In almost every state and territory, the COVID-19 situation at the moment is quite fluid and evolving day by day, with consequences for the construction industry in each jurisdiction.  The Victorian Government has reinstated restrictions on construction work, and only 25 per cent of staff or five workers, whichever is higher, will be allowed on large-scale construction sites.  The restrictions will operate the same as in 2020 and will be in place except for critical infrastructure and emergency repairs. From 11:59pm on Tuesday 17 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless the workplace is an authorised provider or service, or all employees are working from home.  Further, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees, and this is the employer’s responsibility.  Further information can be found here.

The NSW Government announced that construction workers from the eight affected LGAs can return to unoccupied sites, at 50 per cent capacity if they meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirements of at least one jab.  Construction sites in Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, have been operating again from 11 August, with enhanced COVID safe measures and the ACT construction industry is in the midst of a seven-day lockdown, and ACT Government Lockdown Guidance for the ACT Construction Sector can be viewed here.

ACIF Partner DesignBUILD has announced that they will be holding just the one event this year, the online Be Summit on Friday 10 September.  There will be a number of impressive speakers and an ACIF Forecasts preview briefing at this event.  Further information can be found here.

Finally, amidst all of the COVID disruption it was a great morale booster to see our team do so well at the recent Tokyo Olympics.  For a country of 25 million to be placed sixth in the medal tally is a wonderful result, and our athletes really did us proud.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Dr James Cameron

ACIF Executive Director

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