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Construction sector guidance

Sector guidance for construction businesses across Victoria.

Changes to restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions from 11:59pm Thursday 17 June.

For a detailed overview of the changes, see the Table of Restrictions (PDF) at the bottom of the Statement from the Acting Premier

The Victorian Government has announced that every Victorian business must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service to check-in their workers, customers and visitors, with some limited exemptions.

For customer-facing venues and workplaces, such as hospitality venues and retailers, it is already mandatory to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.

For businesses that have not previously been mandated to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service prior to Thursday 11:59pm 10 June 2021 an enforcement amnesty is in place until Thursday 11:59pm 1 July 2021.

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is undertaking consultation with businesses and industry to ensure business feedback is part of the implementation process.

The information on this page has been temporarily superseded by current restrictions. Please refer to:

Current restrictions - how we work metropolitan Melbourne

Current restrictions - how we work regional Victoria.

COVIDSafe Plan for construction

COVIDSafe requirements for Victorian workplaces

Last updated: 19 May 2021

Frequently asked questions - COVIDSafe Settings

Last updated: 7 April 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.

Are subcontractors required to develop and adhere to their own COVIDSafe Plan or that of the worksite they are visiting?

For worksites where a principal contractor has control of the project, subcontractors must adhere to the principal contractor’s COVIDSafe Plan for that worksite.

For sites where a principal contractor does not have control of the project, subcontractors must complete their own COVIDSafe Plan for the worksite they are on, even if that worksite is shared with another employer. 

Subcontractors must also complete a COVIDSafe Plan for their own worksite, such as a head office, work vehicle or warehouse. Work vehicles used predominantly  to travel between the work premises and their ordinary place of residence do not require a COVIDSafe Plan, but a vehicle used predominantly as a work premises, (for example a food truck or dental van), does require a COVIDSafe Plan.

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?

Yes. 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. 

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.

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 must be kept for 28 days. This is so that contact tracers can investigate who was potentially exposed to a confirmed case.

Reviewed 18 June 2021

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