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Construction sector guidance

Sector guidance for construction businesses across Victoria.

Getting back to COVIDSafe Settings

From 11:59pm on Friday 26 February 2021, Victoria will return to COVIDSafe Settings 

For more detail, please see the Premier’s statement and the COVIDSafe Settings.

COVIDSafe Plan for construction

Construction services businesses must abide by current restrictions, which are summarised below. 

All businesses or workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan and have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers, clients, contractors and the general public.

Current restrictions for construction services

Updated: 1 March 2021

    • all workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place 
    • home-based businesses must also have a COVIDSafe Plan.  
    • Unless workplace- specific capacity limits apply, any shared space, or publicly accessible space, in a workplace must apply a density quotient of one person per two square metres when electronic record- keeping capability is in place, such as the Victorian Government QR Code Service. If electronic record- keeping is not used, a density quotient of one person per four square metres applies. See relevant sector guidance information for workplace specific capacity limits. 
  • Record keeping applies to all Victorian workplaces. 

    • employers must keep a record of all workers and visitors who attend the workplace for longer than 15 minutes, including first name, contact number, date and time of visit and areas of the workplace visited 
    • employers are strongly encouraged to use electronic record keeping for this purpose. This includes the Victorian Government’s QR Code Service
    • employers must keep records to show compliance with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions. This includes keeping logs created during the time of directions being in force in line with record keeping requirements, including work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data.
    • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. 
    • Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies. 
    • For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see: Face masks
    • where a workplace has a publicly accessible space, employers must display signage at each public entry to each indoor and outdoor space, indicating maximum capacity, and face mask restrictions where required.
    • employers should ensure shared spaces and public spaces are cleaned with disinfectant regularly, with high-touch surfaces cleaned at least twice each day. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses 
    • for more information, visit: Preventing infection in the workplace.


Frequently asked questions - COVIDSafe Settings

Updated: 2 March 2021

Read below for frequently asked questions (FAQs) by businesses in the construction sector.

What are the current face mask requirements?

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.

For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see: Face masks.

Can construction work operate during COVIDSafe Settings?

Yes. All construction operations can continue, both residential and non-residential, and regardless of the number of tenancies. 

All work should enable physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between workers and occupants. Quotations are also permitted. 

Can retirement villages carry out refurbishments on properties?

Retirement villages can carry out internal and external refurbishments when properties are vacant or occupied. All work should enable physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between all workers and residents.

Will the HomeBuilder eligibility period be extended due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Up to date information on the HomeBuilder Grants can be found on the State Revenue Office website.

Can workers work from display homes and land sales offices?

Workers can work from a display home or land sale office specifically to show a client the property, or for marketing purposes including photography, videography and styling. Tasks that can be completed remotely should not be undertaken at a display home or land sale office.

Display homes must meet the restrictions relevant to retail trade

What documentation do I need to operate in the construction industry?

A COVIDSafe Plan must be in place for every business in Victoria and made available for inspection if requested by WorkSafe or other relevant authorities. A business that operates multiple sites must have a COVIDSafe Plan for each site.

Can site inductions be held indoors?

Site inductions should be conducted outdoors where possible. If this is not practical, numbers should comply with the one person per two square metre density quotient for the room being used. 

What documentation is needed in addition to my COVIDSafe Plan?

In addition to your COVIDSafe Plan, worksite operators must keep records of all workers and visitors to the site. Records should be kept for 28 days. This is so that contact tracers can investigate who was potentially exposed to a confirmed case.

Reviewed 02 March 2021

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