4 - 10 January / COVID-19

Managing Positive Cases and Close / Casual Contacts on Queensland Construction Sites

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 QLD, NSW, 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 Queensland.

The changes are effective immediately and will be implemented across the Queensland Construction Industry from 4 January 2022 (today). They supersede the previous Industry Plan (13/12/2021) which will be updated in due course. 

Hutchies' teams delivering projects in Queensland 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 Queensland.

This important update includes the latest advice for construction on:

> New Definitions & Requirements

Changes for confirmed positive cases and new definitions of close contacts

> Managing a Positive Case

Step by step process for construction sites or offices to manage positive cases

> Contact Tracing

Ensuring Workers continue to check in so they can be promptly notified of a positive case

> Masks

Requirements for mask wearing in Queensland

Managing a positive case on Hutchies' sites or in our offices

Hutchies' sites and offices should follow the 'Managing a Positive Case Process' outlined in the attached industry update when we are made aware of a person who has tested positive with COVID-19. In addition, please notify the below about all cases via email:

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12 May / Notice

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

A review was undertaken on the top 20 items Hutchies purchases from Hilti annually. From here we were able to negotiate and ensure that Hutchies has the best and cheapest price in the market for these items.

These new and fixed rates are reflected in the Hilti price list


Hilti has an extensive range of products available at exclusive prices:

  • Cordless tools
  • Power tools
  • Dust management and vacuum cleaners
  • Tool inserts
  • Direct fastening
  • Measuring tools and scanners
  • Fasteners
  • Fire stop and fire protection
  • Modular support systems
  • Facade mounting systems
  • Construction chemicals
  • Exoskeleton and human augmentation systems

And more!


Using Hutchies' preferred supplier will give you:

  • Pricing security for ALL teams nationally – what you pay for an injectable mortar in Rockhampton, is the same price that you will pay for the same item in Sydney
  • Based on previous years purchasing there is a projected saving of $100K per annum on current spend
  • Hilti has dedicated engineering professionals available to assist in ensuring our projects have been specified with the correct product
  • National access to industry leading products
  • Dedicated account managers in each state / territory
  • Hutchies receiving up to 15% cheaper on select products than our competitors
  • Fixed pricing on a wide range of products
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11 May / Notice

Revised agreements with Hanson have now been finalised to provide Hutchies' teams consistent service and pricing for concrete supply across QLD. 

These updates follow the notice circulated to all South East QLD Teams on 14 April 2022.

Updated documents are available on the Document Library and via the below links.

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3 May / Quality Alert

Here is what our regulators are focused on

Hutchies prides itself on being ‘a safe pair of hands’. We deliver projects that stand the test of time and scrutiny of all. 

The QBCC has a new Commissioner and executive team in place to facilitate change and restore public confidence, so it is important we are adequately prepared to demonstrate Hutchies’ commitment to compliance, quality and safety.

The QBCC has a wide-ranging set of responsibilities and powers in the industry including authority over:

  • Adequate supervision
  • Unlicenced supervisors
  • Incorrectly licenced supervisors
  • Non-Conforming Building Products (NCBP)
  • Building quality on site
  • Proper building certification
  • Consumer / body corporate defects complaints
  • Safety record (ie notifiable incidents)
  • Issuing of demerit points

We have our own high standards that align to our company objectives. Hutchies is committed to the performance and compliance of our projects. We should never need a regulator to direct us to do the right thing. We are proud, professional, and responsible enough to manage our business.

As it stands, we have defended a number of issues over the years and have no less than 5 issues at present. The consequences of failing on any of these issues with the QBCC can lead to demerit points on our builders' licence. On the spot, investigated or prosecuted issues can be fined up to 10 demerit points each, to a maximum to 20 points if an issue leads to multiple breaches. Each issue also attracts considerable financial penalties and appears on public record for 5 years. If a builder exceeds more than 30 demerit points, QBCC will cancel its licence for 3 years. If it happens to Hutchies, we stop trading - it's that serious.

Given that Hutchies has over 100 sites underway in Queensland at present, and 6.5 years' worth of previous projects which QBCC can review for Category 1 major defects at any time, issues such as NCBPs and incorrectly licenced subbies can bring us undone. Managing our sites by doing the right thing and implementing good controls is of the greatest importance especially in the current environment.

Start by reviewing your site against the Regulatory Inspection Guide and implement the key actions described in the full alert below.

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2 May / Quality Alert

Here are our key focus areas for 2022

After considering carefully:

  • Improvements made over many years through the implementation of Hutchies' Quality, Services and Facades Handbooks and Systems
  • The impact of increasing legislative change on building acts and regulations, the NCC and Australian Standards
  • Issues repetitively identified through ongoing progressive site Quality control inspections
  • Long term / statutory warranty issues and associated cost impacts

We’ve identified the top 10 areas for focus on improving quality / reducing defects as follows:

1 / Stormwater overflows / flow paths

2 / Balcony / podium construction & waterproofing

3 / Fire compartments, passive fire, penetration register / markups

4 / Services

5 / Acoustics

6 / Internal wet areas and waterproofing

7 / Facades

8 / Floors

9 / Basements

10 / Durability and Corrosion

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27 April / Notice

QBCC is out in force looking at issues including temporary fire services.

Using the below previous alert and QFES guide, please ensure your sites are compliant with all relevant requirements.

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1 - 20 April / Promotion

From April 1 to 19 Bupa has extended one of their greatest offers yet – 8 Weeks Free! + Ongoing Corporate Discounts.

Learn more about why we partner with Bupa at a Bupa Corporate Benefits Webinar. Bupa will help to demystify Health Insurance + hear more about ongoing corporate offers and discounts!

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April Webinar Booking / 'Why Bupa' - register here

April Booking Consultations / Bupa Phone Consult - register here

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31 March / Update

Enjoy faster access to Australian Standards

SAI Global has recently enhanced their Standards Online (SOL) tool to make it easier to access content.

Enjoy an improved interface and faster search capabilities when looking for Australian Standards. Key enhancements include:

  • Mobile friendly
  • Faster page load times
  • New announcements section
  • Search filter features

As a result of this update, Hutchies will be removing old PDF Standards off the Document Library in coming weeks to remove any risk of storing outdated Standards.

Moving forward, please use SAI Global's Standards Online tool to access all Australian Standards.

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29 March

Hutchies is kicking off a brand new internal cadet training program available company-wide for all cadets and junior administrators.

This HUTCHIFIED task based training is aimed at cadets and junior administrators. Project managers, site managers and anyone else interested are all welcome to attend as well.

We’ll talk through Hutchies' expectations, how best to complete each task, what tools / resources you can use, and who to contact if you need assistance. Read on for more info.

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28 March / Licensing Alert

The QBCC is regularly checking company and Workers’ licences on site against the work that is being performed. 

It’s important that you personally understand what is required on your site, especially if you are in a site supervisory role.

You are also required to check that all Subcontractors and their Workers are correctly licenced for the works they are performing on site. 

If works are completed by unlicenced Subbies or their Workers, we face significant penalty. It only takes 30 demerit points in 3 years to have Hutchies’ building licence disqualified in QLD.

Please familiarise yourself with the below resources.

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