A reminder again how quickly things can develop during this pandemic. To keep our members informed, SIV has provided a summary of state and Federal support available to industry with links to key information. Please appreciate that this is a rapidly evolving situation so the information contained is based on what is current and will be updated as more information is released.
COVID-19 Update - Changes to Pandemic Orders The Victorian Government has made changes to COVID-19 requirements to align with decisions agreed to by all states and territories at National Cabinet.The Pandemic Declaration ended at 11.59pm on Wednesday 12 October 2022. Isolation recommendations Victorians are no longer required to isolate after testing positive to COVID-19. Isolation for positive cases is now strongly recommended. Close contacts Requirements for close contacts, like continually testing negative on a rapid antigen test, are now strong recommendations. Face masks The strong recommendation to wear a face mask indoors remains in place. Vaccination Powers exist under OH&S lawsto require vaccinations for people in workplaces, including in the public service – allowing employers to decide which measures are most appropriate to keep their workplaces protected against COVID-19. COVIDSafe Plan Workplaces should continue to have COVIDSafe plans(or equivalent policies) to manage positive cases and promote isolation with employees. To stay updated on information to manage the risk of COVID-19 in your industry or workplace, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) | WorkSafe Victoria. To stay updated on Public Health recommendations, please visit Protect yourself and others | Coronavirus Victoria. Important information for businesses The Victorian Government is offering a free support service for small to medium businesses to ensure your COVIDSafe Plan is up to date and reflects current COVIDSafe Settings. To attend one of the information forums, email email@example.com.
Contact management tool An online tool has been developed to help businesses manage a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace. The tool measures potential exposure risk and provides instant advice on steps to protect workers and customers. Businesses are asked up to six questions. The tool is in addition to information and advice at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/case-workplace.
There is no longer a requirement to notify WorkSafe of a positive case in the workplace. Businesses do not need to inform customers about a positive case or conduct a deep clean of the premises.
Stay COVIDSafe Wear your mask correctly – covering your mouth and nose Get tested immediately if you are ill When open, make sure everyone checks in everywhere, every time Update your COVIDSafe Plan Support your workers to get vaccinated when they’re eligible.