Melbourne and Victoria’s Covid Crisis — The latest

As Victoria continues to suffer from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have the latest on stage 4 lockdown and closures. From 11:59pm tonight (Wednesday 5 August), workplaces in Melbourne must be closed unless:

  • The workplace is part of a permitted activity, or
  • All employees are working from home.

Employers that require their staff to attend a worksite must issue a worker permit to their employees – this is the employer’s responsibility.

Penalties of up to $19,826 (for individuals) and $99,132 (for businesses) will apply to employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the worker permit scheme or who otherwise breach the scheme requirements.

There will also be on-the-spot fines of up to $1,652 (for individuals) and up to $9,913 (for businesses) for anyone who breaches the scheme requirements. This includes employers, and employees who do not carry their worker permit when travelling to and from work – further detail HERE.

It’s critical that importers and exporters services be considered essential

As pointed out by the FTA and the Australian Financial Review’s Jenny Wiggins in a recent article  — Supermarket deliveries at risk from Stage 4 Lockdown:

 “It is critical that all imports are allowed to flow otherwise we quickly have an estimated 300,000 containers over the next six weeks quickly congesting our wharves and impeding the delivery of all goods,” said Paul Zalai, director of the Freight & Trade Alliance. 

“We also need these import containers to be unpacked and made available for our exporters, in particular, to support our struggling agricultural sector, that are expecting substantial crops this spring and are desperate to reach overseas markets.”

At ACF we agree. The movement of goods and services should continue (with clear procedures and restrictions in place) to ensure the safe and continued delivery of products and cargo. Otherwise, the country will be at risk of grinding to a complete and damaging halt. The success of this is paramount and must be monitored daily.

This is a condensed update reviewing Victoria’s ‘State of Emergency’, issued to Melbourne as a result of the escalating Covid-19 crisis in the region. We look at the significant impacts the escalation will have on trade, forwarding and cargo. We’d like to credit the FTA and the Australian Financial Review for their excellent work. We will continue to monitor the story closely and update our readers.