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COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria are changing. Here is the information for your state, including Regional and Metropolitan areas.

 

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UPDATE: Announcement 16 September. Change to Statewide Restrictions from 11:59pm Friday 17th September 2021

  • Outdoor gatherings allowed dependent on vaccnation level. Those with no vaccination or one dose will be limited to groups of two. Fully vaccinated people will be allowed to gather in groups of five, from 2 households
  • An increase of the radius for shopping and exercise to 10 kilometres
  • Increase of exercise time from two to four hours
  • The reopening of outdoor communal gym equipment including skate parks
  • Personal training will reopen with up to two people plus the trainer
  • In-home childcare extended to families where just one parent is an essential worker
  • Real estate inspections for new purchases and ending leases
  • An increase of construction staff from 25 to 50 percent, where 90 percent of those staff are vaccinated
  • Travel from Regional to Metro Vic (and vice versa) for construction workers is not allowed

Note: All changes to restrictions have been included under relevant headings of this article.

Announcements 15 September

Greater Shepparton has now left lockdown, they will follow rules for Regional Victoria.

Ballarat will re-enter lockdown, from 11.59 pm on Wednesday 15th September and will follow Melbourne Rules, without the curfew for Ballarat.

Pet Grooming

On Tuesday 14 September, the Department of Health added 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 to its list of authorised providers.

Vaccination Blitz for Construction Workers in Victoria

To increase vaccination coverage among construction workers, Victoria will open the doors of four major vaccination centres for walk-in bookings, from the 26th of September. 

Vaccination Centres giving priority to construction workers are: The Ford Campbellfield site, Heidelberg Repat, Eagle Stadium in Wyndham and the former Bunnings in Melton (All open for walk-ins between 5 pm and 6 pm on Thursdays and Fridays). Pfizer offered to attendees under the age of 60. 

Extra appointments will be made available to construction workers at all sites across Victoria, except drive-through sites. Booking via Coronavirus Hotline between Monday- Friday for priority access. 

AstraZeneca walk-ups will be available for construction workers at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre each afternoon from 3 pm for a fortnight. 

NEW! Announced 8 September.

From 11.59 pm on Thursday 9 September, the 5 reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.

The Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. Regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.

Regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria, while remote learning will remain for all other levels. Onsite supervision at schools remains available for vulnerable children and children of essential workers in all year levels, including for students from metropolitan Melbourne.

Funerals will be permitted for up to 20 people and weddings will be permitted for up to 10 people, plus those required to conduct the service. Stricter limits will be in place for both weddings and funerals with people from Melbourne in attendance.

Restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service with patron caps. Retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities will also open in line with density limits and patron caps. Masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors, apart from private residences, unless an exception applies.

Businesses that are open in regional Victoria – such as restaurants or beauty services – must check the IDs of everyone they serve.

The only change to restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne right now will see single parents now able to access childcare, regardless of whether they are an authorised worker.

More information to come. Source Premiers Statement with link to table of restrictions.


Regional Victoria (excluding Ballarat)

Ballarat will re-enter lockdown, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 15th September and will follow Melbourne Rules, without the curfew for Ballarat.

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Metro Melbourne and Ballarat

Greater Shepparton has now left lockdown, they will follow rules for Regional Victoria.

Ballarat will re-enter lockdown, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 15th September and will follow Melbourne Rules, without the curfew for Ballarat.

Metropolitan Melbourne consists of the following Local Government Areas (LGAs):

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 and Greater Shepperton | Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton | Entertainment and leisure Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton |  Business function facilities and conference centres Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton |  General Retail Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton | Care Facility Visitors Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton |  Hospital Facility Visitors Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepperton | Authorised worker and provider permit 

 

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Summary of Restrictions

  • Stay home except for the four essential reasons, which include to get essential goods and services and to exercise.
  • Wear a mask when you must go out.
  • Use the QR check-in program everywhere you go. 
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms, or are a close or casual contact.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 when you are eligible. 

Keeping our loved ones safe keeps us together. That means if you’re unwell, don’t visit friends and family.
Don’t go to school or work. Stay home. And if you’ve got symptoms - get tested.

Staying apart keeps us together!

Victoria is aiming for a vaccination rate of 70% of first doses, allowing restrictions to change from that target.

Border Bubble

From 11.59 pm on Thursday 2 September six Victorian local government areas including Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton, City of Benalla, Buloke, Loddon, Yarriambiack and two NSW LGAs - Broken Hill and Edward River - will no longer be included as a cross border community. This means residents in those LGAs will no longer be eligible for a Cross-border Extreme Risk Zone permit to enter Victoria or return from NSW.

