COVID-19. Important information for our members.
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In line with recommendations with Government, we are taking preventative measures for the health and safety of the members and staff.
The office is now open to members. Restrictions such as one person at the front desk at a time, one person in the foyer, social distancing, hygiene, etc must be maintained.
Before coming into the office, we ask members to be patient and to use the relevant numbers listed on the home page to assist with your inquiries.
We encourage you use the "contact us" link at the bottom of the home page.
We apologise for the inconvenience this causes, but these measures are necessary during this unprecedented health event.
We strongly advise all members to use this web site to keep up to date with daily announcements affecting you and our industry. For general health advice on COVID- 19 you can call the Vic Government hotline on 1800 675 398 or check out their website.
17 March 2022
COVID-19 GUIDANCE SUMMARY – March 2022
This Summary is industry generated and supportive of the COVID-19 ‘best practices’ that kept us safe and open over the last 2 years. It is ever more important to maintain these preventative measures as experts expect a significant increase in COVID-19 infections this Winter as the latest and even more transmissible variant (Omicron BA.2) takes hold across Australia.
14 January 2022
The Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2021 (COVID-19 Regulations) have been revoked.
The revocation follows the making of the Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Revocation Regulations 2022 (the Revocation Regulations), which become effective from today.
With the revocation, employers and self-employed persons are no longer required to notify WorkSafe if they become aware on or after 14 January 2022 of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis attending the workplace, even if it was before that date.
If they became aware before 14 January 2022 of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis attending the workplace, they must notify WorkSafe by contacting WorkSafe Advisory on 1800 136 089 between 7.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Employers and self-employed persons must also continue to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware that a notifiable incident has occurred.
As the management of COVID-19 has changed significantly since the COVID-19 Regulations commenced in 2020 and were extend in 2021, the information obtained through the COVID-19 Regulations is no longer considered a proportionate measure to managing health and safety risks of COVID-19 in workplaces.
Over 90 per cent of Victoria's population has been double vaccinated. Booster and 5 to 11-year-old vaccination programs are also underway. Current medical advice states that fully vaccinated people are less likely to contract COVID-19 and are significantly less likely to become severely ill if they do. On this basis, the Victorian Government’s position is that maintaining a high vaccination rate significantly reduces the health and safety risks of COVID-19 in workplaces.
It is important to note that Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) still applies. Under Part 5, an employer or self-employed person is required to notify WorkSafe immediately after becoming aware that certain incidents have occurred at a workplace under the management and control for the employer or self-employed person. Employers and self-employed persons must notify WorkSafe of COVID-19 cases contracted in the workplace and the person requires immediate in-patient treatment or dies as a result.
More generally, under the OHS Act, employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees and independent contractors. This includes eliminating or reducing, so far as is reasonably practicable, risks to health and safety (including psychological health) associated with potential exposure to COVID-19.
WorkSafe remains integrated in the coordinated government response to COVID-19, and continues to play a critical role in supporting the Department of Health to respond to COVID-19 cases in the workplace, ensuring the safety of employees and ensuring that employers are complying with their duty to maintain safe workplaces.
WorkSafe is committed to ensuring you have all the information you need to assist you with this change. Visit the WorkSafe website for a range of guidance on managing COVID-19 in the workplace - https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19.
Any further inquires can be directed to WorkSafe Advisory, Monday to Friday, on 1800 136 089.
Also, a copy of the Revocation Regulations is available on the Victorian legislation website.
26 November 2021
Victorian Building and Construction Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Agreed Guidelines (Revision 16)
The Victorian Government has announced an end to wide scale lock-downs and most COVID-19 restrictions as a result of achieving the vaccination milestones in accordance with the National Plan.
This Revision has been updated to align with the latest Department of Health Workplace Direction #57 released at midnight last night and is in accordance with Phase D of the National Plan.
Victoria reached the 90% double dose vaccination target yesterday, a remarkable achievement.
The Victorian Government has announced an end to wide scale lock-downs and most COVID-19 restrictions as a result of achieving the vaccination milestones in accordance with the National Plan. We are now in a lower risk environment and accordingly, workforce's have resumed full capacities subject to a small number of COVID Normal practices. These Industry COVID-19 Guidelines (Revision 16) provide the most comprehensive advice available to the industry, agreed and supported by industry stakeholders.
Download the Guidelines below.