Jobs Australia has sought clarity and further detail state by state from the Premiers on the definition of “non-essential businesses” which so far align with the statement by the Prime Minister.

Jobs Australia will continue to provide detail as the information is updated. This is a continually changing landscape and Jobs Australia will aim to keep the information current for Members.

Statement from The Hon Dan Andrews MP Premier - 23 March 2020

Victoria Police has established a coronavirus enforcement squad of five hundred officers to ensure containment measures that have been put in place to combat coronavirus are followed.

Statement: Victoria Premier

Coronavirus Business Support - 30 March 2020

Advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus COVID-19.

Coronavirus Business Support

Media Release: Daniel Andrews Premier - 1 April 2020

Victoria’s health system will receive a massive $1.3 billion injection to quickly establish an extra 4,000 ICU beds as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic and protect Victorian lives. 

Media Release: Huge Expansion Of Our Health System To Fight Coronavirus

Member Information from the office of Jobs Australia CEO - 6 April 2020

A number of our Victorian members have enquired about Grants, and it is in response to those queries that we provide the following summary and links to the Victorian Grant Application forms. Click here.

VIC Premier: Victoria Students to Learn From Home, as VCE Timelines Revised - 7 April 2020

Most Victorian students will be educated from home when Term 2 starts next week to ensure the physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus, with free internet access and laptops for those students who need it most. Click here.

BACKING VICTORIAN INDUSTRY TO BOOST SUPPLY OF VENTILATORS - 9 April 2020

The Victorian Government is supporting local industry to produce ventilators to help equip our healthcare system as it deals with coronavirus, with a key international licensing agreement secured. Click here.

Victoria announces $420 million in land tax relief in response to COVID-19 downturn - 15 April 2020

The Victorian government has followed NSW and Queensland in announcing $420 million worth of land tax discounts for commercial and residential landlords who provide rent relief to their tenants. Click here.

New Funding To Fight Coronavirus, Support Jobs And Set Up The Recovery - 16 April 2020

The Victorian Government will put aside an additional $24.5 billion in emergency funding to fight coronavirus, support jobs, and set Victoria up to recover from the pandemic over the next two years. Click here.

Funding boost for Victorian domestic violence services, national forum negotiations on hold - 23 April 2020

Last week the Victorian Government announced an investment of over $40 million in crisis accommodation and specialist services for victims and those at risk of domestic and family violence. Click here

Major Coronavirus Testing Blitz Targets 100,000 - 27 April 2020

Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus over the next two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the State, to better understand how the virus is spreading in the community and set us up for the potential easing of restrictions. Click here

Latrobe Youth Space Development To Generate Local Jobs - 4 May 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting young people across the Latrobe Valley and the Gippsland region with $4.3 million to design, develop and run the Latrobe Youth Space in Morwell. Click here.

Statement From The Premier - 11 May 2020

From 11:59pm this Tuesday night, there’s now a fifth reason to leave home: visiting friends and family – with a maximum gathering of up to ten outdoors and having up to five visitors in your home. Click here for the full statement

Public hearings resume for homelessness inquiry - 15 May 2020

The Council to Homeless Persons, The Salvation Army, St Vincent’s Hospital and Launch Housing will be presenting their views on the effect of COVID-19 when the parliamentary inquiry into homelessness resumes public hearings on Wednesday, 20 May 2020. Click here

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update - 24 May 2020

This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19. Click here

Minister for Youth: Young People At The Table To Discuss Mental Health - 28 May 2020

Minister for Youth Ros Spence will today meet with young Victorian leaders to talk about the unprecedented mental health challenges facing young people during the coranavirus pandemic. Click here.

Councils Come On Board To Create Jobs, Keep Communities Safe - 4 June 2020

An army of public hygiene and land maintenance workers employed to help slow the spread of coronavirus has been bolstered in a major push backed by the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria fund. Click here

Growing New Jobs Through Working For Victoria - 5 June 2020

Dozens of Victorian jobseekers will be hired to plant 150,000 trees, plants and native grass tube stock across Melbourne through the Victorian Government’s $500 million Working for Victoria fund. Click here.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update - 21 June 2020

This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.  Click here.

Statement From The Premier - 25 June 2020

I know many Victorians are feeling anxious and unsure.

After all, so many of us have given up so much in order to keep our state safe.

And yet – disappointingly, devastatingly – we again find ourselves on a knife’s edge. What we do now will determine what comes next. Click here.

