Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and resources

COVID-19 Update
Issued Friday 15 January 2021

AMIC has received the following update from the Department of Agriculture, QLD Government.

Essential agriculture work and freight movements are continuing as usual after the recent 3-day Brisbane lockdown. Eased restrictions are now in place across Greater Brisbane (Brisbane, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Redlands and Logan), but there is a new Mandatory Face Masks Direction, which came into effect on 12 January 2021 and will continue until 1:00am, 22 January 2021.

The Queensland Health website details when and where you need to wear a mask, including on any Queensland flight and within airports.

In short, if you have been in Greater Brisbane, or have moved to another Queensland area from greater Brisbane, since 7:00am, 2 January 2021, you:
• must carry a face mask with you at all times
• must wear a face mask when you are in certain public indoor spaces
• are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when you cannot physically distance in outdoor spaces.

Anyone that has been in the Greater Brisbane area should consider postponing travel to any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or at a minimum wear a facemask and observe physical distancing.

Anyone inside or outside the Greater Brisbane area can see the current restrictions in place on the Queensland’s COVID Safe Future Roadmap.

If you have been in any of the identified areas for contact tracing or have any symptoms, please follow the Chief Health Officer’s advice and get tested.

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the QLD Health guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use for your business.

Download COVID-Safe poster
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

Greater Brisbane to end lockdown at 6:00pm
Issued Monday 11 January 2021

The QLD Government has announced this morning that Greater Brisbane will end its 3-day lockdown from 6:00pm tonight, Monday 11 January.

A face mask will continue to be mandatory for a number of indoor public areas in the Greater Brisbane area, which includes supermarkets, shopping centres, retail, and indoor markets. This mandate is in place until 1:00am, Friday 22 January.

The areas declared Greater Brisbane are the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands.

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the QLD Health guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use for your business.

Download COVID-Safe poster
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

Please visit the QLD Government website for a full list of restrictions and updates, as and when they are published.

Greater Brisbane is going into a 3-day lockdown
Issued Friday 8 January 2021

The QLD Government has announced this morning that Greater Brisbane will enter a 3-day lockdown from 6:00pm tonight, Friday 8 January to 6:00pm Monday 11 January.

The areas declared Greater Brisbane are the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton, and Redlands. All residents living in those areas will be required to stay at home.

Exceptions include:

  • Essential workers
  • Shopping for food
  • Care for a vulnerable person
  • To exercise near your home

A face mask is mandatory when leaving home during this period.

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the QLD Health guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use for your business.

Download COVID-Safe poster
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

Please monitor the QLD Government website for updates, as and when they are published.

NSW Mandatory Masks
Issued Monday 4 January 2021

The NSW Government has updated the restrictions that apply under COVID-19 public health orders for the Greater Sydney region including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong from Sunday 3 January 2021.

A face mask (fitted face covering) is mandatory for a number of indoor settings including shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres), for both customers and workers in the Greater Sydney region. Click here to check areas affected.

Please continue to monitor the NSW Government website via links below for up-to-date information.

Restrictions for Greater Sydney

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the NSW Health guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use.

Download COVID-Safe poster
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

 

VIC Mandatory Masks

Issued Monday 4 January 2021

The VIC Government updated the restrictions that apply under COVID-19 public health orders for Victoria, from 31 December 2020, a face mask (fitted face covering) is mandatory for public indoor settings, including shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres).

Please continue to monitor the VIC Government website via www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow DHHS guidance. Click the links below for posters you can use.

Download COVID-Safe poster
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

 

NSW / Victoria Border Permits

Issued Monday 4 January 2021

Victoria has closed its borders to NSW. Details here www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/new-restrictions-border-closure-nsw 

To apply for a permit visit:

https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

You can only apply for a permit if you:

  • Are transiting through NSW to Victoria from another state or territory
  • Are briefly passing through Victoria from another state or territory and are not staying in Victoria
  • Are a permitted worker – commercial freight worker, essential services worker, or agricultural worker travelling to Victoria for work.

