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The COVID-19 threat has forced the world to re-think how we operate and live. In Australia, maintaining business operations, supporting staff members and restructuring work environments is challenging enough.

Remaining up to date with ever-changing Federal and State Government subsidies, policies and restrictions just add another level of complexity for employers and employees.

This page has been created to provide APPMA Members and Industry personnel, assistance in navigating Federal and State Government policies, subsidies and restrictions related to COVID-19.

This page will be updated regularly as more information is made available.

COVID-19 Restriction Handbook.

This document predominantly focuses on the Stage 4 restrictions in place within VICTORIA, it will be updated over the week to include current restrictions and guidelines within all of Australia.

Initially published: August 5, 2020

Latest Update: 16 September, 2020
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Previous Versions: August 5, 2020
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Initially published: April 3, 2020

Latest Update: April 16, 2020
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Latest News

October 26, 2020
Summary of the Third Step and further easing of restrictions

Under the Third Step, and from 11:59pm on Tuesday, Melbourne will move from “stay home” to “stay safe”, with no more restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
Metropolitan Melbourne Third Step Summary, Download Here
Premier Daniel Andrews Press Conference, View Here

September 6, 2020
VICTORIA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

From 11:59pm 13 September, some restrictions will be eased across Victoria. Regional Victoria and Melbourne Metro each have their own roadmaps, relating to how many active cases are currently in the community.
Metropolitan Melbourne Roadmap, Download Here
Regional Victoria Roadmap, Download Here

August 3-5, 2020
Victorian Premier’s statement on business restrictions

Statement from the Premier on restrictions for business, click here.

Downloadable Guide for Business – Stage 4 Restrictions, Permittable Work Premises
Updated as of 6 August: Download Here
Document Excerpt: “To avoid doubt, the following are Permitted Work Premises in the following circumstances:

  • Ancillary and support businesses are able to open on-site to ensure the necessary production, supply, manufacture, repair, maintenance, cleaning, security, wholesale, distribution, transportation or sale of equipment, goods or services required for the operations of a Permitted Work Premises, or for Closed Work Premises where there are safety or environmental obligations. The business cannot operate on-site for any other purpose.
  • Services and ancillary services that relate to the COVID-19 health response are Permitted Work Premises.
  • Services connected with animal health, husbandry or welfare, including the RSPCA, are Permitted Work Premises.
  • Union/peak body/employer organisation officials attending a worksite as permitted by law or for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) advice is permitted.”

COVID Safe Plans
Under the Stage 4 restrictions, workplaces that remain open must have a COVID Safe Plan in place that is regularly updated (unless you are a small business with fewer than 5 employees).
Fact Sheet: COVID Safe Plan for Employers, Click Here
Fact Sheet: COVID Safe Plan for Employees, Click Here

More information can be found here. It is highly recommended you read this information prior to completing your COVID Safe Plan.

Permitted Worker Scheme
From 11:59pm 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.


Employees must carry the worker permit and should carry photo identification when travelling to and from the workplace. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.

More information can be found here. It is highly recommended you read this information prior to completing your worker permits.

Paid Pandemic Leave, Federal Government
The Australian Government on August 3 2020, announced that they will provide a pandemic leave disaster payment. This is a $1500 per fortnight payment for people in VICTORIA ONLY who have to isolate due to coronavirus but do not have sick leave.

For a copy of the press conference transcript in regards to Paid Pandemic Leave, please click here.

May 11, 2020

States & Territories announce their COVIDSafe Roadmaps
Since the Federal Government announced the ‘Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia’, States & Territories have announced their own timelines based on the Federal guidelines.

May 8, 2020
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia

Following the National Cabinet Meeting on May 8, the Federal Government released the ‘Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia’.

States & Territories will ‘cut and paste’ this to suit their relevant circumstances. But, the aim of the Federal Government is that all three steps will be complete, nationally, by the end of July 2020.

The 3-step plan will be reviewed every three weeks.

Please see the below pdf, direct from the National Press Conference:
Download Here

March 28, 2020
Karen Andrews MP clarifies essential services for APPMA members.
Read HERE.

The APPMA have summarised this in a simple document, broken down by State and Territory. You can download it below:

Mental Health Resources

Head to Health

Head to Health is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic.

This page covers where to get the facts about the COVID-19 outbreak, tips for maintaining good mental health, information on how to access mental health services, information for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected by helping them get established online.

Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

The free service, funded by the Australian Government and delivered by Beyond Blue, is available around the clock, delivering clear, evidence-based information, advice and support specifically tailored to the mental health and wellbeing challenges raised by the pandemic.

Through a digital site, the service offers easy access to a broad range of supports from online wellbeing tips and self-help tools, to phone counselling from trained mental health professionals and peer to peer support.