News & Views

7th October 2021

Government Crackdown on Construction COVID Compliance

Construction reopened on Tuesday after being closed for two weeks - but there is a real risk of being shut down again if we don't comply with the government COVID-safe requirements - particularly wearing masks.

EVERYONE on site MUST WEAR A MASK.

This is the biggest COVID-19 compliance issue for our sector right now.  After the shut-down and protests, our industry is under scrutiny, and while most are doing the right thing, some sites have been reported for workers not wearing masks and there are unfortunately photos proving it.

All workers MUST wear face masks, both indoors and outdoors, unless actively eating or drinking (under controlled conditions).  Masks must be fitted, cover the mouth and nose and preferably have three layers.  Bandannas, scarves or face sheilds worn without face masks are NOT acceptable.

Read more on the Victorian Government FAQ for construction COVID compliance

See also the government Construction Sector Guidance page

Vaccine Requirements for Construction Workers

Authorised workers are required to have their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by 15 October 2021 in order to continue working onsite, and their second dose by 26 November 2021. This applies to authorised workers in both Melbourne and regional Victoria and affects EVERYONE on site, including visitors. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for workplace rights and obligations re COVID-19 vaccinations.

A construction worker is a person who attends a construction site. Examples include:

  • all construction workers

  • subcontractors

  • union officials

  • WorkSafe, Victorian Building Authority or others who attend for the purposes of compliance and enforcement activities

  • building owners

  • delivery drivers who need to leave their vehicle and step onsite

  • visitors including volunteers

Medical exemptions are possible, but please remember that a worker cannot obtain a medical exemption from all medical practitioners.  There is a list of permitted practitioners here.  It is the business's responsibility to ensure that all COVID-safe requirements are being met on their site.

QR Code Check-In

Every Victorian business must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service to check-in their workers, customers and visitors no matter how long they are at the premises.  All sites must have a COVID check-in Marshal to facilitate check-in.  For more details on COVID marshals click here.