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QLD Lockdown: Updated essential repairs and construction definitions

construction lockdownThe Queensland Government clarified the meaning of essential construction and repairs.

The updated restrictions mean non-essential, outdoor work, at an occupied premise cannot take place. This would include installing solar panels on the roof of an occupied house.

What are essential repairs? What is essential construction?

Only essential or emergency repairs/construction should occur at an occupied residence. Essential or emergency repairs include:

  • a burst water service or a serious water service leak;
  • a blocked or broken toilet;
  • a serious roof leak;
  • a gas leak;
  • a dangerous electrical fault;
  • flooding or serious flood damage;
  • serious storm, fire or impact damage;
  • a failure or breakdown of the gas, electricity or water supply;
  • a failure or breakdown of an essential service or appliance on the property for hot water, cooking or heating;
  • a fault or damage that makes the property unsafe or insecure;
  • a fault or damage likely to injure a person, damage property or unduly inconvenience a tenant;
  • a serious fault in a staircase, lift or other common area of the property that unduly inconveniences a tenant in gaining access to, or using, the property.

In lockdown areas there is no limit on the number of workers that can come to a home. But those workers wear face masks and that you maintain physical distancing wherever possible. There have been reports of police taking action at construction sites where workers are not wearing masks. Ensure staff are always wearing masks, unless it is not safe to do so.

All other repairs are routine repairs and should be delayed until after the lockdown has finished.

If you are part way through a renovation, ensuring that the premises is safe, accessible, secure, and has functioning amenities such as kitchen, bathroom and laundry is considered essential.

Commercial construction at unoccupied premises can continue during lockdown.

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