Statement from the Premier - 30 June 2020

Very clearly, we are not where we wanted to be. And as today’s case numbers show, Victoria is experiencing significant community transmission of coronavirus. Click here

Supporting Public Housing Residents Through Quarantine - Statement from the Victorian Premier - 6 July 2020

Services and support for tenants in the two public housing estates under lockdown is ramping up – with thousands of meals, supplies and personal care packs delivered in the past 24 hours. Click here

New LaunchVic Board To Boost Startups, Jobs And Economic Recovery

Four new board members including a new chair have been appointed to LaunchVic, bringing new skills and experience to Victoria’s startup agency. Click here.

Summary of Restricitions - Return to Stage 3 11:59PM 8 July 2020

RESTRICTIONS APPLYING TO METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE AND MITCHELL SHIRE LGA. Click here

Coronavirus COVID-19 Daily Update - 8 July 2020

This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. This update will be sent regularly.

Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19. Click here

$1.25M Boost For Local Learners Across State - 9 July 2020

Victoria’s most vulnerable learners will have better access to the literacy, numeracy and digital skills they need for further study or employment opportunities, thanks to the Victorian Government. Click here

New COVID-19 safety obligations for employers in Victoria - 30 July 2020

Employers should be aware that two new obligations have recently been introduced in Victoria to address the serious health and safety risks posed by COVID-19.  Click here.

Statement from the Victorian Premier - 3 August 2020

Yesterday, we asked Victorians to make some big sacrifices. Big, real and meaningful sacrifices. Today, sadly, we need to ask the same of Victorian businesses and Victorian workers.  Click here

Victorian Stage 4 Restrictions- Industries - 4 August 2020

Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions the default is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry as set out below. All Victorians are required to work from home, except where this is not practicable. Sole operators can continue to operate, if they do not have contact with the public, or with people other than those persons living in their primary household.

The below table outlines examples of workplaces that are closed for on-site work, open for on-site work with a COVID Safe Plan, and where there are restricted operations or industry specific obligations.

This information is subject to the Directions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. Click here

Boosting Agriculture Supply Chains And Local Jobs - 10 August 2020

Farmers and producers across Victoria will get better access to markets and communities thanks to funding from the Victorian Government to improve the vital network of local roads and infrastructure. Click here.

New Youth Congress To Discuss Issues Facing Young People - 12 August 2020

The Victorian Government is supporting young people to have their voices heard, giving them a platform to work with decision-makers on the issues affecting them during the global coronavirus pandemic. Click here

Temporary Changes to Occupational Health and Safety (Covid-19 Notification) Regulation - 28 July 2020

Temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations) commenced on Tuesday 28 July 2020.

Previously, employers were not required to notify WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe) of an infectious disease in the workplace, unless immediate inpatient treatment is required or the disease is the cause (or suspected cause) of a death.

New requirements for employers:

In this state of emergency and pandemic situation, timely notification of potential workplace transmission of COVID 19 is critical for efficient and effective management of related health and safety risks, and the prompt investigation of potential breaches of employer duties.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations will extend the operation of Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) to require duty holders to notify WorkSafe if: 

•             an employer becomes aware that an employee or independent contractor engaged by the employer, and any employees of the independent contractor, has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received); or

•             a self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received).

A penalty will apply for failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act – up to $39,652 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $198,264 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate.

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations are temporary in nature and will expire 12 months after their making. WorkSafe will review the OHS COVID-19 Regulations during the 12-month period of operation.

WorkSafe is committed to ensuring you have all of the information you need to implement these measures during these unprecedented times and will provide guidance and support to assist you upon commencement of the proposed OHS COVID-19 Regulations. Further information is available on the WorkSafe website here.

Ways to notify Worksafe:

Notify Worksafe either by phone (Call 13 23 60) or info@worksafe.vic.gov.au

 

Aboriginal Women Taking The Lead In Victoria - 19 August 2020

The Victorian Government is working with Aboriginal women from across the state to design a culturally safe and community-led leadership program for future Aboriginal women leaders. Click here

Guidance on using personal protective equipment (PPE) for disability support workers - 7 July 220

The Australian Department of Health has released a new video to support disability support workers in understanding how and when to use PPE. Click here

Working Together To Re-Open Victoria – Safely - 31 August 2020

The Victorian Government will release its reopening roadmap this Sunday, 6 September, providing certainty and clarity to communities and businesses alike. Click here