Victorian worker permit scheme

Posted: August 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

The Victorian Government has ordered that from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne will be closed. Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility.

While many other retail businesses will be closed, post offices can open.

To issue a worker permit, employers will need:

  • name, ABN, company address and trading name
  • the name and date of birth of the employee
  • the employee’s regular hours and place of work
  • to meet all eligibility criteria, including that the business is a permitted activity
  • to meet all relevant legal obligations
  • to have a COVID-19 safe plan in place
  • to authorise a person or people to issue the worker permit

Use the worker permit template available from the Victorian Government website.

Employees must carry the worker permit and should carry photo identification when travelling to and from the workplace. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.

There will be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.

Click here to visit the Victorian Government website for the Permitted worker permit.

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