Date posted: 5/08/2020 3 min read

COVID-19 Victorian Government restrictions

The VIC Government has announced COVID-19 restrictions- Stage 4 for metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 for regional Victoria.

The Premier of Victoria has announced further restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Metropolitan Melbourne has moved to Stage 4 restrictions since 6pm on 2 August 2020 which includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medicare and caregiving.

New time, distance and gathering limits will apply for exercise and shopping:

Exercise limited to 1 hour per day and no more than 5 kilometres from your home. Group size limited to a maximum of 2 people who need not be from the same household.

Shopping limited to 1 person per household per day and no more than 5 kilometres from your home

Schools return to home learning and are only open for onsite learning for children of permitted workers and vulnerable children who cannot learn from home.

Further details on what you can do (including FAQs) under stage 4 restrictions are available on the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria (DHHS) website.

Regional Victoria will move to Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions from 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August. The only reasons to be out is shopping for food and essentials, caregiving, exercise, and work/study if you can't do it from home.

Business restrictions

The Premier of Victoria announced separately the Stage 4 restrictions for businesses in Melbourne which will start from 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August. Employers for Permitted Work Premises are only permitted to have employees on-site if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the Directions currently in force, including the Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions.

Commencing from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020, the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme requires employers to issue a worker permit to their employees that are required to attend a work site (download the worker permit from the DHHS website). Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:

  • the organisation is on the list of Permitted Work Premises
  • the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work, and
  • the employee cannot work from home.

Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements. There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.

Businesses in regional Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August.

Related Links

Stage 4 restrictions – Melbourne:

Dept of Health and Human Services – Premier's statement on business restrictions

Read the statement

Statement from the Premier, Dan Andrews (3 August 2020)

Read the premier's statement

Victorian Government - Department of Health and Human Services

Read about stage 4

Questions and Answers

Stage 4 Q&A

Stage 3 restrictions – Victoria regions:

Premier's statement on changes to restrictions for regional Victoria

Read statement on changes to regional restrictions

Stage 3 restrictions

Read Stage 3 restrictions

Impact of restrictions in Victoria on CAs and their clients

It is expected that further directions and guidance will be issued by the Victorian Government and CA ANZ will continue to keep CAs up-to-date on new developments.

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