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Creating a COVIDSafe workplace

Create a COVIDSafe Plan and understand how the different Steps apply to your sector.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

From 11:59pm, 13 September 2020, some restrictions will be eased across Victoria.

Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria each have their own roadmaps, relating to how many active cases are currently in the community.

More information, including downloadable copies of the roadmaps, are available on the Victorian Government roadmaps website.

Industry Restart guidelines

On 6 September, the Victorian Government announced Victoria’s roadmap for reopening which outlines considered and gradual steps to ensure that businesses can open safely and effectively.

The Industry Restart guidelines outlines the requirements businesses need to apply to safely operate in accordance with the easing of restrictions.

Industry Restart guidelines are now available for the following businesses:

COVIDSafe principles for business

If permitted to do so, business and industry must operate in Victoria based on the following COVIDSafe principles:

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • wear a mask or face covering
  • practice good hygiene
  • keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • avoid interactions in close spaces
  • create workforce bubbles.

Business restrictions  -  metropolitan Melbourne

Step One business restrictions stay in place across Metropolitan Melbourne until at least 28 September 2020.

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

Under Step One, businesses in Melbourne can only operate for on-site operations if they are a Permitted Work Premises.

Permitted Work Premises must have a completed COVIDSafe Plan to continue their operation.

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.

Employees in permitted industries must have a Permitted Worker Permit to attend work.

Access to childcare and kinder is restricted and requires a childcare permit.

See Sector Guidance for further guidance and frequently asked questions for your sector.

For frequently asked questions that applies to all businesses in metropolitan Melbourne go to our Information for business and industry for metropolitan Melbourne page.

Business restrictions  -  regional Victoria

Information about the steps towards easing industry restrictions for regional Victoria is available on the Victorian Government roadmaps website.

For frequently asked questions that applies to all businesses in regional Victoria go to our Information for business and industry for regional Victoria  page.

Employer obligations

  • Have a COVIDSafe Plan in place that is regularly updated.
  • 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.
  • Employers must ensure that workers do not work across multiple sites, unless it is not practicable to limit workers to one site only.
  • If it is not practicable to limit a worker to only one work site, or if the worker has multiple employers, then the worker must declare this to their employer(s). The employer(s) must maintain a record of all workers who work across multiple work premises..
  • If your worker is unwell, send them home and direct them to be tested. They must stay home until they have their result. Financial support is available for workers who need to isolate or quarantine.
  • Report any positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the Department of Health and Human Services (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 regional restrictions, workplaces that remain open must:

For more information and to read the Directions, visit the DHHS website

Free infection control training

Free, short, accredited training is available to help staff identify and manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace. Free infection control training will help businesses prepare to safely reopen and ensure their customers and workforce are protected.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and the Industry Coordination Centre

The Business Victoria website and hotline provide information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.