Long queues, waiting times and filling out countless forms could be a thing of the past as a new QR code check-in app is launched across Queensland today.
The Check-In Qld app has been spruiked by the state government as a simple way to improve contact tracing.
The free mobile phone app remembers a person’s details, eliminating the need to re-scan QR codes and re-enter personal information when visiting a particular venue.
But ministers have assured the public only the most basic data will be retained by the government in case of an outbreak.
Businesses will need to sign up to the new app, which is not mandatory.
Doug Meagher, Venue Manager at the Orion Hotel in Springfield, said it simplified the check-in process for people visiting his business and the administration duties for his staff.
“It’s made it more efficient, I’ve been able to take a staff member from the front door and put them back into a service role,” Mr Meagher said.
“It was a convoluted system we previously had, we had excel spreadsheets we needed to send to Queensland Health, we had to retain the data for 28 to 56 days on premise.
“We had QR codes with onerous information … you couldn’t check people in with that.
“Now if you come in, scan it once, you’re done.”
Digital Economy Minister Leeanne Enoch said it was similar to the contact tracing app used in the ACT and had gone through extensive trials prior to the rollout.
She said the data collected by the app would be stored for up to 56 days before being deleted.
“Queensland Health will be able to access that immediately if they have to in order to carry out contact tracing,” Ms Enoch said.
Testing and trials of the new app began in January at selected venues from Cairns to Ipswich.
The app’s launch on Sunday comes as Queensland recorded no new cases of locally-transmitted coronavirus cases.
More than 207 businesses in the trial have registered and are using the new app and more than 29,000 people have checked in at these venues.