Published: 26 Mar 2020
There are lots of questions about the impacts of Covid-19 on FIFO workers. Workplace safety, living conditions, travel arrangements and border crossing are all important issues.
We are pulling together information as we get it, and will add to what we have here as it comes in.
In relation to border crossing, the Queensland Government says:
"FIFO workers in construction,commercial fishing, mining, petroleum, energy or agribusiness industries are still allowed to enter Queensland to work without having to undertake self-quarantine.
However, they will be required to provide evidence that they are FIFO workers, who they are working for, and that they are entering Qld to go directly to work.
The companies they work for in Queensland will also have to provide a health plan that complies with requirements set by the Chief Health Officer that ensures adequate hygiene and safety requirements to limit the transmission of COVID19.
For Queensland residents who perform FIFO work for a company interstate, that company does not have to comply with a health plan set by Chief Health Officer. However if the FIFO work is in a hotspot declared by Chief Health Officer, the person must self-quarantine on return to Queensland from that."
Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry workforces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.