Critically essential workers for the resources industry

The Queensland Government announced that some critical workers can now provide essential services while classified as close contacts, provided they meet strict health criteria.

This change is designed to ensure the continued supply of essential goods and services to the community. Theses measures are only in place for close contacts who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.

Find out more about Changes to requirements for confirmed cases and close contacts.

This is a self-assessment process for employers – you must meet the requirements as specified by Queensland Health. You are not required to seek approval before asking staff who would otherwise be a close contact to return to work, provided the requirements are met.

Use the flow chart below or this printable flowchart (PDF, 35KB) to help determine who could be considered a critical essential worker.

Self-assessment lodgement

Employers are required to undertake the below self-assessment process to identify if they are an essential industry and what roles are critical to the continuation of services.

  1. Identify as an industry on the critical industry list
  2. Create a list of critical roles (XLSX, 25KB)
  3. Submit the critical roles list to This is a central lodgement email for the whole of Queensland Government.

Employers must keep a record of their critical worker list (XLSX, 27KB) and produce it if requested.

A Critical worker list will be invalid if an employer incorrectly identifies their industry as a critical industry, or incorrectly assesses a role as a critically essential role.

Read more below about critically essential workers and what employers and workers need to do to meet the strict criteria.

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