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Home > News > 2020 > April > Direction from Chief Health Officer about travel from workplace to home centre

Direction from Chief Health Officer about travel from workplace to home centre

There has been some confusion and lack of clarity recently in regard to education employees in rural and remote areas and their ability to travel from their work place and community to their home centre over the Term1 break.

Last night the Queensland Chief Health Officer issued a revised Public Health Direction which addresses this issue.

The directive – Home Confinement, Movement and Gathering Direction, effective from 11:59pm, 2 April 2020, has relevance and specific reference to school and early childhood workers in terms of travel during the school holiday break.

Part 6 of the full directive is below

Section (f) specifies that education workers may travel to and from their home centre over the term 1 break.

Home confinement requirements in Queensland

6. A person who resides in Queensland must not leave their principal place of residence except for, and only to the extent reasonably necessary to accomplish, the following permitted purposes:

a.   to obtain food or other essential goods or services;

b.   to obtain medical treatment or other health care services;

c.   to engage in physical exercise;

d.   to perform work or volunteering, or carry out or conduct an essential business, activity or undertaking, and the work, business activity or undertaking to be performed is of a nature that cannot reasonably be performed from the person’s principal place of residence;

e.   to visit another person’s residence in accordance with paragraph 9;

f.   education and early childhood workers may travel to and from their home centre over the term 1 break;

g.   to visit a terminally ill relative or to attend a funeral or wedding, subject to any applicable restrictions under other relevant Public Health Directions;

h.   to provide assistance, care or support to an immediate family member;

i.   to attend any court or tribunal of Australia or to comply with or give effect to orders of the court or tribunal of Australia;

j.   to attend a childcare facility, school, university, or other educational institution, to the extent care or instruction cannot reasonably be obtained in the person’s principal place of residence;

k.   to assist with or participate in an investigation or other action by a law enforcement authority, whether voluntarily or not;

l.   for children under 18 years who do not live in the same household as their biological parents or siblings or one of their parents or siblings, continuing existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children and siblings, but not allowing access or contact with vulnerable groups or persons; 

Example of a vulnerable group or person – a person over 70 years or a person with a medical condition that makes them vulnerable to COVID-19

m.   avoiding injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; 

Example – escaping a risk of harm related to domestic and family violence

n.   to comply with or give effect to the exercise of a power or function of a government agency or entity under a law.  

Union support

Our union is available to provide support to any member who needs specific advice. 

Email memberalert@qieu.asn.au or call 1800 177 938.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.