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Austraffic COVID-19 Response

Austraffic COVID-19 Response AS AT 06 August 2020

We are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation around the clock and have precautions in place to help protect the safety of our workers, clients and the communities we live and work within. We have well defined business management and business continuity processes and are introducing increased measures which includes: arrangements for remote access of employees carrying out critical business activities, strict isolation and social distancing measures.

We understand that at this time, our clients need our support more than ever.

We want to reassure you that we are committed to maintaining our high-quality customer service levels.

This notice should be read alongside Austraffic Procedure 15.13 – Transmission of High Risk Communicable Diseases Procedure which is also under ongoing review.

While to-date there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 within our company, we continue to review and follow the instructions and recommendations of health authorities. We are monitoring and managing staff who report unwell to work.

Staff who are unwell prior to coming to work have been instructed to contact their Supervisor or Manager immediately and not to attend any worksite either office or in field.  Staff presenting unwell during work hours are being requested to seek medical advice and adhere to any quarantine or self-isolation periods as directed by a medical professional and in line with DHHS guidelines.

Austraffic is keeping up to date with relevant Australian State and Federal Government and WHO updates and advice by referencing the information and guidelines relevant to each state office:
Federal: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus
ACT: https://health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
NSW: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx
VIC: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
QLD: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
WA: https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus
SA: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/novel+coronavirus
TAS: https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/coronavirus

If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to contact us.

We hope you all stay safe and well during this difficult time.

Victorian Stage 4 Restrictions

The Austraffic Victoria office is currently closed and staff are working from home.

Our current understanding (as at 6 Aug 2020) of the stage 4 restrictions is that council (LGA) permitted work is limited to emergency asset management, essential environmental health functions, high-risk local law enforcement and community support for the vulnerable. All other activities are closed for on-site works. 

Advice from VicRoads (as at 6 Aug 2020) suggests that the data collection services we provide are to be treated as Building and Construction and as a result will fall into the Construction Sector, OPEN (FOR ON-SITE WORK) – COVID SAFE PLAN: Construction of critical and essential infrastructure and services to support these projects.

To undertake surveys in Victoria, we would need to be assured that the surveys relate to essential works projects. For example traffic data required for COVID analysis, policing or pre surveys for soon to be contracted works. We would also require a letter confirming the essential nature of the works to attach to the Worker Permits required for staff to undertake work activity and present to authorities on request.

If Austraffic Victoria has a workplace that is required to operate in any part of Victoria from 11:59pm on Friday 7 August, a COVID Safe Plan will be developed for that workplace and workers needing to attend that workplace will be issued with a COVID Permitted Worker Schedule. Our JSEA/SWMS & training documentation has been updated to ensure we can respond in a timely manner to project data collection needs should they arise.