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Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan

For information on Victoria's  Roadmap and summary of proposed restriction levels visit Victoria's Roadmap.


Regional Victoria 

Mildura Rural City Council lockdown has been extended for another 7 days from October 15 2021 to October 22 2021.

Social Gatherings, Visitors and Leaving Home  | Work, Education and Childcare| Ceremonies and Religious GatheringsSport and Recreation Entertainment | Retail and Hospitality | Other venues and Services

Metropolitan Melbourne 

Banyule, Bayside, Boroondara, Brimbank, Cardinia, Casey, Darebin, Frankston, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Manningham, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melbourne, Melton, Monash, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Port Phillip, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham (except Little River), Yarra City, Yarra Ranges.

| Social gatherings, Visitors and Leaving Home Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton | Education and Childcare Metro Melbourne| Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings Metro Melbourne| Entertainment and leisure| Metro Melbourne |  Business function facilities and conference centres Metro Melbourne   General Retail Metro Melbourne  Care Facility Visitors Metro Melbourne |  Hospital Facility Visitors Metro Melbourne| Health Care Authorised worker and provider permit 

 


Summary of Restrictions in regional Victoria (excluding Mildura Rural City Council)

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • Residents of regional Victoria must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne (or Mildura Rural City Council), other than for permitted reasons. These include: 
    • for authorised work or permitted education
    • to visit an intimate partner
    • for care and compassionate reasons, including permitted child minding
    • to access necessary goods and services provided they are from the facility that is closest to where you live
    • other limited reasons such as moving house

While in these areas, you must comply with restrictions in place.

  • You cannot go to metropolitan Melbourne (or Mildura Rural City Council) to get a COVID-19 vaccination, even if you have a pre-existing booking. 
  • There are no restrictions on travelling to other parts of regional Victoria. If visiting an Alpine resort, you must have a COVID-19 test performed and receive a negative less than 72 hours before entering the resort.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over and are highly recommended for primary school aged children. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, or if a lawful exception applies.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.
  • Businesses in regional Victoria must conduct a ID check to ensure that patrons attending do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne (or Mildura Rural City Council). 

Border Bubble

From the 30th of September Victorians's in Extreme Risk Zones that are double vaccinated, will be able to return to Victoria if they return a negative COVID test 72 hours prior. They will be required to undertake 14 days of home quarantine. 

NSW/Victoria cross-border community

At 11:59 pm 19 September 2021, all NSW Local Government Areas in the cross-border community (except City of Albury) changed from Extreme Risk Zones to Red Zones.

If you live in the cross-border community – and you haven’t left the cross-border area or you haven’t been in an Extreme Risk Zone any time in the previous 14 days – you can cross the border and enter Victoria without a permit for any reason.

People who have been in an Extreme Risk Zone – such as Albury – in the previous 14 days are still required to obtain a Cross-Border Community – Extreme Risk Zone permit and travel only for permitted reasons should they wish to enter or re-enter Victoria. Limited exemptions and exceptions, and other valid permits, apply.

If you live in the NSW/Victoria cross-border area and want more information about conditions on entering or re-entering Victoria, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-cross-border-communities">Information for cross border communities.

For more information on the Victorian Border see Victorian Travel Permit System.

Lockdown rules for Victoria

Parts of Regional Victoria will have eased restrictions from 11.59 pm Thursday 9 September.

Metropolitan Melbourne will continue with restrictions and is joined by Mildura.


Announcements about Term 4 schooling.

Year 12 exams GAT will be moved to 5th October. 

Metropolitan Melbourne Schooling

From Wednesday 6 October (first week of Term 4)

  • Year 12 - Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 and final year Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and International Baccalaureate (IB) (Monday to Friday)

From Monday 18 October (third week of Term 4)

  • Prep (Monday to Wednesday)
  • Years 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday)

From Tuesday 26 October (fourth week of Term 4)

  • Year 3 and 4 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Year 5 and 6 (Thursday and Friday)
  • Year 7 (Monday to Friday)
  • Years 8 and 9 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Year 10 (Thursday and Friday)
  • Year 11 (Monday to Friday)

From Friday 5 November

  • All students are expected to return to onsite learning Monday to Friday.

Regional Victoria Schooling

From Monday 4 October (first week of Term 4)

  • Prep to Year 2
  • Final year students

Source: Stage return to onsite learning for schools


Regional Victoria (from 11.59 pm Thursday 9 September) excluding Mildura

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home Regional Victoria

  • Private gatherings in the home are not permitted.
  • You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people. A public place is an area accessible by members of the public like a park or the beach. It does not include your backyard or any outdoor areas at a private home.

