COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
COVID-19 A Unified Industry Approach
As an association, the Australia Constructors Association is committed to the wellbeing of everyone in our industry. To provide clarity, advice and essential resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have collated a range of information and resources to support our members, suppliers and partners in the safe operation of workplaces across Australia.
Workplace Restrictions – Victoria
The Victorian Government has moved to ease restrictions from from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020:
- construction moving to the Third Step in Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria
- workforce limits removed for small and large-scale construction, and land development
- construction will be removed from the high-risk industry list, and will no longer require a High Risk COVIDSafe plan
Information, including updated directions, guidelines, and FAQs will be made available online in the coming days (https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction)
For industry restriction levels and the pathway to ‘COVID Normal’ for work, see:
- Industry restriction levels — metropolitan Melbourne
- Industry restriction levels — regional Victoria
For frequently asked questions that apply to all businesses, see:
Important reminders and next steps:
While restrictions ease, we continue to face the significant risk of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. This requires industry, business and the community to remain vigilant on COVIDSafe principles and best practice.
All businesses in the sector are still required to have a COVIDSafe plan in order to operate. Existing High Risk COVIDSafe plans are still valid and can be used provided they continue to align to current public health and industry directions.
The COVIDSafe Principles must become part of everyday operations:
- ensure physical distancing (1.5 m)
- wear a face mask
- practice good hygiene
- keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
- avoid interactions in close spaces
- create workforce bubbles
The following links will take you to the relevant health information and resources from the federal, state and territory governments:
- Australian Government COVID-19 Information:
- Victorian Government COVID-19 Information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-daily-update
- New South Wales COVID-19 Information: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx
- Queensland COVID-19 Information: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/
- South Australian COVID-19 Information: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid+2019/coronavirus+disease+2019+covid-19
- Western Australian COVID-19 Information: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alerthttps://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/articles/a_e/coronavirus
- Tasmanian COVID-19 Information: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/
- Northern Territory COVID-19 Information: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/
- Australian Capital Territory COVID-19 Information: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/
As an industry, we play a vital role in the Australian economy and society. We help to meet the nation’s infrastructure needs, delivering world-class construction projects across the infrastructure construction, commercial and residential building, renewables, resources, telecommunications, oil & gas and environmental services sectors.
The nation’s third-largest sector, we contribute $137bn (Gross Value Added), representing 7.2% of Australia’s total economic activity. Our industry employs 1.17 million people or 9.6% of total employment and accounts for approximately one-third of all registered businesses.
The importance of the construction sector to the Australian economy cannot be understated. Through the design, development and delivery of essential infrastructure, we are vital to long-term economic growth with every $1 spent on infrastructure boosting economic activity by nearly $3 through the beneficial flow on to the sector’s supply chain and associated industries.
As an association, we will continue to advocate for our sector, while reinforcing support for appropriate measures to be taken by all parties to minimise the spread of COVID-19. This will ensure that our sector is positioned to lead the nation’s economic recovery.
Chief Executive, Jon Davies has been active in the media, supporting our sector and ensuring we can continue to deliver essential works across Australia.
Australian Financial Review, 6 August 2020 – ACA CEO Jon Davies today welcomed the latest clarifications on Level 4 restrictions from the Victorian Government but noted that more clarification was required. Read more: https://www.afr.com/property/commercial/tradies-get-a-reprieve-but-735-construction-projects-still-at-risk-20200806-p55j30
Examples of Industry Best Practice
Our members are committed to the health and well being of our people and to ensuring that sites are managed in line with government advice. Across Australia projects have adapted their working practices, innovating every aspect of project delivery from remote back office working to socially distanced toolboxes and thermal testing procedures.
Across sites, Acciona has installed clear and prominent signage to remind to all team members of their obligations.
Clough’s logistics team on the BHP South Flank OHP Project were awarded crew of the month for their response to COVID-19 measures. They not only responded to COVID-19 measures by ensuring social distancing in crib rooms, organising additional cleaning and sanitisation, and identifying and eliminating fomite touch points, but they also safely achieved all the required milestones for the progression of the scope of work. In addition, they managed to raise funds for the Newman Women’s Shelter.
On Fulton Hogan sites, social distancing, masks, thermal scanning and handsfree sign-in processes are the norm, and all teams and contractors are playing their part in the wellbeing and health of each other and the community.
Laing O’Rourke has share detailed guidelines for all team members transitioning back to work following the easing of restrictions in some states, including a comprehensive return to work plan.
- COVID-19 Site Minimum Standards – https://nextgearsms.com/wp-content/uploads/200525-index-of-covid-19-site-minimum-standards-1.pdf
- Preparing to go back to the workplace again after self-isolation lifts – https://nextgearsms.com/wp-content/uploads/preparing-to-go-back-to-the-workplace-again-after-self-isolation-lift__.pdf
- Laing O’Rourke Return to Work Plan – https://nextgearsms.com/wp-content/uploads/Return-to-Workplace_Handbook_2020_V05.pdf
McConnell Dowell is ensuring that across every site, there are industry-leading measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of their team members including:
- Contactless site sign in and tracking of room usage through QR codes
- Temperature testing very person entering site
- Covid-19 drill undertaken (WorkSafe participated)
- Hand sanitiser on every desk and in every meeting room
- Daily communications and bulletins reinforcing social distancing, PPE requirements, stay at home if symptomatic
- Continual PPE compliance audits
In addition, all projects have implemented COVID-19 specific site-cleaning training for project peggies and cleaners delivered by professional occupational hygienists.