Over the past few days, FTMA has done seven separate COVID Updates for the different states and territories. So, in case anyone has missed the many announcements across the country, here is what is happening:


With no local cases of COVID-19 you may have been caught off guard by the sudden announcement that from Monday 28 July a mask mandate is being imposed across Canberra.

Masks must be worn indoors when you’ll be in contact with people that you don’t usually work with or live with. So, if you’re in contact with members of the public in your office or workspace, you will have to keep the mask on.

ACT residents that have been in the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong regions of NSW on or after 12:01am Monday 21 June 2021, must follow stay-at-home orders. Those following stay-at-home orders will have to wear a mask at all times when they leave the home, except during vigorous exercise.


Due to the Eastern Suburbs outbreak in Sydney, on Saturday June 26th, Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour entered a lockdown that will last until July 9th.

Under the new restrictions, people in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong can only leave home for the four reasons we all now know.

For the rest of NSW, masks are now compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings.

This means masks are mandatory indoors, including the workplace, across all of NSW.

In addition, anyone in NSW who has been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) on or after June 21 must follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney. 


The Greater Darwin region entered a lockdown on Sunday. The lockdown was then extended on Monday and is hopefully set to end at 1pm Friday 2 July.

Masks are now also mandatory in the lockdown area whenever outside the home.


From 6pm tonight until 6pm Friday, Southeast Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will go into lockdown.

Southeast Queensland includes the following 11 local government areas:

  • Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Morton Bay, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset

Masks are also mandatory in the QLD lockdown area whenever outside the home.

Another part of the restrictions for businesses in the QLD lockdown area is the reintroduction of the 1 person per 4sqm indoors. This means offices inside will have to follow this rule as well.


You must carry a face mask with you at all times. Face masks must be worn everywhere indoors — except in your own home — unless you have a valid exception.

The Victorian Government recommends that you wear a mask outdoors when you can’t maintain 1.5 metres from others.


The Perth and Peel region entered 4-day lockdown last night until 12:01am Saturday 3 July 2021.

Masks are also mandatory for the Perth and Peel regions in the following settings:

  • Indoors
  • Public transport
  • Outdoor public areas where physical distancing is not possible.  

 Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth and Peel regions since Sunday, 27 June must continue to wear face masks in public, as per the existing directions.


No work related restrictions for fabricators………yet, so enjoy whilst you can!

Border Restrictions

With all the various restrictions around the country, most states have shut their borders to most other states and territories. To check on the latest border restrictions please visit: www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker

Exposure Sites

With new cases around the country, there are new exposure sites. It is important to check these new locations and make sure if any employees were at the locations at the given times, that they follow the relevant health advice. See the current exposure sites for your state or territory via the links below. Please note, SA & TAS currently have no exposure sites.

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