Original Post Date : Friday 27th March 2020


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 that civil construction is an Essential Service mirrors the outcome of the teleconference meeting held between CCF QLD CEO Damian Long, the Minister for Transport, TMR and other industry bodies, who all agreed that the civil industry must continue during the crisis.

The Prime Minister has also announced new social distancing measures and advised of increased vigilance towards good hygiene to decrease the risk of contagion.

In order to preserve civil construction as an essential service it is imperative that all sites and workplaces follow the rules as set down by Queensland Health.

Civil construction sites should:

  • Avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings within the workplace. Where gatherings are necessary, conduct them outdoors if possible. During toolbox talks and similar gatherings ensure individuals are maintaining a minimum of 1.5m separation and with a density of 1 person per 4 square metres if gathering indoors. Consider holding gatherings separately by staggering times or separating groups.
  • When sharing vehicles ensure there is no more than 2 people in a vehicle and that each occupant cleans their hands upon entry and attempts not to face the direction of the other occupant.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, including before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched such as door handles, light switches, kitchen and bathroom areas.This includes vehicles and equipment.
  • Use alcohol based hand rub on a frequent basis.Workplaces should endeavour to allocate sanitiser in locations most utilised by people throughout the worksite.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your elbow or tissue. Dispose of tissues and wash your hands.
  • Eat lunch at your desk or outside rather than the lunchroom.
  • Limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace.
  • Anyone who has recently arrived in Australia or may have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is required to self-isolate for 14 days. A person in isolation must not attend any public places including work, or receive visitors.
  • Stay at home if unwell.

Businesses should abide by all government regulations and enforce strict social distancing measures and hygiene practices in all sites to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families.

For more information please refer to the Queensland Health website.