COVID restrictions - Local Government Guidance
Safely reopening Victoria
Department of Health coronavirus (COVID-19) information can be found on the DH website or by calling the dedicated coronavirus hotline on: 1800 675 398.
All staff not working from home must adhere to the current restrictions for hygiene, physical distancing and face coverings.
Information and resources to help councils and their employees stay physically and mentally well in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID‑19) is available on the coronavirus website.
Each council is responsible for making decisions about its services in accordance with the restrictions and directions published on the DH website.
Sector guidance is published on the coronavirus website.
Council services have been listed in the table below. Each entry includes an indicative list of service components to help councils interpret the restrictions. Information within this guide is sourced from the coronavirus website.
Links within the table will take you to the relevant page on the coronavirus website.
|Council Service||Guidance Link|
AGED AND DISABILITY SERVICES
In-home domestic assistance including personal care (e.g. showering and dressing), cleaning, waste removal, assisted food and grocery shopping, assisted meal preparation or delivery (e.g. meals-on-wheels), home maintenance, respite care (e.g. assistance to carers), assisted financial management. Out-of-home domestic assistance including community transport (e.g. shopping and appointments) or planned activity groups.
ANIMAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Animal pound/ shelter services, dangerous dog seizures, nuisance animal complaints, collection of stray companion animals, wandering stock investigation, animal business registration and pet registration and permits.
COMMUNITY INCLUSION AND DEVELOPMENT
Community and multicultural events, festivals, concerts.
COMMUNITY FACILITIESNeighbourhood houses, art galleries, museums, senior citizens clubs, youth centres and community halls.
Communications, finance, information technology, human resources and administrative functions for council services.
Storage and maintenance of machinery and vehicles, equipment ordering and dispatch.
COUNCIL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS
Capital works, emergency asset works and construction or maintenance (regular or emergency) of roads, footpaths, drainage and flood systems and signage.
Public communication interface including, physical customer services centres, call centre services, website services and email services.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM
Local business support and development, tourism information centres, caravan parks, camping grounds.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Registration, inspection and investigation of food businesses and farmers markets, health and beauty businesses, tobacco retailers, prescribed accommodation, nuisances, domestic wastewater, infectious diseases and notifiable diseases.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Biodiversity, conservation and climate change programs, habitat retention, waterway health and public education programs
Immunisations for infants and children, secondary school students and general public.
KINDERGARTEN AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
Sessional Kindergarten, Long Day Care, Outside School Hours Care, Family Day Care and In-Home Care.
Book/ magazine/ DVD/ toy lending, community meeting spaces, computer and internet access and story time sessions.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES
Key age and stage consultations, home visits, centre appointments, group programs (e.g. parents’ group and breastfeeding classes), support groups (e.g. postnatal depression) and playgroups.
MAYOR AND COUNCILLOR BUSINESS
Council Meetings, Committees and Briefings, election campaigning.
MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND RELIEF SERVICES
Municipal and Regional Emergency Management Planning Committee meetings, emergency relief coordination, recovery centres, emergency relief centres, emergency risk assessments and fire prevention program.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT AND ON-STREET COMPLIANCE
Enforcement of red, green and blue parking signs and on-street presence.
Parks, gardens, dog parks, nature strips, roadsides, beaches, golf courses, ovals and walking tracks, skateparks, playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, drinking fountains, public toilet, graffiti removal, dangerous tree removal.
SPORT AND LEISURE FACILITIESSporting pavilions, gyms, stadiums, aquatic centres, fitness classes, personal training, change rooms.
STATUTORY BUILDING SERVICES
Undertake responsibilities of the Municipal Building Surveyor (including enforcement of the Building Act and Regulations within the municipality and responding to emergencies and threats to safety and property), assessing and issuing building and asset protection permits, and assessing applications
STATUTORY PLANNING SERVICES
Preparing and amending the Victoria Planning Provisions and planning schemes, assessing planning applications and granting permits under schemes, enforcing compliance with planning schemes and permits.
WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Collection of residential and business kerbside bins including landfill, recycling, food and garden organic waste, illegal dumping investigations and prosecutions, litter programs, hard rubbish/ garden waste collections and community education.
Transfer stations, landfills, tip shops, recycling centres, garden or food organic centres and disposal of e-waste, chemical and dangerous waste.