Each adult needs their own permit.

Permitted worker
From 11:59pm 3 January 2021, people travelling to Victoria for work can apply for a border entry permit if they are a someone who works in:

  • Commercial freight services
  • Essential services
  • Agriculture.

A commercial freight services worker is defined in the national Freight Movement Code for Domestic Border Controls – Freight Movement Protocol.

An essential services worker is defined in the Essential Services Act 1958.

An agriculture worker is defined under the Agriculture Workers Code for cross state border movement.

The source of the key information is here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-border-crossing-permit

State and territory specific COVID-19 information is available on the government site Health Direct. This is a useful reference for advice regarding; self–isolation, education, travel, events and work by state and territory.

Use the COVID-19 Restriction Checker to find out what you can and can’t do in your state or territory.

New COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney area

Issued Monday 21 December 2020

The NSW Government has published rules and restrictions that apply under COVID-19 public health orders for the Greater Sydney region including the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong from Monday 21 December to midnight on Wednesday 23 December 2020.

Restrictions for Greater Sydney
Suburbs affected

Please ensure your COVID-Safe Plan is in place and follow the NSW Health guidance.

Download COVID-Safe Poster for your business.

AMIC has been in contact with our members in the Northern Beaches local government area who are currently operating under public health orders from Saturday 19 December to midnight on Wednesday 23 December.

Restrictions for Northern Beaches
Download COVID-Safe mask poster

AMIC is here to support you during this period, if you need assistance or information, please contact Craig Wright, Member Relationship Officer on 0438 166 643.

SA COVID-Safe Plan obligations for retail

Issued Monday 14 December 2020

AMIC would like to update our retail members in SA on the latest COVID-Safe Plan obligations advised by the SA Government effective today. All retail businesses must have a COVID-Safe Plan. This includes all independent retail butchers operating in strip malls and standalone stores.

We have provided the link via the button below to create your Plan, this only take a few minutes. AMIC requests all members complete this and display the QR code at your premises, which will be automatically emailed to you following completion of your Plan.

SA Govt note: If you have not completed a COVID-Safe Plan, do not have this available at your premises, or do not comply with current Directions, you can be fined up to $5,000.

How to create a COVID-Safe Plan

Fill out the form via the button below. Your completed form is your Plan.

  1. Refer to official COVID-19 advice and directions to help you complete this plan. Carefully review this website and      www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au.
  2. Follow the link below and fill out the whole form. If your business has several premises, each venue will need a separate Plan.
  3. Discuss and share relevant details of your plan with staff, contractors and suppliers so that everyone is aware of what they need to do and what they can expect.
  4. Implement the steps you have agreed to as best you can. Remember: the requirements on the form are obligations – you may face a fine if you do not comply with these.
  5. Review your plan regularly and make changes as and when required. COVID-19 is a fast-changing situation, and the South Australian Government responds to this via a step-by-step approach to easing certain restrictions.
  6. Print or download the Plan and make it available at your premises.
  • General obligations – Contact tracing with approved contact tracing system
  • You must put in place and operate an approved contact tracing system at your premises.
  • Please print the QR Code provided in your COVID-Safe Plan (COVID-SAfe Check-In).
  • People attending your premise must check in with the QR Code (unless they are genuinely unable, for example if they do not have a smartphone).

Density obligations – retail
You must have measures in place to maintain and encourage others to maintain the physical distancing principle of at least 1.5 metres separation. There is no density restriction obligation for general retail.

Click the link for full information on your COVID-Safe Plan obligations and to fill in the COVID Safe plan form (scroll down to the section titled ‘How to create a COVID-Safe Plan’ and click on the big blue button called ‘Complete the COVID-Safe Plan form).

