Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Permitted workplaces must operate based on six COVIDSafe Principles.

Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe Settings

The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of COVIDSafe settings from Friday 28 May.

This includes lifting the one person per two square metre density quotient for small-to-medium sized venues.

From Friday 28 May 2021, it will be mandatory for customer-facing industries that require checking-in to use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service. The full list of industries can be found at Checking in with QR Codes

The Victorian Government QR Code Service is convenient for Victorians and gives contact tracers access to the best data quickly.

Venues and facilities currently using a Victorian Government Application Programming Interface (API) linked digital record keeping system must switch to the Victorian Government QR Service by Friday 28 May 2021. For instructions on how to switch, please go to Register to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service.

Read the media release.


Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Victorian business and industry must follow the six principles to ensure a COVIDSafe workplace.  

It is also mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan

Physical distancing

Practise physical distancing

  • You must apply the relevant density quotient to arrange shared work areas and publicly accessible spaces.

  • Where possible within the workplace, aim for workers and visitors to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres. 

  • Display signs to show patron limits at the entrance of enclosed areas where limits apply
face masks

Wear a face mask

  • 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 settings, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.

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

Practise good hygiene

  • Frequently and regularly clean and disinfect shared spaces, including high touch communal items such as doorknobs and telephones.

  • Make soap and hand sanitiser available for all workers and customers throughout the worksite and encourage regular handwashing.
keep records

Keep electronic records and act quickly


Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces 

  • Move activity outside where practicable, including meetings, tearooms, lunch breaks and serving customers.

  • Enhance airflow by opening windows and doors.
workforce bubbles

Create workforce bubbles

  • Consider keeping groups of workers rostered on the same shifts at a single worksite and avoid any overlap of workers during shift changes where it is practical to do so.

Victorian Government Authorised Officers are closely monitoring and inspecting businesses to ensure they are following these six principles. There are significant penalties, including fines and prohibition notices, for businesses that fail to comply. 

Reviewed 07 May 2021

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