Update: COVID Safe workplace, permits, industry restriction levels, roadmaps to reopening

All States & Territories now require workplaces to have some form of a COVID Safe Plan.

Stage 4 business restrictions stay in place across Metropolitan Melbourne until at least 28 September 2020. *

Businesses and industries that are permitted to operate in Victoria must do so based on the following COVIDSafe principles:

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)

  • wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth

  • practice good hygiene

  • keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell

  • avoid interactions in close spaces

  • create workforce bubbles.

View/download Industry Restriction Levels - Common requirements across all workplaces >

View/download Melbourne's roadmap to workplaces reopening >

* Workplace restrictions update for #AlliedHealth under Metro Melbourne’s roadmap to recovery, effective 28th September 2020:

✅Non-urgent healthcare services including allied healthcare and dental clinics are allowed to recommence with COVID Safe plan in place.

✅Telehealth services must be preferenced as the first option for care delivery and provided where and as appropriate. ✅The following allied health professionals will be allowed to recommence some face-to-face appointments - all AHPRA registered health workers, plus social work, speech pathology, dietetics, audiology, exercise physiology, orthotists and prosthetics.

More information about the steps towards easing industry restrictions for Metro Melbourne is available on the Victorian Government roadmaps website.

Under Stage 4 business restrictions, workplaces can only operate on-site if they are a Permitted Work Premises. Permitted Work Premises must have a completed COVIDSafe Plan to continue their operation.

Please note:

Employees in permitted industries must have a Permitted Worker Permit to attend work. Victorian permitted worker permits need to remain current and reflect who is working under the most recent restrictions and circumstances:

✴️ Permitted worker permits will need to be reissued from 13th September 2020 or before their expiry date.

✴️ Businesses can edit and add to the dates on the permitted worker permits they have currently issued to workers if required.

✴️ If businesses have issued permits with future date ranges, they do not need to reissue permitted worker permits.

✴️ A new childcare permit does not need to be issued for permitted workers (remote or onsite) who have childcare permits.

Read 'Avoiding a fine: How can I prove my essential work travel?' >

If you are a high-risk industry (construction, warehousing and distribution, supermarket and medical distribution centres), you are required to have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan. Additional conditions are also in place for abattoirs and meat processing businesses anywhere in Victoria.

Employer obligations

Under the Stage 4 restrictions, workplaces that remain open must:

➡️ Have a COVIDSafe Plan in place that is regularly updated (unless you are a small business with fewer than 5 employees)

➡️ Ensure that any workers that can work from home are able to do so

➡️ Collect records of all workers, subcontractors, customers and clients attending the work premises for 15 minutes or longer (certain exemptions will apply)

➡️ One worker per four square metres of enclosed workspace or in shared areas

➡️ Unless an exemption applies, ensure that workers do not work across multiple sites, or for multiple employers

➡️ Ensure that workers are in good health - workers cannot work if they are unwell and employers must not require workers with symptoms to work

➡️ If your worker is unwell, send them home and direct them to be tested. They must stay home until they have their result

➡️ Report any positive cases of COVID-19 to DHHS, Worksafe, Health and Safety Representatives, and notify your workforce

➡️ Regularly clean your facilities, shared spaces and provide additional cleaning supplies

➡️ Undertake risk assessments for cleaning and the potential closure of your workplace in certain situations.

Under the Stage 3 restrictions, workplaces that remain open must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan if they are an abattoir or meat processing business (a COVIDSafe Plan is advised for all other industries).

Business Restrictions - Regional Victoria

Stage 3 business restrictions stay in place across Regional Victoria until at least 11:59pm on 13 September 2020.

View/download Regional Victoria's roadmap to workplaces reopening >

More information about the steps towards easing industry restrictions for Regional Victoria is available on the Victorian Government roadmaps website.

If you need further assistance or information, please contact us today.

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