We have had reports of Hutchies' employees being turned away at the border this morning.

I have an essential reason to cross the border. Do I need a border pass to enter Queensland after travelling within the NSW border zone?

Yes. Please complete the X Pass if you are a New South Wales border zone resident entering Queensland for an essential purpose or a Queensland resident who entered the New South Wales border zone for an essential purpose and is re-entering Queensland.

A border pass is valid for 14 days from the date you complete it.

You will also need to provide evidence relating to the essential reason.

I have an essential reason to cross the border. Do I need a border pass to enter New South Wales from Queensland?

Yes. If travelling to the border zone from Queensland for essential work, you’ll need to complete the NSW entry declaration within 24 hours of entry, each time you enter NSW, but not more than once every 72 hours (3 days).

What happens if I travel south beyond the border zone?

If you are a New South Wales border zone resident, you will not be permitted to enter Queensland until 14 days passes since you were last there. If you are a Queensland resident, you will be required to undertake 14 days of hotel quarantine if you need to return to the state, unless it has been 14+ days since you were last there.

Do I need to provide proof that I am a Queensland resident or a NSW border zone resident? 

Yes. You will need to provide a valid border pass and evidence (e.g. driver's licence) that you are either a Queensland resident or a New South Wales border zone resident. You will also need to provide evidence relating to the essential reason.

I am a Queensland resident and I would like to enter the NSW border zone to go to the beach. Recreational reasons for entering the border zone are not permitted.

I am a Queensland resident, but I don't live near the Gold Coast. Can I still enter the NSW border zone for an essential reason? 

If you have an essential reason, Queensland residents can enter the border zone, regardless of where they live in Queensland. However it must be for an essential purpose with the required evidence. You must also carry ID and a valid border pass.

I am a NSW resident, I live in the NSW border zone and I suddenly need to go to Far North Queensland, is this allowed? 

If you have an essential reason, you can enter Queensland and go anywhere in Queensland as a NSW border zone resident provided have evidence of the essential reason, you have a valid border pass and you have ID showing your border zone address.

I am a NSW resident who lives in Greater Sydney. I wish to go to Queensland. Can I go to the NSW border zone, wait it out for 14 days and then enter Queensland?  

No. The border zone is intended to enable the movement of residents within the border zone for day-to-day activities. People staying temporarily in the border zone are not considered border zone residents. Evidence of residence in the border zone must be provided to authorities.

I am a Queensland resident who is currently in Greater Sydney. I need to return to Queensland, can I do so?

Yes, but whilst Queensland is closed to New South Wales, you will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at your own expense. If you are faced with this situation, please contact us for assistance. 

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Hutchies' Subcontractor HSE Requirements document is a summary of safety expectations for all of Hutchies' projects. 

The Subcontractor HSE Requirements is referenced in all subcontract agreements (Annexure E) and is used in conjunction with local legislated requirements and Hutchies' Safety Management System.

To accurately reflect our current HSE requirements, this document has been updated to include:

  • The use of HammerTech on all projects
  • Incident notifications and investigations
  • Rehabilitation and return to work 
  • Plant and equipment maintenance 
  • Minimum Licencing Requirements 

Prior to commencing on site all subcontractors shall be provided access to the following WHS documentation via our Subbies Toolbox:

  • WHS Management Plan
  • Project Risk Assessment
  • Site Rules 

Action

HammerTech

The document has been uploaded to all HammerTech welcome emails and will be automatically attached to the welcome email which you need to send to each new Subcontractor as they are onboarded into HammerTech.

Project Teams

  1. Add subcontractors to HammerTech in advance of their commencement and then send HammerTech's 'welcome email'
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Future updates of this document will be automatically attached to HammerTech's 'welcome email'

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With ongoing insurance changes throughout the market, the most recent insurance policy requires all Hutchies' sites to demonstrate that they have considered the risk & impact of weather and flooding on the site. This extends to stored materials, temporary accommodation and other temporary and permanent works. All project teams are required to implement a sensible strategy to minimise this risk with a documented plan that considers:

  • the methodology & sequence of works
  • reliance on & interface between temporary and permanent works
  • the site location & monitoring of weather conditions for the area as a part of daily site management

In the event of a claim, the Project Manager for the site will need to demonstrate there was planning in place that was implemented by the Site Manager, Supervisors and Subcontractors as required. 

