9 September 2021 / COVID-19

Vaccines are available

The Australian Federal Government, together with each state & territory leader, have agreed on a plan out of the pandemic once vaccination rates reach certain thresholds.

The plan contains the following milestones:

  • When 70% of Australia's adult population is fully vaccinated we will see less restrictions, with an emphasis on preventing serious illness from the virus
  • When 80% of Australia's adult population is fully vaccinated we should see further removal of restrictions, with an emphasis on preventing hospitalisation from the virus

Additionally, all states and territories will be able to determine the settings in their jurisdiction depending on what is occurring in that location at the time.

What does this mean for you?

It is important to remember that being vaccinated in Australia is a choice. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or not, you should be aware that each state and territory government is preparing to move to a model where only those fully vaccinated will be allowed to participate in a range of activities. This may include in work settings.

This means that those who are not vaccinated may not be able to participate in certain activities in an effort to protect the broader community from the spread of COVID-19. Understandably this is going to take some adjustment over the coming months and specific details are yet to be fully documented for most states and territories.

Hutchies will continue to abide by all territory, state and federal government requirements and will communicate those to you as they become known.

In the meantime, we can look to NSW for an indication of how this may occur, as the State has released its roadmap to freedom for when its adult population achieves 70% double dose.

Getting vaccinated

A lot of Hutchies’ people have already been vaccinated, including the directors. Feel free to ask around or contact the Coronavirus Team about their experiences if you have any questions.

For anyone who wishes to get vaccinated, there are now more options than ever to do so.

One of the quickest ways to find your nearest appointment is using the National Vaccine Eligibility Tool, which asks a series of questions before taking you to a specific booking page. Below is a state by state breakdown for other options.

Steps to get vaccinated

  1. Check your eligibility online and book / find a walk in clinic / pharmacy / GP
  2. Make sure you wear a short sleeve shirt and your mask to your vaccination appointment
  3. When you arrive you may need to present your Medicare card / ID / booking confirmation
  4. You will then receive your vaccination from a health worker
  5. After having your vaccine, you will need to wait 15 minutes to make sure you do not have a reaction
  6. Before you leave, check if you can make your second dose booking on the spot
  7. Once you’ve got both doses, a few days later you can download your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate from the Medicare Express app / through myGov

State by state breakdown and options

New South Wales

At current vaccination rates, NSW should achieve:

  • 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Oct 9
  • 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Oct 20

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available. More info:

Doctors / pharmaciesWalk in clinicsState run hubs
AstraZeneca & Pfizer available for anyone aged over 18+AstraZeneca available for anyone aged over 18+. No booking required.Pfizer available for those aged 12 to 59. Must be booked.
Make a booking here Find a location here Make a booking here

Queensland

At current vaccination rates, Queenland should achieve:

  • 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Nov 14
  • 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Dec 4

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available. Queensland has just announced that it will allow those 60+ to get vaccinated with Pfizer. More info:

Doctors / pharmaciesWalk in clinicsState run hubs
AstraZeneca & Pfizer available for anyone aged over 18+Pfizer available for anyone aged 12 to 59. No booking required.Pfizer available for those aged 12+. Must be booked.
Make a booking here Find a location here Register here

South Australia

At current vaccination rates, SA should achieve:

  • 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Nov 10
  • 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Nov 30

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available. More info:

Doctors / pharmaciesWalk in clinicsState run hubs
AstraZeneca & Pfizer available for anyone aged over 18+Walk ins are not being offered in South Australia at this stage.Pfizer available for those aged 16 to 59. Must be booked.
Make a booking here Make a booking here Register here

Tasmania 

At current vaccination rates, Tasmania should achieve:

  • 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Oct 28
  • 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Nov 19

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available. More info:

Doctors / pharmaciesWalk in clinicsState run hubs
AstraZeneca available for anyone aged over 60+Walk ins are not being offered in Tasmania at this stage.Pfizer available for those aged 12-59. Must be booked.
Make a booking here Make a booking here Register here

Victoria

At current vaccination rates, Victoria should achieve:

  • 70% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Nov 17
  • 80% of its eligible population fully vaccinated by Dec 10

Today it was announced by the Victorian Government that construction workers in the state will be required to have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Thursday September 23 or they will not be allowed to work.

Hutchies is urgently seeking clarification around this new requirement and will provide further information with our Victorian teams once known.

Victoria is currently running a construction worker vaccine blitz until 19 September.

  • 20,000 priority access Pfizer appointments are available for construction workers at vaccination centres across Victoria.  
  • Priority bookings can be made by calling the National Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. 
  • Construction workers aged 60 years and over will receive AstraZeneca.
  • Workers aged under 60 years can get either Pfizer or AstraZeneca.
  • Family members of workers are not eligible for priority appointments.

AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available. More info:

Doctors / pharmaciesWalk in clinicsState run hubs
AstraZeneca & Pfizer available for anyone aged over 18+Pfizer available for anyone aged 12-59. No booking required.Pfizer available for those aged 12-59. Must be booked. 
Make a booking here Find a location here Register here

Time off to get vaccinated

Hutchies encourages everyone to get the vaccination during work hours if required. Speak with your Team Leader to work out a suitable plan.

If you become unwell following your vaccination (which is common), you can also access sick leave if required.

Side effects

Minor side effects after being vaccinated are normal. Most people will experience one or more of the following:

  • pain, redness and / or swelling where you received the needle
  • mild fever
  • headache

These side effects can be a sign that your body is building its defences.

Serious / allergic reactions are extremely rare. They usually occur within 15 minutes of receiving a vaccine. If you do have concerns, do not hesitate to visit your GP or hospital for assistance.

If you have questions about side effects, you can contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day or visit the COVID-19 vaccine side effect checker.

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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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10 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.

Key changes

> 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

What's in this update

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

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9 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 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.

Key changes

> 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

What's in this update

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

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7 - 9 January / COVID-19

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.

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

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7 January / Notice

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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4 - 10 January / COVID-19

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

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17 December 2021 / General

Congratulations all of our Hutchies' veterans and to the winner of Constructor of the Year 2021!

Watch the video below to find out the winner and see all of our service awards for the year. 

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16 December 2021 / Notice

These events, which range from cyclones, rain, hail, flooding, high winds and bushfires have the potential to cause damage to Hutchies' project sites, and adjacent properties and assets.

Since the beginning of Summer 2021 our sites have already braved significant wet weather, and the forecast predicts a lot more to come.

To ensure we're prepared for these weather events and to keep our sites safe and secure, we need to fully implement Hutchies' shutdown and storm preparation processes prior to the holiday break.

This includes checking that the sediment and erosion controls are in place and effective for any projects where we have open ground and soil stockpiles that could potentially cause impact to the environment.

Hutchies' shutdown checklist is on HammerTech > Inspections:
HB-HSEQ-F-084 Site Shutdown Storm Preparation Checklist

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13 - 31 December 2021 / COVID-19

As mentioned last week, Hutchies has been part of a working group with other major builders and the building unions to prepare for the likely spread of COVID-19 following the easing of border restrictions. The result has been the production of the Queensland Construction & Related Industries COVID Safe Plan which aims to provide a consistent, practical and proactive approach to the arrival of COVID-19 on construction sites.

The Industry Plan has been developed in consultation and with the support of Queensland Health to provide clarity for sites regarding issues such as cleaning requirements, contact training protocols and what to do in the event of a positive case. The Plan's general intention is to ensure that people are kept safe whilst adhering to Public Health Directions, preventing people being placed in home isolation unnecessarily and maintaining productivity.

The Industry Plan has now been launched and is ready for implementation. Read on for more information. 

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