Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Permitted workplaces must operate based on six COVIDSafe Principles.

If permitted to do so, business and industry must operate in Victoria based on the six COVIDSafe principles.

Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Every Victorian business that is open must follow the six principles to ensure a COVIDSafe workplace.

It is also mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan. High-risk industries must have a specific High Risk COVIDSafe Plan in order to operate.

Physical distancing

Ensure physical distancing

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 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.
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 records and act quickly

  • Support workers to get tested and stay home even if they only have mild symptoms

  • Develop a business contingency plan to manage any outbreaks

  • Keep records of all people who enter the workplace for contact tracing.

Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces 

  • Move as much activity outside as possible, including meetings, tearooms, lunch breaks, locker rooms, and serving customers

  • Enhance airflow by opening windows and doors.
workforce bubbles

Create workforce bubbles

  • Keep groups of workers rostered on the same shifts at a single worksite and ensure there is no overlap of workers during shift changes.

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. 

Next steps to COVIDSafe workplaces

Reviewed 01 March 2021

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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

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