Keep up to date with all the latest restrictions and requirements at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
Information for industry and workers required to be vaccinated
Select workers (including contractors, volunteers and students on placement) are required to show evidence of their vaccination to their employer by a certain date in order to continue working outside their home.
For more information on who these requirements apply to, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
- Victoria's COVIDSafe Settings and how we work in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria are regularly updated on the Victorian coronavirus website.
- Find out how to create a COVIDSafe workplace including the six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces and what to do if there is a confirmed case in the workplace. Resources including a symptoms checklist for agricultural workers on symptoms and signs, posters and templates to promote a COVIDSafe workplace can be downloaded.
- Information about creating COVIDSafe Plans and the Additional Industry Obligations for seasonal horticulture work and COVID Marshals is also available.
- Grants and support for businesses is available. Alternatively if you need information on the operation of your business or access to assistance relating to COVID-19, you can call the Business Victoria COVID-19 hotline on 13 22 15. Agriculture Victoria has also developed a summary of support available to agriculture businesses from the Victorian and Australian governments.
- To find out how to join the agriculture workforce or find workers for your business, visit the Big Victorian Harvest.
All Victorian businesses are required to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
To ensure compliance, random spot checks are underway in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Your COVIDSafe Plan must demonstrate:
- your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) to your workplace
- the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
- how you will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
- how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some higher-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.
Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice change. Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
You stay up to date with restrictions and public health advice.
Financial support for business and workers
If your job, business or income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a range of ways the Victorian Government can help. Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website to find out more.
The Business Victoria hotline can also provide information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to COVID-19. Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Seasonal Workers Support Package
The $17 million Seasonal Workforce Support Package is helping address seasonal workforce shortages brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are also tens of thousands of jobseekers ready to work on the Victorian Government’s Jobs Victoria online hub. If you are a farmer or other employer in the agriculture sector, register your workforce needs now on the hub.
Information and details on how to register for seasonal workforce support is available via the Big Victorian Harvest.
Agriculture Victoria remains available to assist Victorian farmers. We want to reassure farmers that we will continue to provide support services to you and your farming business.
Some Victorian Government office receptions across the state are currently closed so you may need to contact us in different ways.
Farmers can call us to access information tailored specifically to their needs on a range of topics including:
- feed planning and pasture recovery
- supplying feed and water to livestock
- land and farm water management
- general technical information
- other assistance available and grants programs.
You can call us on 136 186 for a range of information including how best to contact us or visit the website anytime at agriculture.vic.gov.au
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) advice.
If you feel sick, stay at home. If you have even the mildest of symptoms you should get tested. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or phone the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice.
View the map showing the latest testing locations
If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell the operator if you have recently returned from overseas.