Victorians who have been residing in a NSW Local Government Border Area for at least the 14 days from Wednesday, 25 August to Wednesday, 8 September will be able to apply for a new permit exemption category: ‘Victorians in the cross-border community’ to come home.

Applications for exemptions will be open for seven days from midday on Friday 10 September, closing at 6:00 pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

More information on Borders. 

Victorians applying for this exemption will need to provide proof of their primary residence in Victoria, evidence of a negative COVID19 test result 48 hours prior to their arrival in Victoria and that they have received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Applicants will also be required to provide evidence such as receipts and QR check in records that they have stayed within the border region and maintained minimal social contact while in NSW.

Victorians will be able to apply for the repatriation exemption via the Service Victoria website or mobile application and applications will be assessed within 72 hours. Successful applicants will be required to drive directly to their home in Victoria, stopping only for a further test along the way and then isolate at their home for 14 days.

Any other household members are also required to quarantine and compliance checks from authorised officers will help ensure returnees are observing their quarantine obligations.

Any Victorians who are currently in NSW or the ACT but have not been in a designated NSW border Local Government Area all of the last 14 days are not eligible to apply and should remain where they are.

Lockdown rules for Victoria

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

Ballarat and Metropolitan Melbourne will continue with restrictions. 

From 11.59 pm on Thursday 2 September, playgrounds have re-opened – with strict rules to keep everyone safe.  Playgrounds will be for children under 12 with only one parent or carer, and adults should not remove their masks to eat or drink. Playgrounds will also have QR codes for checking in.

From 11.59 pm on Thursday 2 September in-home care – like babysitters – will also be expanded to school-aged children but only if both parents are authorised workers.

Announcements about Term 4 schooling will be made in the week of 6th September. A priority vaccine program will be implemented for Year 12 Students. Year 12 exams GAT will be moved to 5th October. 

Source: Premiers Statement 1 September

Table of Restrictions Link.

Metro Melbourne 

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that from tonight Monday 16 August the lockdown restrictions will be strengthened and extended in metropolitan Melbourne, and expected to end 11.59 pm on Thursday, 2 September unless otherwise advised. 

The strengthened settings will see a curfew imposed from 9 pm to 5 am every night. This will operate as it did last year, with very limited reasons to leave the home during this time.

Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work, consistent with the arrangements that were in place last year. Additional restrictions will also apply to the construction industry, again operating as it did last year with staffing reductions in place except for critical infrastructure and emergency repairs. 


Regional Victoria (from 11.59 pm Thursday 9 September) Now Exluding Ballarat

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home Regional Victoria

Stay at home requirement:

• no stay at home requirement

• removal of 5km travel limit

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

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare, family day care:

• open for regional Victorian children

• open to children of metropolitan Melbourne authorised workers, single parents and vulnerable children

• twice weekly PCR testing for childcare workers moving between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

Schools:

• open for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 only.

Remote learning for other levels

• open to children of metropolitan Melbourne authorized workers and vulnerable children

• twice weekly PCR testing for teachers moving between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

• density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies in non-student areas. Face mask requirements apply to everyone 12 years and over

Higher education and training:

Closed, remote learning only unless permitted study


Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings

Religious gatherings and ceremonies:

Permitted with up to 20 persons per venue (and those workers necessary to conduct the ceremony)

Funerals (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 20 people (and those workers necessary to conduct the funeral). Children under 12 months old are not counted towards this cap

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


Indoor physical recreation & sport

Indoor physical recreation facilities are now open with 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors per venue

Pools are to open. Up to 50 people outdoor and 20 people indoors. Hydrotherapy and swimming lessons allowed. Spas, saunas and steam rooms closed.

Play centres, indoor skateparks, indoor trampolining centres

Closed

Outdoor physical recreation & sport

Outdoor playgrounds, communal gym equipment and skateparks: Open

Outdoor personal training: Allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer

Community sport: Permitted outdoor training only with the minimum number required to train. Spectators are prohibited except one parent permitted to supervise children

Community recreation facilities: Outdoors only with up to 20 people per facility.

Outdoor pools: Open with up to 50 people


Community facilities

Open with maximum of 20 people per facility


Creative Studios

Open with maximum of 20 people per facility


Entertainment and Leisure

Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with maximum of 20 people per space

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser

Non-seated indoor venues: Open with maximum of 20 people per space

Non-seated outdoor venues: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser

Arcades, escape rooms, bingo centres: Closed

Drive-in cinemas:

• open (for households, intimate partner and bubble buddy)

• must remain in vehicle

• DQ4 for all communal spaces

Amusement parks: Outdoor spaces align with outdoor non-seated – 25 per cent capacity with maximum 300 per space, whichever is lesser

Casinos: N/A

Retail betting venue:

• open – in line with retail settings:

