As new information becomes available pages below will be regularly updated to help members easily locate assistance they may need. Here's the latest changes -
As of Saturday 8th August 2020 at 1.00am the new border restrictions will come into force. Victoria, NSW and ACT have been declared Coronavirus hotspots. Members are advised that the construction/landscaping industry will NOT be considered an essential service as was the situation during the first series of restrictions earlier in the year.
This change means there will be restrictions on members ability to work in NSW or any other declared hotspots. Members with projects over the border in NSW must ensure they understand the new restrictions and their obligations. There are potential ramifications for any Queensland landscape businesses who are required to send employees interstate for work as they will not be able to return to Queensland without having to adhere to quarantine requirements. See below for full details
LQ Domestic Landscaping Contract -new Version 8.2 released which includes COVID-19 provisions and similar situations. Make sure you are using the latest version.
Government Support & Stimulus Packages (Federal & State) - Support: Queensland Small Business Commissioner - Small Business Leases advocacy and mediation. Grants: Federal HomeBuilder; QLD Regional home building boost grant; Seniors and Accessibility Assistance; Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program; $100M housing construction - Works for Tradies; Local council stimulus program; Regional training infrastructure (TAFE).
Webinars and Training - TAFE and CQ University Queensland Mentoring and Supervision Skill Set (free - eligibility criteria applies); Small Business Skills Hub Queensland free training for small business owners.
New COVID Border Restrictions from 8 August 2020
Summary of Border Restrictions for Construction/Landscaping Industry
From a Queensland perspective, residents who live within the Border Zone are able to travel and work within the zone. This means that Qld residents who reside within the Border Zone may travel throughout Qld and within the NSW part of the Border Zone however, if a Qld Border Zone resident travels to NSW to an area outside of the Border Zone, they will not be entitled to re-enter Qld without having to quarantine for 14 days. Queensland residents who live outside of the Border Zone cannot travel to NSW to undertake work without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return.
Border Zone Residents of Queensland:
Permitted to enter and remain in the border zone within New South Wales; and
Must quarantine in accordance with the requirements in Part 3 and Schedule 2 if the resident enters a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone.
Border Zone Residents of New South Wales:
Permitted to enter and remain in the Border Zone within Queensland; and
Must not travel outside the Border Zone within Queensland, unless –
They are a construction worker attending a construction site immediately outside the border zone; and
They travel by private vehicle to and from the construction site without exiting the vehicle and do not leave the confines of the construction site; and
Must not enter Queensland if the resident had travelled in a COVID-19 hotspot outside the border zone within the 14 days prior to entering Queensland
Scenarios for Members
If a landscaper who lives on the Queensland side of the Border Zone has work within the NSW side of the Border Zone, they canstill do that work as long as they don’t go outside the NSW Border Zone.
If a landscaper who lives on the Queensland side of the Border Zone has work to do on a construction site that falls outside of the NSW side of the Border Zone – they cannotdo this work unless they are willing to quarantine for 14 days (in a hotel, at their own expense) on their return
If a landscaper who lives on the NSW side of the Border Zone has work within the Queensland side of the Border Zone they can still do that work.
If a landscaper who lives on the NSW side of the Border Zone wants to do work on a Queensland construction site that is outside of the Queensland side of the border zone, they can do this work, only if the work is “immediately outside the zone” and they travel by vehicle and do not leave their vehicle or the confines of the construction site.
If a construction worker lives in Brisbane (or elsewhere outside of the Border Zone in Queensland) they can do work in the Queensland part of the Border Zone, BUT NOT in the NSW part of the border zone. If they do any work in NSW they will have to hotel quarantine for 14 days.
LQ Domestic Landscaping Contract Version 8.2 has been released. The latest version includes provisions for COVID-19 and similar situations. Make sure you are using the latest version. To go to the LQ contracts page select the button below.
Government Support & Stimulus Packages (Federal & State)
In response to the spread of the Coronavirus and concerns of the flow on effects to both the Global and Australian economies, the Federal and State Governments have announced billions in economic stimulus packages and financial support. Summary of assistance for small business, sole traders, employers, apprenticeship wages etc. can be found here.
The current Coronavirus situation will change the way in which we run our businesses and it is important to have an understanding of what issues you may need to consider to successfully navigate the period ahead and deal with your suppliers as well as your clients.
Workplace Risk Management (Workplace Health & Safety)
Members are encouraged to consider the potential threat of infection from Coronavirus for their employees and themselves. It is suggested that regular updates from reputable media sources and health department announcements form the basis for your responses to mitigate or reduce risk of infection. Click the Read More button to find out what you need to be doing to reduce your risk.
Some members may already be feeling a downturn or slowing of enquiries. In this rapidly changing environment, members should consider developing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) if they haven’t already done so. Set some time aside NOW to consider how your business can continue to deliver your services or products – time spent now will also assist your business to survive and then THRIVE once the downturn, however long it may be, is over.
We’ve all been on planes and heard the cabin crew’s advice to affix your own oxygen mask before you affix that of a child. It’s true – you will be of little assistance to yourself, your family, or your employees if you don’t take some time to look after yourself FIRST during this unsettling period.