Information for FIFO workers

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Last Updated: 25 Oct 2020 2:15pm

From 26 October 2020, Tasmanian fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers from medium-risk areas can apply to return to Tasmania as Essential Travellers.

Successful applicants will not need to quarantine when they arrive, but must comply with specified conditions while in Tasmania, including monitoring themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and being tested if symptoms arise.

To be considered for classification as an Essential Traveller, Tasmanian FIFO workers must meet the Essential Traveller eligibility criteria, which includes not having been in a high-risk area in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania.

Eligible Tasmanian FIFO workers must also:

  • Prove they are an existing Tasmanian resident whose main source of employment is not in Tasmania.
  • Prove that this employment requires them to be physically present at that workplace to fulfil their employment duties, and this work cannot be done remotely.
  • Provide evidence that they have a scheduled roster of shift work that includes extended periods of time (at least seven days) at the interstate workplace, with identified leave breaks.
  • Show that they will return to Tasmania while on leave, with the intention to return to their interstate workplace to resume their shift work at the end of this leave period.
  • Prove that this working arrangement is intended to be ongoing.
  • Prove that they will transit directly from their interstate workplace to a port of departure to Tasmania, and agree to maintain physical distancing during transit.
  • If approved as an Essential Traveller, Tasmanian FIFO workers must meet the requirements detailed in Schedule 3 of Directions in Relation to Persons Arriving in Tasmania.

  • Acceptable proof of Tasmanian residency is outlined here.
  • A letter from the employer, or evidence of an employment contract, verifying the worker is employed as a FIFO worker in an eligible sector/industry on an ongoing basis. This documentation should also outline the scope of the work and verify why the work needs to be conducted onsite.
  • Proof of a scheduled roster of shift work that includes extended periods of time (at least seven days) at the interstate workplace, with identified leave breaks.
  • Flight and transport bookings and proof of accommodation (if applicable) to prove that the worker will comply with the requirement to transit directly from their interstate workplace to Tasmania.

Applications can be made through G2G PASS under Category 8 of Essential Traveller.

Frequently commuting to/from another jurisdiction for work does not mean automatic eligibility as a Tasmanian FIFO Essential Traveller.

To be classified as a Tasmanian FIFO Essential Traveller the job must require the worker to carry out their work onsite and they must have evidence that this work is established and ongoing.

Unless exceptional evidence is provided to prove eligibility, any job that can reasonably be done remotely (e.g. corresponding with clients and stakeholders, attending corporate meetings, other frequent commuting and/or one off trips) will not qualify as FIFO work.

Examples of eligible FIFO sectors and industries include:

  • Mining and mineral resourcing;
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Remote infrastructure/construction projects (e.g. telecommunication networks or road and rail works)
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste; or
  • Transport, postal and warehousing.