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Qld Health Officer Approves Mine Surveyors for Border Exemptions

coronavirus messageApril 2020 - AIMS has received a reply from the Queensland Chief Health Officer regarding their urgent submission prompted by recent orders relating to Queensland border restrictions.

Restrictions were recently imposed on crossing the Queensland border in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

AIMS immediately identified the omission of registered mine surveyors (both FIFO and DIDO) in the list of ‘QLD Critical Resource Sector Employees’ allowed to continue crossing the Queensland border in the course of their professional duties.

AIMS expressed it's concern in writing to the Chief Health Officer of the serious health and safety consequences by restricting access to Queensland mines for interstate mine surveying professionals.

AIMS are very pleased to report to members that we have now received a reply from the Queensland Chief Health Officer advising that they are 'satisfied that registered Mine Surveyors are critical resource sector employees' and therefore "can be considered an exempt person under the Border restrictions (No.3) public health direction."

Until the direction is updated to include registered Mine Surveyors our members have been advised to download the letter from the Chief Health Officer and carry it with them when crossing the border.

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Mario Fantin
AIMS PRESIDENT
6th April 2020

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