Response to COVID-19

Infrastructure NSW is leading cross-agency communication, monitoring and reporting of infrastructure-related COVID-19 impacts to ensure industry, unions and government receive consistent and factual information. 

The response to COVID-19 is constantly evolving and we are committed to providing clear leadership and information to industry based on the current health advice and relevant Public Health Orders.

Easing of construction restrictions in Greater Sydney

From Monday 27 September, construction in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, can resume with 100% of workers on site. This includes in the local government areas (LGAs) of concern.

In the interim, sites where construction workers meet the current vaccination requirements that apply to authorised workers will be permitted to exceed the cap. This interim arrangement is available from midday on 21 September.

From Monday 27 September the occupied premises limit of 5 workers outdoors will be removed for Greater Sydney including LGAs of concern. A person in an LGA of concern who does prescribed work in an outdoor area of a place of residence will be an authorised worker, which means they can leave their LGA to work provided they adhere to the requirements that apply to all authorised workers.

Vaccination conditions

Construction workers from the LGAs  of concern can attend construction sites in Greater Sydney as authorised workers if they meet minimum vaccination conditions. They must provide evidence they have:

  • had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 21 days ago, or
  • had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within the preceding 21 days and have been tested for COVID-19 within the preceding 72 hours, or
  • a certified medical contraindication and has been tested for COVID-19 within the preceding 72 hours.

NSW Health has approved rapid antigen testing for implementation at worksites across NSW. A guidance document has been developed and can be found on the NSW Government website. A person can attend work whilst waiting for their surveillance test result.

Permits for leaving or entering LGAs of concern

From Saturday 28 August 2021, workers leaving or entering an LGA of concern will need to register for a permit. Information is available at Service NSW.

COVID-19 Safety Plan for Greater Sydney

All construction sites in Greater Sydney must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. The plan was developed by the NSW Government in consultation with industry and the unions. It is also recommended for all construction sites in NSW.

Managing a COVID-19 case on site

Infrastructure NSW has developed a guidance document for industry who need to manage a COVID-19 positive case on site.

Extension of construction work days

Construction sites can operate on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until Christmas, as per the relevant Planning Order. On extended days, noisy works are not permitted and all reasonable noise reduction measures must be applied.

Construction restrictions in regional NSW

Construction sites that are permitted to operate in regional and rural NSW can have no more than one person per 4 square metres at the site at any one time. Workers from Greater Sydney must register for a permit if travelling more than 50km outside Greater Sydney. COVID-19 testing requirements apply. Construction workers from LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney are not permitted to travel outside of Greater Sydney for work.

Occupied premises

Prescribed works in occupied premises (including residential dwellings) is permitted in Greater Sydney and regional NSW, except in the LGAs of concern, and is limited to two workers on site for indoor works. In the LGAs of concern, only prescribed works that are necessary can take place in indoor areas. From Monday 27 September the cap of five workers for prescribed work done outdoors will be removed across Greater Sydney, including the LGAs of concern There must be no contact between workers and occupants. 

More information is available at nsw.gov.au.

Last updated 24 September 2021

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