23 August 2021 / COVID-19

Stay-at-home order extensions and other new requirements in NSW

As announced by the NSW Government last week, stay-at-home restrictions for Greater Sydney will remain in place until at least the end of September. Regional NSW's stay-at-home restrictions will remain in place until at least 28 August.

The Central Coast and Shellharbour local government areas (LGAs) were previously covered in the Greater Sydney area but are now identified as Regional NSW and will be subject to the same rules and restrictions as the regional areas

For those living and working in the 12x affected LGAs of concern, some additional rules came into effect as of 12.01am this morning, along with some other restrictions which are detailed further below under the heading 'Affected LGAs of Concern'.

Positive case on Hutchies' site

You may have already become aware that Hutchies' Castle Residences site in the Sydney CBD has been closed today due to the identification yesterday of a positive COVID-19 case who likely worked on site whilst unknowingly infectious last week.

The worker is a tiler from an affected LGA who had been complying with NSW Health's testing and vaccination requirements. Once identified, the site team took the appropriate step of immediately contacting NSW Health for guidance and informing Hutchies' directors.  

Whilst the team works through the details and does what it can to assist in NSW Health's contact tracing process, the site has been closed with all relevant parties notified and directed to get tested. 

Hutchies will provide an update once more information is available. Please take this news as an opportunity to review all current site processes and your COVIDSafe plan to ensure that your project is strictly adhering to all NSW Government required measures on site.

Hutchies' offices remain closed except for exceptional circumstances where working from home is not reasonably practicable, which is at the discretion of Team Leaders. 

Affected LGAs of concern

Additional rules for the LGAs of concern have been announced. 

From 12.01am Monday, 23 August the following additional rules came into effect for residents and businesses in the LGAs of concern:

  • Curfews introduced from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care)
  • Outdoor exercise is limited to one hour per day
  • The following retail premises will only be able to operate click and collect for the general public. Tradespeople are still allowed to shop in store where relevant:
    • garden centres and plant nurseries
    • office supplies
    • hardware and building supplies
    • landscaping material supplies
    • rural supplies
    • pet supplies 
    • Note: Bunnings has made the decision to switch to click and collect across Greater Sydney, but will allow tradespeople in store.
  • All exams and other education or professional development related activities will move online, not including the HSC. The government will provide further information on its education plan in due course.

The following new restrictions around workplaces and authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will also be introduced from Saturday 28 August:

  • Authorised workers from the LGAs of concern will be required to carry a permit from Service NSW declaring that they are an authorised worker and cannot work from home. Note: the online application process to apply for this permit is not yet available.
  • Anyone entering an LGA of concern for the purposes of work must carry a worker permit issued by Service NSW. Note: the online application process to apply for this permit is not yet available.

Note: Any new rules that do not apply to construction have been omitted from the above to avoid confusion. You can read the full update pertaining to other industries here.

Additional measures across NSW

From 12.01am Monday 23 August, the following additional rule was introduced for Greater Sydney (including Regional NSW until at least 28 August):

  • Mask wearing will be mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

The NSW Police Force enhanced powers also came into effect from 12.01am Monday 23 August, including:

  • Ability for the Commissioner of Police to lockdown apartment blocks while NSW Health assesses the COVID risk
  • Ability for the Commissioner of Police to declare a residential premise a COVID-risk premise and require all people to present to police during compliance checks
  • Abilities to allow Police to direct a person who has been issued with an infringement notice to return to their place of residence
  • If a person from outside an LGA of concern is found to be in an LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be fined $1000 and required to isolate at home for 14 days.

As of 12:01am, Saturday 21 August: 

  • Anyone who lives in Greater Sydney and needs to travel more then 50km outside of Greater Sydney for the purpose of authorised work, must first register for a Regional NSW Travel Permit

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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:

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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

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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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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.

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  • BSBWHS414 Contribute to Risk Management
  • BSBWHS415 Contribute to implementing WHS Management Systems
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Funding is available for eligible Queensland participants via CSQ.

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

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