Intrastate travel limit:

• allowed across regional Victoria

• movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria restricted to specified purposes:

• necessary goods and services (provided facility is closest facility to place of residence)

• care or compassionate reasons (including bubble buddy/ intimate partner/)

• authorised work/education

• other specified reasons e.g. moving home

  • To get a COVID-19 Vaccination if the appointment is at an adjacent LGA

Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted provided visitors have had a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Children under 12 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field. Workers are highly recommended to take a COVID test prior to arrival at the resorts.

Private gatherings: Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single person bubble permitted

Public gatherings: Permitted for up to 10 people 

Face coverings:

• must be carried at all times

• must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies

• recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies

• exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages

Work: If you can work from home, you should work from home. Office work – 25 per cent return or up to 10 people if total workplace is 40 or less, density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies


Education and childcare Regional Victoria

  • If you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so. If you can't work from home or another suitable premises, you can go to work.
  • Offices can permit staff to attend on site for work, up to a capacity of 25% or 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Students aged 12 and over must continue to wear face masks indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are also required for year 3 - 6 students, indoors, only while on school premises, unless an exception applies
  • For the updated school schedule in regional Victoria visit Work and study.
  • Childcare, kinder and early childhood education centres are open. 
  • Primary school is open full time for children in Prep to Year 2
  • Secondary school is open full time for students in Year 7, Year 11 and Year 12, as well as students completing VCE units 3&4 and students in their final year of VCAL, VET or the International Baccalaureate (IB).  
  • From 11 October, students in Years 3 to 6 can attend primary school two days per week.
  • From 11 October, students in Years 8 to 10 can attend secondary school two days per week.
  • Primary and secondary school students can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne (including Mildura Rural City Council) to attend school on-site. 
  • Year 12, VCE Unit 3/4 students or final year VCAL, VET and IB students travelling between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne (including Mildura Rural City Council) to attend school on-site must be fully vaccinated or get tested every 72 hours no more than twice a week.
  • On-site supervision at school is open for vulnerable children, and for children of authorised workers who are required to be at work (so long as that applies for all parents/guardians in their household).

Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

  • Religious gatherings and ceremonies are allowed with no more than 20 people per venue.
  • Places of worship are required to have a COVID Check-In Marshal monitoring patrons checking-in using the Service Victoria app.
  • You can have a wedding with up to 10 people at a venue. This limit includes the couple and two witnesses. The celebrant, and a photographer are in addition to the cap.
  • Funerals are allowed with up to 20 people (or 5 people if held at your home, provided all persons in attendance live in Regional Victoria). This limit doesn’t include infants under 12 months of age, or the people required to conduct the funeral.

Sport and Recreation

  • Outdoor community sports are permitted for training only, with the training to be limited to the number of participants required.
  • The minimum number of people needed to conduct a sporting activity (players, coaches, referees, officials and carers/parents) are permitted to attend.
  • No spectators are allowed to observe training, other than parents of children participating.
  • Outdoor playgrounds remain open, and communal gym equipment and skateparks can reopen.
  • Outdoor personal training allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer.
  • Outdoor recreation facilities can open with up to 20 people per facility. If distance can be maintained between groups outdoors (such as at a golf course) there is no limit on the number of people at the facility at one time, however the group limit of 10 people still applies.
  • Indoor physical recreation facilities, including gyms, are closed.

Entertainment

  • Indoor entertainment facilities, including theatres, cinemas and galleries, are open with a cap of 20 people per indoor space.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues such as zoos can have up to 300 people per outdoor space or 25% venue capacity, whichever is lesser.
  • Karaoke venues and nightclubs remain closed other than for seated service of food and drink, in which case the limit of 10 patrons indoors and 20 patrons outdoors applies (total venue cap of 30).

Retail and Hospitality

  • Shops are open with a density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres. While shopping you must adhere to the patron limits per shop to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • Members of the public can't remove their masks to consume food or drink while in stores and shopping centres that are not food and drink facilities. This excludes those working.
  • Beauty and personal care services are open with a maximum of 10 patrons.
  • Operators of beauty and personal care salons and hairdressing facilities can operate. Masks can be removed by the customer where it is necessary for the treatment or service such as beard trimming or facials.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service. A maximum of 10 patrons indoors and a maximum of 30 outdoors applies (total venue cap of 40)
  • Venues are still required to ask customers to check-in.
  • Restaurants and cafes are required to conduct a residence check of patrons attending for seated service to ensure they do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura Rural City Council.
  • Food courts can open for take away only. If within a retail facility such as a shopping centre or supermarket, masks must not be removed to consume food or drink (excluding workers at that facility or customers while they are at the food or drink facility).

Other venues and Services

  • Community facilities such as libraries, and creative arts studios, can open with a maximum of 20 visitors.
  • Real estate auctions and inspections can proceed with a maximum of 10 members of the public, plus the real estate agent
  • Indoor tours and tour transport are closed. Outdoor tours can operate with a maximum of 20 tourists.

