SSSI VIC MEMBER UPDATE 5 Aug - Stage 4 Restrictions

August 5, 2020

The SSSI Victorian Committee have been informed of the following Government Update in relation to the new Stage 4 restrictions and workplaces.

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  1. the workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
  2. all employees are working from home.


From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility. Advice on access to childcare for permitted worker is provided below.

Permitted workplaces have until 11:59pm on Friday 7 August to implement their COVID Safe Plan. Industries moving to restricted operations have until 11:59pm on Friday 7 August to implement these restrictions – but any measures that can be introduced sooner should be.

Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:

  1. the organisation is on the list of permitted activities
  2. the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work, and
  3. the employee cannot work from home.

An employee must not use a worker permit, even if they have been issued one, if:

  1. they test positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) and are required to self-isolate
  2. they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive

Below is an extract from the Permitted Work Premises Requirements:-

Stage 4 Restrictions

This table describes the ‘Permitted Work Premises’ for the purposes of the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6), effective as at 5 August 2020 from 11:59pm (version 1.0).  This table may be amended and updated with approval of the Chief Health Officer.

Unless an exception applies, only Permitted Work Premises may operate with on-site operations during the restricted activity period in the Restricted Area, and only to the extent permitted as set out below. 

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. 

Where a Permitted Work Premises is able to operate on-site, additional restrictions may apply as listed below and in the Directions. 

To avoid doubt, the following are Permitted Work Premises in the following circumstances:

  1. Ancillary and support businesses are able to open on-site to ensure the necessary production, supply, manufacture, repair, maintenance, cleaning, security, wholesale, distribution, transportation or sale of equipment, goods or services required for the operations of a Permitted Work Premises, or for Closed Work Premises where there are safety or environmental obligations. The business cannot operate on-site for any other purpose.
  2. Services and ancillary services that relate to the COVID-19 health response are Permitted Work Premises.
  3. Services connected with animal health, husbandry or welfare, including the RSPCA, are Permitted Work Premises.
  4. Union/peak body/employer organisation officials attending a worksite as permitted by law or for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) advice is permitted.

More details are at the following link:-

‘Permitted Work Premises’ for the purposes of the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6), effective as at 5 August 2020 from 11:59pm (version 1.0) (PDF)

The SSSI Vic committee continues to monitor for updates and is continuing to seek further clarification.

We will inform members at the earliest opportunity on any updates as they come to hand.

 

Andrej Mocicka
Victorian Chair
Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute 
chair.vic@sssi.org.au 

 

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