COVIDSafe Summer – how the new VIC restrictions affect retail butchers

Issued Tuesday 8 December 2020


From 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020, Victoria moved to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions. A list of these descriptions are available on the Victorian Government Coronavirus website, and include:

  • You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home.
  • Wearing a face mask is only mandatory on public transport, while in taxis or ride share vehicles, or when going to large retail venues, including shopping centres, supermarkets and department stores.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended indoors and outdoors when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.

Since this announcement, AMIC has sought clarification from the Victorian Government on what the COVIDSafe rules are for independent retail butchers.

Please note:

  • For independent retail butchers operating within a large shopping centre it is mandatory to wear masks for both workers and customers.
  • For independent retail butchers not operating within a large shopping centre, ie strip mall or standalone, it is not mandatory for workers or customers to wear masks if they can maintain the COVIDSafe requirements of 1.5 metre distancing. Customer density quotient is now 1 per 2sqm.
  • Please update your store signage to reflect the revised restrictions.

You can download the Victorian Government document COVIDSafe Summer – how we work in Victoria via www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer

Directions from Victorian Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from declared state of emergency

Issued 22 November 2020

Workplace Directions (No 10)

Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No 13)

Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions (No 13) includes abattoirs and meat processing facilities.

 

Please note the following changes for abattoirs and meat processing facilities in Victoria:

Being removed:

  • Compulsory temperature testing
  • Additional PPE
  • Mandated surveillance testing
  • Requirement for staff only working one job
  • High risk COVIDSafe plan

 

Being retained:

  • COVIDSafe plan
  • Mandatory face coverings indoors
  • COVIDSafe Marshalls
  • Nightly comprehensive cleaning
  • Workforce bubbles

 

Victorian Industry Restriction Levels

Meat and Seafood Processing

Click here to download the Victorian Government’s latest industry specific requirements (PDF).

Victorian business COVIDSafe Plan materials

The Victorian Government is working to ensure that every business owner in Victoria has a COVIDSafe Plan in place and understands their responsibilities to keep workers and customers safe.

Every Victorian business that is open must follow the six COVIDSafe principles to help prevent future outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19).

A COVIDSafe Plan template is available to help businesses plan and take action to prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.

New guidance, which includes Industry Restart Guidelines and Industry Restriction Levels, have been developed for some sectors to help them plan for a safe reopening.

See below important information on the six COVIDSafe principles, including fact sheets, social media assets and templates.

 

COVIDSafe Plan materials

Please click the links below to view or download the resource.

Final COVIDSafe Stakeholder Pack October 2020

FACT SHEET_What to do if a worker is unwell

FACT SHEET_How to create a COVIDSAFE workplace

FACT SHEET_What to do if a worker tests positive

FACT SHEET_Do you need help creating a COVIDSafe Plan_Translator

COVIDSafe Social Media Icons (available on request)

AMIC has also received these fact sheets in various languages, so please contact us if you would like them in the following:

Arabic Cantonese Dari Dinka Greek Hindi Italian
Mandarin Nepali Oromo Pashto Persian Punjabi Sinhalese
Spanish Turkish Vietnamese Albanian Filipino Somali Tigrinya

New COVIDSafe Plan released by Victorian Government

25 September 2020

The Victorian Government has released roadmaps for reopening for how we live and work in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, providing a long-term plan for our path out of restrictions and into COVID Normal.

As part of our plans to support industry to safely reopen and get Victorians back to work, the Victorian Government has developed a COVIDSafe Plan template to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace. 

Every Victorian business that is open for on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

To ensure compliance, random spot checks are already underway in metropolitan Melbourne and will commence in regional Victoria from 29 September 2020.

If you own a business in a high-risk industry, you must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan.

High-risk industries include: construction, warehousing and distribution, supermarket and medical distribution centres, abattoirs and meat processing facilities.

A COVIDSafe Plan is one of the ways you can help prevent and manage outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) at your workplace and in your community.

Business owners in Victoria are being asked to play their part in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by developing a COVIDSafe Plan and adhering to other workplace requirements. Please share this messaging with your stakeholders and encourage them to communicate the important need for businesses to have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.

