Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced further easing of COVID-19 related restrictions in Victoria, from 11.59 pm on Sunday 31 May 2020.  Further easing of restrictions is planned from 22 June 2020.

You can find all the Victorian Government information about the latest easing of restrictions here.

The easing of restrictions may have implications on working arrangements for some ASU members.  Some information that may be relevant to the work of our members:

Workplaces generally

  • If you can work from home, you should work from home.
  • If you’ve been working from home, you should continue to do so – nothing has changed.
  • If it’s not possible for your work to be done from home…when at work, you should ensure appropriate physical distancing by keeping at least 1.5 metres between you and others and practising good hygiene.

Libraries, Pools and Community facilities

From 11:59 pm on 31 May 2020 restrictions on community services and local government facilities will be eased.

  • Libraries are permitted to open, with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, in addition to those required to operate the library.
  • Community facilities are permitted to open with no more than 20 people allowed in each separate space, subject to the four square metre rule, in addition to those required to operate the facility.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 patrons per separate enclosed space and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool.

Consultation

Consultation should happen when changes happen at work.  Consultation is always required under OHS and/or industrial law, but with the greater risk during the pandemic, consultation is critical. Consultation should be genuine, including seeking workers’ input on proposals and addressing any feedback or concerns raised by workers or their representatives.

If you have any queries, check out this information sheet on the steps union delegates and HSRs should take, or you can contact the ASU by email at info@asuvictas.com.au or by phone on 1300 855 570.

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