COVIDSafe requirements for businesses
It is mandatory for every Victorian business with on-site operations to have a COVIDSafe Plan. Random spot checks are taking place across the state, and failure to comply can result in an on-the-spot fine of up to $21,809. The Victorian government is currently offering a free and confidential service for the owners of small to medium businesses to develop and update their COVIDSafe Plans. Find out more about this service here. To learn more about how to create a COVIDSafe plan for your business, including resources in 12 languages including English, click here.
Signs requesting patrons to wear masks, practice social distancing, check in via QR code and provide proof of vaccination are a must for all hospitality and entertainment venues, and other suited settings. To find the templates of these mandatory signs in nine languages including English, click here.
Every business must use the free Victorian Government QR code service to check-in customers, workers and visitors. Businesses should proactively encourage customers to check-in and use a COVID Check-in Marshal if required. For more information about the QR code service and Check-in Marshals, click here.
COVIDSafe support for businesses
Victorian TAFEs and Registered Training Organisations are offering free short accredited training courses (Skill Sets) to help upskill workers to administer and implement infection control policies and procedures within workplaces. To find out more about these free training session, click here.
All businesses must follow a COVIDSafe deep-cleaning routine to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Find the Victorian government’s COVID-19 deep cleaning guidelines here. A COVIDSafe Deep Cleaning Rebate is available for small and medium-sized businesses, where anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been on the premises when they may have been infectious. The rebate will cover up to 80 per cent of cleaning costs at each worksite, capped at a grant of $10,000 (for a total cleaning cost of $12,500). Find out more about the Rebate here.
Financial support for businesses
The federal government’s SME Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support the economic recovery and provide continued assistance to small and medium business owners dealing with the economic impacts of the pandemic. Find out more about the Scheme here.
Small business owners can also apply for rent relief under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, which has been extended to run until 15 March. Find out if your business is eligible here.
For a comprehensive overview of the financial support available to Victorian businesses, click here.
Translated resources for businesses
WorkSafe Victoria has COVID_19 information for employers and employees in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese simplifed, Chinese traditional, Dari, Dinka, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Malay, Pujabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese. Find those resources here.
What to do if a worker tests positive
If a worker has tested positive for COVID-19 and worked indoors on the premises during their infectious period, they must inform you as soon as possible. Once you are aware of a case at the workplace, you must direct the worker to return home and self-isolate for 7 days after the date they were tested (if they are on site), even if they don’t have symptoms.
If the worker is unable to return home immediately, direct them to isolate at the workplace and, while doing so, to wear a face mask and remain at least 1.5 metres from any other person. Follow the next steps outlined here in the Victorian Government guide for how to manage positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace. If there has been 5 or more cases within a 7-day period, you are required to notify the government here.
If a worker develops one or more symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been tested yet, you must direct the worker to travel home immediately and get tested as soon as possible. Workers must stay home until they receive their test results.
Once someone with COVID-19 has completed their 7-day self-isolation, they are no longer considered infectious. They do not require a negative test result at the end of this period to leave isolation. However, they might need more time away from work, as even though they are no longer infectious, they may not feel well enough to return to work. As their employer, you should support them to do so.
Find out more about what to do if a worker tests positive here.