News & Views

6th August 2021

Seven Days Lockdown Construction FAQs

NECA has been liaising with the Government around the seven days  lockdown restrictions. Whilst more information is expected to be confirmed over the coming hours and over the weekend, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Is construction allowed to continue during the lockdown?   

Yes, construction can continue during the lockdown for unoccupied premises and new builds.   

Essential repairs and maintenance at an occupied property are permitted (as defined below). Strict health measures are required, and workers must wear face masks and have no contact with residents.  

Is service and maintenance permitted in the construction industry?  

Yes, all aspects of construction are permitted to operate for unoccupied premises and new builds. For answers about occupied premises, see below.   

Can construction and renovations continue at occupied premises?  

Construction and renovations, including pool installation, painting, and landscaping, must not proceed at occupied premises.   

Emergency repairs and maintenance are permitted, however workers must wear face masks and have no contact with residents.  

Is painting allowed to continue?  

Painting is permitted:  

  • as part of a new build, or   
  • as a standalone project on an existing property where there are no residents.  

If the premises are occupied, painting should not proceed.   

Essential repairs and maintenance at an occupied property are permitted (as defined below). Strict health measures are required, and workers must wear face masks and have no contact with residents.  

In what circumstances can landscaping and garden maintenance continue?   

Landscaping works may continue where they are occurring:  

  • as part of a new build, or   
  • as a standalone project on an existing property where there are no residents.  

Landscaping works are not permitted at occupied properties.  

Essential repairs and maintenance at an occupied property are permitted (as defined below). Strict health measures are required, and workers must wear face masks and have no contact with residents.  

In what circumstances can swimming pool construction continue?  

Swimming pool construction at unoccupied homes is considered a form of construction and is permitted. This includes projects that had not begun at the start of the lockdown.   

What is essential maintenance? Can essential maintenance continue in homes where residents are staying?  

Maintenance work in homes or apartments where residents are staying can only continue where it is essential for the continued operation of:   

  • essential infrastructure and essential services that are required to maintain or protect human health, safety, and wellbeing (whether provided by a public or private undertaking), and including construction, maintenance, and repair of such infrastructure  
  • critical repairs to any premises where required for emergency or safety  
  • services to support ongoing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintenance.  

Workers must always wear a face mask and have no contact with residents.  

NECA will continue to keep you briefed as we get further guidance and clarification. If you need further assistance, please contact us via email at necavic@neca.asn.au.

Information is subject to change by the direction of the CHO. NECA Members and the industry is recommended to stay up to date via the DHHS website, NECA's COVID Information hubFacebook, Instgram and LinkedIn pages.