80% Roadmap - What does this mean for Employers, SBATs, and Apprentices and Trainees?

From Monday 18 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated greater freedom.

All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors, noting that Education Establishments are exempt from the 4 sqm rule indoors This exemption applies to your registered training organisation.

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Vaccinations

Greater Sydney

  • For industries where mandatory vaccinations are in place, fully vaccinated Apprentices and Trainees can attend their workplace.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated your employer must require you to work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable to do soIf you are not fully vaccinated and it’s not reasonably practical for your to work from home you can go to work as long as it’s not a business reopening at 70%
  • Employers must ensure they have sighted the vaccination status of all employees including Apprentices and Trainees over 16 years old.

Regional NSW

  • For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff could return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
  • Regional NSW excludes, Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Face to face training

  • Online delivery is still encouraged where it practicable
  • Face to face training can be delivered for critical skills and practical based learning and assessment from 18 October 2021 where this cannot be done online
  • Please contact your training provider to discuss further.

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required for all staff (including Apprentices and Trainees) and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport (except children under the age of 12).
  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins are required at all sites
    Proof of vaccination required for staff (including Apprentices and Trainees) and customers for all industries where double vaccination is mandated or where the employer collects this information because it’s reasonably necessary for managing work health and safety risks.

Returning to Work

Greater Sydney

  • Apprentices and Trainee can return to work from 11 October if fully vaccinated.
  • All premises will operate at 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors
  • Employers can allow Apprentice’s and Trainee’s who are fully vaccinated to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • Employers must require Apprentice’s and Trainee’s who are not fully vaccinated to work from home, if reasonably practicable.

Regional NSW

  • In regional NSW staff can return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
  • Employers can allow Apprentice’s and Trainee’s who are fully vaccinated to continue to work from home, if reasonably practicable.
  • If Apprentices and Trainees work in an industry where vaccination is mandated requirements to be fully vaccinated before performing your job continue to apply

Travel and Transport

Greater Sydney

  • Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated). You may only leave Greater Sydney if you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include: Work, attending school or an Educational institution.

Regional NSW

  • No distance limits for travel. Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated). You may only leave Regional NSW if you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include: Work, attending school or an Educational institution.
  • Travel between regional local government areas are permitted.

To find out more on Entering and leaving Greater Sydney, visit Public Health Orders and restrictions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)

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