PANDEMIC AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE POLICY TEMPLATE
CCF QLD has provided industry with a Pandemic and Infectious Disease Policy. If you require a policy the CCF QLD template can be downloaded here.
WORKING FROM HOME GUIDE/CHECKLIST
CCF QLD has provided a guide and checklist for businesses in regards to employees working from home.
BORDER CLOSURE PERMITS
To slow the spread of the COVID-19, the Queensland Government has implementing restricted entry to Queensland from Thursday, 26 March 2020. Those living outside of Queensland who provide critical services to Queensland:
- National/state security
- Essential health services
- Emergency services
- Transport of goods or freight including food
- Critical maintenance/repair to critical infrastructure in Queensland
- Construction, mining/energy/agribusinesses (click here for specifics including more information on FIFO)
- Federal, state or local government workers who are required to enter to Queensland to perform official duties.
People needing to cross the border will however have to apply for a permit. Click here to apply.
FIFO WORKER RESTRICTIONS
The Queensland Government have confirmed that additional restrictions will be in place for FIFO workers who live interstate and work in Queensland from 11.59am Saturday 4 April 2020. From that time, only critical resource sector employees will be allowed to enter Queensland from interstate to their work. These are employees critical to the ongoing operation of a resource activity or the resource supply chain and will be detailed on the Queensland Health website.
FIFO workers who live and work in Queensland can continue to work in any FIFO roles in Queensland (Queensland FIFOs are not restricted to critical resource sector employees). Additional restrictions about overseas travel or hotspots continue to apply to interstate and Qld FIFOs
Whether the FIFO worker comes from interstate or within Queensland, they will be required to provide evidence that they are FIFO workers, who they are working for, and that they are entering Queensland to go directly to work.
The companies they work for in Queensland will also have to provide a health plan that complies with requirements set by the Chief Health Officer that ensures adequate hygiene and safety requirements to limit the transmission of COVID-19.
You can access the template health plan here.
WorkCover has prepared an FAQ page for industry to access. Click here to find out more or see below:
EXTENDED WORK HOURS NOW AVAILABLE
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 it easier to manage resources on site at any given time and comply with the social distancing requirements. While local governments currently set the rules for operating times (to manage noise levels), this change will allow contractors to apply to the Department of State Development for extended hours on a particular site.
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT WEBSITE LINKS
- Queensland Health – health updates and conditions.
- Queensland Government Immediate Industry Recovery Package
- Queensland COVID-19 Jobs Support Loans.
- Financial workshops and business mentoring for small and medium enterprises.
- Payroll tax support.
- Business Queensland
- Information for Queensland businesses regarding procurement including supplying to government, preparing tenders, workshops.
- General information to support Queensland businesses from start-up to expansion including funding grants, business development, mentoring and other opportunities.
- Australian Government Economic Response to the Coronavirus
- Support for businesses and individuals.
- Small and medium businesses guarantee scheme.
- Buy Queensland
- Queensland Government Procurement Strategy and supporting policy.
- Procurement resources and guidance
- Information to support supplying to the Queensland Government.
ESSENTIAL OUTINGS AND HOUSE VISITORS
The Queensland Government has released a handy guide on what are classified as 'essential outings' from your house, and how how many visitors you can have in your home. Please click below to access this resource (current as at upload date: 9 April 2020):
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS INFORMATION
On Wednesday 15th April 2020, IRIQ conducted a webinar for CCF QLD members outlining restrictions and entitlements during the COVID-19 crisis. Please click on the link below to download a copy of the presentation.
Please see below resources for employers considering nominating for the JobKeeper payment:
- ATO JobKeeper Employee Nomination Notice
- Step-by-step instructions on applying for the JobKeeper payment.
GOVERNMENT PLANS FOR EASING RESTRICTIONS
On Friday 8th May 2020 both the Australian Government and Queensland Government released their official plans for gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions. Please see below to access these documents:
- Australian Government 3 Step Framework for a Covidsafe Australia
- Queensland Government Roadmap to Easing Restrictions (superseeded).
UPDATED QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT ROADMAP TO EASING RESTRICTIONS
APPLICABLE FROM MIDDAY 1 JUST 2020