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ACAPMA COVID-19 Roundup | as at 17:15 16/08/2021

                                           COVID-19 Roundup  |  as at   17:15  16/08/2021   (last Roundup 16/08/2021)

 

 

Today is going to be a long day, and there are many items that are being pursued and will continue to be late into the night.  We are working on Roadhouse clarification and– we had hoped to have clear communication for you by 5pm tonight but such things move slower than we would like them to.  We will bring you more information on Roadhouses and QLD/NSW Border as soon as they become available.

 

Keep your questions coming, and keep calm

 

COVID Roundup below;

  • VIC  – Authorised Worker Permits
  • QLD  – Border Drama
  • NSW – Priority Vaccination for Authorised Workers in Affected Areas – category to select updated

 

 

VIC – Permits for Authorised Workers are back

 

Permits will be required from 23:59 tomorrow Tuesday 17/8/2021

 

Last time the Authorised Worker Permits were introduced there were significant issues with the online system.  It is likely that there will again be a rush on the system and that there may be a delay in access. 

 

Given this situation it is suggested that businesses provide workers with a letter now and then utilise the permit system when it is live (which it is not yet).  A sample letter has been included below;

 

[date]

To Whom It May Concern,

Please note that [employee name] of [employee address] is an essential worker(authorised worker)  at [business name] of [business address] (authorised provider – petrol station). 

The business is an essential service providing community critical infrastructure and an integral part of the freight and logistics supply chain, providing automotive fuel to consumers and small, transport and freight vehicles. 

The business has consulted with the employee and has confirmed the need for staff to travel to work directly and to home directly and to minimise time and exposure in the community.  The business has an active COVIDSafe Plan and has modified operations to protect staff and customers.

This letter has been provided in advance of the release of the formal Authorised Worker Permit system

Thank you for your consideration, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, stay safe.

Kindest Regards

[name]

[business and contact details]

 

For more see; https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/authorised-provider-and-authorised-worker-list-0

 

 

QLD – Border Drama

 

Fuel wholesale and retail workers crossing the border

ACAPMA is well aware that there have been many staff that have been stopped at the border and told that they would not be allowed to cross because they were not “essential”.  As we covered earlier today, this needs to be viewed with patience, it is a matter of communication breakdown.

 

ACAPMA has received clear guidance from QLD Government that the existing Border Pass arrangement still apply and that “At this time, essential work includes work performed to support essential infrastructure (electricity / gas . liquid fuel supply) and essential community retail service (Petrol Stations)”

 

In consultation with the QLD Government an amendment to the suggested letter to provide staff is included below to note that the work can not be done remotely. 

 

Remember there may be a delay in this information getting through to officers on the front line – and staff should be cautioned to patience and to politely follow police instructions.

 

 

To Whom It May Concern,

Please note that [employee name] of [employee address] is an essential worker at [business name] of [business address]. 

The business is an essential service providing community critical infrastructure and an integral part of the freight and logistics supply chain, providing automotive fuel to consumers and small businesses, transport and freight vehicles. 

The work this employee undertakes is essential and cannot be undertaken remotely.

A retail fuel site is a TMHS (Threshold Mass Hazard Site) that comes with very particular skills, training and experience for all staff to ensure the safety of customers, community and the environment.

The business has consulted with the employee and has confirmed the need for staff to travel to work directly and to home directly and to minimise time and exposure in the community.  The business has an active COVIDSafe Plan and has modified operations to protect staff and customers.

It is understood that restrictions are changing in the dynamic situation however we are advised that fuel retail staff are "critical infrastructure workers" and essential workers providing work "that is necessary to maintain essential services and supplies to the community" consistent with Part 2, Clause 7.c and respectfully request expedited passage across the border for our essential staff.

Thank you for your consideration, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, stay safe.

Kindest Regards

[name]

[business and contact details]

 

Again it is vital that everyone stay home, and if you are out, and if you interact with the enforcement personnel of police or Defence, that you comply with their instructions, and if there are any instructions that if there are essential fuel wholesale or retail elements that are being impacted you reach out to ACAPMA via communications@acapma.com.au and we will escalate it.

 

Mandatory Vaccination for Essential Workers?

The QLD Chief Health Officer has announced that Essential Workers will need to have at least one does of the vaccine in order to cross the border.  This requirement comes into effect from this Friday 20th August 2021.

 

Despite being announced at 11am today this measure is not yet published online or in an Order.  It is not yet clear if this will apply only to health, police and ambulance workers or if it will apply to all Essential workers. 

 

ACAPMA is getting urgent clarification on this now, and if the orders do place this requirement on all essential workers then ACAPMA will circulate a detailed Q & A that addresses; consultation with staff, vaccine access, staff who cannot get vaccinated, staff hwo refuse to get vaccinated and how the business can respond to these situations

 

Further detail will be circulated as it becomes available.

 

NSW – Priority Vaccination for Authorised Workers in Areas of Concern

 

As part of the push to vaccinate frontline workers this week will be a priority week for Authorised Workers from the Areas of Concern.

 

Authorised Workers (see; https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/authorised-workers - which includes Fuel Retail with the Food Retail section) from the Areas of Concern (Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield Local Government Areas and the Penrith suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys) are able to access priority booking for vaccinations for the coming week.

 

This is only available to residents of the Areas of Concern – proof of address along with Medicare Card will be required before a vaccine will be given

 

The invitation, a poster for staff (available on request or see Roundup from 14/8/2021) – all direct you to the following link to book; https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-vaccination-nsw/authorised-worker-priority-appointments

 

When clicking the links to register on the Screening Questions page ensure selection of the following

 

Fuel Transport Workers

  • In the “This best applies to me” section select – “Freight, Distribution, Delivery or Bus Driver”
  • In the “This group best applies to me” section select – “Freight, Distribution, Deliver or Bus Driver”

 

Fuel Retail Workers

  • In the “This best applies to me” section select – “Food Worker”
  • In the “This group best applies to me” section select – “Food Supply Worker”

 

ACAPMA is working with the government to get specific Fuel Retail and Fuel Wholesale categories added to the list to make this process clearer, but for now these categories are the appropriate ones

 

 

 

   Follow ACAPMA on LinkedIn, so you get the daily updates - https://au.linkedin.com/company/australasian-convenience-and-petroleum-marketers-association-acapma-

 

 

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Should you require any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kindest Regards

 

Elisha Radwanowski

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