COVID-19

The Australian government has announced it will be extending JobKeeper to March 2021. The JobKeeper Payment, which was originally due to run until 27 September 2020, will now continue to be available to eligible businesses (including the self-employed) and not-for-profits until 28 March 2021. The payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants…

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Any person that has been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot during the past 14 days, including Victoria, must not enter Queensland. The only exceptions (and subject to strict conditions), are: a Queensland resident returning home who will be subject to government directed quarantine. a person entering to perform an essential activity (see summary below) listed…

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The Queensland Government today announced a further and faster easing of restrictions across Queensland from 12 noon, Friday July 3, including a clear plan to manage our borders going forward. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said anyone who had travelled from Victoria – including Queenslanders – would be prevented from entering Queensland from this Friday unless they…

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Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs The Queensland Government has outlined a staged approach to giving Queenslanders more freedom to travel and participate in more activities and social gatherings. The Roadmap to Easing Restrictions provides sensible and gradual steps to a COVID-19 recovery that will reconnect communities and keep the economy moving by supporting business,…

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THREE STEP QUEENSLAND ROADMAP TO EASING RESTRICTIONS The Australian Government has released a 3 Step Framework for a Covidsafe Australia.  This includes maintaining a distance of 1.5m of other people and good hygiene; stay home if unwell; frequently clean and disinfect communal areas and a covidsafe plan for workplaces and premises. For work the government…

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COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MEMBERS EASED RESTRICTIONS IN QUEENSLAND FROM 1 MAY 2020 Stay-at-home restrictions are set to ease for Queenslanders at 11.59pm Friday 1 May. The Premier has announced that due to the apparent flattening of the COVID-19 curve, some of the stay-at-home rules have been relaxed. From 1 May Queenslanders will be able to:…

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It’s difficult to find inspiration in times of such great uncertainty, and that’s exactly what many firms have done.  The COVID-19 crisis has seen repurposing of drones and cameras to detect the disease, as well as distilleries converting to produce hand sanitiser. CCF QLD Exclusive Annual Partner TFH Hire Services has also responded to community…

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Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Australia,CCF National’s advocacy efforts to the Federal Government have been targeted measures to assist Government and industry address the challenges specific to the civil construction sector both during and beyond COVID-19. In order to gauge the current impact that COVID-19 is having on civil construction businesses and to…

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Yesterday at a Press Conference held at Parliament House in Canberra the Prime Minister confirmed that he wanted to see more roads built, more bridges built and see roads fixed now. He went on to confirm that all of this work will be good for not just the economy but also for employment. He also…

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CCF QLD COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MEMBERS JobKeeper Update The ATO has released a step-by-step guide on how to enrol for JobKeeper payments on their website.  Employers should subscribe for JobKeeper payment updates on the ATO site and check the eligibility of their business and employees.  Interested employers should also continue to pay at least $1,500…

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A new mobile application, which is an expansion of existing software, has been created to assist in company responses to COVID-19 for the mental and physical health of employees. This is available through Industry Capability Network (ICN) and is free to all small businesses (of 50 employees or less), charity groups and not-for-profit organisations.  For…

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Dedicated COVID-19 Work Health and Safety Hotline on 1300 005 018 – for businesses Information for employers is available here. As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic medically, economically and socially, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has had to make changes to its work processes. These changes are designed to ensure the safety of…

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In an effort to protect itself from the coronavirus crisis fallout, last Saturday insurance giant QBE informed customers it would no longer provide trade credit insurance for businesses it did not perceive to be an essential service with a limit of less than $US250,000 ($410,000). The decision did not apply to essential services such as…

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COVID-19 BUY QUEENSLAND UPDATE The Queensland Government is committed to continuing procurement activities, supporting local businesses and driving disaster recovery over a sustained period, therefore the QPP is not ‘suspended’ during the COVID-19 emergency period. While the remainder of the face-to-face 2020 Buy Queensland Roadshows have been suspended, agencies are continuing to ensure public funds…

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Original Post Date : Thursday 2nd April 2020 FREE CHILD CARE ANNOUNCEMENT This afternoon the Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed his plan to support families while also ensuring as many of the sector’s 13,000 child care and early learning services as possible could keep their doors open for workers and vulnerable families who need those…

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Original Post Date : Thursday 2nd April 2020 EXTENDED WORKING HOURS NOW AVAILABLE Earlier this month the Queensland Government has indicated how to apply for extended operating times on Queensland construction sites.  This will include longer hours during the week and working on both Saturday and Sunday. Allowing for longer and flexible site operations will make…

