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Victorian permitted worker scheme

Victorian permitted worker scheme

By Alisha Kadian

We urge all our Victorian partners to remain highly vigilant in their response to COVID-19 and continue to take government advice on appropriate work practices to ensure the safety of your team and customers.

From 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

Employers that require their staff to attend a work site must issue a worker permit to their employees.

Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:

  • the organisation is on the list of permitted activities
  • the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work, and
  • the employee cannot work from home

How to issue a worker permit

Each employee required to be on-site must receive an individual worker permit with the required details.

Employers must:

  1. Download the Permitted Worker Scheme Template and complete it.
    • Employers must use this template for all worker permits issued under this scheme
  2. Sign the worker permit. You can print and sign or sign it electronically.
    • Businesses must get an authorised person to sign the worker permit. This person might be the CEO, a HR manager, an operations manager or anyone else that is suitable
    • They must be accountable for the details they provide
    • They may be contacted by Victoria Police or other enforcement agencies to confirm the details
  3. Ask the employee to sign the worker permit. They can print and sign or sign electronically.
    • You can email or text the worker permit to your employee
    •  An employee may travel to work without a worker permit once to get their first permit

You do not need to send the worker permit to any Victorian Government department/agency.

Download Permitted Worker Scheme Template

If you are eligible to issue worker permits for your team, please visit: for more information.

For the latest guidance please visit:

As always, if your customers need financial assistance, please direct them to contact us on 1300-BRIGHTE or at

The information provided in this article is general in nature only without consideration of your particular financial circumstances or needs.

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