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What you need to know about Stage 4 safety plans and worker permits in VIC

From 11.59pm tonight, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted activity or all employees are working from home.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) said there will be an allowance of one trip without a permit over the next 48 hours.

Here is a summary that defines who can and cannot work.

Every business that is able to remain open must have a Victorian Covid Safety Plan. This plan should be completed and carried by all workers that travel on Victorian roads when performing work duties.

The Victorian Covid Safety Plan and guidance material is available here.

The VTA has emphasised that every worker must carry a Permitted Worker Permit. This document must be completed by the employer and worker and carried by the worker when on Victorian roads. Refer to this link for access to the Victorian Permitted Worker Plan.

“The Victorian Transport Association has been in discussion with the Victorian Government and have requested a number of modifications to the current form that would allow our industry sector to operate productively,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

“Currently, the government website for these forms is experiencing an overload that will be addressed today.

“Please be informed that there is NOT a requirement to have High Risk COVID Safety Plan additional to the Victorian COVID Safety Plan as referenced by the premier in yesterday’s address,” he said.

The Victorian Government has elaborated on these details.

Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer's responsibility.

The Victorian Government said in a statement that 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.

Also, 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.

Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if: the organisation is on the list of permitted activities, the employee is working on an approved category for onsite work, and the employee cannot work from home.

An employee, in rare circumstances, does not need a worker permit if an employee is at risk at home (i.e. risk of family violence), law enforcement, emergency services workers or health workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification which clearly identifies the employer.

An employee must not use a worker permit, even if they have been issued one if they test positive to Covid-19 and are required to self-isolate or if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

For more information on the Worker Permit Scheme visit the Victorian Government website.

In related news, Victoria's transport manufacturing supply chain is set to remain intact.


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