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 all public indoor settings.
- continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, and on public transport.
- You should always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a not to.
- It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
Creating a COVIDSafe Plan
It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan.
To ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Your COVIDSafe Plan must demonstrate:
- your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) to your workplace
- the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
- how you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
- how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some higher-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.
Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice change. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
You can stay up to date with restrictions and public health advice at .
Workplace attendance register
Free infection control training
Free, short, accredited training is available to help staff identify and manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace. will help businesses prepare to safely reopen and ensure their customers and workforce are protected.
Frequently asked questions
Updated on: 15 December
Every Victorian business with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan.
Random spot checks are taking place across the state to ensure compliance. Failure to comply can result in an on-the-spot fine of up to $9,913 or up to $20,000 for serious offences.
- have a COVIDSafe Plan in place that is regularly reviewed and updated; and seek input from your workforce.
- ensure that all workers who can work from home are able to do so
- ensure all workers carry a face mask and wear one in mandatory settings
- record contact details of all workers, subcontractors, customers and clients attending the work premises for 15 minutes or longer
- with restrictions, including all logs created during the time of Directions being in force, work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data
- ensure that the number of workers in an enclosed workspace does not exceed the relevant
- if a worker is unwell, send them home and direct them to . They must stay home until they have a negative result.
Testing is free and is available for workers who need to self-isolate or quarantine.
- (COVID-19) to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), WorkSafe, Health and Safety Representatives, and notify your workforce. For more information on identifying and notifying close contacts, see . Additional information on reporting a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at:
- regularly clean your facilities, shared spaces and provide extra cleaning supplies
- undertake risk assessments for cleaning and the potential closure of your workplace in certain situations.
- know your workplace’s COVIDSafe Plan
- regularly wash your hands and always practise good hand hygiene
- maintain at least 1.5 metres from others at all times and follow and worker caps for your workplace
- must be worn in all indoor spaces (other than your private residence), apart from when eating and drinking or unless a
- face masks must be carried at all times and are strongly recommended to be worn in outdoor settings whenever physical distancing of 1.5 metres from others cannot be maintained. You must carry a face mask at all times when leaving the home
- avoid carpooling where possible
- avoid carpooling where possible
- work from home if you can, however you may return to work if you are nominated by your employer as part of the 25 per cent to return to the office or you cannot work from home
- do not go to work if you are feeling sick. If you start to feel unwell at work, go home and get tested immediately
- notify your employer if you intend to work at a different worksite
- tell your employer if you test positive to coronavirus (COVID-19)
- regularly clean equipment and shared spaces.
Your COVIDSafe Plan must be available for inspection on request by WorkSafe or other authorised officers under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. You do not need to submit your COVIDSafe Plan or have it endorsed by the Victorian Government.
Authorised officers and Worksafe select site operators for review, and ask them to demonstrate that they are complying with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions. Operators must retain and make available for inspection their COVIDSafe Plans, project resourcing plans, work premises rosters, time and attendance data, payroll data and other site attendance records.
Members of the public can report a suspected breach of the public health restrictions, including isolation breaches, unauthorised mass gatherings or business breaches, by contacting the Police Assistance Line on or reporting it online at .
Subcontractors must complete their own COVIDSafe Plan for the worksite they are working on, even if that worksite is shared with another employer.
There may be some site-specific elements of a COVIDSafe Plan that a subcontractor cannot fill out themselves if they do not manage the site (such as screening and ). In that case, the subcontractor should follow the same practices as the main employer or operator of the worksite to ensure that they are consistent.
COVIDSafe Plan in languages other than English
Reviewed 14 January 2021