Over the past few days SSSI has been working collaboratively with CSV and ISV to clarify any uncertainties regarding the implications of the COVID-19 Stage 4 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne. A letter from the three bodies was dispatched to the Premier on Tuesday evening.
Earlier today we provided information on the latest update from the government from last night (Wednesday 5th August).
This afternoon we have received information (via CSV) who received answers from Business Victoria to the following questions:-
- Can surveying field work be done? Yes, as long as the person carrying out the work has a Permitted Worker Permit, a COVID Safe Plan and adheres to all the social distancing rules, including wearing of a mask.
- Does a survey for town planning qualify as part of the construction process? Yes, small and large site surveys fall under Construction Work.
Please note that significant penalties (fines) apply for both individuals and businesses for “employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.” As such, please ensure you fully read all available information to ensure you are meeting all requirements of the scheme prior to issuing permits. You must have a High Risk Covid Safe Plan implemented by 11.59pm Friday 7th August.
One of the other queries has been in regard to movement between sites. The Premier today announced that limited movement is now allowed between sites.
The DHHS website advises that for multiple work sites, an employer may decide to designate an authorized person at each work site, but employers should minimize any requirement for employees to work at different sites. If an employee works at more than one site then they must keep a log of the places visited including date, time and place of attendance.
The information above is provided in good faith as general advice, if you have specific questions that pertain to your own special circumstances please seek clarification by emailing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SSSI Victoria committee will continue to monitor for updates and will endeavour to keep you informed. We are also seeking information from members as they come into situations where clarifications have been made, to distribute information that may help others. Please forward any information to email@example.com.
Please stay safe and take care.
Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute