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Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions

Why are these additional obligations in place?

The Victorian Government has identified commercial passenger vehicles (CPV) as a high-risk environment  for the spread of COVID-19. To manage this, the Victorian Government has placed additional obligations on the industry under the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions.

Who do the additional obligations apply to?

The Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) apply to CPV drivers, vehicle owners and booking service providers. More specifically, the directions apply to a person who owns, controls or operates a vehicle when it is being used to provide a CPV service, for example:

  • any owner driver, including those who lease the vehicle
  • any vehicle owner who engages drivers to provide commercial passenger vehicle services using their vehicle
  • any booking service provider that owns vehicles used to provide commercial passenger vehicle services.

What are the additional obligations?

If the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply to you (as per above) you must:

What are the current Surveillance Testing requirements on the CPV industry?

Under the Workplace (Additional Industry Obligations) Directions apply to you (as per above) the Surveillance Testing List and Requirements are updated regularly. Further information on applicable testing requirements can be found here.

The current testing requirements on CPV drivers are:

  • CPV drivers involved in transporting international air crew (excluding crew entering Victoria from a Commonwealth-designated green zone country) and maritime crew (of a vessel from outside of Australia) must be tested once per week for the 14 days after the last interaction.
  • All other CPV drivers are recommended to undergo surveillance testing.

Regardless of the above, if drivers have symptoms of COVID-19 they should get tested and isolate until they get a negative result. If testing is being undertaken to meet the surveillance testing requirement and the CPV driver does not have symptoms, they may continue working while waiting for their test result.

Who will be enforcing these obligations?

An Authorised Officer or inspector appointed by the Victorian WorkCover Authority under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 may inspect a CPV to make sure you are meeting the obligations.

How will compliance be checked?

Authorised Officers may conduct both planned and random activity to check if CPV owners, drivers, and booking service providers are following current requirements.

What are the penalties for not complying?

It is an offence to provide false and misleading information and to not comply with Workplace Directions.