The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has prepared the following information in relation to current restrictions for business and industry. You can also find information using this "Quick Links" page. 

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

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

1. Facilities management
Any ancillary business services necessary for the operations of a permitted work site are permitted to operate onsite with a COVID-Safe Plan in place. However, this only applies to services considered essential by their clients in those industries. Your clients will need to determine that your service is essential to their operation. This provision does not apply to the whole business, only those functions or employees who deliver those services, and only at the times when those services are being delivered. Furthermore, all work that can reasonably be done at home must be done at home. 
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2. Compliance with essential safety measures 
Compliance with essential safety measures, including life safety systems
, are fully expected in permitted work sites and services to support those that are permitted. "Automotive, machinery and equipment repair and maintenance are permitted to operate where providing support to a permitted service or industry or where required to maintain the health and safety of Victorians at home or at work."

 Refer to the list of permitted industries under "Other Services". Closed work sites are expected to have been closed safely. They can permit access for the purpose of essential maintenance. More info

3: Requirement for a COVID-Safe Plan
Any of the work that takes place for a permitted industry during the restrictions requires a COVID-Safe Plan.

4. Further support
Please also refer to the latest advice and frequently asked questions relating to your sector, which is available at Business Victoria.

The Victorian Government reviews the queries received and regularly publishes additional information to clarify how the stage 4 restrictions apply to various arrangements and situations.

To support businesses impacted by these restrictions, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program. For more information on eligibility and to learn more about business mentoring and mental health support initiatives for business owners and sole traders, visit the Business Victoria website.

The Victorian Government has also announced a commercial tenancy relief scheme to help alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you would like to discuss your commercial tenancy situation please email the Victorian Small Business Commission at [email protected] or telephone 13 87 22.

Please continue to monitor the Business Victoria website and subscribe to the Small Business Victoria update newsletter to stay informed of any changes or updates. 

You can also monitor the DHHS website for the latest guidance and restrictions, and how they might impact your business.