New check-in system for businesses across Victoria

The Victorian Government has released a free QR code service that can be used by businesses and venues to keep records of visitors.

All data collected through the Victorian Government QR code is securely stored, protecting customers from selling of contact details. Data will be deleted after 28 days unless it is specifically requested by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for contact tracing purposes.

For smaller hospitality venues with a density limit of one person for every two square metres (up to 50 customers), QR code record keeping is now mandatory. All businesses and venues are still required to have pen and paper record keeping on hand as an ultimate backup, if a visitor prefers not to use the QR code method.

For businesses or venues that are currently using an existing market-led QR code solution, the Government is working with the sector to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) to allow these systems to link directly into the DHHS contact tracing systems when check-in data is required.

To find out more, click here.

Public Events
The Victorian Government has released a framework for public events to guide the phased resumption of these events in line with Victoria’s roadmap to reopening.

The framework sets out:

  • The rules for organising a public event during the Last Step and COVID Normal, including
    • Indoor/outdoor settings
    • Limits on the number of people that can attend the event
    • Density requirements
    • COVID safety requirements
  • The process for submission and review of COVIDSafe Event Plans and Checklists, including by the Ministerial Taskforce
  • The primary assessment criteria that will be applied by the public health experts assessing COVIDSafe Event Plans.

The COVID-19 Public Events Framework and other events guidelines are designed to supplement, not replace, other Victorian laws and regulations, such as Occupational Health & Safety requirements or the Chief Health Officer Directions, which all events must comply with. Furthermore, they should be tailored to meet the unique contexts of an event, to ensure that every event participant, from volunteers through to attendees, are protected from the risk of transmission and can safely enjoy all that Victorian events have to offer.

The following resources are now available:

Industry Restart Guidelines
The following Industry Restart Guidelines have now been updated to reflect the changes in place as of 11.59pm on 22 November:

The Industry Restart Guidelines for Outdoor Entertainment, Attractions & Experiences and Tours & Transport are still being updated following changes to restrictions announced on Sunday 22 November 2020. As always, we will update the industry as soon as we receive advice from the Department that these further categories have been addressed.

Please make sure that you continually visit the VTIC Industry Support Hub hub.vtic.com.au for the latest updated information as it comes to hand.

Machinery of Government Change
Premier Daniel Andrews announced today a major Machinery of Government (MoG) change which will result in the Department of Health and Human Services becoming two departments – the Department of Health, and the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

Two new Victorian Government departments will be established from 1 February 2021 to continue the reform of our health system, the delivery of social services and support and advocacy for our diverse communities.

The Department of Health will be responsible for the Health and Ambulance Services, Mental Health and Ageing portfolios and, importantly, continue leading the Government’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the Premier’s media release, click here.

A Stronger Hotel Quarantine Program
As part of the Government’s response to the interim report of the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville also announced today that a new dedicated agency, COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV), has been established to oversee all elements of this program.

The agency will be led by Corrections Commissioner Emma Cassar, who has been appointed as interim Commissioner of CQV and will report directly to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

Three Deputy State Controllers with relevant experience have been added to support the Commissioner’s role – including a new Deputy Chief Health Officer, Professor Ben Cowie, who has been appointed to lead health management for the program focusing on infection prevention and control, testing and contact tracing.

To read the Premier’s media release, click here.

Grants Closing Today
The following programs are closing at 11.59pm today, Monday 30 November.

Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package | Closing on 11 December
This grant supports businesses to adapt to outdoor dining and entertainment. Funds can be used to pay for practical things like umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment.

The Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package is closing on 11 December. For more information, click here.

Our friends at Pallets with Purpose can assist you with the implementation or installation of outdoor trading areas, timber furniture or planter boxes. For more information, click here.

Sole Trader Support Fund Extended
The Sole Trader Support Fund has been extended to 30 December 2020 to assist more sole trader businesses in specific industries operating from a commercial premise with their transition to COVID Normal. Grants of $3,000 are available to help with overhead costs. For more information on eligibility and to apply, click here.