By next week, all construction sites in New South Wales will be allowed to return to full capacity, regardless of the vaccination status of the workers on site.
Currently construction sites are restricted to 50 per cent of the maximum daily workforce, where one or more workers are not fully vaccinated.
But from Monday, September 27, the vaccination status of workers will not limit how many are allowed on site, with one worker allowed per four square metres of floor space.
Despite the easing of restrictions, some rules will still apply to workers who live in the 12 local government areas of concern, including Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.
Workers from these areas will still only be allowed to leave their area for work if they are vaccinated, and they must continue to register if they are working outside of their own LGA.
Tom Forrest, CEO of Urban Taskforce, said the 50 per cent cap was in some instances turning away workers who were fully vaccinated due to the size of some sites.
"This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of workers that comprise this industry – an industry that delivers 11 per cent of all the economic activity in NSW," Mr Forrest said.
"The construction sector has worked closely with the government to promote the vaccination of its workforce and to ensure work sites are and remain safe at all times.
"By working with the construction sector, and offering an incentive to get vaccinated (the opportunity to work), the vaccination rate among young construction workers has rocketed upwards. Outside the health professions, our industry is now leading the way."
The Victorian government's imposition of a vaccine mandate for construction workers has sparked at-times violent protests throughout Melbourne this week.