Info for Victoria’s Builders and Tradespeople Concerning COVID Lockdown Extension

Click here to see the original document on the Master Builders Association of Victoria web site.

In summary:

Construction can progress during the circuit breaker restrictions regarding unoccupied premises and new build projects.
A density quotient of one individual per four square metres is imposed in all premises and spaces open and publicly accessible, and in shared spaces in workplaces (like cafeterias).

A density quotient is the number of individuals permitted in each space. It is intended to facilitate physical distancing and minimise close contact between individuals to minimise the danger of COVID-19 transmission.

Labourers in publicly accessible places are included in the density quotient if they occupy in the space on a continual basis.
A face covering must be worn indoors and outdoors unless at home, or if an exemption is applicable.

From 11.59 pm, Thursday, 3 June 2021, services that operate exclusively outside where physical distancing can be preserved at all times is allowed for up to five people (with an added supervisor) for businesses with an ABN:

  • Outside maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building work, including that which takes place at occupied premises.
  • House renovations and installations (outdoor only)
  • House solar panel installations (solely for outdoor work or in roof cavities with exterior access).

Emergency interior repairs and maintenance are allowed; yet workers must don face masks and have no contact with inhabitants.

Essential repairs and maintenance on an occupied property are allowed. Stringent health measures are mandated, and workers must wear face masks and have no contact with occupants.

All aspects of building are allowed to continue for unoccupied locations and new building projects.

Maintenance labour in houses or apartments where occupants are staying can progress only when essential for the progressive operation of:

  • essential infrastructure and services needed to keep up or shield human health, safety, and wellbeing (whether supplied by a public or private undertaking), and encompassing
  • building, maintenance, and repair of this infrastructure
  • critical repairs to any building where needed for the purposes of emergency or safety
  • services to facilitate continuing provision and regulation of electricity, gas, water, sewage and waste and recycling services and their maintaining.

Workers always must don a face mask.

Worker permits and employment notes are not mandated.

Display houses may not open.

If a building inspection is critical to the building or construction project, it is considered a part of the construction and may occur.

Painting is allowed:

  • as a component of a new build, or
  • as a standalone project on a standing property where there are no occupants.

If the property is occupied, painting should not take place.

From 11.59 pm, Thursday, 3 June 2021, services that operate exclusively outside where physical distancing can be maintained is allowed for up to five people (with an added supervisor) for businesses with an ABN:

  • Outside maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other building labour, including occupied premises.
  • House renovations and installations (outside only)
  • Home solar panel installations (solely for outside work or in roof cavities with exterior access).

Swimming pool building is seen as a form of construction.

Solar installations as a component of construction projects may go on (i.e., at unoccupied worksites).

From 11.59 pm, Thursday, 3 June 2021, services which operate only outdoors where physical distance can be retained at all times is allowed for up to five people (with an added supervisor) for businesses with an ABN:

  • Outdoor maintenance, repairs, cleaning and other construction work, including at occupied premises.
  • House renovations and installations (outdoors only)
  • House solar panel installations (solely for outdoor work or in roof cavities with exterior access).

 

Source: Sourceable.Net