Care Facility Visitors

Visitor restrictions:

• For permitted purposes only, including:

• To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia)

• To support residents under 18 years of age

• As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act

• To provide interpreter or informal language support

• For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge

• To provide end of life support to a resident (this also includes life threatening conditions)

• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

• No more than two visitors per day unless visit is for end-of-life reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit.

• A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

• Prospective residents not permitted to visit.


Hospital Visitors

Visitors restrictions:

• For permitted purposes only, including:

• As a parent, guardian or carer of a child who is a patient in hospital

• To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing

• To support residents under 18 years of age

• As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act

• To provide interpreter or informal language support

• For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge

• As a carer of a patient with a disability

• Accompanying someone to the emergency department or outpatient clinic

• As a partner of a pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward

• To provide end of life support to a patient (this also includes life-threatening conditions)

• Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

• No more than two visitors per day unless visit is for end of live reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit. A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.


Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

Mildura Rural City Council lockdown has been extended for another 7 days from October 15 2021 to October 22 2021.

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

Curfew in Metropolitan Melbourne only: From 9 pm to 5 am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons. This curfew does not apply to locked down Regional areas.

Stay at home unless:

From 11:59pm on 28 September 2021:

  • There are only 6 reasons to leave your home:
    • shopping for necessary goods and services
    • care and caregiving, including medical care, or to get a COVID-19 test
    • exercise
    • outdoor social interaction
    • authorised work and permitted study
    • to get a COVID-19 vaccination
  • If you live in an area under restrictions, you must stay within 15km of your home. This limit does not apply to work, or when giving or receiving care. You can leave your home in an emergency or if there is family violence.
  • In metropolitan Melbourne there is a stay-at-home curfew between 9pm and 5am. There is no curfew for residents of Mildura
  • For some people the nearest essential goods and services (including shopping) will be more than 15km away. In this situation, you may travel beyond 15km to the nearest provider.
  • To check a radius from your home visit How far is 15km from your home?

Intra-state travel: Travel limit of 15km from place of primary residence, except:

• to return home

• to visit an intimate partner

• to visit a person in your “single bubble”

• allowed to travel for authorised work and permitted education (excluding construction industry).

• work at an interstate location (where permitted by another state)

• care and compassionate reasons (specific exemptions apply)

  • To get a COVID-19 Vaccination if the appointment is at an adjacent LGA

 


Private gatherings

Not permitted, intimate partner visits / single person bubble permitted

Public gatherings

Outdoor gatherings will be allowed from 11:59pm Friday 17th September 2021 .

Those with no vaccine or one dose: limited to groups of two from seperate households.

If you are fully vaccinated (above 18 years or older): groups of five (but from two households)

Permitted for personal training up to two people plus trainer

Face coverings

  • must be carried at all times
  • • must be worn indoors and outdoors by Victorians aged 12 years or over except if at home, or when visiting an intimate partner’s place of residence or if an exception applies
  • • recommend primary school age children wear masks indoors and outdoors, except at home or if an exception applies
  • • exception for food and drink limited so that face coverings can only be removed to eat and to drink non-alcoholic beverages

Work

Update: From 11:59pm Friday 17th September 2021, construction workers will not be allowed to travel back and forth between metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas. 

  • If you can work from home, you must work from home
  • Authorised workplaces and workers are permitted to attend onsite work
  • Authorised workers are permitted to travel to and from work even when the curfew is in place
  • A permit is required when leaving the home for authorised work or permitted higher education
  • To give industry time to adjust, workforce permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work from 11.59 pm Monday 23 August. 

Education and childcare Metropolitan Melbourne

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare, family daycare:

Closed but open to vulnerable children, the children of authorised workers and children of single parents, if they cannot be supervised at home

Because of the high rate of transmission in young people and the number of childcare centres now designated as exposure sites, all childcare centres and kinders across Victoria will be closed except to children whose parents are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home. Vulnerable children can still attend. 

To obtain this permit, download the form at Authorised provider and authorised worker permit.

Also -

  • a child or young person experiencing vulnerability (permit not required)
  • children whose parents are both authorised workers as listed, or work for an essential provider, cannot work from home or where no other supervision arrangements can be made. (permit required)
  • for single parents/ carers, that parent is an authorised worker as listed, or work for an essential provider, cannot work from home or where no other supervision arrangements can be made. (permit required)
  • "The Chief Health Officer has signed orders that come into effect tonight 23 August that means one parent in a household who is an authorised worker will mean you are eligible for a child care permit."

He reiterated it does not apply to both parents in a household, just one.

Schools:

Remote learning for most students but open to vulnerable children, and the children of authorised workers.

Higher education and training:

Closed, remote learning only unless permitted study


Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Religious gatherings and ceremonies

No in-person gatherings are permitted. Broadcast permitted with a maximum of five people must be the same five people each time.

