As the Victorian COVID-19 numbers continue to fall and restriction easing is in the near future the Victorian Government has released updated COVIDSafe Plan Templates. This is ahead of a State wide blitz on compliance. All businesses that are open will need to have an active Plan.

The Victorian roadmaps for reopening are in force, and as the numbers continue to decline the Government is ramping up discussions about how life and work in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will proceed as the path out of restrictions and into COVID Normal is followed.

As part of this the Victorian Government has developed a COVIDSafe Plan template to  reduce the risk of introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace. Every Victorian business that is open for on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

To ensure compliance, random spot checks are already underway in metropolitan Melbourne and will commence in regional Victoria from 29 September 2020.

Business in a high-risk industry, you must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan. High-risk industries include: construction, warehousing and distribution, supermarket and medical distribution centres, abattoirs and meat processing facilities.

Business owners in Victoria are being asked to play their part in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by developing a COVIDSafe Plan and adhering to other workplace requirements. Please share this messaging with your stakeholders and encourage them to communicate the important need for businesses to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.

The Victorian Government has also announced a new $3 billion support package to help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs as the State makes progress along the roadmap to COVID Normal. This includes cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support that will be delivered to Victorian businesses that have been most affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

For more information on the support available to Victorian businesses and how to apply, please visit Business Victoria.