News & Views

20th September 2021

Additional industry obligations announced

Several new COVID-related requirements have been imposed on the construction industry recently:

All construction sites must now:

  • have a COVID Marshal

  • have worker shift bubbles, including staggering the start, finish and break times, to reduce mixing of workers in different bubbles

  • prevent consumption of food and drink indoors except for water (and except for where there is a medical requirement to consume food or drink).

  • spaces such as tea rooms can continue to be used to prepare food and drink but masks may not be removed for eating and drinking and consumption must occur elsewhere.

  • have additional restrictions to tea rooms.

The Government has updated an extensive list of FAQ’s relating to the current changes for the Building & Construction Industry. We encourage all members to take the time to read them here.

 

COVID Marshals

COVID Marshals are now required on ALL construction sites, including small-scale construction sites.

On small-scale construction sites, the supervisor or the site manager can take on the role of COVID Marshal, but must abide by the same rules as for the dedicated COVID Marshals on larger sites, specifically:

  • COVID Marshals must complete basic infection control awareness training – this training is available on-line via the DHHS website under this link.

  • The COVID Marshal must be on the premises whenever workers are on-site.

  • The COVID Marshal is required to monitor compliance with COVID Safe Plans, including new, industry-specific obligations and provide direction and advice to workers on how they will comply to COVID Safe Plans.

  • COVID Marshals must wear clothing or an identifying badge that makes their role clear to co-workers.

 

New Vaccination Requirements

As we reported last week, by Friday 24 September, all construction workers in Victoria must be able to provide evidence that they have:
 
•    Received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
•    Made an appointment to receive their first dose of vaccine by Saturday 2 October, or
•    An exemption confirmed by an authorised medical practitioner.

Priority vaccine appointments are available for construction workers. Click here for details. 

 

Victoria's roadmap to opening

Yesterday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the ‘Roadmap’ for Victoria to come out of COVID-driven lockdown.
 
The plan is based on projections covering several months and is therefore complicated; but we will continue to distil and share the information in ways that make easier to follow and apply to your business.

We will provide more details on how these changes affect you as the roadmap progresses.  In the meantime, the links below provide more detailed information of the projected changes over the next few months.

 

Links

One-page overview of the government’s current roadmap. 

Detailed table of restrictions roadmap for business in Metro Melbourne

Burnett Institute modelling that guided the development of the roadmap

Premier's Press Release, 19/09/2021

Government FAQ on COVID-restrictions for the construction industry

Detailed table of restrictions roadmap for the community in Metro Melbourne

Detailed table of restrictions roadmap for the community in Regional Victoria