• DQ 1 person per 4sqm

• COVID Check-In Marshal

• masks mandatory at all times; cannot be removed for eating/ drinking in retail settings

Electronic gaming:

• open - in line with hospitality settings

• seated service only; outdoor cap of 20, indoors cap of 10 and density limits

Karaoke and Nightclubs: Closed

Sex on premises, brothels and sexually explicit venues: Closed


Business function facilities and conference centres

Function and conference centres: Indoors open with maximum of 20 people per space

Public events and business events

Events: Permitted to proceed in line with the restrictions in place in each setting

General retail

All retail: Open. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Check-in required

Masks mandatory at all times and cannot be removed for eating/drinking in retail settings

Hairdressing, beauty, personal care

All beauty/personal care: Open with a cap of 10 - masks must remain on for duration of service

Hospitality

Food and drink facility: Open for seated service only with maximum of 20 outdoors and 10 indoors subject to density limits

Food courts: Open for takeaway service only. Masks must be worn at all times and cannot be removed for eating or drinking in retail settings


Accommodation

Open to people who live in regional area. Bookings permitted for single households, intimate partners or single bubbles.


Real Estate Services

Inspections: Open for private inspections only with a maximum of 10 people plus real estate agent

Auctions: Open with a maximum of 10 people


Tours and transport

Tourism spaces: Open with up to 20 people for outdoor tours. Indoor tours are closed

Tour transport: Open with up to 10 people per vehicle


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 Ballarat 

Social gatherings, visitors and leaving home Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Curfew in Metropolitan Melbourne only: From 9 pm to 5 am, a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons

Stay at home unless:

• shopping for necessary goods and services (one person per household, once per day, a support person can accompany if required)

• caregiving or compassionate reasons

• authorised work or permitted education, or work interstate

• exercise (up to two hours, with one other person plus dependants if they cannot be left unattended. The other person can be from another household)

• receive a COVID-19 vaccination • other specified reasons (specific exemptions apply)

Intra-state travel: Travel limit of 5km 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

Please note: as of 11:59pm Friday 17th September 2021 there is an increase of the radius for shopping and exercise from 5 kilometres to 10 kilometres.


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. Workforce limits apply to the construction industry from 1pm t21 August, however the Government will be engaging with industry about safely reducing staff numbers as they secure sites.

Education and childcare Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Early learning centres, kindergarten, childcare, family day care:

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

Priority Vaccination Access for Victorian Year 12 Students

Priority vaccination program from Tuesday 7th September until Friday 17th September to allow senior students to sit their exams and be certain they will be eligible to participate. Year 12 students in Victoria will be given priority for bookings at all state-run clinics in Victoria. This includes their teachers and examiners too. Walk ups are not available so make sure you book. You are able to book these priority appointments from Monday 6th September.


Ceremonies and Religious Gatherings Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

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 and Ballarat

Closed: Broadcast permitted with maximum five people

Hydrotherapy open for permitted purposes only

Play centres, indoor skateparks, indoor trampolining centres Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Closed

Outdoor physical recreation and sport Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

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

Community facilities Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Closed. Open for click and collect and essential services only

Creative Studios Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Closed


Entertainment and Leisure Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

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 Ballarat

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 Ballarat

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 Ballarat

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 accomodation prior to the closure of their current accomodation.

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.

Authorised Providers and Authorised Workers List 

Metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat

Revised 8 September. Source Table of restrictions.

Workforce permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work from 11.59 pm Monday 23 August.

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;
• Victorian Parliament
• a maternal and child health service,
• a post office; or
• 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; 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
• 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 
• Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, 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
• 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) and it must be the same people each time; 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 essential 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
• 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 remotely; or
• anyone required to ensure the functioning of the Commonwealth of Australia Parliament; or
• a member of Parliament or anyone required to ensure the functioning of the Victorian or Commonwealth of Australia Parliaments; 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, ociate-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
• 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; or
• essential legal services that are not able to be provided electronically, including urgent legal matters such as executing a will in-person; or
• 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, workplace limits as specified in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions; 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 foodbanks.
• 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 driverm; 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 Comunity 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 maintenance of other essential research activities for:
• management and care of critical living resources, and the equipment and materials they depend upon (e.g. feeding, husbandry, hydrating, routine care and checks of animals, plants, microbes and cell lines in controlled environment); or
• the storage and management of existing samples and data research infrastructure that are temperature and environmentally sensitive (e.g. biobank); or • long-term experiments or studies that otherwise would be prohibitive to restart (e.g. commenced clinical trials); or
• research addressing the impact of COVID-19 and research in support of the hospital and broader health system; or
• 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
• mandatory assessments for VCE and VCAL students, and peak international academic assessments; 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 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 11
• 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 time frame 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 critical 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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