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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16 August / Update

Built by Hutchies' Teams, for Hutchies' Teams.

Our new Payments Tool is live and replaces our Filenet system. 

We've got some resources available below for anyone new to the system to help you get up to speed on how it works.

Filenet is no longer being used for payment processing. If you need to refer back to previous invoices, please contact AP.

Payment Enquiries

Please contact AP

Technical Enquiries

Please contact IT Support

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29 July / Notice

We've secured new agreements to provide Hutchies' teams consistent service, products and pricing. 

Bingo & United

We have a new partnership with Bingo Industries and United Waste Services across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This expands Hutchies' price competitive options for construction and demolition waste bins.

Bingo / United covers:

  • New South Wales – As north as Dungog, out to Katoomba, all of Sydney and down to Nowra in southern NSW
  • Queensland – Morayfield down togreater Brisbane region, west out to Tivoli and down to Kingscliff in NSW
  • Victoria – most of Greater Melbourne and surrounds

Raw Skips

Our long term partner in South East Queensland has secured their rates exclusive to Hutchies for the next 6 months.

Raw Skips and their partner Whale Skips cover most of the South East Queensland regions – from Gold Coast right up to Noosa and everything in between.


Our suppliers both have a range of options available at exclusive prices:

  • Guaranteed fixed pricing for 6 – 24 months
  • Up to 4 x 1.5m crane bins included at no charge for each project (region / supplier dependent)
  • Below market rates guaranteed
  • Detailed waste reporting & recycling / sustainability reports
  • And more!
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18 July / Update

Hutchies' new Payments system training kicks off this week.

The login details are on page 3 of the draft training manual

Access via this link

Everyone now should have invoices under their test login (you can start testing now).

We are aware of a couple of bugs (The format of the Payment Schedule report & IV performance).

If you experience any issues during testing, please log them here.

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15 July / Notice

With the implementation of our new system for processing claims & invoices, please take note of the following dates to ensure a smooth transition.

  • 25/07/22 – No access to retention release module in Viewpoint.
  • 27/07/22 – No new invoices will be scanned into Filenet.
  • 27/07/22 - Filenet must be cleared entirely by 4pm– no exceptions. Every invoice will need to be actioned and cleared out.
  • 29/07/22 – No access to Filenet until we go live with the new system.
  • 02/08/22 – Go Live.

The week beginning 18/7/22 will be the start of our training blitz.

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12 July / Notice

New > Lead Procedure

Lead management was previously included in Hutchies' Hazardous Substances Procedure.

The separation of lead works / process into a standalone procedure provides updated specific guidance for the identification, assessment, communication, risk controls, monitoring and record management associated with lead works / process on site.

SP:06 Lead

Updated > Removal of Lead Material Checklist

The Removal of Lead Materials Checklist has been updated to address the planning and preparation requirements for lead works / process.

This checklist is used prior to the commencement of work, and confirming the area is safe to re-enter following completion of removal work.

Removal of Lead Material Checklist

WHS System Updates

Other recent updates include:

  • Energisation Permit [HB-HSEQ-F-074-B] — now available in all projects via HammerTech
  • JSA Form — revision of JSA to align with other risk assessment formats

Where there are minor formatting, grammatical updates or moderate changes in wording in any resources / templates, these will be updated automatically in our tools, without formal communication. 

To ensure you're using the latest tools, always access the Safety Systems via Hutchies' Toolbox > HSE tile and use HammerTech for on-site application. 


Health, Safety & Enviro


Team Leaders

  • Where your Team does not have a designated HSE Manager or HSE Advisor, please communicate these changes to your Team

Site Management

  • Review project requirement for lead work / process and where applicable implement the lead removal checklist prior to the commencement of work and before opening areas to other work groups

Team HSE Managers

  • Review updates and communicate these changes to projects where there may be lead removal works or energisation activities
  • Provide feedback on application of the process
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4 July / Meetings

Thanks for participating in Hutchies' Quarterly Company Meetings for Site Managers & Administrators.

A copy of each presentation is available to download below.

Share your feedback on this session

Survey > Site Managers' Meeting

Survey > Project Managers & Contract Administrators' Meeting

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1 Jul - 1 Aug / Promotion

As the financial year wraps up, it’s natural to think about the cost of things. Do the products or services we use work for us? And are we getting real value from them? It’s a time of making ‘new financial year resolutions’ – like switching to a health plan that better suits our lifestyle. 

To help kick off the new financial year, Bupa is offering 6 weeks free* in the first year on their range of Corporate Health Cover. So you can start fresh with a health plan that meets their needs and offers great value too.

Here are some of the ways you’ll benefit by joining Bupa health insurance:

  • You'll get a $50 Prezzee Gift Card when you get a quote with Bupa in July
  • You'll get 6 weeks free* on eligible combined Hospital and Extras products by joining between 1 July and 31 July 2022
  • You'll waive the 2 and 6 month waiting periods on Extras cover*
  • You'll get ongoing monthly discounts on Corporate Health Cover

Confused about the Medicare Levy Surcharge this tax time? If you earn over $90,000 as a single or a household income above $180,000 as a couple / family, getting Bupa Hospital Cover could help you at tax time.  

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22 June / Legislation Alert

Scaffold Code of Practice 2021 commenced on 1 July 2021, with the exception of Section which had a 12-month delayed commencement.

From 1 July 2022, the following requirement applies to stand-alone scaffolding that has been installed on or after 1 July 2022.

The new recommendation is that the step height from the scaffold stair module onto the working platform should be minimised so that it is no more than 300 millimetres. This only applies where there is a change in direction between landings.

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