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Victorian Stage 4 Restrictions - Update

Published: 01/08/2020

Victorian Stage 4 Restrictions - Update




The Victorian Government has provided industry-specific guidance for the Transport, Postal and Warehousing sector to assist in compliance with its Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions.

Permitted businesses can only have employees on-site if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the Directions currently in force, including the Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions.

These restrictions apply to warehouses and distribution centres statewide, except supermarket businesses and businesses supplying medicine, pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment, who are under different requirements.

Warehouses and distribution centres in Victoria must:

  • enact a High Risk COVID Safe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response if coronavirus cases are linked to their workplace;
  • reduce the number of people in the workplace (generally to not more than 67 per cent of their daily peak and daily total workforce);
  • increase the regularity of deep cleaning; and
  • enforce the wearing of face coverings by staff on site.
Employees at distribution centres and warehouses are:
  • prohibited from car-pooling to and from work;
  • able to work at only one premises; and
  • required to inform their employer if they share accommodation with anyone working at another high-risk workplace.


Each warehouse and distribution centres will:

  • enact a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan focused on safety, prevention and response if coronavirus cases are linked to their workplace
  • increase the regularity of deep cleaning
  • enforce the wearing of face coverings by staff on site
  • where practicable COVIDSafe Plans should be designed with input from employees and their representatives. 

In addition, from 11:59 pm on Sunday 9 August Melbourne warehouse and distribution centres will:

  • reduce the number of people in the workplace. 

Are the restrictions for warehouse and distribution centres the same in regional Victoria as they are in metropolitan Melbourne?

The restrictions do not apply to other warehouse and distribution centres in regional Victoria.

Are there any exceptions to the reduced operations requirement?

Yes, there are the following exceptions:

  • Supermarket warehouses and distribution centres are covered separately.
  • Warehouses and distribution centres with perishable food apply the same requirements as supermarket warehouses.
  • Warehouses and distribution centres that are licensed under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 for the supply of medicines listed under Schedules 2, 3, 4, and 8 are exempt from the requirement on level of operation (operating with no more than 67 per cent of their daily peak and daily total workforce). 

Warehouses and distribution centres that distribute medical devices and consumables that are registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) are exempt from the requirement on level of operation (operating with no more than 67 per cent of their daily peak and daily total workforce).

Businesses with specific questions regarding their circumstances are encouraged to contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

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