Current Information & Requirements 

Current Venues of Concern

​Australian Capital Territory (ACT)​

Summary

  • Current local outbreak (high risk)
  • Lockdown restrictions came into effect from 5:00pm Thursday 12 August 2021 and have been extended until midnight Friday 15 October 2021
  • There will be a staged reopening of the construction sector under stringent COVID safe requirements from Friday 3 September 2021.
  • Face masks are mandatory for people aged over 12 years when outside the home in the ACT
  • If you are not an essential worker or do not have an essential reason to enter the ACT, you cannot enter during the lockdown period.

New South Wales (NSW)

Summary

  • Current local outbreak (high risk)
  • Commencing at 5pm on Saturday 14 August 2021, stay at home rules are in place for LGA's of concern 
  • From 12:01am Saturday 11 September, parts of regional NSW will emerge from lockdown but will continue to operate under revised restrictions to ensure the safety of regional communities.
  • From Monday 27 September, all construction sites across NSW are allowed to have 1 person per 4m2 at the site. There is no longer a 50% cap on capacity at any site.
  • Anyone from an LGA of concern must continue to follow the vaccination and testing requirements in order to work on a Greater Sydney construction site. They must also continue to carry the required evidence and produce the evidence before they are permitted to enter a construction site. This includes the Service NSW Worker Permit

  • If you do not live or are not temporarily staying in an LGA of concern you are permitted to work on site regardless of you vaccination status. However, if you are travelling more than 50km from Greater Sydney you must register for travel
  • Face masks are mandatory and if on site, you must comply with face mask rules
  • Everyone must use the Service NSW QR code check in app wherever they go (including when entering construction sites)
  • NSW currently requires very strict interstate travel approval, please check with relevant state border restrictions to confirm eligibility



Northern Territory (NT)

Summary

  • Current local outbreak (low risk)
  • All travel to NT requires a border entry form to be filled out and approved prior to travel
  • If you have been in any declared Covid-19 hotspots or public exposure sites in the last 14-days you will not be permitted entry into the Northern Territory unless you are a returning resident (with proof of residency). 
  • All businesses and places where customers and clients visit need to use The Territory Check-In App. Face masks must be worn at all times in these settings.


Queensland (QLD)

Summary

  • Current local outbreak (low risk)
  • From 1am AEST Monday 13 September 2021, Queensland residents and New South Wales border zone residents who live in or travel to a non-restricted LGA can cross the border for essential work and other essential purposes ( including construction).
  • Entry to Queensland after being in a restricted LGA in the border zone will only be allowed for very limited essential reasons, which does not include general construction activity.  
  • If you do enter a non-restricted area of the border zone, you must not enter a restricted area or leave the border zone, or you will not be permitted back into Queensland. 
  • If you are permitted to cross the border for work or volunteering, you will need to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • You must complete an Queensland entry pass to enter from anywhere in Australia, including returning Queensland residents
  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when you cannot socially distance in the 11x LGAs of: City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Most restrictions have eased but standard COVIDSafe practices remain in place across the state


South Australia (SA)

Summary

  • No current outbreak
  • All travellers who entered South Australia from the Greater Brisbane area in the 14 days are subject to Cross Border Travel Associated Direction in effect at the time of their arrival and must complete testing on days 1, 5 and 13 and quarantine until a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They will not be able to enter high risk areas or events with more than 1000 people attending (COVID Management Plan events) until the expiry of the 14 day from their arrival unless otherwise advised by an authorised officer.
  • Travellers from all other areas in QLD or NT can enter South Australia without requirements but must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to travel. 
  • All travellers who have been in Victoria and NSW within the past 14 days are prohibited from entering South Australia, excluding essential travellers and some permitted arrivals. 
  • Essential travellers subject to COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, & 13 / Self-quarantine for 14 days (from the day of arrival) when not working, pursuant to their traveller category. / Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time 
  • Other standard COVIDSafe practices remain in place across the state

Tasmania (TAS)

