Via ABC News
The NSW construction industry will return to 100 per cent capacity in just under a week, the state government has announced.
- Unvaccinated workers can return on-site under a COVID-safe plan
- Any person from the 12 LGAs of concern must still register to work outside their region
- The announcement comes as Melbourne’s construction entered a snap shutdown
From Monday, September 27 the rule limiting construction sites to 50 per cent capacity if they have any unvaccinated workers will be removed.
All constructions sites will be able to have one person per four square metres even if unvaccinated workers are present.
However, workers from the 12 Sydney local government areas (LGAs) of concern will still only be allowed to leave their area for work if they are vaccinated.
Anyone from the LGAs of concern — Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs of Penrith — must also continue to register to work outside of their area.
These changes have already been published on the NSW government website.
The Property Council of Australia welcomed the announcement, with its NSW executive director Luke Achterstraat saying it will provide “employment security to workers across the state”.
“Resuming site capacity will also enable NSW to build the homes our state so desperately needs, the public transport our growing population demands, and the hospitals we know are critical to our states wellbeing and prosperity,” he said.
The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) praised the NSW government’s approach to vaccinating the industry.
“In terms of our membership there is support for vaccination, this is the only way that we’re going to get open,” chief executive John Davies said.
“It’s almost ironic that today, the day we’ve been shut down in Victoria, is the day the NSW government announces the end of all caps and restrictions.
“But what that also shows is that when industry comes together and collaborates with [NSW] government, when the government has a real proper level of engagement with industry, that we can sort these problems out.”