Update: Moorabool Shire to Enter Lockdown, Mandatory Vaccination Requirements, Reopening of Construction Industry

The Victorian Government has today made the following announcements.

Lockdown Announced in Moorabool Shire

Moorabool Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11:59pm tonight.

The same rules will apply as those currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne, but there will be no curfew.

Vaccination Requirements

The Victorian Government has today announced mandatory vaccination requirements for all Authorised Workers in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. A press statement is attached.

All workers on the Authorised Workers list will be required to have had their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday 15 October in order to continue working onsite, and will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

These requirements do not apply to workers who are already subject to mandatory vaccination requirements, such as those working in construction, freight, healthcare, aged care and education. Those workers will need to comply with the requirements previously put in place for their industry.

A full list of workers currently considered Authorised Workers can be found here.

Reopening of Construction

The Victorian Government has announced that restrictions on the construction industry will ease from 11:59pm Monday 4 October. A Construction Sector Roadmap has been announced to facilitate this reopening. A press statement and roadmap is attached.

Fully vaccinated workers will be permitted to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria in order to work onsite. Workers on state critical projects or large scale construction will also be able to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria if they have had a single dose, take an initial test before their first travel, then test twice per week until fully vaccinated.

All workers onsite will be required to continue carrying an Authorised Worker Permit and will need to have had at least one vaccine dose. Every construction site in Victoria must also have a designated fully trained COVID Marshal to ensure compliance with the Directions.

Prior to reopening, operators will be required to attest that they have implemented the Directions from the Chief Health Officer. Every site will also require an up to date vaccination register, which must be available for compliance checks at all times. An online portal will soon be available on the Service Victoria website to make these documents accessible for both operators and compliance teams.

Crib rooms can be used for the consumption of food and drink with strict density requirements and additional ventilation.

For small scale construction projects, up to five workers and a supervisor will be able to work onsite. Large scale sites can have up to 25% of workers onsite. If crib rooms meet best practice and the entire workforce is fully vaccinated, large scale construction sites can have up to 50% of workers onsite. Projects on the State Critical Infrastructure list will operate at 100% as long as best practice guidelines are followed.

To prepare for the reopening, workers who have had at least one vaccination dose will be able to enter a site prior to 5 October in order to undertake crib facility improvements, participate in a reinduction or receive deliveries. Subject to high levels of industry compliance, the number of workers permitted onsite is expected to progressively increase. When 70% of Victorians are fully vaccinated, large scale construction projects can operate with 100% of its workforce. When 80% of Victorians are fully vaccinated, caps will be removed. All onsite workers must be fully vaccinated by 13 November.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.