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COVID-19 protocols for the Victorian Construction Industry

21/09/2021


Recently the Victorian Government announced new measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the entire Construction Industry across Victoria.
 
Below are some of the key updates that have been introduced by the Government and what impacts this may have on the building industry and our valued Burbank customers. 
 

Government measures that impact the Construction Industry:


Construction sites to temporarily shut down- Effective from Tuesday 22/9/21,  all Metro Melbourne sites will be forced to shut down until the 5/10/21. Regional sites located in the City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire are to be shut down until further notice, however are likely to open up before 5/10/21. As we are given further information from the Government, we’ll ensure to keep you updated. Please note over the next few days you may see construction workers on-site who are preparing the site to be safe across the closure periods.

Construction workers must have their first jab to access work sites - Effective as of 2/10/21, it has been mandated by the Government that all Construction Workers must have received their first COVID-19 vaccination, unless they have a medical exemption.  
 

Other measures that will apply once sites are back open:

Travel restrictions for construction workers - Effective as of 17/9/21, Construction workers are no longer permitted to cross between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work, in light of cases seeding from Melbourne into regional Victoria. 

COVID-19 safety measures on-site:
  • Mask protocol for work sites - Wearing of masks is mandatory for all construction workers on building sites. However, when an individual is doing physical work they are able to remove it temporarily. This is much like the rules in place for wearing masks during exercise and the exception to remove your mask while running. 
  • COVID-Safe Marshals on every building site– Each building site must have an allocated representative who is responsible to oversee and manage COVID-19 safety practices and ensure all construction workers have received their first vaccination. This typically may be the team leader of the on-site contractor or your Burbank Building Supervisor while attending site.
  • On-site Government QR Code check ins – All work sites have a unique Government QR code check in that construction workers and anyone accessing the site must use before entering.

*Construction Workers refers to anyone who works on a construction site including but not limited to; Trades, Site Supervisors and Construction Managers. 
 

Impacts to the building industry 

The new restrictions and the site shutdowns bring new challenges to the entire construction industry. Delays to the build process will be experienced.   

 

A message from Burbank to our valued customers:

 

If you’re looking to build, we’re still open and here to assist you: If you’re considering building new we’re still open and here to support you. Contact us today to book in a phone or virtual appointment with our new home experts. You can also experience our homes virtually using our 3D virtual display home tours and our world first technology.


If you’re building with us: Rest assured we’re doing everything we can within our control to keep your build moving and get you into your new home.  Should there be any delays that impact the progress of your new home, our promise is to keep you in the loop and always maintain transparent communications. We thank you for your understanding.  

 
For more information please head to; www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au