The insurance requirements are noted in the below ‘Insurance Guidelines' and there is a Hutchified checklist below as well to assist in guiding you through the process. 

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21 January / COVID-19

The Industry Working Group has moved to Phase 4 – 'Living with COVID' – and has updated the Queensland Construction & Related Industries COVID Safe Plan to reflect this. This latest version also incorporates current Queensland Health requirements and some minor refinements to clarify existing procedures.

Hutchies' teams working in Queensland must read the below, implement the changes and circulate the latest copies of the COVID Safe Plan for Phase 4 and Managing Positive Cases & Close / Casual Contacts Update to all Workers / Subcontractors / Suppliers as a priority. This enables everyone to be on the same page with how positive cases and close contacts are managed on construction sites in Queensland.

The Queensland Construction Industry Working Group will continue to meet and will also consult with Queensland Health as the COVID-19 environment evolves. The Industry Plan will be reviewed and amended as Government Directions are updated, and guidance materials are released.

It is important to remember that anyone you interact with at the moment could have coronavirus and everyone should be extra vigilant with COVID safe measures to keep each other safe. You should monitor for symptoms – if any develop, stay home and get tested.

If you are unsure about anything, need to report a positive case / close contact, or have questions about COVID-19, please contact Hutchies' Coronavirus Team.

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> Version 2 of the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Phase 4
> Version 3 of the Managing Positive Cases & Contacts Update
> Reporting & managing cases
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17 January / New

Hutchies' meetings and key dates calendar for the year ahead is now available in Outlook and printable PDF.

Add Outlook Calendar

> Open Outlook

> Click 'calendar icon' in bottom left corner

> Click ‘Add Calendar’ button in top ribbon

> Select ‘Open Shared Calendar

> Type in ‘Hutchies Company Calendar’

> It will open and save in Shared Calendars

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Downloadable PDF

We also maintain a printable A3 PDF of Hutchies' key meetings calendar. You can download, print and have this version in hard copy. Please note that sometimes dates do change, so be sure to regularly check that you have the latest copy.

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Updates

Hutchies' Outlook calendar enables real-time updating of events in a format everyone is familiar with. We specifically only include events in this calendar that are relevant to all of Hutchies nationally to avoid overloading it with irrelevant information.

Annual updates are made for the year ahead roughly in October / November for:

> Company meetings (budgets, board meetings etc) by Natalie Roma to assist the regions in their local calendar planning

> Payment cutoff dates for middle and end of month runs by AP

> Public holidays / social events / observations by the Comms Team If there is an event applicable to all of Hutchies that you think should be included in the company calendar, please let us know.

Other Formats

Previously we published some key dates on Toolbox and through the Meetings for the Year PDF (published on the Doc Library).

Toolbox continues to be used to publish key updates through our Activities area, while the Meetings for the Year is a summary of the key meetings proposed for the years (ie doesn't have as much detail as our Outlook version).

Hutchies’ Toolbox Activities will remain your central go to point for all key company announcements / alerts.



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This advice is specifically for Hutchies’ direct company members who may be required to stay home either due to having COVID-19 or because they have been deemed a close / household contact. Other businesses, such as subcontractors, may also adopt the document however how they choose to manage their own staff entitlements in accordance with their own industrial instruments is a matter for them to decide.

The guidance document contains information about Pandemic Leave, however please note that this type of leave may not be relevant to all company members as it is only applicable to employees covered by particular Awards. In circumstances where Pandemic Leave does not apply, it would be replaced with Leave Without Pay. Both types of leave are unpaid however when on Pandemic Leave, the employee continues to accrue service / leave entitlements.

As cases continue to escalate throughout Queensland, it is important to remember that anyone you interact with could have COVID-19 and everyone should be extra vigilant with COVID safe measures. You should monitor for symptoms – if any develop, stay home and get tested.

If you are unsure about anything, need to report a positive case / close contact, or have questions about COVID-19, please contact Hutchies' Coronavirus Team.

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10 - 21 January / COVID-19

Government advice at all levels is changing rapidly. Hutchies will continue to communicate the latest relevant requirements to you as soon as information becomes available. 

