Employers required to report confirmed COVID-19 cases (Worksafe Victoria)

28-July-2020

From 28 July, employers in Victoria are required to report confirmed COVID-19 cases to Worksafe Victoria under temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations).

The OHS COVID-19 Regulations will extend the operation of Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) to require duty holders to notify WorkSafe if:

  •  an employer becomes aware that an employee or independent contractor engaged by the employer,
    and any employees of the independent contractor, has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received);
    OR
  • a self-employed person has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and has attended the workplace within the infectious period (being 14 days prior to receiving the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and until clearance from isolation has been received).

A penalty will apply for failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act – up to $39,652 for an individual or $198,264  for a body corporate.

Read more, including how to report a confirmed case at WorkSafe Victoria