Funerals

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 10 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

Weddings

Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Not permitted unless end-of-life or for deportation reasons. Involves only 5 persons (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses)


Indoor physical recreation and sport  Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Closed: Broadcast permitted with maximum five people

Hydrotherapy open for permitted purposes only

Play centres, indoor skateparks, indoor trampolining centres Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Closed

Outdoor physical recreation and sport  Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Open - Outdoor playgrounds for children under 12 years with one parent/carer. Parent/carer cannot take mask off to eat or drink while supervising their children playing. QR code check-in required.

As 11:59pm Friday 17th September 2021 The use of outdoor communal gym equipment and skate parks will be allowed

Personal training with up to two people plus the trainer

An increase of exercise time from two to four hours

You can leave home to exercise, but there are limits:

  • You must not travel more than 15km from where you live to exercise. You must limit your outdoor exercise to no more than 4 hours per day.
  • You can exercise outdoors with your bubble buddy.
  • Gyms, pools, community centres, entertainment venues and libraries are closed.
  • Playgrounds are open to children of all ages. There are no limits to number of adults accompanying them; social gathering limits apply. Adults can remove their mask to eat or drink.  
  • Outdoor skateparks and communal gym equipment are open.
  • You can exercise with one other person, plus dependants, as long as you both do not travel more than 15km from your home.
  • If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.
  • If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a child or someone who cannot be left unattended, then they may go to exercise with you.
  • Outdoor physical recreation facilities such as tennis clubs, golf clubs and cricket grounds are open to 5 fully vaccinated people for contactless activities at a time. Indoor facilities will remain closed, including toilets. (Contactless means you can participate without touching other people). If the vaccination status of the people is unknown or any are not yet fully vaccinated, then a maximum of 2 people may gather for contactless activities at the outdoor facility. Outdoor activities that can be undertaken without accessing a facility, such as hunting, are permitted within the 15km and 4-hour limits. 
  • You cannot leave your house during the curfew for exercise. 
  • Outdoor personal training is allowed for up to 5 fully vaccinated people or up to 2 if vaccination status is unknown, plus the personal trainer. The personal trainer must also be fully vaccinated to train up to 5 people. Vaccination evidence will need to be provided by patrons participating in outdoor personal training services (excluding those younger that 12 years of age). 

Community facilities Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Closed. Open for click and collect and essential services only

Creative Studios Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Closed


Entertainment and Leisure Metropolitan Melbourne, Mildura.

Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Closed. Up to five people can attend an entertainment venue to broadcast a performance.

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Closed. Up to five people can attend an entertainment venue to broadcast a performance.

Non-seated indoor venues: Closed. Up to five people can attend an entertainment venue to broadcast a performance.

Non-seated outdoor venues: Closed. Up to five people can attend an entertainment venue to broadcast a performance.

Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres: Closed

Drive-in cinemas: Closed

Amusement parks: Closed

Casinos: Closed

Retail betting venue: Closed

Electronic gaming: Closed

Karaoke and Nightclubs: Closed

Sex on-premises, brothels and sexually explicit venues: Closed


Business function facilities and conference centres Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

Closed

Public events and business events

Events: Cannot proceed under these settings. Excepting professional sport where no crowds are present.

General retail Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

Essential retail: Open, but with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres.

Other/general retail: Closed (open for contactless click and collect only)

Auction houses: Closed (open for online only)

Hairdressing, beauty, personal care: Closed

Hospitality: Open for take-away only

Accommodation: Closed unless for permitted reasons, or shelter in place. No new bookings except for authorised reasons

Real Estate Services Inspections: Private inspections by appointment for new purchase or end of lease permitted for one household only with agent staying outdoors during inspection. Current occupant cannot be present.

Auctions: Closed (remote auctions only)

Tours and transport Tourism spaces: Closed Tour transport: Closed


Visitor restrictions Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

Care facilities

For permitted purposes only, including:

  • To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia)
  • To support residents under 18 years of age
  • As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act
  • To provide an interpreter or informal language support
  • For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge
  • To provide end of life support to a resident (this also includes life-threatening conditions)
  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry
  • No more than two visitors per day unless the visit is for end-of-life reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit.
  • A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.
  • Prospective residents permitted to visit for:
  • Inpatients in acute hospitals awaiting discharge to residential aged care facilities (noting this may need to be a nominated family member in some scenarios, not the inpatient)
  • Residents of care facilities that are due to close and require support to find alternative accommodation prior to the closure of their current accommodation.