The Victorian Government is providing a range of resources and guidelines to support businesses to reopen safely. Please stay up-to-date on the latest advice for creating a COVIDSafe workplace at Business Victoria.

The Victorian Government has also announced a new $3 billion support package to help businesses survive and keep Victorians in jobs as we progress along the roadmap to COVID Normal. This includes cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support that will be delivered to Victorian businesses that have been most affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

 

For more information on the support available to Victorian businesses and how to apply, please visit Business Victoria.

Third round of the Business Support Fund is open for applications (Victoria only)

Released 19 September 2020

The Victorian Government has recently announced a $3 billion Business Resilience Package to help businesses impacted by ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

It includes $822 million for a third round of the Business Support Fund which will help around 75,000 small and medium sized businesses that must remain closed or operate under restrictions in line with the Victorian Government’s ‘How we work’ roadmaps.

Eligible businesses will receive grants of either $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 depending on the business’ annual payroll.

To be eligible, businesses must already employ staff and have a payroll of up to $10 million. Full details on eligibility and how to apply are set out on the Business Support Fund webpage.

Applications will remain open until funds are exhausted or 11.59pm on 23 November 2020, whichever is earlier.

Small and medium businesses make an enormous contribution to the Victorian economy and the Business Resilience Package includes a range of cashflow support, payroll tax deferrals and fee waivers to help businesses through this challenging time.

High Risk COVIDSafe Plan

Released 10 August 2020

Agriculture Victoria have provided the below update and link for our Victorian members.

If you are an abattoir or meat processing (including seafood and poultry), you must complete a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan regardless of where you operate in Victoria.

Click here for full information and guidelines are available at Business Victoria

DHHS Workplace Directions

Released 5 August 2020

The purpose of these directions is to limit the number of Victorians attending work premises to assist in reducing the frequency and scale of outbreaks of COVID-19 in Victorian workplaces and to establish more specific obligations on employers and workers in relation to managing the risk associated with COVID-19.

Download DHHS Workplace Directions PDF

Business and industry stage 4 restrictions – metropolitan Melbourne

Published 5 August 2020

Unless an exception applies, only Permitted Work Premises may operate with on-site operations during the restricted activity period in the Restricted Area, and only to the extent permitted.

Employers for Permitted Work Premises are only permitted to have employees on-site if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the Directions currently in force, including the Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions.

Where a Permitted Work Premises is able to operate on-site, additional restrictions may apply as listed below and in the Directions.

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.

‘Permitted Work Premises’ for the purposes of the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6), effective as at 5 August 2020 from 11:59pm (version 1.0) (PDF)

‘Permitted Work Premises’ for the purposes of the Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas) (No 6), effective as at 5 August 2020 from 11:59pm (version 1.0) (Word)

Permitted worker scheme – metropolitan Melbourne

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.

Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:

  • the organisation is on the list of permitted activities
  • the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work, and
  • the employee cannot work from home.

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.

An employee must not use a worker permit, even if they have been issued one, if:

  • they test positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) and are required to self-isolate
  • they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

More information on this scheme, including a link to the permit template is available here.

Safe Work Australia Resources

Safe Work Australia has issued updated guidance on a range of COVID-19 working practices, including the latest advice on masks and PPE for all industries. 

Click here to see the information on their website.

Social Distancing

One way to slow the spread of the virus is social distancing.

We have compiled the guidelines from the Australian Government Department of Health website on social distancing, and created a poster for you to download and put up in your business. Together we can help to stop the spread of the virus.

Resources for Businesses

As at April 2020 – Please see above for latest updates

People

Visitors, WHS and HR issues

Product

COVID-19 and meat products

Business

Government support for businesses

The material on this webpage has been compiled from both State and Federal government sources. It does not constitute legal advice or recommendations and should not be relied upon as such. Appropriate legal advice should be sought that reflects your individual circumstances.

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