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COVID-19

Leading People During COVID-19

Updated 10 June 2021

Victoria has lifted its lockdown but restrictions are in place from 11:59pm on 10 June 2021
During this time, volunteering is only permitted in essential industries.

Stay up-to-date with Government restrictions here.
If you are unsure whether your volunteering program is permitted or have any additional queries, please email [email protected]

  • In order to have volunteers on site, your organisation must have a COVID safe plan
  • Volunteers must physically distance and are required to wear a mask at all times no matter where they volunteer in the organisation
  • All visitors must wear a mask at all times when inside the organisations they volunteer at and physically distance where able
  • Organisations can open and there is no cap or group limits for entry. There is a density quota requirement of 1 person per 2 sqm when using electronic record keeping. Otherwise, 1 person per 4 sqm
  • Record keeping is required
  • As of 10 June 2021, Melbourne is subject to additional restrictions to regional victoria. If travelling to Melbourne – volunteers will have to abide by Melbourne restrictions. Similarly if travelling outside of Melbourne – the restirctions from Melbourne will follow you.

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