Hospitals

Visitors restrictions:

For permitted purposes only, including:

  • As a parent, guardian or carer of a child who is a patient in a hospital
  • To provide care and support for the resident’s physical and emotional wellbeing
  • To support residents under 18 years of age
  • As a nominated person under the Mental Health Act
  • To provide an interpreter or informal language support
  • For learning to support the resident’s care upon discharge
  • As a carer of a patient with a disability
  • Accompanying someone to the emergency department or outpatient clinic
  • As a partner of a pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward
  • To provide end of life support to a patient (this also includes life-threatening conditions)
  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry
  • No more than two visitors per day unless the visit is for end of life reasons. For end-of-life visits, two visitors are permitted at a time with no maximum daily limit. A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependants of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependants cannot be arranged.

Health Care:

  • You can leave home to receive health care or attend medical appointments (including COVID-19 vaccination appointments or to get a COVID-19 test).
  • If you need to see a doctor or health care professional, you should do so. Do not put off getting medical care. Your doctor or health care professional can provide advice on how to stay safe.
  • You can leave home to care for a sick or elderly relative. If you provide care for someone, you should try to keep at least 1.5 metres between you when you can.
  • Wear a face mask when leaving home unless a lawful exception applies.
  • You can leave home to accompany someone for medical treatment or an appointment if you are a parent, guardian or necessary support person.
  • You can take a pet to the vet.
  • The 15 km limit does not apply when going to receive or provide care and health care.
  • You can leave your home during the curfew for health and medical purposes, or to provide care and support for a child or for someone with special needs.
  • You can leave home in an emergency or to receive urgent emergency medical care.



Authorised Providers and Authorised Workers List 

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura

 

The following businesses can open under restrictions. If their employees are unable to work from home they can leave home to attend work.

  • A work premises that employs an Authorised Worker, for the purposes of authorised work
  • a supermarket, grocery store, bakery, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger; or
  • an indoor or outdoor market, but only to obtain groceries or fresh food; or
  • a restaurant, café, food truck pub, bar or hotel, whether licensed or unlicensed, but only to the extent that:
    • it provides takeaway meals or drinks or a meal delivery service; or
    • it provides food, drink, accommodation or other essential services to those seeking shelter (for example, for reasons of homelessness or family violence); or
  • a bottle shop; or
  • a financial institution; or
  • consular and diplomatic services; or
  • court, tribunal or commission services;
  • an electorate office; or
  • Victorian Parliament; or
  • a Ministerial office; or
  • a post office; or
  • a maternal and child health service;
  • a news agent; or
  • a pharmacy; or
  • a petrol station (including a petrol station that sells groceries); or
  • vehicle and mechanical repair services; or
  • construction, workplace limits as specified in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions; or
  • a pet store; or
  • a veterinary clinic, and related services (on-farm visits and animal care services) where there is a genuine animal welfare issue, or for the purposes of artificial insemination; or
  • services connected with animal health, husbandry or welfare, including the RSPCA; or
  • zoos and nature reserves for the purposes of treating or caring for animals, performing an animal rescue function or maintaining the facility/reserve and broadcast; or
  • an abattoir, meat, seafood or poultry processing plant; or
  • animal saleyards, knackeries and animal transportation services (including livestock and pets); or
  • urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises; or
  • immunisation or vaccination services; or
  • essential child protection activities; or
  • a childcare, early learning centre, kindergarten, preschool or family day care provider; or
  • a primary or secondary school; or
  • a boarding school; or
  • a ‘click and collect’ service; or
  • a locksmith’s; or
  • a community facility (for click and collect only); or
  • carparks for the purposes of supporting an Authorised Provider or Authorised Worker; or
  • labour hire when servicing an Authorised Provider; or
  • laundry and dry cleaners; or
  • commercial cleaners in non-residential premises when servicing an Authorised Provider for cleaning services that cannot be deferred; or
  • pool and spa maintenance service provider when servicing commercial pools and spas, or those in residential apartment premises; or
  • hair clinics offering specialist treatment services to clients who have a medical certificate and require the treatment for health and wellbeing reasons; or
  • Services that operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times. Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety reasons. Permitted services are limited to:
    • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, and cleaning, including at occupied premises.
    • Home installations (outdoor only)
    • Home solar panel installations (only for outdoor work or in roof cavities with external access)
  • pet grooming mobile services that can be undertaken in a contactless manner (businesses with an ABN) and operate solely outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained at all times
 


Authorised Workers

Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of:

