27 September 2021 / COVID-19

State Construction Restrictions Update

This update is intended to provide a summary of the current impacts of COVID-19 in Australia that are relevant to Hutchies and the wider construction industry. If you have any questions, get in touch with the Coronavirus Team.

In good news, over half of all Australians over the age of 16 are now double vaccinated.

Once states and territories reach 70% and 80% double vaccinated milestones, governments will begin to ease restrictions safely.

New South Wales

To date, Hutchies' NSW projects have had 12 positive cases on our sites. Unfortunately this has created disruption on projects, but our teams have done an excellent job working with NSW Health managing these cases and mitigating associated risk.

Construction reopened at 100% capacity today.

From today, all construction sites across NSW are allowed to have 1 person per 4m2 at the site. There is no longer a 50% cap on capacity at any site.

The removal of the cap does not change the current vaccination requirements for construction workers in LGAs of concern. 

Anyone from an LGA of concern must continue to follow the vaccination and testing requirements in order to work on a Greater Sydney construction site. They must also continue to carry the required evidence and produce the evidence before they are permitted to enter site. This includes the Service NSW worker permit.

People who live outside of the current LGAs of concern are permitted to work on site regardless of their vaccination status.

LGA of ConcernLGA of ConcernLGA of Concern
BaysideCanterbury-BankstownLiverpool
BlacktownCumberlandParramatta
BurwoodFairfieldStrathfield
CampbelltownGeorges RiverPenrith (some suburbs)

New South Wales' roadmap

Today NSW announced further details around its roadmap, particularly in relation to when its population reaches 80% double dose. 

This is anticipated to occur around two weeks after 70%, which is currently forecast for October 11.

Victoria

To date, Hutchies' Victorian projects have had 3 positive cases on our sites. Thanks to our Melbourne Teams for their swift actions in managing these cases.

Partial industry shut down for 2 weeks

Construction has been shut down in metropolitan Melbourne for two weeks as of 11.59pm, Monday 20 September. This includes all construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire.

The only reason for anyone to attend a construction site in these areas is to respond to an emergency or perform urgent and essential work to protect health and safety – these are strict limited exemptions. 

Industry-wide government vaccination mandate

The Victorian Government has announced that construction workers across Victoria will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to work on a construction site.

This mandate came into effect as of 11.59pm on Thursday 23 September and will apply once construction activity resumes in metropolitan Melbourne.

Hutchies' Victorian Teams intend to manage this process via HammerTech. Contact Candece Frazzica-Kara for more information.

Victoria's roadmap

Victoria has released the first version of its vaccination milestone roadmap for when its adult population reaches 70% and 80% targets.

Queensland

NSW Border Zone

Queensland has reinstated the border zone with NSW with some conditions.

The NSW Government has stated that when a COVID-19 case is detected in a regional NSW LGA, the area will be locked down for a period of 7 days or longer. Any NSW LGA that enters lockdown will be considered a restricted LGA in the border zone by Queensland.

Entry to Queensland after being in a restricted LGA in the border zone will only be allowed for very limited essential reasons, which does not include general construction activity.  

Travel between Queensland and non-restricted LGAs for essential work (including construction) and other essential purposes is allowed.

If you do enter a non-restricted area of the border zone, you must not enter a restricted area or leave the border zone, or you will not be permitted back into Queensland.

Restricted LGAs
Non-restricted LGAsNon-restricted LGAs
(Travel for Construction not allowed)(Travel for construction allowed)(Travel for construction allowed)
> Bourke
> Byron Shire
> City of Broken Hill
> Tweed Shire
> Unincorporated Far West
> Walgett
> Ballina Shire
> Brewarrina Shire
> Clarence Valley
> Glen Innes Severn
> Gwydir Shire
> Inverell
> Kyogle
> Lismore City
> Moree Plains Shire
> Richmond Valley
> Tenterfield Shire

To enter Queensland from the border zone you must:

When you receive your Queensland entry pass via email, you must read all instructions and be able to access it at all times (either in a printed version or on an electronic device).

Mandatory mask wearing continues

Mandatory mask wearing continues in the 11x LGAs of South East Queensland.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in indoor places when standing and outdoors when you cannot maintain social distancing of 1.5m from others
  • You can remove a mask while seated including at work, school and indoor venues
  • Masks must be worn on public transport and if you are in a taxi, rideshare or shuttle service
  • You must wear a mask in South East Queensland and Townsville sports stadiums unless sitting in your allocated seat

Vaccines are available

Australia now has access to three vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. All three vaccines require two doses to have the best effect.

Moderna is being offered via pharmacies and is open to children 12+ and adults up to the age of 59. The Moderna vaccine is very similar to the Pfizer vaccine.

Pfizer is primarily being offered at state run hubs and GPs to people aged 12-59. Queensland has recently opened up Pfizer eligibility to people over 60.

AstraZeneca is being offered to people over 60 and is available at state run hubs, pharmacies and GPs.

One of the quickest ways to find your nearest vaccination appointment is using the National Vaccine Clinic Finder Tool, which asks a series of questions before taking you to a specific booking page. Note, state run hubs operate independently. Click the button below for state specific info.

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about vaccination.

Hutchies' Coronavirus page on the Toolbox contains links to each state & territory's vaccination information. Click the button below for more info.

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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:

brisbane.reception@hutchinsonbuilders.com.au

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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