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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 Surveillance Testing recommendations for the CPV industry?

As of Friday 12 November 2021, it is recommended by the Department of Health that commercial passenger vehicle drivers who pick up passengers at international ports of entry (airports and seaports) get tested regularly for coronavirus (COVID-19), even if they have no symptoms. International ports of entry include Melbourne and Avalon Airports, as well as Port of Melbourne, Geelong Port, Port of Hastings and Port of Portland.

It is recommended by the Department of Health that CPV drivers who transport these passengers have either:

  1. 1 x PCR (either throat-nose or saliva swab) test per week; or
  2. at least 3 x rapid antigen tests per week, with no more than 72-hours between each test.

It is recommended that this testing continue for 14 days after transporting passengers and crew from international ports of entry. PCR tests are available at state-run COVID testing sites and are free for all Victorians. Rapid antigen tests can be purchased in pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers (both in-store and online).

This testing is not recommended if the driver does not complete work at international ports of entry, unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus via a primary or secondary contact.

Drivers may continue to provide services while waiting for the test results, unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in which case they should have a PCR Test and isolate whilst they await their test results.

All drivers that experience COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to the virus via a primary close contact should stop work immediately and undertake a PCR test. More information about what to do if you test positive is available here.

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.