  • an Authorised Provider; or
  • authorised health services; or
  • any interpreters, cultural or other support workers to the extent that they are providing support to authorised providers; or
  • funerary or mortuary services or related activities; or
  • marriage celebrant only if one or both of the two persons being married are at the end of life, or will be deported from Australia unless the marriage takes place; or
  • elective surgery and post-operative care in health services in regional Victoria; or
  • emergency services, including both volunteers and paid workers in:
    • the State Emergency Services; and
    • firefighting services; and
    • paramedical services; and
    • ambulance and paramedics services; and
    • air ambulance and medical retrieval services (including Royal Flying Doctor Service); and
    • Victoria Police employees, Protective Services Officers and police custody officers; and
    • military and defence services deployed for activities in Victoria; or
    • state security or national security; or
  • essential infrastructure and essential services that are required to maintain or protect human health, safety and wellbeing (whether provided by a public or private undertaking), and including construction, maintenance and repair of such infrastructure; or
  • critical repairs to any premises where required for emergency or safety; or
  • personal trainers (with an ABN for this purpose) providing services solely outdoors and not at a residential premise; or 
  • broadcasting online classes from physical recreation facilities (no more than 5 people at the facility); or  
  • broadcasting performances from entertainment facilities (no more than 5 people at the facility); or
  • faith leaders broadcasting services and ceremonies at places of worship, with the minimum number of people required for the broadcast to occur (no more than 5 people); or
  • retail goods workers supporting the operation of click and collect or click and deliver orders; or
  • health practitioners, including medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students on placement, when undertaking critical training and examinations; or
  • allied health professionals working in private or public community services, whether clinic-based or home-based, providing urgent clinical care where telehealth services are not clinically appropriate;
    • Example: orthotists and prosthetists providing services such as fitting a brace post-surgery.
  • maternal and child health workers providing essential care to children under school age and their mothers/caregivers; or
  • a person who is critical to, and involved in, the State’s COVID-19 response (including in hotel quarantine and vaccination services); or
  • immunisation and vaccination providers including pharmacy immunisers and Aboriginal Healthcare Workers
  • roadside assistance services; or
  • local government specific services such as:
    • essential environmental health functions that protect the health and wellbeing of the community, and high-risk local law enforcement; or
  • a member of Parliament and up to two staff to ensure minimal functioning of an electorate office; or
  • anyone required to ensure the Victorian Parliament can operate; or
  • anyone required to ensure the functioning of the Commonwealth of Australia Parliament; or
  • a Federal Parliamentarian undertaking essential work to ensure operation of the Parliament of Australia (including attending electorate or ministerial offices for remote operation of technology that cannot otherwise be accessed); or
  • Public Administration – Regulatory Services; or
  • domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services and transfer stations), including:
    • electricity services; and
    • operation of energy systems; and
    • gas services; and
    • water supply, sewerage and drainage services; and
    • liquid fuels and refinery services; or
  • specialised clinical waste workers required for the operation of primary clinical waste incinerators in Victoria; or
  • services to support ongoing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintenance; or
  • Commonwealth agency services, including Australian Border Force and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence agency services; or
  • Judges, Associate-Judges, Judicial Registrars, Magistrates, Coroners, Tribunal Members and their offices for urgent or priority court or tribunal matters determined by the relevant head of jurisdiction, including for bail, family violence, remand, child protection, warrants and urgent guardianships, human rights or residential tenancies issues or any other priority matters, or for any remote hearings; or
  • To the extent necessary to support the functioning of the court, tribunal and dispute services mentioned above:
    • Director of Public Prosecutions and the Office of Public Prosecutions
    • Defence lawyers, Victoria Legal Aid, the Child Protection litigation office, Aboriginal legal services and other legal assistance providers
    • Courts Services Victoria, court support services and court registry services including security, cleaning and interpreter services
    • Other lawyers
    • Bail justices
    • Office of the Public Advocate guardians for high priority, highly vulnerable citizens and relevant staff
    • Justices of the Peace only as urgently required noting the voluntary nature of their role
  • Services related to the administration of justice (including the operation of courts, prisons and Justice Service Centres) in Victoria
  • All systems to support, maintenance and operation services required for DJCS and Victoria Police to support, maintain and operate Births, Deaths and Marriages, fixed traffic and mobile traffic cameras and Fines Victoria systems
  • Administration of justice matters by legal practitioners for their clients where the matter cannot be undertaken reasonably and/or the client cannot participate reasonably in an online communication, teleconference or by means of an audio-visual link facility.
  • Required pathology and forensic services
  • journalist and media services; or
  • feature film, television and documentary (excluding television commercials, student and corporate productions) that is already in physical production and operating as a closed set and post-production relating to it; or
  • National Performing Arts Company Dancing studios for the exclusive use of Company Dancers only; or
  • specialist services at telecommunications stores to support telecommunications as a critical service during the COVID-19 pandemic; or
  • professional or high-performance sportsperson, workers that support the safe running of that person’s professional sport, and public broadcast personnel necessary for broadcasting the professional sport; or
  • thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing, with necessary participants only; or
  • a factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment, but only those operations that are necessary in order to prevent that damage or loss; or
  • mining services including coal mining, oil and gas extraction, metal ore mining, non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying petroleum production; or
  • building and construction services; or
  • pool and spa maintenance service workers when servicing commercial pools and spa or those in residential apartment premises. Solo work only unless additional workers are required for safety reasons; or
