Updated COVIDSafe settings for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are now in place.
View new restrictions to construction sites.
Construction to re-open on October 5 2021
The Victorian Government has announced restrictions on the Victorian construction industry will ease from 11.59pm on Monday, 4 October, with a Construction Sector Roadmap setting a way forward for the sector to stay open and keep the community safe.
Prior to Tuesday 5 October
Prior to reopening, site operators must confirm they have implemented the Chief Health Officer (CHO) directions and every site will need to have an up-to-date vaccination register available for compliance checks at all times. Declaration forms are available on the Service Victoria platform.
To allow all sites to remobilise, workers who have had at least one vaccination dose will be able to enter a site prior to 5 October to undertake crib facility improvements, participate in a reinduction or receive deliveries.
Returning to onsite work – 5 October onwards
From 5 October, all workers will need to carry an Authorised Worker Permit and have had at least one vaccine dose. Every construction site in Victoria must also have a designated fully trained COVID Marshal to ensure compliance with CHO directions. Operators must also implement worker shift bubbles where practical.
- carry evidence of their COVID-19 vaccination, or at least their first dose
- make sure they have a signed Authorised Worker Permit
- wear a face mask at all times, except when eating or drinking, or when another lawful exception applies
- practise physical distancing
- take breaks outside where possible
- only fully vaccinated workers can travel between Restricted Areas and regional Victoria.
Up to five workers and a supervisor will be able to work onsite for small scale construction projects, and large scale sites can have up to 25 per cent of workers onsite. If crib rooms meet best practice and the entire workforce is fully vaccinated, large scale construction sites can have up to 50 per cent of workers onsite.
More information about workforce reductions can be found here.
Critical State Infrastructure list
Projects on the State Critical Infrastructure list will operate at 100 per cent as long as crib rooms (temporary accommodation) follow best practice guidelines.
Travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
Fully vaccinated workers can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria in order to work onsite.
Workers on state critical projects or large scale construction can also travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria if they have had a single dose, take an initial test before their first travel, then test twice per week until fully vaccinated.
Crib facilities may be used for the consumption of food and drink with strict density requirements (1 per person per 4sqm) and additional ventilation.
More information about best practice crib facilities can be found here.
Authorised Officers will increase over the next six weeks to support compliance and enforcement efforts. Sites will be shut down if they are non-compliant and penalties will increase.
The way forward
For sites that are not on the critical state infrastructure list, workforce caps will progressively increase if there is continued high levels of industry compliance.
At the 70 per cent double dose milestone, large scale construction can return to 100 per cent of its workforce.
Caps will be removed when Victoria reaches its 80 per cent target, and in addition, all onsite workers must be fully vaccinated by 13 November.
For more information
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Construction Restart Plan webpage.
Last updated: 04 October 2021
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