Hutchies' teams working in Queensland must read the below, implement the changes and circulate the latest Industry Update with all Workers / Subcontractors / Suppliers as a priority. This enables everyone to be on the same page with how positive cases and close contacts are being managed on construction sites in Queensland.

Other states and territories have slightly different requirements but with the same principles, and these are being communicated separately to those relevant teams.

The processes outlined in this email are based on the latest advice as adopted by the Queensland Construction Industry Working Group and following direct advice and support from Queensland Health. The Industry Plan will continue to be updated as Government Directions are updated and guidance materials are released.

As cases continue to escalate throughout Queensland, it is important to remember that anyone you interact with could have COVID-19 and everyone should be extra vigilant with COVID safe measures. You should monitor for symptoms – if any develop, stay home and get tested.

If you are unsure about anything, need to report a positive case / close contact, or have questions about COVID-19, please contact Hutchies' Coronavirus Team.

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> Version 2 of the Industry Process for Managing Positive Cases
> Reporting all cases to Hutchies' Coronavirus Team
> Managing Positive Cases & Notification Templates
> Circulating the Industry Update to Workers / Subbies / Suppliers

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> Latest Industry Update (Managing Positive Cases & Contacts)
> Reporting & managing cases
> Time and cost clauses in contracts (for COVID-19)

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Government advice at all levels is changing rapidly. Hutchies will continue to communicate the latest relevant requirements to you as soon as information becomes available.

Hutchies' teams working in New South Wales must read the below, implement the changes and circulate the latest Industry Update with all Workers / Subcontractors / Suppliers as a priority. This enables everyone to be on the same page with how positive cases and close contacts are being managed on construction sites in New South Wales.

Other states and territories have slightly different requirements but with the same principles, and these are being communicated separately to those relevant teams.

The processes outlined in this email are based on updated advice since our email on Friday as adopted by the NSW Construction Industry Working Group and following direct advice and support from the NSW Government.

As cases continue to escalate throughout New South Wales, it is important to remember that anyone you interact with could have COVID-19 and everyone should be extra vigilant with COVID safe measures. You should monitor for symptoms – if any develop, stay home and get tested.

If you are unsure about anything, need to report a positive case / close contact, or have questions about COVID-19, please contact Hutchies' Coronavirus Team.

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> Version 2 of the Industry Process for Managing Positive Cases
> Reporting all cases to Hutchies' Coronavirus Team
> Managing Positive Cases & Notification Templates
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National Cabinet has agreed to a unified approach to managing contacts of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. This includes a new definition for close contacts. It currently applies to NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA, ACT and will eventually be adopted by WA and NT.

The changes simplify the circumstances when a person is classified as a ‘close contact’. They also minimise the need for isolation and testing for anyone else potentially exposed to COVID-19 – that is those contacts that have been previously referred to as casual contacts. This update summarises the new requirements and how they will be applied in the construction industry in New South Wales.

The Update below has been developed by an Industry Working Group that includes the CFMEU, PTEU, ETU, MBA and a large number of principal contractors in NSW. It has also been provided to NSW Health and WorkSafe.

This advice is effective immediately and will be implemented across the New South Wales Construction Industry from 7 January 2022 (today). 

Hutchies' teams delivering projects in New South Wales must download and read this latest industry advice and be ready to implement it when managing positive cases on any of our construction sites or in our offices.

A further update will be distributed shortly concerning other states however given the national approach to close and casual contacts, the general principles will be consistent.

Contact the Coronavirus Team if you have any questions or need more information about the current status of COVID-19 in New South Wales.

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PBAs are changing and expanding to cover eligible private sector projects in Queensland.

The Queensland Government introduced a trial of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) in 2018 as part of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 legislation. Initially they applied only to State Government funded projects valued between $1M and $10M.

The system is designed to hold funds in trust for head contractors and subcontractors until payments are due, as part of a building project. The PTA's structure and strict rules help subcontractors get paid regularly in a timely manner and protect their retention and disputed monies.

Following trials of PBAs, Queensland has now expanded the concept through Project Trust Accounts (PTAs) which applies to private sector, local government, statutory authorities' and government-owned corporations' building and construction contracts valued over $10M.

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