Changing requirements for NSW rail construction workers







The NSW Government has eased restrictions on construction sites in south west and western Sydney from Wednesday 11 August, with enhanced COVIDsafe measures in place.


If you live in a local government area of concern, you may be able to access a priority vaccination this Sunday 15 August – please read this update for further information.


We look forward to seeing more construction sites re-open under the new arrangements announced this week. It is important you take the time to make sure you are aware of the requirements to attend worksites before you return to work.


Different rules apply depending on where your work site is located, so you should ensure you are aware of how your location is affected, and check for updates regularly. If you live in a local government area of concern, you must comply with specific requirements in place for your location.


The current areas of concern in Greater Sydney are Blacktown, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and some suburbs of Penrith. If you are in regional NSW, areas of concern currently include Armidale, Newcastle and the Hunter region. You must follow the rules for each outlined here area.



We encourage you to get vaccinated. When enough people in the community are vaccinated, it slows down the spread of disease and reduces the need for further preventive measures, such as border closures and travel restrictions. Vaccinations will reduce the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and will help save lives and livelihoods.


Workers from the identified south-west and western Sydney LGAs will be nominated as authorised workers permitted to work on rail construction sites in Greater Sydney if they meet the following vaccination conditions:

  • you have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least three weeks before attending work, or
  • you have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and, if less than three weeks since that vaccine was administered, a negative COVID-19 testin the previous 72 hours. Trials for rapid antigen testing are currently underway and will provide fast results once available 

You can your COVID vaccination here or visit a NSW Health walk-in vaccination clinic offering COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccines to everyone aged 18 years and over with no appointment necessary.


The NSW Health Vaccination Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is providing vaccinations for construction workers in affected local government areas on Sunday 15 August 2021 from 7.30am – 7pm.


The NSW Government has made 8000 priority appointments available for construction workers to support the industry’s return to work. These appointments are only available for construction workers who live in Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Paramatta and the suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.


If you are between 16 and 39 years of age you can book an appointment for a COMIRNATYTM Pfizer vaccine. You will need two doses of the vaccine at least 8 weeks apart.


If you are over 39 years of age you can book an appointment for an AstraZeneca vaccine. You will need two doses of the vaccine 4-6 weeks apart.


To book an appointment for this Sunday, use the following links and select construction worker in the drop down menu:

On the day of your vaccination you will need to bring photo ID as well as proof of your place of work.


Thank you for keeping your community safe.