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Update on COVID-19 Restrictions in Victoria

July 01, 2020

Travel Advisory for Six Local Council Areas

The Premier has announced that the following postcodes have been identified as postcodes of concern with COVID-19 and requiring additional restrictions:

Postcode Suburbs
3012 Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
3021 Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
3032 Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
3038 Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
3042 Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie
3046 Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
3047 Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
3055 Brunswick south, Brunswick west, Moonee vale, Moreland west
3060 Fawkner
3064 Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickelham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

These postcodes will return to Stage 3 Restrictions from midnight tonight until at least 29 July 2020. Read the full statement here.

What this means for Building Work?

If you have sites that you are operating in any of these suburbs, you should be able to continue working at these sites with all of the appropriate social distancing and related measures in place. It is possible that there will be more enforcement of COVID-19 and related restrictions in these suburbs and movement in and out is expected to be subject to regular checks.

We urge all members, regardless of where their building sites are located, to be vigilant in following all of the requirements for social distancing, health and hygiene at display homes and on building sites, including ensuring everyone entering building sites carries out all COVID-19 site induction. Members should ensure clear signage and protective measures are available on each building site.

HIA’s Making Space on Site Guidelines are available to assist you in ensuring you and your teams are working to remain COVID safe on site and in the office. Download a free copy of HIA’s site signs and COVID-19 QR Code site induction today. The following Guidelines are available:

It is vital that all members take time to work safely and to ensure that everyone entering your building sites across Victoria are not unwell, have not been in contact with someone who is or may be unwell, and that while onsite, take the necessary steps to limit the risk of COVID-19.

Movement into these suburbs

Members who have building sites in these suburbs may wish to provide a letter to workers who will be travelling to work on these building sites. The letter simply needs to identify the building site and explain that the worker named in letter is working on that site. The letter will also remind the named worker of the need to comply with all COVID-19 restrictions and tell them not to leave home if they are unwell. A similar letter would be appropriate for workers who reside in an affected suburb to explain why they have to travel for work. These letters should ideally be renewed every week.

These letters should help workers satisfy Victoria Police and other enforcement officers of their need to travel for work.

What does this mean for Display Homes in these suburbs?

HIA is not yet in a position to confirm the impact on display homes. It is possible that the updated directions will continue to not expressly prohibit the operation of display homes. The updated directions will however restrict consumer movement and may impose further restrictions on open retail facilities.

It is likely that the combination of restrictions on consumer activity and operational restrictions will make it not feasible for builders to operate display homes in these suburbs.

State Government grant

The Victorian Government has announced a Local Lockdown Business Support Program. Information about the grant of $5000 is available here. The grant has a number of eligibility requirements, including the need to be registered for JobKeeper, but is available for businesses operating within the affected areas if they can show that their trading has been impacted by the local restrictions. While the grant may not be applicable to many members who are undertaking building work, it may be relevant to some members.

Summary

The imposition of these further restrictions is a reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on our lives. Members need to remain vigilant and continue to operate their businesses in a manner that complies with all restrictions and legal requirements.

HIA reminds members that it has a range of resources available online and members can contact HIA Workplace Services on 1300 650 620 for more information.