Information & News

Updated 8 October 2020

  • Hutchies' sites and offices must continue implementing and maintaining our COVIDSafe measures
  • All of Hutchies' projects and offices are open for business - except our Melbourne office which is closed, and Victorian projects operating at reduced capacity under their own Stage 4 COVIDSafe Plan
  • Everyone is reminded to ensure they are social distancing (and not shaking hands), regularly washing their hands or using sanitiser, cleaning their work areas and signing in
  • If you have any symptoms (regardless how mild), don't come to work and go and get tested immediately
  • Victoria declared a State of Disaster at 6.00pm on Sunday 2 August. There is a roadmap that outlines the steps Victoria is taking to reopen
  • Metropolitan Melbourne entered Second Step restrictions at 11.59pm on Sunday 27 September
  • Regional Victoria entered Third Step restrictions at 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September
  • The construction industry in metropolitan Melbourne has been operating at a reduced capacity since 11.59pm, Friday 7 August. It is currently operating at 85% capacity.
  • Workers in permitted industries in Metropolitan Melbourne must be carrying a permit to show Police when requested from 11.59pm, Wednesday 5 August
  • Restrictions will continue to be eased in Victoria when requirements are met and based on Public Health advice
  • Victoria is currently a declared hotspot. All states and territories have restrictions on people entering from / travelling to Victoria, more info below.
  • QLD has a hard border closure with NSW apart from the border community zone. People travelling to / from the border zone must apply for a border pass.


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Declared Hotspots

Hutchies' hotspot map is updated daily and includes the latest information on: 

  • officially declared 'hotspots' (red and yellow shaded areas in Victoria, and all of NSW except blue areas)
  • exempt border zones for Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (blue)
  • venues of concern where known COVID cases have been (red warning icons)
  • local government restrictions in place (red and yellow areas)
  • testing clinic locations (yellow dots)
  • Our current live projects (blue dots)
  • Hutchies' offices and yards (H icons)

For current travel advice / Hutchies' expectations, please refer to the Latest Information section of this page or contact Tabi Ward.

This map is to help bring all the key current warnings and information into one simple place for Hutchies' people. Please ensure you are also referencing your state government / authority websites to make sure you are complying with the latest advice.

Map of Hotspots & Testing Clinic Locations

Interstate Travel & Border Restrictions

Updated 8 October 2020

As of 29 July 2020, Greg Quinn announced a Hutchies-wide interstate travel ban. Any interstate travel requests must be approved by Greg Quinn prior to booking. 

States and Territories can apply their own restrictions, including closing their state borders and additional quarantine requirements. Below is a list detailing restrictions in place in each as well as links to the relevant government website for more information.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Borders closed to: 

  • VIC

The ACT has closed its border to visitors travelling from Victoria, unless they have an exemption. ACT residents returning from Victoria must quarantine for 14 days. The border is open to other states but travel from outbreak locations (e.g. Greater Sydney) is discouraged.

New South Wales (NSW)

Borders closed to: 

  • VIC

NSW closed its Victorian border from 11.59pm July 7. Exemptions can be sought for essential workers travelling from VIC, however construction is only included in some cases. Other borders remain open.

Northern Territory (NT)

Borders closed to:

  • NSW (most of the state – some areas are allowed)
  • VIC

Travellers from the above locations are advised to cancel. Otherwise, upon entry to the state, they must undertake 14 days' mandatory supervised quarantine in a quarantine hotel at own cost unless exempt.

NT will remove Greater Sydney and other areas of NSW from its declared hotspot list from Friday, 9 October. 

Queensland (QLD)

Borders closed to:

  • NSW (most of the state with the exception of the border zone)
  • VIC

Anyone who has been in the above locations in the previous 14 days will be turned away. QLD residents may re-enter but must undertake 14 days' mandatory quarantine in a quarantine hotel at own cost. Very limited exemptions to mandatory quarantine apply. The border is open to visitors from other locations but all must have a border pass on entry.

QLD residents are permitted to travel to / within the NSW border zone. NSW residents who live in the NSW border zone are permitted to enter QLD and travel anywhere in QLD. Anyone who is allowed to enter must apply for the relevant border pass. People travelling within the NSW border zone must not leave the NSW border zone at any stage or they will be required to undertake 14 days' mandatory quarantine in QLD at a quarantine hotel at own cost if the travel outside the border zone was in the 14 days prior to entering QLD. 

South Australia (SA)

Borders closed to:

  • VIC (some border communities exempt but testing required)

Travellers from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without restrictions, as long as during the 14 days immediately before their arrival in South Australia, they have been in the low community-transmission zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS or WA) for that preceding 14 days. The Victorian border has been closed from midnight, July 8. Non-SA residents are banned from travelling from Victoria, and SA residents must quarantine. 

