UPDATED 23 JULY, 2021
Can tradies work under the latest COVID-19 restrictions?
Under WHS law, every Australian employer or business is required to manage the risk of COVID-19 to workers and others in their work environment. Most tradies can continue working while managing the risks, but restrictions and advice may differ between states. Make sure you’re aware of the differences in your local state, as well as any other states you may be visiting.
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
Use the COVID-19 Restriction Checker to find advice on specific activities and locations within your state.
New South Wales
Some tradies are listed as authorised workers. Visit the NSW Government website for the most up-to-date information on what you can and can't do. If you are attending a job in someone’s home, check whether anyone inside the home has COVID-19 symptoms or is in isolation. Where practical, ensure workers maintain 1.5m physical distancing and wear face masks if required.
Travel restrictions may apply when travelling to or from certain locations of interest — read more about travel to and from NSW.
Useful links for NSW
- General COVID-19 information
- COVID-19 Safety Plan for businesses
- Common questions about NSW restrictions
Tradies can work, but the Victorian government has implemented COVID-19 restrictions to try and prevent further spread.
Visit the Victoria Government website for the most up-to-date information on what you can and can't do while working. Before attending a job in someone’s home, ensure any residents are symptom-free, maintain physical distancing (1.5m), and practice good hygiene.
Useful links for VIC
Tradies in Queensland can still operate, so long as they align with the COVID Safe Framework. People must adhere to the restrictions roadmap. As always, follow the public health directions when carrying out jobs.
Travel restrictions to and from other states may apply, read more about travel to and from QLD.
Useful links for QLD
- General COVID-19 information
- Roadmap to easing restrictions
- Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
Tradies in South Australia are able to work as long as the employer has measures in place to protect the health of their employees. COVID-Safe recommendations include physical distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and supporting staff to stay home if sick.
Useful links for SA
WA remains in a State of Emergency. Tradies can work but make sure to visit the WA Government website for the most up-to-date information on what you can and can't do. WA businesses must ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be followed.
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. This includes implementing appropriate measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and providing adequate facilities and equipment for employees to carry out their work safely.
Useful links for WA
Tradies can work, but all NT businesses must lodge a COVID-19 Safety Plan and update it to meet the requirements on the new CHO direction. Businesses must also appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor to implement their COVID-19 Safety Plan.
There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the NT, including returning Territorians. Restrictions in other states may also apply, read more about travel to and from NT.
Useful links for NT
All Tasmanian trade businesses may operate, but must meet minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan as part of the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework. WorkSafe Tasmania has developed templates to help small and medium businesses prepare their plans.
Tasmania’s border restrictions depend on where each traveller has been prior to entering Tasmania. All travellers must provide contact and travel details. Restrictions in other states may also apply, read more about travel to and from TAS.
Useful links for TAS
Australian Capital Territory
Trade businesses in the ACT are able to operate but are obligated under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to provide a safe workplace for employees.
The Australian Capital Territory is open to every state and territory, except certain hotspots. Restrictions in other states may apply, read more about travel to and from ACT.
Useful links for ACT
COVID-19 restrictions and advice can change quickly. Stay up to date with the latest information by checking health.gov.au.