Wednesday 6 October 2021

Please note the below update from Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Workforce limits
Victoria’s Roadmap to deliver the National Plan indicates workforce limits for abattoirs and meat processing facilities, poultry processing facilities and seafood facilities in metropolitan Melbourne.  

It is estimated that 70 percent of the population aged 16 years and over will be fully vaccinated on Tuesday 26 October 2021

Once that vaccination target is reached, the current workforce limits for abattoirs and meat processing facilities, poultry processing facilities and seafood facilities in metropolitan Melbourne will cease.

Until then, these facilities are still required to reduce their daily peak workforce capacity and their daily total workforce capacity: 

  • In poultry processing facilities, by 10 per cent or to 25 workers, whichever is higher  
  • In abattoir or meat processing facilities, by 20 per cent or to 25 workers, whichever is higher 
  • In seafood processing facilities: by 20 per cent or to 40 workers, whichever is higher. 

Vaccination requirements
As previously advised, the Victorian Government has announced its intention to introduce mandatory vaccination requirements for authorised providers and authorised workers who are not working from home.

All workers – in Melbourne and regional Victoria – on the Authorised Worker list who cannot work at home will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday 15 OctoberFrom 26 November 2021, the requirement will increase to having had two doses or a medical exception.

As authorised workers are currently moving around Victoria the most, it’s vital they get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and all of Victoria.  

The 15 October deadline will not apply to workers who already have existing requirements under the Victorian Chief Health Officer directions – such as construction, freight, healthcare, aged care and education, who will still have to comply with previous advice.

Supporting authorised workers to get vaccinated 
To help ensure authorised workers can receive their vaccine in time, the government is expanding the GP and pharmacy grant program to priority LGAs in regional Victoria and doubling the number of grants available for existing LGAs.

This will provide more of the state’s primary care network with $4,000 and $10,000 grants to boost hours and staff and get more Victorian’s vaccinated. 

Victorian pharmacists are now also offering the Moderna vaccine, which is a safe and effective mRNA vaccine. In addition, this vaccine is now available at selected state sites for anyone aged 12 to 59, and GPs and pharmacies are providing both Pfizer and Moderna to all ages, including those above aged 59. 

Support your employees to get vaccinated. To book a vaccination through state-run centres – or to see links for how to book at your local GP or pharmacy – visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine

Other important information for businesses 
Every business has an important role to play. It’s critical for businesses and industry to continue to be COVIDSafe and comply with restrictions.  Check your COVIDSafe Plan is up to date.

AMIC are continuing to work with Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to understand the obligation of employers in regards to mandatory vaccinations for authorised providers and authorised workers. We will provide further information and advice to our Victorian members as it becomes available.

For more information, as and when it is published, visit VIC Government COVID-19 updates >