The Civil Contractors Federation Victoria (CCFV) has sought clarification from state government on restrictions, following the Victorian Premier’s announcement of the State of Disaster and the enhanced restrictions on businesses and work places.
The industry body clarified State civil construction projects, including those in regional Victoria, are exempt from Stage 4 restrictions on the basis that a High Risk COVID-19 Safety Plan is implemented.
As of the August 4, the CCFV confirmed there was not yet a ‘High Risk’ plan or template on the Business Victoria Website, further details are expected to be released from the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions soon.
The State Government document outlining restrictions details construction of critical and essential infrastructure and services to support these projects will remain open for on-site work with a COVID safe plan.
It also confirms, State and State civil construction are exempt from reduction targets but will be required to implement a High Risk COVID Safe Plan. The CCFV will seek clarification to this regarding private civil construction.
The organisation was able to clarify that residential and commercial sub division civil construction will be restricted or subject to industry specific obligations.
CCFV CEO John Kilgour, is hoping to receive further clarification for the residential and non-residential sub division civil sectors today.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Monday all open businesses and services will have util 11.59 pm Friday August 7 to enact the COVID Safe Plans.
“These workplaces that are continuing to operate will also have additional requirements including extra PPE, staggering shifts, staggering breaks, health declarations and more support for sick workers to ensure they stay home,” Andrews said.
As of 11.59 pm Wednesday August 5, those allowed to work will also be required to carry permits when travelling to and from work.
Employers will be required to issue signed permits to their employees to allow them to attend a workplace – to prevent people trying to get around restrictions.
There will be on the spot fines for individuals and businesses that breach the requirements, including those who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.
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