The CFMEU is advocating for the reopening of Gold Standard construction sites. In most cases, these are the large-scale commercial operations we do not see in the suburbs.
Only certain construction sites attain a gold standard, which is recognised and issued by the Vic Covid 19 taskforce.
Gold standard sites actively enforce some of the highest standard of workplace covid specific health and safety measures in the world.
Workers and builders on these jobs have gone to extreme measures to ensure the highest standard of covid safety on these sites.
The recent construction outbreaks have only occurred on sites without a gold standard.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the gold standard measures, during lock down 5, we saw a positive delta case on a gold standard construction site, this only spread to one other person on the site as it was quickly and easily contained by the implementation of the gold standard safety measures.
Worksafe Victoria have verified that gold standard construction sites have met 100% covid safety compliance.
We are the first industry in Australia to deliver on-site vaccinations with the aim of delivering a minimum 30,000 by year-end. The industry is currently conducting site surveys of vaccination rates and all early results so far have been above 60% mark.