The Victorian Government has announced that a range of restrictions will ease across Victoria from 11:59pm, Thursday 21 October 2021.
Can installations resume?
Yes. Once Victoria passes the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target, workers will be able to work both indoors and outdoors at occupied premises.
A maximum of five workers plus a supervisor will be permitted, unless additional workers are required for safety reasons.
Workers must have received a least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (the second dose deadline is 13 November) or have a valid medical exemption.
We recommend that you confirm the vaccination status of your workers with homeowners before arriving onsite.
Vaccination requirements only apply to workers. Residents are not required to be vaccinated in order for you to perform work at their residence. Chief Health Officer Directions about while present in another person’s home for a permitted reason must be followed.
Only fully vaccinated workers can travel between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne and regional LGAs under lockdown restrictions, unless an exception applies or if working on a critical and essential infrastructure project, a large-scale construction project or in early-stage land development site. In this case, partially vaccinated workers can travel provided they meet the regular surveillance testing requirements.
Fully vaccinated means having had both doses of the vaccine.
COVID Marshals are responsible for monitoring a worksite’s compliance with its COVIDSafe Plan and additional industry-specific obligations. Small scale construction sites are required to have a COVID Marshal. The COVID Marshal can also be a site supervisor who performs the role of COVID Marshal for multiple sites at the same time.
To support small construction sites, the Department of Education and Training has developed a new online training course on infection control for COVID Marshals in the construction industry. This training course is free to access and available here – .
The course is approximately 45 minutes long and can be completed on your phone, tablet or computer. On completion, you will be issued a certificate that you can download to show your employer.
Construction businesses can expect a visit at any time from Authorised Officers, who can issue fines and enforce closures.
Authorised Officers performing on-site inspections at Victorian businesses will have evidence (in most cases a signed letter on official department/agency letterhead) confirming their vaccination status for workplaces to sight before they enter the premises.
Construction sites must allow Authorised Officers to enter the premises after sighting this letter.
The Authorised Officers may issue fines where non-compliance is found. If there are persistent and serious breaches, sites will be shut down.
Back to work safely
We’d like to emphasise how important it is for all workers to maintain safety and quality standards as the construction sector returns to work.
Pressure to finish jobs makes it a particularly hazardous time for workers.
Solar Victoria, Energy Safe Victoria and WorkSafe are increasing site inspections and audits to ensure installations are being conducted safely and in accordance with all industry and safety regulations. Site inspections are carried out 7-days a week.
The is available on the Coronavirus website and provides employers with information on COVIDSafe Plans, record requirements, industry obligations and what to do if you have a suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case in your workplace.
Reviewed 19 October 2021