  • administrative services provided by an employer to enable its employees to work from home; or
    • Example: Payroll and IT services.
  • organisations that provide urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises; or
    • Example: the performance of emergency plumbing services, Centrelink services and food banks.
  • public transport, including taxis, rideshare services, and other public passenger services; or
  • air transport (including the operation of airports); or
  • port operations; or
  • freight services (including postal and courier services); or
  • a transport, freight or logistics driver; or
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance activities; or
  • a blood bank or other bank services for the collection, storage and provision of donated biological material; or
  • care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, family violence, age, infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition or other essential support services;
    • Example: Family violence and sexual assault services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, Agencies carrying out essential relief activities, including Neighbourhood Houses.
  • truck stops and roadhouses, but not the provision of seated dining or shower facilities to persons who are not transport, freight or logistics drivers; or
  • production and distribution of;
    • disability and health equipment, mobility devices, including products for health patients; or
    • food and groceries for sale by a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store, market or fishmonger (including for sale by operators of such premises at an indoor or outdoor market); or
    • liquor for sale at a bottle shop; or
    • medical and pharmaceutical products; or
    • animal food and care products; or
  • commercial operations that supply goods or service necessary:
    • for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; or
    • to support any business activity that may be carried out in accordance with these directions; or
    • to support the export of goods and services from Victoria; or
    • Example: manufacturing of personal protective equipment or hand sanitiser.
  • Individuals undertaking professional, scientific and technical services if involved in:  
    • COVID-19 (e.g. MedTech research including vaccines); 
    • Hazard monitoring and resilience;   
    • Biosecurity and public health;  
    • Medical or other research, which cannot be shut down and requires on site attendance;  
    • Critical scientific facilities – for critical scientific experiments, labs, collections.
  • the conduct of essential adult and higher education services pertaining to the following occupations and activities for:
    • training and assessment for infection control, high-risk work licenses and high-risk work credentials and construction induction (white card), that ensure workplace and public safety in permitted work premises or for permitted workers; or
    • study for final year pre-service early childhood and school teachers (including placements); or
    • final-year higher education students (i.e. in TEQSA-regulated courses), who do not have alternative options to complete their study by end of year; or
    • for the purposes of undertaking a prescribed examination or assessment, where not practicable to provide remotely, or
    • to support service delivery on site for vulnerable students in higher education and training, where not practicable to provide remotely; or
    • first aid training where required for COVID response; or
    • study for health care workers (including clinical placements); or
    • apprentices training with an Authorised Provider or Authorised Worker; or
    • clinical health and biomedical science (if required to be on site for the maintenance of essential research activities); or aged and disability care (including clinical placements); or
    • mandatory work placements in early childhood education and care settings subject to the supervision capacity of the host workplace; or
    • police Academy; or
    • defence and national security agencies;
    • primary industries only to the extent necessary to ensure animal rescue, adequate supply of food to, and care of, animals and maintenance of crops; or
  • a hotel, motel or other accommodation facility to the extent that they provide accommodation services, including on a temporary basis for work purposes; or
  • services related to property inspections, settlement or commencement/end-of-lease (including removalists); or
  • forestry activity for the purposes of or relating to:
    • production of firewood for heating of premises; or
    • production of pallets; or
    • production of building supplies for construction; or
    • production of other goods required for other permitted activities (e.g. paper, packaging, caskets and coffins); or
  • all manufacturing; or
  • ancillary and support businesses are able to open on-site where necessary for the operations of an Authorised Provider, or for Closed Work Premises where there are safety or environmental obligations. The business cannot operate on-site for any other purpose:
    • Examples: production, supply, manufacture, repair, maintenance, cleaning, security, wholesale, distribution, transportation or sale of equipment, goods or services essential to the operation of the Authorised Provider.
  • union/peak body/employer organisation officials attending a worksite as permitted by law or for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) advice
  • a person who is:
    • critical to, and involved in, the State’s COVID-19 response (including in hotel quarantine); or
    • a fly in fly out worker or a drive in drive out worker who is required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of a competitive operation where the service is time-critical, who is responsible for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to a region of, or to, Victoria; or
    • maritime crew; or
    • a necessary individual for the purposes of the major event where that event has an exemption from CHO allowing it to proceed, including any workers and public broadcast personnel that support the safe running of the major event.
  • Farm, animal and bloodstock leasing activities, including:
    • farming activities and other operations relating to agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, flower industry, commercial fishing, aquaculture and livestock; or
    • intensive agricultural production including; greenhouses and animal production; or
    • agricultural, veterinary chemicals and vaccine production, transportation and distribution (including the Pig Services Centre); or
    • laboratory and diagnostic services; or
    • animal feed production, transportation, packaging, sale, and feeding (including livestock and pets); or
    • animal pounds and shelters (no public access).
  • commercial cleaners in residential premises where necessary to aid the removal of waste in apartment buildings or for the duration an apartment building is identified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure site; or 
  • a business or undertaking providing essential support services to permitted agriculture, forestry and fishing activities, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services and biosecurity functions.

