Right to Travel Permit What is the need.
The permitted worker scheme is administered through the Department of Justice and Community Safety and ensures essential workers will not have to repeatedly explain themselves if stopped by police.
The scheme places responsibility on employers to issue permits to employees, with penalties of up to $99,132 (businesses) and $19,826 (individuals) for those who breach requirements. There will also be on the spot fines for workers who fail to carry their permit with them.
The scheme also states that:
- Workers must not use a permit if they are required to self-isolate after testing positive to COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
- Workers must carry photo ID as well as a permit when travelling to and from workplaces;
- Permits can be carried as a photo or scanned copy on a mobile device;
- Employers must assign an authorised person to sign the permits, which can be the CEO, a HR manager, an operations manager or anyone else that is suitable;
- In the case of casuals without regular hours, employers may need to specify date ranges;
- Adults without permits can drive a dependant permitted worker to and from work if they are unable to transport themselves and;
- Sole traders must issue and sign a permit as both the employer and employee.
Restrictions are changing to slow the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.
Stage 4 restrictions are in place from 6pm on Sunday 2 August for metropolitan Melbourne. This includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am every evening. During this time people are only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.
From 5am – 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following reasons:
- necessary goods and services, with limits
- exercise, with limits
- care and health care (including taking a pet to the vet)
- work in line with restrictions on workplaces
- some limited personal reasons such as in an emergency.
Some changes to the way businesses can operate during stage 4 restrictions have been announced.
Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August for Regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire.
If you live in regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, there are only four reasons that you can leave home:
- to shop for food and essential goods or services
- to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment
- to exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person
- for work or study, if you can’t do it from home.
You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes.
Everyone must wear a mask when they leave home, unless an exception applies. This is enforceable across regional Victoria from 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August.
To understand if your business has been effected by these changes, please see the full details from the Victoria Department of Health and human Services here.