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Original Post Date : Thursday 2nd April 2020 UPDATE ON COVID-19 WHS REQUIREMENTS   WHSQ – USING PAPERLESS RECORDS The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) yesterday confirmed they do not require paper records. The WHS Act requires that Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are developed and details what they should include; but it does not…

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Original Post Date : Wednesday 1st April 2020 NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR FIFO WORKERS Additional restrictions will be in place for FIFO workers who live interstate and work in Queensland from 11.59pm Saturday 4 April 2020. From that time, only critical resource sector employees will be allowed to enter Queensland from interstate to their work. These…

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Original Post Date : Tuesday 31 March 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE FOR CCF QLD MEMBERS Greetings to you all, In the current climate I am happy to be providing the CCF QLD membership with some updates. Firstly, the Prime Minster earlier this week delivered his weekly post COAG Cabinet address and as part of this he…

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Original Post Date : Friday 27th March 2020 CIVIL CONSTRUCTION CONFIRMED AS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE The Australian National Cabinet has recently agreed on widespread new restrictions on businesses and individuals to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  However, building and construction sites are considered an Essential Service and are not subject to a shutdown. The confirmation…

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Original Post Date : Thursday 26th March 2020 QUEENSLAND BORDER CLOSURE: HOW TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY PASS o slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government is implementing restricted entry to Queensland from 12:01am on Thursday, 26 March 2020. These restrictions provide for the continuation of essential goods and services for…

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Original Post Date : COVID-19 WORKCOVER FAQS FOR EMPLOYERS WorkCover Queensland acknowledges that many businesses will experience increased financial concerns as a result of COVID-19, and they are working to provide employers with advice and support with their premium. In general, their approach is: Should an employer be in this situation, they should contact WorkCover to discuss…

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Original Post Date : Tuesday 24th March 2020 COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES The Government is acting decisively in the national interest to support households and businesses and address the significant economic consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the full economic effects from the virus remain uncertain, the outlook has deteriorated since the Government’s…

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Original Post Date : Tuesday 24th March 2020 INDUSTRY CALLS ON GOVERNMENTS: INVEST WHERE THE JOBS ARE Yesterday, Civil Contractors Federation QLD CEO Damian Long was involved in a meeting at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with the Committee for Brisbane. Alongside CCF QLD almost 20 peak bodies and industry associations, representing thousands of…

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Original Post Date : Tuesday 24th March 2020 NO SHUTDOWN OF CIVIL CONSTRUCTION SITES CCF QLD members and industry are advised that there was NO shutdown of the building and construction industry announced following the meeting of the National Cabinet on COVID-19 (which comprises the PM, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers) on 22 March…

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Original Post Date : Friday 20th March 2020 CCF QLD COVID-19 CRISIS MEETING WITH TMR COVID-19 crisis has created the worst business scenario most of us have encountered in our lifetimes. The dire and unprecedented conditions mean our industry faces its toughest challenge in many decades. Today, Civil Contractors Federation QLD CEO Damian Long was…

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Original Post Date : Wednesday 18th March 2020 Training Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update CIVIL CONTRACTORS FEDERATION – TRAINING SERVICES (CIVIL TRAIN) Civil Contractors Federation Qld remains committed to protecting the health of our staff, students and industry.  To that end, we have adopted recommended actions from Government to protect against infection and prevent the virus…

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Stand Down Full-time and part-time employees who can no longer work due to a forced business closure as a result of Stage 1 restrictions will fall under the stand down provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 for stoppage of work.  This will allow you to stand down those employees without pay for the duration…

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The peak voice for Australia’s civil infrastructure sector welcomed ongoing stimulus measures announced by the Federal Government and urged it to adopt a series of additional measures aimed at ensuring the ongoing viability and strengthening of the sector both during and beyond COVID-19. Chief Executive Officer of Civil Contractors Federation National, Chris Melham, said that…

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Townsville City Council has announced extra measures worth up to $30 million to support small businesses feeling the effects of COVID-19, including breaking up work packages – similar to the way the Haughton water pipeline contracts were tendered – to open jobs to more contractors.  This is in addition to the package worth $2.3 million…

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The Fair Work Commission is taking all possible steps to ensure continued service provision to employees, employers and their representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask that anyone who is at risk, is required to self-isolate or has a confirmed case of COVID-19, follows the official advice and does not attend our offices. This is…

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