New rules for the construction industry in light of the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown in Greater Sydney as at 28 July 2021.

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has confirmed that emergency make-safe works and similar critical building repairs are able to proceed in Sydney’s current lockdown.

ICA have maintained that urgent maintenance works are to be undertaken to ensure properties are habitable, there is a mitigation of risk of further damage to property and to ensure business premises are safe and secure for employees.

The ICA has also noted that repairs to motor vehicles during the present lockdown is necessary to maintain support for essential workers as well as essential travel.

In light of this, insurers have been advised that motor repairs are allowed to continue under the lockdown orders and that employees of these businesses within the eight critical LGA’s are authorised to leave their homes to undertake this essential work.

Insurers are presently working with repairers and suppliers to ensure they are able to continue to provide assistance and process claims whilst still complying with the NSW Public Health Orders.

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The ICA has continued to provide updates on essential insurance works being undertaken as the nation seeks to contain the COVID outbreak placing NSW into its harshest lockdown since the pandemic broke out last year.

The NSW government has confirmed that the present lockdown will continue for at least another four weeks as the state reported 239 new cases today. Nonetheless, some movement on the present restrictions for the construction industry were made in yesterday’s announcement adding $500 million to New South Wales economy per week.

Eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) are now under hard lockdown, including the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River areas

Construction will now be able to resume in non-occupied dwellings outside the eight LGAs. The New South Wales Premier has confirmed that contactless tradies will also be allowed to work outside those eight LGAs. Tradies living in the eight LGAs will still be banned from leaving the council boundaries.

Businesses in the eight LGAs that form part of the construction supply chain will be permitted to continue operation and its workers will be added to the authorised works list to leave their respective LGA’s for work. This is subject to meeting COVID-19 testing requirements and includes workers in manufacturing of construction materials, plant and components.