Yesterday, the Victorian Premier announced that the current lockdown affecting Greater Melbourne would be extended until the 2nd of September, 2021, and harsher restrictions would be put in effect for those in the construction industry.
From Tuesday the 17th of August at 11:59pm, all authorised providers and workers are required to carry work permits when on the job site, and when travelling to and from, as well as photo identification. This is also a requirement for individuals living in Regional Victoria and entering Greater Melbourne for work. Click here to view a full list of authorised providers and workers.
Those not carrying permits face fines of:
- Up to $1,817 for individuals
- Up to $10,904 for businesses
And those found carrying work permits who do not meet the requirements face fines of:
- Up to $21,808 for individuals
- Up to $109,044 for businesses
To issue a worker permit, employers will need:
- Name, ABN, the company address and trading name
- The employee’s name and date of birth
- The employee’s regular hours and place of work
- To meet eligibility criteria, including that the business is a permitted industry
- To have a COVIDSafe Plan in place
Our free COVID Safe templates are still available on the Trade Trak template store. Click here to download our COVID Safe Plan, COVID Safe SWMS and COVID Safe Register templates.
Authorised Worker Permits must be signed by both the employer and the employee, however this can be done digitally and stored on the authorised worker’s device for convenience.
The other restrictions that came into effect from 11:59pm on Monday the 16th of August are as follows.
All construction sites:
- Must apply a density quotient of one person per four square metres at all times.
- Early stage residential land development sites must apply a limit of 10 workers per hectare at any one time.
- Limit movement of workers between different sites.
- Staffing reductions are not applicable for works on critical infrastructure or emergency repairs.
Large scale construction:
- Must reduce daily workers onsite to 25%, or 5 workers, whichever is higher.
Small scale construction:
- Must reduce the number of daily workers onsite to 5, plus a supervisor.
- Specialist contractors or supervisors who need to move between sites may only visit three sites per week.
For further details on the restrictions for the construction industry, click here.