I’m here with insights for Victorian businesses in the construction section on 17th September 2021.
With Victoria achieving 70% first dose vaccinations, restrictions are being eased in some areas however tighter regulations will come into force in the construction sector.
In this briefing:
- Summary of the new restrictions for construction sector
- FAQs for Tenfold clients
- 3-step process for Tenfold clients to follow
There is a lot of important information in this brief for businesses that operate in or service the Victorian construction sector. I encourage you to get advice from a Tenfold business coach on how this applies to your business.
Summary of the new restrictions for construction sector
1. Vaccinations for construction site workers
From 11:59pm Thursday, 23 September, anyone attending a construction site will need to show evidence that they have had at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; or a medical exception.
This requirement will not apply to office workers who never work on or visit a construction site.
2. No movement of construction workers between Melb metro and regional Vic
From 11.59PM Friday 17 September 2021, construction workers are not permitted to move between Melbourne metro and regional Victoria, in either direction.
The exceptions to this are drivers delivering supplies to construction sites and workers on critical infrastructure projects. These workers will be allowed to cross the metro-regional boundary.
There is a specific list of critical infrastructure projects, which includes projects underway with VSBA, transport and public health and hospitals.
For your reference, here’s the link to the guidance for the construction sector: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction#frequently-asked-questions
FAQs: Victorian Construction Sector
For Tenfold business coaching clients and business owners who are impacted by these changes, I’ve anticipated some of the key questions you will want answers to:
Can my regional employees come into work sites in greater Melb?
Construction workers can’t move between Melbourne metro and regional Vic unless they are an authorised worker on a critical infrastructure project.
How do my employees show proof of their vaccination?
Your employees will be able to show proof of vaccination (first or second dose) through MyGov or a confirmation from their vaccine provider or the Australian Immunisation register.
This site has some user-friendly tips for how to get a digital certificate, and how to add it to your smart phone wallet for easy access: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/frequently-asked-questions
What if my employee hasn’t been vaccinated by the 11:59PM 23rd September?
There’s no specific advice on this yet – the current advice states that same rules apply as for health workers, which is that workers need to provide proof that they have made a booking to receive a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 1 October 2021.
We’ll keep looking for confirmation, and expect that further clarification will be forthcoming in the next few days.
What’s the FairWork advice on mandatory vaccinations?
FairWork advises that employers can require employees to be vaccinated – see this excerpt:
For more details, see: https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws/covid-19-vaccinations-and-the-workplace/covid-19-vaccinations-workplace-rights-and-obligations#can-an-employer-require-an-employee-to-be-vaccinated
3-step process for Tenfold clients and business owners to follow
To help you navigate these changes, here are 3 steps for you to consider:
- Communicate the government announcement to your team
- Get a status report on who has had their vaccination and who hasn’t
- Discuss the issue with anyone who is resistant to getting their vaccination
If your employee refuses to be vaccinated, please speak with your Tenfold business coach and we can support you to assess the next steps.
The Tenfold coaches and I will continue to bring you more information as it becomes available. Keep asking us your questions and sharing your insights.
Ashley Thomson B.Eng. (Hons), Grad. Dip. Mgmt, MEI
Tenfold Business Coaching