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Work and volunteering - regional Victoria

Find information about how restrictions affect work, study and volunteering in regional Victoria.

Summary of restrictions

From 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, if you live in Regional Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home. If you can’t work from home, you can go to work.
  • If you are attending work, you need to abide by a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in public or shared areas.
  • Capacity limits are in place for offices, with a capacity limit of 75% or a cap of 30 workers, whichever is greater.
  • You can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work
  • You can also attend work in metropolitan Melbourne
  • Face masks are required indoors, unless you are working in an office by yourself or an exemption applies.
  • All regional Victorian school students have returned to on-site learning. Schools are open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in shared staff areas and areas open to the general public.
  • University, TAFE and adult education students and teachers can continue on-site learning if students cannot learn from home. Universities and vocational education and training facilities are open with a density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in shared staff areas and areas open to the general public.
  • Students aged 12 and over are recommended to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, unless a lawful exception applies. Students aged 12 and over must wear a face mask when indoors unless they are attending primary school or outside school hours care, or a lawful exception applies.
  • Students aged 12 or over who are attending primary school or outside school hours care, do not have to wear a face mask when indoors.
  • It is not compulsory for teachers, educators and carers to wear a face mask while teaching or caring for children. Face masks can interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in their care. Teachers, educators and carers can choose to wear face masks if they wish when teaching or providing care for children. Teachers, educators and carers must wear face masks in other indoor areas of the school/facility when not teaching or providing care.
  • Even while wearing a face mask, you should keep at least 1.5 metre distance between others.  
  • As restrictions ease it is important to stay safe by washing your hands regularly, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Masks are required for all Victorians 12 years and over when using public transport and ride-share vehicles like taxis.
  • Check in at all workplaces using the Service Victoria app.

Work FAQs

Can I work on site?

Yes, if you can't work from home you can go to work. However, if you can work from home, you should continue doing so.

For office-based work premises, a maximum staff capacity of 75% has been put in place. This will allow organisations to provide plenty of space between workers where it is practical to do so. Workplaces with 40 or fewer employees can have up to 30 workers onsite, or 75% of workers, whichever is greater.

A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm in shared and public areas applies. You must wear a face mask indoors unless you are working in an office by yourself.

Can I open my home-based business?

Home based businesses can only operate where the business has a separate space with its own entrance to that of the home, for example a bungalow operating as a hairdressing business. Staff must wear a fitted face mask at all times and the business must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

I live in regional Victoria. Can I travel interstate for work?

Yes, you can travel interstate for work provided you comply with the requirements under that state or territory’s laws.

You should check the rules your destination state or territory has in place.

Anyone can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work

I live in regional Victoria. Can I travel to metropolitan Melbourne for work?

Yes, you can attend work in metropolitan Melbourne

Anyone can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for work.

Does my employer have a responsibility to support me to work from home?

Your employer must support you to work from home, if you can work from home.

By working from home, you are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are keeping those who cannot work from home safe.

I am a seasonal worker who works in the horticulture industry. Can I travel to regional Victoria?

Yes.

Do workplaces need electronic record keeping and check ins?

QR check-ins are now compulsory for all workplaces, with very limited exceptions.

Workplaces need to use the Service Victoria QR code App.

Volunteering

Can I do volunteering work?

Yes. You can continue to volunteer if the organisation you are volunteering for is still operating. You must wear a face mask when volunteering indoors, unless a lawful exception applies. It is also recommended you wear a face mask outdoors where you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Even with a face mask, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others at all times. Practice good hygiene such as regularly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.

I am in a high-risk group – can I volunteer?

If you are in a high-risk group, you can volunteer, however, consider minimising the number of different people you interact with. 

High-risk groups include people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50.

Study and education

Can my child go to school?

Yes. All school students enrolled in regional Victorian schools have returned to on-site learning.

Can my child go to childcare or kindergarten?

Yes. Childcare and kindergartens are open in regional Victoria.

Can my child go to playgroup?

Yes. In-person playgroups in regional Victoria can operate. They can be held indoors or outdoors. 50 participants can attend a group, with a total venue cap of 300 (infants under one year old are not counted in this cap). A density limit of 1 person per 4 square metres applies. For small venues (<600sqm) the lesser of a density limit of 1 person per 2 sqm or venue cap of 150 patrons applies, where a COVID Marshal must be on the door to confirm check-in before entry.

Do students at schools need to wear a face mask?

Students aged 12 and over who are learning on-site at a secondary school must wear face masks indoors, unless an exception applies. It is recommended that students wear a mask when outdoors if they cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Children who are aged 12 or over and are attending on-site primary school do not need to wear a face mask at school. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is not practical to require some primary school students to wear face masks while others are not required to.

Students who attend a special school are not required to wear a face mask but may do so if they or their family choose to. Students are not required to wear a face mask where their disability means it would not be suitable.

Can I still go to my classes at TAFE, college or university?

If you can study from home, you should study from home.

Where it is essential to study on-site you can stay safe by: 

  • wearing a face mask when indoors or outdoors where you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • washing your hands regularly
  • coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow
  • keeping at least 1.5 metres distance from others
  • Extra care needs to be taken to distance yourself from others when in lobbies, reception areas, lifts, lunch rooms and meeting rooms.

Reviewed 17 June 2021

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