Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Update:

Victorian Travel Permit System

Victoria is establishing a permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria.

From 5:59pm on 11 January, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.

New South Wales/Victorian border communities will continue to have exceptions and will be able to use local residence identification to cross the border.

To apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria website.

For information read the Premier’s media release or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Travellers eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit

At 6:00pm on 11 January 2021, everyone entering Victoria must have a permit unless eligible for an exception or an exemption.

A resources sector specialist worker, whose skills are required to ensure worker safety, provide essential maintenance, keep sites operational or maintain critical industries, but cannot be readily sourced in Victoria, is eligible to apply for a Specified Worker Permit.

To apply for Specified Worker Permit, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

New restrictions apply in Victoria

From 5pm on 31 December the following restrictions will be in place in Victoria:

  • The limit of people gathering in the home will be reduced to 15 from 30.
  • Masks will be mandatory indoors. If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask and it needs to be worn anytime you are inside apart from when you’re eating or drinking.

We all need to be COVID Safe – don’t go into the city unless you have a booking, wear a mask indoors, practice good hand hygiene and if you are sick – stay at home. Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

This page contains updates to how the regulation of the resources sector has changed and how Earth Resources Regulation is operating.

For the latest health advice visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing.

For specific business-related information, please visit the coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

COVIDSafe Plans

It is mandatory for every Victorian business to have a COVIDSafe Plan.

To ensure compliance, random spot checks are underway in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

There are six COVIDSafe principles for businesses to ensure reopening is safe, steady and sustainable.

For more information and for templates and guidance go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

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In response to changes in the media landscape, Earth Resources Regulation has made changes to help communities have a continued say in local minerals development through the release of a new engagement guideline.

Earth Resources Regulation media release 4 May 2020

Earth Resources Regulation has put temporary measures in place to help quarry and mine operators who need to adjust their operations to continue supply of critical resources while restrictions are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Earth Resources Regulation will work with operators to prioritise and expedite approvals needed to enable you to address impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond to market demand.

Earth Resources Regulation will defer the collection of rent and annual fees. It will also now fast-track the approval process for works to supply critical material for infrastructure projects at a time when businesses are facing additional pressure.

Minister for Resources media release 22 May 2020

Earth Resources Regulation has made some temporary changes to ensure we can safely carry out compliance activities while coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are in place across Victoria.

Victoria is now in the Third Step,  and the same restrictions apply in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Earth Resources Regulation is now resuming field activities across Victoria, including routine inspections and site activities. Our staff will contact site operators in advance of any visits and follow COVIDSafe Plan requirements.

For specific enquiries about the new working arrangements please contact ERRfeedback@ecodev.vic.gov.au

For more information about current restrictions and employer obligations, please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-and-work.

Changes to compliance activities – metropolitan Melbourne

All routine field activities can now resume, including responding to complaints. All inspections will be announced, and will be conducted in accordance with COVIDSafe plans.

We will encourage any community meetings to be held online to minimise large gatherings.

Onsite initial site meetings can resume

Earth Resources Regulation has resumed onsite initial site meetings for proposed work plans and variations across Victoria.

Please contact us to discuss whether a virtual initial site meeting may still be appropriate, including use of video footage and/or photographs of the site.

Please email workplan.approvals@ecodev.vic.gov.au and a member of the Assessments team will contact you to discuss your situation.

Victoria’s resources sector has stepped up to help keep the state running. Minister for Resources Jaclyn Symes has acknowledged the importance of the resources sector.

Minister for Resources media release 27 April 2020

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Page last updated: 14 Jan 2021