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COVID-19

Leading People During COVID-19

Updated 20 September 2021

A stay-at-home curfew is in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. Between 9:00pm and 5:00am, you cannot leave your home other than for the six reasons. The curfew does not apply to regional Victoria. The following restrictions apply in metro & regional Victoria:

Volunteer-involving Organisations (authorised providers)

Must remain closed unless:

  • hosting an essential public support service, groups of 10 permitted (not including the minimum number of people required to deliver the service)
  • operating for ‘click-and-collect’ purposes to facilitate loaning, returning books, toys, and other items from these facilities
  • volunteers require a permit to continue volunteering
Face masks:
  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors.
QR code check-in “how to”:

Resources:

  • Read more about about authorised providers here.
  • Read the factsheeet on volunteering during the lockdown here.
  • Read the Victorian Premier’s announcement here.
  • Stay up-to-date with Victoria’s Roadmap in Metro Melbourne here.
  • Stay up-to-date with Victoria’s Roadmap in Regional Victoria here.

If you are unsure whether your volunteering program is permitted or have any additional queries, please email [email protected]

Information on COVID-19 vaccinations:

The Australian COVID-19 vaccination program commenced officially on Monday 22 February 2021.

How are volunteers included in the phased roll-out?

Generally, in Victoria, it is up to the organisation to decide which phase their volunteers will be vaccinated in.

Certain volunteers are eligible for the early vaccine roll out – this is under the Phase 1B provision: “currently employed on a paid or unpaid (volunteer) basis in an eligible occupation in Phase 1B. By completing the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Eligibility Declaration Form, these volunteers will have preference in receiving the vaccine (let the officials at the vaccination know on arrival and show them the signed declaration form.

Federal vaccine program roll-out effecting Victorian volunteers include the following:

Phase 1a

  • In relation to aged and disability care facilities, volunteers are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a.
  • All workers, including the many volunteers, who provide care services in a community or home setting are also not included in Phase 1a.

Phase 1b

  • Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service volunteers are included in Phase 1b.
  • Disability and aged care support volunteers who provide support to people in their homes, respite care, educational, employment, leisure and/or residential settings, including those providing transport and advocacy services are included in Phase 1b.

Phase 2a & 2b

  • As of 22 March, we are awaiting confirmation of which workers (including volunteers) will be prioritised in subsequent phases.

Click here for more information on the above roll-out program.

More resources on the Victorian Coronavirus vaccine program:

Still have questions – get in touch with us via [email protected]

Resources for Leaders of Volunteers

COVID-19 FAQs | 6 August 2020

COVID-19: Webinars & Workshops

Welcoming Volunteers Back Safely Checklist

Volunteering Program Status Snapshot

Volunteers Recruitment Checklist

Safe Workplace Communication Sheet

Individual Volunteer Program Assessment

COVID-19 Risk Register Template

The Impact of COVID-19 on Employers’ WHS Obligations

Volunteering Safely Under Different Pandemic Stages

COVID-19 Sector Survey Results

Guide: Staying Connected

Best Practice: Setting Up an Employee Volunteering Program During Covid-19

COVID-19: Stop the Spread

Creative Initiatives During COVID-19

COVID-19: VMIA Insurance Fact Sheet

COVID-19: Volunteer Engagement Response Plan

Celebrating National Volunteer Week Virtually

Leveraging Technology

Re-starting Your Volunteer Program Guide

COVID-19: Business Continuity

COVID-19: Policy Template

COVID-19: General advice

COVID-19: Useful resources