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COVID-19 Sector Update | 6 August 2020
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Important updates under new restrictions
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We continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak as Victoria shuts down for the strictest restrictions seen as of yet during the pandemic.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we advice the sector to make common sense decisions to limit transmission and movement as much as possible. Follow Government guidelines at all times.

With this update, we are sharing important information about the new restrictions and what it means for organisations and volunteers in metropolitan and the rest of Victoria.
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for organisations
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Essential services
  • your organisation can still engage volunteers as volunteering is essential and an important part of our community response.
  • essential services volunteers are still permitted but it is important for you to consider whether any further modifications can be made to your services or model to ensure that as few people are out and about as possible
Volunteer recruitment
  • your organisation can still recruit new volunteers for essential services during Stage 4, however roles will have to be performed virtually (online advertisements, and interviews and screening). 
COVID safe plan
  • this is a DHHS requirement for operating when your organisation has more than five people on site. More information can be found at Business Victoria
Movement/permits:
  • for organisations that require volunteers onsite, volunteers will be able to come and go provided that they have a permit and have been endorsed by your organisation as playing a vital role in the delivery of essential services.
  • for organisations that are outside the 5km radius, volunteers will be able to come and go provided that they have a permit and have been endorsed by your organisation as playing a vital role in the delivery of essential services
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for organisations
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Essential services
  • your organisation can still engage volunteers. Work paid or unpaid (volunteer) is one of the four reasons that individuals can leave home for. Where possible, you should be seeking to convert your volunteer opportunities to virtual (online) opportunities that can be completed from home
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for volunteers
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Essential services
  • you can still volunteer as volunteering is essential and an important part of our community response. If you are volunteering virtually you are absolutely encouraged to continue these activities
  • If you are still volunteering onsite you will need to have a permit from the organisation endorsing you as providing essential services. The permit is available from the Department of Justice and Community Safety and must be endorsed by you and the organisation
Movement/permits:
  • you are allowed to leave the house if your role cannot be done remotely provided your volunteering falls within the permitted community services which are required to ensure the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable people as described above, you will be able to leave home to volunteer provided, further, that you abide by the current curfew restrictions.
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for volunteers
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Regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, is currently under Stage 3 Restrictions. This means you must stay home except for the following four reasons:
  • for food and essential supplies
  • for study or work
  • for care and healthcare
  • and for exercise or outdoor recreation
If you are not volunteering in a role which is providing an essential community service, you should contact the organisation where you volunteer to determine whether you can continue to volunteer virtually (from home), or whether your volunteering role has been suspended to comply with Stage 3 restrictions.
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M O R E   I N F O R M A T I O N
for organisations & volunteers
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For organisations
  • the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline (13 22 15) and DHHS hotline (1800 675 398) remain the key channels for Victorian businesses and the community at this time
  • the Business Victoria website has also been updated with information on creating a COVID Safe workplace – what employers need to know, including employer obligations information, fact sheets and more
For volunteers
  • you can find more information about the latest restrictions online at the DHHS website
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