Summary

  • No current outbreak
  • Travellers from low risk areas such as QLD, SA, WA and NT in the 14 days prior to arrival are not required to quarantine. Travel and contact details must be provided no more than one day before arrival through the Tas e-Travel system
  • Travellers who have spent time in a high-risk areas such as NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA and ACT in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania are not permitted to enter Tasmania, unless approved as an Essential Traveller. Information must be provided via the G2G PASS System to help determine quarantine and border entry requirements.
  • Most restrictions have been eased apart from standard COVIDSafe practices

Victoria (VIC)

Summary

  • Current local outbreak (high risk)
  • A stay-at-home curfew is in place for metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9pm and 5am, you cannot leave your home (or the home of your intimate partner or bubble buddy) other than for the limited reasons 
  • From Thursday 9 September, restrictions in regional Victoria (including Greater Shepparton) have been eased. Please see below link to current restrictions below. 
  • From Sunday 26 September at 11:59pm the City of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire have exited lockdown. Mitchell Shire will remain in lockdown under the same restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne (except for the curfew) until further notice.
  • From 11:59pm Friday 17 September, construction workers who reside in regional Victoria cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne or the City of Ballarat to work and vice versa. 
  • Construction is shut down in metropolitan Melbourne and other LGAs currently in lockdown for two weeks from 11.59pm, Monday 20 September. 
  • All workers will require an Authorised Worker and Provider Permit issued by an employer, to be presented to Victoria Police or Authorised Officers on request
  • From 11:59pm Friday 17 September, all construction sites must
    1. Have a COVID Marshal 
    2. Have worker shift bubbles, including staggering the start, finish and break times to reduce mixing of workers in different bubbles 
    3. Prevent consumption of food and drink indoors except for water (medical exemptions may apply) 
    4. Ensure tea rooms are only used for food and drink preparation without the removal of masks (consumption must occur elsewhere)
  • Each large-scale construction site will be limited to a daily maximum of workers on site calculated as the higher of:
    1. Allow no more than one worker per four square metres of enclosed workspace
    2. 25% of their baseline workforce; or
    3. five workers.
  • Traffic light permit system for travel into the state is now in place. Anyone that wants to enter VIC (except for border community residents) must apply for a permit via this new system – read more here








Western Australia (WA)

  • No active local outbreak
  • All travellers who wish to enter the state must fill out a G2G Pass and have it approved prior to travel. Exemption in extreme risk areas such as NSW and VIC are restricted and if permitted require 14 days hotel quarantine. 

Preventative Measures

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Good Hygiene

Wash your hands often for 20 secs & use hand sanitiser in between

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Coughs & Sneezes

Cover a cough or sneeze, wash your hands & dispose of any tissues safely

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Don't Touch!

No physical contact (including handshakes) & avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth

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Social Distance

Maintain 1.5 metres distance from people where practicable – if you start to feel unwell, go home & get tested

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Regular Cleaning

Clean work areas, common facilities (kitchens, bathrooms etc) & frequent touch points often

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Symptoms

Stay home & get tested if you have the symptoms (even if you think it’s ‘just a cold’)

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Follow Directions

Display, read and follow all of Hutchies’ posters and signage around sites and offices

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Reconsider Travel

Interstate travel must be undertaken with caution – stay alert to government changes

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Face Masks

In high risk situations or when you cannot social distance, wear a face mask

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Stay Informed

Monitor Hutchies’ Toolbox for the latest information and advice

Symptoms

Know the symptoms and be on alert. If you experience any of the following symptoms, don’t come to work. 

Notify your Team Leader and contact your nearest medical centre / hospital to get tested. 


Fever

Cough

Shortness of Breath

Sore Throat


If you need advice, call Australia’s COVID hotline 1800 020 080 (24 x 7)

Subscribe to Hutchies' COVID-19 update emails

Symptoms

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

Resources

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.

Plans

Checklists

Signage

Tools & Templates

Support

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 from a declared hotspot 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.

Cumulative Cases

COVIDSafe App

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

Latest Advice for Hutchies

Get in touch with Hutchies' Coronavirus Team for the latest information on restrictions or measures.

Email coronavirus@hutchies.com.au

Hutchies Help

For coronavirus health and safety at Hutchies.

Hutchies Help Hotline
Phone +61 7 3335 5015
Email help@hutchies.com.au

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.