Coronavirus (Covid 19) - Update - Victoria Permitted Worker Scheme - 5 August 2020

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Coronavirus (Covid 19) - Update - Victoria Permitted Worker Scheme - 5 August 2020

Under the Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions announced by the Victorian government, from 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020 workplaces in metroplitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry.

Can I continue to provide services to Members?

Yes. As an approved Home Care and NDIS provider the services Five Good Friends provide to Members in the community are considered a permitted activity under the Health Care and Social Assistance sector. The government have identified aged care services and retirement villages as permitted work premises under this sector during Stage 4 restrictions.

Five Good friends Helpers provide community based services which are required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people as outlined on the VIC Department Health and Human Services Website. The services you provide are in place because the vulnerable individuals you are supporting are not able to complete these tasks or activities themselves independentaly.

The only exception to this is unpaid helper meet and greets with potential members - we recommend doing meet and greets via video call or phone while Level 4 restrictions remain in place.

It is essential while providing your services that you follow COVID safe work practices including adhering to the Standard Operating Procedure, Attending Work Guidelines, COVID-19 Infection Control training, testing and isolation requirements as well as all relevant protocols.

If you have concerns about providing any services under the Permitted Worker Permits Scheme and wish to cancel any visits this is at your discretion. Please advise your Helper Coordinator on 07 3532 0796 if you plan to cancel any services.

Permitted Worker Scheme - Work Permit

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020, individuals that are required to attend a work site must carry a worker permit. As stated on the Victoria Department of Health Permitted Worker Scheme website sole traders must issue a worker permit and sign the worker permit as both the employer and employee. As a Helper operating on the Five Good Friends platform it is your responsibility to complete the form yourself. Five Good Friends is not your employer and is not eligible to complete or sign the form on your behalf.

Carrying a Work Permit

You MUST complete the Work Permit and carry it with you when travelling to and providing services to Five Good Friends Members effective from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020.

You must also carry photo identification and the Five Good Friends App. A worker permit can be shown electronically to authorities such as a photo, or scanned copy, on a mobile device.

Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.

There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work.

Completing the Worker Permit

Download the worker permit HERE to complete

To complete the form you will need

The Victorian government have also provided a template for a Workplace Attendance Register you may wish to use to meet your obligations.

You do not have to send your work permit to Five Good Friends, it is for you to carry and retain for work purposes.

Visit the Victoria Permitted Worker Scheme webpage for full details and requirements.

Please ensure you follow the Five Good Friends Standard Operating Procedure at all times when delivering services . Refer to our attending work guidelines for clear guidance on when you cannot work and when you can return to work during the during the COVID-19 pandemic.