Brimbank Business Update - Special Edition - Brimbank Business Support and Assistance - 7 August
  • Permitted Worker Scheme 
  • Creating a COVID-19 safe workplace
  • COVID-19 Test Isolation and Worker Suport Payment 
  • Mental Health 
  • 'Stop the Soil' advocacy campaign

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless: 

  • the workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
  • all employees are working from home.
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.

Permitted workplaces have until 11:59pm on Friday 7 August to implement their COVID Safe Plan. Industries moving to restricted operations have until 11:59pm on Friday 7 August to implement these restrictions.

 

Download the Permitted worker permit (Word).

 

For more information about the Permitted Worker Scheme click here

If your business has a workplace that is still permitted to operate in any part of Victoria, from 11:59pm on Friday 7 August you must have a COVID Safe Plan. The exception is businesses with fewer than 5 employees.

Your COVID Safe Plan must set out:

  • Your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
  • The level of face-covering 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
  • This plan must demonstrate how you will meet all of the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some higher-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.
Use this COVID Safe Plan template and guidance to create your COVID Safe Plan.

COVID Safe Plan guidance (DOCX 83.59 KB)DOCX icon

COVID Safe Plan template (DOCX 75.2 KB)DOCX icon

For more in information click here 

Financial support is available for Victorian workers who are waiting for test results or self-isolating.

Victorian workers can apply for a $300 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment that provides financial support while they self-isolate to wait for the results of a coronavirus (COVID-19) test.


If you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or are in close contact with a confirmed case, you may be eligible for the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment that provides financial support while you are quarantining at home as instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or is a close contact of a confirmed case and you have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to self-isolate or quarantine, you may also be eligible for the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment.

For more information click here

Coronavirus is causing disruptions to many business owners across the state, increasing stress levels and impacting mental health. It is important you know how to look after your own mental health, as well as that of your employees.


To maintain your mental health during this difficult time, there are some simple things you can do, including: 

  • eating well
  • staying active
  • using phone and video calls to keep in touch with friends, family, and the community; and
  • making a daily routine including the above.

Telehealth External link services are now available if you or your employees need additional mental health support. Through Telehealth you can consult with a medical professional and request a mental health plan by phone or video call.

Beyond Blue has tips to help you 
run your small business from home External link (opens in same window)and information for small business owners on managing mental health during coronavirus External link (opens in same window).

Heads Up External link (opens in same window)has a page with information for employees including tips for self-care if you lose your job and how to work productive and safely from home. Business.gov.au External link (opens in same window)has a dedicated page on coronavirus and mental health where you can find a range of free mental health resources in Australia.

For more information about mental health resources click here


Brimbank City Council and Melton City Council have launched a joint advocacy campaign opposing contaminated soil from the Westgate Tunnel project being dumped at Melbourne Regional Landfill in Ravenhall.
 

Anyone who is concerned about this proposal is encouraged to visit https://stopthesoil.com.au/petition/tellgovernment/ and tell the Victorian Government and Transurban that you do not want contaminated soil dumped in Ravenhall.

You can also read more about this on Council's website

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