Authorised Worker Permit
Subject to the proposed Chief Health Officer direction announced on Monday 16th August 2021, from 11:59pm Tuesday 17th August 2021, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  • The workplace is an authorised provider or service, or
  • All employees are working from home.
A list of authorised providers and workers can be found on the Victorian coronavirus website
From 11:59pm Tuesday 17th August 2021, employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue an Authorised Worker Permit to their employees. 

Penalties of up to $21,808 (for individuals) and $109,044 (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 $1,817 (for individuals) and up to $10,904 (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.

An Authorised Worker Permit and photo identification will be required to be carried by authorised workers and permitted higher education students who work or live in Metropolitan Melbourne when leaving home for authorised work or an authorised student work placement. 
The person may carry a printout or electronic copy (such as a photo or a scanned copy on a mobile device) of the permit undertaking a permitted activity and when travelling to and from the destination at which the permitted activity takes place.
Victorians living in regional Victoria and entering metropolitan Melbourne for authorised work must also obtain a permit. 
Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if: An employee must not use a worker permit and attend work, if: 
  • they test positive to COVID-19 and are required to self-isolate, or
  • they are a close contact of someone who has test positive and are required to self-isolate
Some rare examples of where a worker permit is not required can be found on the Victorian coronavirus website
How to issue a Worker Permit

To issue a worker permit, employers will need:
  • name, ABN, company address and trading name
  • the name and date of birth of the employee
  • the employee’s regular hours and place of work
  • to meet all eligibility criteria, including that the business is a permitted activity
  • to meet all relevant legal obligations 
  • to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place
  • to authorise a person or people to issue the worker permit.
Each employee required to be on site must receive an individual worker permit with the required details.
Employers must:
  1. Download the Authorised Worker Permit and fill it out. The templates can be downloaded on the Victoria coronavirus website here (word) and here (pdf). 
    • Employers must use this template for all worker permits issued under this scheme.                                                                                                   
  2. Sign the worker permit. You can print and sign or sign it electronically.
    • Businesses must get an authorised person to sign the worker permit. This person could be the CEO, a HR manager, or an operations manager. 
    • They must be accountable for the details they provide. 
    • They may be contacted by Victoria Police or other enforcement agencies to confirm the details. 
  3. Ask the employee to sign the worker permit. They can print and sign or sign electronically.
    • You can email or text the worker permit to your employee.
    • An employee may travel to work without a worker permit once to get their first permit.

Further information can be found in the found on the Victorian coronavirus website.
The information above is current as at the morning of 17th August 2021.

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