Victorian border communities / Cross Border Community Members on the South Australia/Victoria border are now permitted to enter SA if they reside within 70 km of the border for essential purposes only. Travellers must have had a COVID-19 test within the last 7 days (or on day 1 & 12). If you are entering from VIC you cannot travel further than 70 kilometres over the border into South Australia.

Tasmania (TAS)

Borders closed to:

  • VIC
  • All non essential travel

From July 9, any non-resident who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days will be turned back at the border, and residents who have been in Victoria must enter government quarantine. Travellers from elsewhere must self-isolate for 14 days. Exemptions from self-isolation must be sought from the Tasmanian Government. 

The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will look to easing border restrictions with low risk Australian jurisdictions from October 26. At this stage, low risk states include SA, WA, NT, QLD, ACT and possibly NSW.

Victoria (VIC)

Borders are open.

Victoria is in various stages of strict lockdown (as above). There are strict restrictions on travel out of the state to anywhere else in Australia.

Western Australia (WA)

Strict border controls remain in place. No one can enter Western Australia without an exemption. 

Regarding Hotspots

Hutchies has developed a new interactive hotspot map showing affected areas to make it easier. 

A number of States and Territories have now imposed strict mandatory quarantine requirements (or advice) specifically on travellers from Victoria and New South Wales. Other States and Territories have extended or placed on hold easing of border restrictions in light of the situation in Victoria and New South Wales. Contact Tabi Ward should you have any questions regarding travel to and from hotspot areas as different restrictions apply. 

Travelling interstate for work is considered essential in most states and territories (except QLD), however you will likely need to apply for a border pass or exemption depending on the location. If you plan to travel across borders, speak to your Team Leader about it first. 

All travel bookings are being monitored to ensure each traveller is made aware of restrictions and this will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted. 

Please contact Tabi Ward for assistance with exemption letters, border passes and other information regarding travel. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. 

People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

How it spreads

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 48 hours before they had symptoms)
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community. This means that COVID-19 could spread widely and quickly.

Who is most at risk

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:

  • travellers who have recently been overseas
  • those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • people in correctional and detention facilities
  • people in group residential settings

People who are, or are more likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with compromised immune systems

At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

There is limited evidence at this time regarding the risk in pregnant women.

Protect yourself and others

Everyone must do the following things to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk.

See important advice on:

If you have travelled recently, see the advice for travellers.

How to seek medical attention

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice.

National Coronavirus Helpline

Call 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19) or help with the COVIDSafe app. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.

You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given.

If you have a mask, wear it to protect others. Stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow.

Tell the doctor about:

  • your symptoms
  • any travel history
  • any recent contact you have had with someone who has COVID-19


Hutchies has a selection of official posters and videos from the Australian Government, along with our plans, procedures, information and resources.

We also encourage you to actively monitor the situation through the below official websites.

How we're responding

Hutchies has developed a range of resources to assist sites and offices stay COVIDSafe. All teams must be using, displaying and maintaining our resources below.




Tools & Templates


Everyone's Declaration

Hutchies' workplaces are COVIDSafe. Before entering one of our sites or offices, you must ensure you read and agree to the below:

  • I have not been in close contact with a known COVID-19 carrier
  • I have not returned from overseas or interstate in the last 14 days or been asked to self isolate for any reason
  • I do not have any flu like symptoms including but not limited to sore throat, fever, headache, shortness of breath, cough
  • I am aware that I am not to present to a Hutchies site or office if I do have symptoms
  • I am aware that social distancing rules apply here and I will maintain 1.5 metres from others where practicable
  • I will adhere to all limits, rules and guidance here to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (including in certain areas)
  • I am aware that these official requirements may change without notice under instruction from authorities and agree to follow directions given by management in response to these changes

We may collect personal information such as your name, phone, email and / or address to assist with contact tracing efforts if required. All information is managed in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Current Cases

Cumulative Cases



The Australian Government has developed an app to speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus. The app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app can protect you, your family and friends and save lives of other Australians. The more Australians that connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the virus can be found. There is information about the app on the Department of Health's website.

Download on the Apple app store Download on the Google play app store

Coronavirus App

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus situation with the Australian Government. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published. 

Download on the Apple app store Download on the Google play app store

Coronavirus Channel on WhatsApp

You can also join the COVID-19 WhatsApp Channel from the Australian Government to learn the latest on the response to coronavirus.

COVIDSafe app video

Face Masks


If you need help

Hutchies Help

Reporting general cases or general Hutchies advice.

Hutchies' COVID-19 Hotline
Phone 07 3335 5015

COVID-19 Health Information

This hotline can provide guidance if you have questions about COVID-19.

Australian Government COVID-19 Hotline
Phone 1800 020 080 (24 x 7)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

This confidential service is open to Hutchies' people and immediate family members.

Converge International
Phone 1800 687 327

More information

Monitor Hutchies' Toolbox (this coronavirus information page) for the latest advice.