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Published: 5 Aug 2020
General information on the Permitted Worker Scheme
From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility. Advice on access to childcare for permitted workers is provided below.
Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.
There will also 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.
Permitted Worker Permit
Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:
In rare circumstances an employee does not need a worker permit.
An employee must not use a worker permit, even if they have been issued one, if:
Click here for the Victorian Government webpage