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Additional Industry Obligations

High Risk COVIDSafe Plans are no longer mandatory, but there are additional requirements for some industries.

COVIDSafe Summer for work

COVIDSafe Summer — new restrictions apply from 11:59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January face masks will no longer be mandatory in most public indoor settings.

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Find out more about COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Additional Industry Obligations 

All Victorian businesses with onsite operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. You must regularly review your COVIDSafe Plan to ensure it is up to date and reflects the latest advice

High Risk COVIDSafe Plans are no longer mandatory, but there are additional requirements for some industries. 

If you already have an up-to-date High Risk COVIDSafe Plan, you do not need to write a new COVIDSafe Plan. You can update your existing plan to make sure it reflects current restrictions.

The industries with additional obligations are as follows:

  • poultry processing facilities
  • abattoirs and meat processing facilities
  • seafood processing facilities
  • supermarket work premises and perishable food work premises
  • warehousing and distribution centres
  • commercial cleaning services
  • commercial passenger vehicle services
  • horticulture operations using seasonal workers for seasonal horticultural work
  • care facilities
  • ports of entry servicing international arrivals 
  • hospitals.

The information below describes the additional obligations that apply to these industries. These are detailed in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions and you must refer to these directions to understand their additional obligations in detail.

It is important that all Victorians and Victorian businesses act to stay safe and stay open. 

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions apply across Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December 2020. 

Some industries have had obligations removed or relaxed, while others have new obligations. 

Industries with relaxed obligations

Meat, poultry, and seafood processing

The following are no longer mandatory:

  • High Risk COVIDSafe Plans
  • additional cleaning 
  • additional PPE requirements eg surgical masks, face shields and protective clothing
  • mobility restrictions 
  • pre-shift declaration
  • temperature testing.

The following remain mandatory (in addition to obligations required under a standard COVIDSafe Plan):

  • additional record keeping
  • workforce bubbles
  • workforce training
  • compliance requirements* (further details below) 
  • employee consultation
  • workplace testing^ (further details below). 

Supermarket distributions, perishable food chilled distribution

The obligations within the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply only to those facilities within metropolitan Melbourne.

The following are no longer mandatory:

  • High Risk COVIDSafe Plans
  • additional PPE requirements eg surgical masks for chilled distribution
  • mobility restrictions 
  • pre-shift declaration
  • temperature testing
  • workforce bubbles.

The following remain mandatory (in addition to obligations required under a standard COVIDSafe Plan):

  • additional cleaning 
  • additional record keeping
  • workforce training
  • compliance requirements* (further details below) 
  • employee consultation
  • workplace testing^ (further details below).

 Warehousing and distribution

The obligations within the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply only to facilities within metropolitan Melbourne.

The following are no longer mandatory:

  • High Risk COVIDSafe Plans
  • additional PPE requirements 
  • mobility restrictions 
  • pre-shift declaration
  • temperature testing
  • workforce bubbles
  • workforce training
  • additional record keeping.

The following remain mandatory (in addition to obligations required under a standard COVIDSafe Plan):

  • additional cleaning 
  • compliance requirements* (further details below) 
  • employee consultation
  • workplace testing^ (further details below).

Care facilities

The following are no longer mandatory:

  • High Risk COVIDSafe Plans
  • temperature testing
  • workforce bubbles
  • workforce training.

The following remain mandatory (in addition to obligations required under a standard COVIDSafe Plan):

  • additional PPE requirements 
  • mobility restrictions 
  • pre-shift declaration
  • additional cleaning 
  • additional record keeping
  • 14 day rest and test
  • workplace testing^ (further details below).

Operators of care facilities must comply with further DHHS requirements regarding hygiene and PPE.

Seasonal horticultural workers

The following are no longer mandatory:

  • High Risk COVIDSafe Plans
  • additional PPE requirements 
  • mobility restrictions 
  • pre-shift declaration
  • temperature testing

The following remain mandatory (in addition to obligations required under a standard COVIDSafe Plan):

  • workforce bubbles
  • additional record keeping
  • workforce training
  • additional hygiene facilities
  • compliance requirements* (further details below)
  • employee consultation
  • workplace testing^ (further details below).

*Further detailed information on mandated requirements, including  compliance and consultation, can be found in the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions. You must refer to these directions to understand their additional obligations in detail.

^ Workplace testing is required if the industry is listed in the Workplace Testing Industry List and Requirements.

Industries with additional restrictions removed

Wholesale facilities and manufacturing facilities

Wholesale facilities and manufacturing facilities no longer have additional obligations under the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions.

COVIDSafe Plans are still mandatory for your business. 

Industries with new restrictions

From 11.59pm on 22 November 2020 a number of industries have been added to the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions as follows:

  • commercial cleaning services
  • commercial passenger vehicle services
  • ports of entry 
  • hospitals.

Operators in these industries, with which industry consultation is ongoing, must refer to the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions for full details of the additional obligations they are now subject to.

For further information on industry specific guidelines, frequently asked questions and restriction levels, please see the sector guidance pages.

COVID Marshals

In addition to the above obligations, COVID Marshals are mandatory for:

  • abattoirs and meat processing facilities
  • poultry processing facilities
  • seafood processing facilities
  • supermarket distribution facilities (metropolitan Melbourne only)
  • chilled distribution facilities for perishable food (metropolitan Melbourne only)
  • ports of entry
  • hospitals
  • gyms (with cardio and strength training facilities) when staffed* 
  • casinos and gaming rooms**

*the COVID Marshal may be the person conducting or leading a group, class or session in the cardio/strength training facility. For further information, please see the Industry Restart Guidelines: Physical Recreation Indoor and Outdoor.

** For further information, please see the Industry Restart Guidelines: Hospitality (including electronic gaming).


COVID Marshals are recommended for: 

  • distribution centres (where they are not mandatory)
  • warehousing 
  • horticulture operations using seasonal workers for seasonal horticultural work
  • care facilities
  • commercial cleaning services
  • commercial passenger vehicle services
  • supermarket distribution facilities (Regional Victoria)
  • chilled distribution facilities for perishable food (Regional Victoria).

The employer is responsible for ensuring that the obligations in the COVIDSafe Plan are met and that the employer complies with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions.

Find out more on our COVID Marshals page.

More information

The Business Victoria hotline provides information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15

Reviewed 19 January 2021

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