Outline of the current restrictions that apply to regions of Victoria.
These settings apply from 6:00pm, 29 October:
A density quotient of one person per two square metres will be required indoors at:
The strong recommendation to work from home and study from home for adult education if you can, remains in place.
People who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be considered probable cases and be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test. They must isolate for seven days and notify their contacts.
Read the full list of restrictions here.
The Victorian Government announced a plan for the COVIDSafe restart of the construction industry on Tuesday 5 October 2021.
The plan provides a framework for the removal of workforce caps, while also ensuring the safety of workers, their families and our community.
The Victorian Government’s dedicated Industry Engagement and Enforcement Operation will continue to enforce workplace directions, targeting areas of high non-compliance or health risk.
Construction businesses can expect a visit at any time from Authorised Officers, who can issue fines and enforce closures.
Authorised Officers performing onsite inspections at Victorian businesses will have evidence (in most cases a signed letter on official department/agency letterhead) confirming their vaccination status for workplaces to sight before they enter the premises.
Construction sites must allow Authorised Officers to enter the premises after sighting this letter.
Full details are outlined here.
The vaccination requirement applies to the construction sector and covers anyone who performs work (paid or unpaid) at a construction site, including:
People who visit the site but are not performing work are excepted.
Yes, Authorised Officers are allowed on construction sites - vaccination requirements apply to the construction sector and cover anyone who attends a construction site.
Authorised Officers performing on-site inspections at Victorian businesses will have evidence (in most cases a signed letter on official department/agency letterhead) confirming their vaccination status for workplaces to sight before they enter the premises.
Construction sites should allow Authorised Officers to enter the premises after sighting this letter.
No. COVID Marshals are no longer required on construction sites.
For the purposes of determining who is captured by the vaccination requirements, a construction site includes:
For example, a site office for a construction site that is located in an office building close to the construction site is a construction site and workers in the site office must be vaccinated.
The principal contractor for a construction site must take all reasonable steps to ensure site workers who have not provided evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a are not permitted to enter the construction site. This is a legal requirement under the to protect the health and safety of Victorians. They must notify all workers who were not fully vaccinated that they cannot enter the construction site.
Employers who are not principal contractors of a construction site should encourage their workforce to comply with the vaccination requirements, but they are not required to sight, record or hold the evidence - that is the responsibility of the principal contractor for a construction site.
A principal contractor of a construction site must sight, collect, record and hold information on the following matters:
There are multiple ways for a worker to prove their vaccination status:
The principal contractor of a construction site should see evidence of the vaccination or booking status of each person entering the site. A principal contractor of a construction site must keep a record of the information collected to demonstrate its compliance.
While employers may request that workers disclose their vaccination status, the worker is free to decline. However, in this circumstance, the worker will be considered unvaccinated for the purposes of entering the construction site and cannot enter. If the principal contractor of a construction has safety concerns about a worker being turned away from a construction site, they should not enforce non-entry, but should contact site security or police for assistance.
Employers are encouraged to provide their workers with information to address worker privacy concerns, such as explaining:
A permitted reason for a worker to not receive a COVID-19 vaccine is when:
Yes. There is an exception to the vaccination requirement in exceptional circumstances for workers on a construction site to respond in a timely and appropriate manner to an emergency. This includes medical emergencies, emergency services workers attending for non-medical emergencies (for example, a fire) and to make the site safe for workers, the public, assets and infrastructure. Attendance on-site in this instance is strictly limited to the minimum number of people and duration necessary.
There is an exception to the vaccination requirement only if a worker is required to fill a vacancy to continue essential operations at a facility, if these issues are caused by an emergency situation or critical unforeseen circumstance. For example, if a work premises has large number of workers not at work due to an exposure at a Tier 1 site, an exception will apply.
Yes, carpooling is permitted. The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of COVID-19. If travelling in a car with someone who is not part of your household, you should sit in the back seat to maintain physical distancing and open car windows for ventilation.
Locations associated with confirmed COVID-19 cases are classified by VIC Health for action.
Find your nearest coronavirus testing centre in VIC
Book an appointment to get your COVID-19 vaccination and find out what to expect when you go.
You can also call the coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 (for an interpreter, press 0)
The Business Victoria hotline provides information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15