Under the Stage 4 coronavirus restrictions, there are new requirements for businesses and employers.
Certain services and industries will be able to remain operational and will be required by law to have a COVID Safe Plan that is regularly updated.
Every employer must complete their COVID Safe Plan by 11.59pm on 7 August 2020. This includes employers within the healthcare and social assistance sectors.
If your organisation has an existing formalised coronavirus pandemic plan, it is your responsibility to ensure that it addresses all the guidance and requirements outlined in the COVID Safe Plan template as a minimum.
While organisations are required to have a COVID Safe Plan, it is not a requirement to use the COVID Safe Plan template.
Organisations do not have to lodge your COVID Safe Plan with the Victorian Government. However, you may be required to provide the COVID Safe Plan to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or WorkSafe upon request or in the event of a confirmed positive case at your workplace.
The COVID Safe Plan template, guidance on how to prepare your COVID Safe Plan, and additional employer obligations for workplaces that remain open under the Stage 4 restrictions can be found here.
These requirements only apply to services subject to Stage 4 restrictions that are permitted to remain operational.