In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Victorian construction industry have introduced new guidelines that have already been agreed to by a group of unions and industry associations.
The guidelines took effect on March 25th, 2020 but is open for changes and amendments following further government announcements. As of now, construction works in Victoria are currently continuing.
Guidelines focus on:
- Social distancing practices
- Personal hygiene
- Working conditions
- Common areas
For the full guidelines, click here.
The aim of the guidelines is to provide the Victorian construction industry with direction on standard practices for all employees and employers.
The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Victoria, one of the organisations involved with the creation of the guidelines, have also put out a statement addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.
John Kilgour, CEO of CCF Victoria, said his current focus is to make sure the civil construction industry effectively responds to the ever evolving pandemic and how the industry can support the containment of the virus. It is crucial to be able to work alongside the government at this time to minimise the short and long term economic impact.
At the national level, CCF have already been in discussions with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to grant several exemptions for civil construction workers and industry related professionals to cross borders.
John Kilgour also mentions “We have also requested that the ‘civil construction sector be clearly identified and listed as an ‘essential service’ – there is confusion and uncertainty in a number of sectors and is important that we receive absolute assurity as “lockdown measures” escalate.”
Following this, based on a plan developed and implemented by the British Government, a submission has been lodged to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister for the Federal Government’s support on developing a ‘Civil Construction Procurement Payment Rescue Plan.’
Mr. Kigour’s message to the construction industry is to be prepared. “Business continuity plans must now be in place and be fluid to meet changing circumstances. CCF is here to help and support you through this difficult period. You are not alone.”