Permitted Essential VCE Assessments and essential assessment preparations for attendance onsite from Monday, 30 August 2021 in Performing Arts studies at Unit 3/4 level only for:

  • Dance
  • Dance (VCE VET)
  • Drama
  • Music Performance
  • Music Investigation
  • Music Performance (VCE VET)
  • Theatre Studies


Authorised Health Services

Any provider of:

  • emergency surgery, procedures and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes:
    • loss of life; or
    • loss of limb; or
    • permanent disability; or
  • non-emergency but urgent surgery, procedures and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so in a clinically appropriate timeframe will lead to a predictable and evidence-based outcome as follows:
    • loss of life where appropriate health intervention would otherwise have prevented this; or
    • permanent disability where appropriate health intervention would otherwise have prevented this; or
    • where clinical evidence supports an increased risk of a type referred to in the above points should appropriate health intervention be significantly delayed; or
  • emergency and licensed non-emergency patient transport; or
  • any health services provided under the auspices of a hospital, urgent care centre or similar service including bush nursing centres; or
  • any health services provided by a general practitioner; or
  • any health services provided by a nursing professional or midwife; or
  • any health services provided at a hospital radiology service (other than routine screening services); or
  • dental services undertaken by oral health professionals in the management of patients with urgent needs or care where failure to do so in a clinically appropriate timeframe will lead to adverse outcomes; or
  • procedures to complete:
    • any cycle of IVF treatment that a patient has commenced before the commencement of the defined period; or
    • any procedure required for the preservation of eggs for future IVF where required health treatment will render eggs non-viable; or
    • surgical termination of pregnancy; or
  • drug and alcohol services; or
  • the following allied health services:
    • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as authorised workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing urgent clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or
    • allied health workers professionals working in private or public community services, whether clinic-based or home-based, providing urgent clinical care (face to face appointments should only occur for urgent clinical care that cannot be deferred - routine face to face care is not permitted but may be provided via Telehealth); or
    • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options;
    • students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing authorised care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth; or
  • the conduct of human medical research trials; or
  • the following mental health services:
    • the hospital emergency or inpatient psychiatric services; or
    • allied health professionals providing mental health services in hospital; or
    • private consultant psychiatry practice by telehealth, or by face-to-face (but only for urgent care where telehealth is not clinically appropriate); or
    • allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth, or by face-to-face (but only for urgent care where telehealth is not clinically appropriate)
  • but does not include:
    • cosmetic surgery or other procedures not addressing significant medical conditions.
 

Additionally

  • If you are experiencing family violence or violence by another person in the home, and you are at risk, safe accommodation and support for family violence is available. Call safe steps on 1800 015 188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Information Sourced From Statement from the Premier 15 July 

Other ways to stay safe

  • Always wash your hands before you leave, and when you return home. 
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Never, ever go out if you are unwell unless it is to get tested. 
  • After you get tested, you must go straight home. 
  • Remember that the most important thing you can do is get tested, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible.

Record Keeping and QR Codes

From Friday 28 May:

Venues must also provide an alternative record-keeping system for people who do not have or cannot use a device to scan the QR code. This could include making a service available for people to use (like an iPad).

Providing a pen and paper for manual record-keeping is okay if electronic record keeping is temporarily unavailable – for example, an internet outage.

More information about the Victorian QR Check-in.

Victoria is moving to mandatory QR codes check-in for all workplaces.

Travel permit system

From 21st July the only people who will get a permit to travel from a Red Zone, are authorised workers, or who are seeking compassionate exemption.

No further red zone travel in the next 2 weeks.

The travel permit system is a traffic light system that allows areas across Australia and New Zealand to be designated as green, orange or red zones according to their current level of risk.

All of NSW and ACT has been declared a Red Zone from 11.59 PM, Sunday 11 July 2021.

Brisbane, Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland have all been declared an orange zone from 11.59 PM, Saturday 10 July 2021.

Everywhere else in Australia is currently a green zone, meaning you can travel from these areas to Victoria once you have been approved for a travel permit. 

Apply for the Victorian Travel Permit

You can apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.

More information

Find out more about the permit system, which applies to travellers coming to Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand here: Victorian Travel Permit System

Need to talk to someone about this?

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. Call the 24/7 Coronaivrus Hotline 1800 675 398.

Call the Disability Gateway for free on 1800 643 787.

The Gateway operates Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm.


Go to Information for people with disability - coronavirus (COVID-19) for all the Victorian Health Department resources for people with disabilities. 

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