COVID-19 CEO Bulletins
Bulletin 1/2022 - Steps To Improve Testing Times And Reduce Transmission
Bulletin 2/2022 - Truck Curfew Exemptions
Bulletin 3/2022 - COVID-19 Update: Keeping Workers In Key Sectors Safe
Bulletin 111/2021 - Updated mask rules from 11:59pm December 23
Bulletin 109/2021 - Updated COVID-19 Settings from 11:59pm 15 December 2021
Bulletin 106/2021 - Truck Curfew Reinstated
Bulletin 90/2021 - Vaccination Requirement for Authorised Workers
Bulletin 91/2021 - Construction to Re-Open on October 5
Bulletin 93/2021 - Victoria Backs the State’s Construction Industry
Bulletin 95/2021 - Vaccine Requirements for Industry and Workers
Bulletin 96/2021 - Mildura Enters Lockdown
Bulletin 97/2021 - Vaccinated Economy Trials - New Details Announced
Bulletin 98/2021 - Lockdown In The Mitchell Shire To End Tonight
Bulletin 99/2021 - Updated COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions
Bulletin 100/2021 - COVID-19 Update – Restrictions to Ease from 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October
Bulletin 101/2021 - COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Supporting a Safer Way to Open
Bulletin 102/2021 - COVID-19 Update – Vaccination Requirements for Reopening
Bulletin 105/2021 - COVID-19 Update - 80 Per Cent State-Wide Settings
Bulletin 71/2021 - NSW/VIC Border and Specified Worker Permit Changes
Bulletin 72/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions to Lift for Regional Victoria
Bulletin 73/2021 - Freight and Healthcare Worker Vaccinations
Bulletin 74/2021 - Ballarat to Enter Seven Day Lockdown, Restrictions Ease in Shepparton
Bulletin 75/2021 - Regional ID Requirement and Poster
Bulletin 76/2021 - Multicultural Communications Outreach Program
Bulletin 77/2021 - Restriction Changes Across Victoria and Construction Industry
Bulletin 78/2021 - Regional Business Support Announcement
Bulletin 79/2021 - Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan
Bulletin 80/2021 - Victoria’s Roadmap: The Return to Offices
Bulletin 81/2021 - Lockdown in City of Ballarat to Lift on Schedule
Bulletin 82/2021 - Mandatory Vaccination for Childcare and School Staff
Bulletin 83/2021 - 'Buy Local' Campaign to Support Small Businesses
Bulletin 84/2021 - Extension of Truck Curfews Exemption
Bulletin 85/2021 - Further Advice on Council Construction Activities
Bulletin 86/2021 - Vaccinated Economy Trials and Changes to Restrictions
Bulletin 87/2021 - City Of Latrobe To Enter Seven Day Lockdown Tonight
Bulletin 88/2021 - Travel Permits For Fire Preparedness
Bulletin 52/2021 - Changes to the NSW-VIC Border Bubble
Bulletin 53/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions Update
Bulletin 54/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions Update - Seven Day Lockdown Announced
Bulletin 55/2021 - Truck Curfew Exemptions
Bulletin 56/2021 - New Support Announced for Victorian Businesses
Bulletin 57/2021 - Lockdown to Lift in Regional Victoria
Bulletin 60/2021 - Additional Business Support in Metro Melbourne
Bulletin 61/2021 - Truck Curfew Exemptions
Bulletin 63/2021 - Update on COVID-19 Restrictions in Melbourne
Bulletin 64/2021 - Additional Support for Melbourne Businesses
Bulletin 65/2021 - Truck Curfew Exemptions
Bulletin 66/2021 - Lockdown Across Regional Victoria and Restriction Changes for Melbourne
Bulletin 67/2021 - Support for Businesses in Regional Victoria
Bulletin 68/2021 - Live Performance Support Round Two Now Open
Bulletin 69/2021 - Get Tested at the First Sign of Symptoms – Stakeholder Packs for Sharing
Bulletin 44/2021 - Further Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions
Bulletin 45/2021 - Information for Communities on the NSW Border
Bulletin 47/2021 - Truck Curfews Lifted Until Midnight 20 July 2021
Bulletin 48/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions Update Including Red Zone Permits Paused
Bulletin 49/2021 - Truck Curfews Lifted Until Midnight 27 July 2021
Bulletin 50/2021 - Supporting Victorian Businesses Through Lockdown
Bulletin 51/2021 - Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions This Week
Bulletin 28/2021 - COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Lockdown FAQs
Bulletin 29/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions Update
Bulletin 30/2021 - Circuit Breaker Business Support Package
Bulletin 30/2021 - Tourism Business Support Program
Bulletin 31/2021 - Truck Curfews Lifted Until 10 June 2021
Bulletin 32/2021 - COVID-19 Restrictions Changing This Week
Bulletin 33/2021 - Virtual Participation Meetings
Bulletin 35/2021 - Supporting Businesses with Outdoor Dining
Bulletin 36/2021 - Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions This Week
Bulletin 37/2021 - Check-in Campaign to Help COVID Contact Tracers
Bulletin 39/2021 - Changes to COVID Restrictions This Week
Bulletin 40/2021 - Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Businesses Open
Bulletin 21/2021 - Jobs Victoria Services and Wage Subsidies for Victorian Employers
Bulletin 22/2021 - Latest COVID-19 Advice for Businesses
Bulletin 24/2021 - Additional COVIDSafe Measures Announced
Bulletin 25/2021 - One-Week Circuit Breaker Lockdown in Victoria
Bulletin 26/2021 - Truck Curfews Lifted Until Midnight 3 June 2021
Bulletin 16/2021 - Conduct of Council Meetings and Victoria to Further Relax COVIDSafe Settings
Bulletin 1/2021 - Return to Office Workplaces Guidance
Bulletin 3/2021 - A New Permit System for All Domestic Travel Into Victoria
Bulletin 6/2021 - Update on Offices and Face Masks
Bulletin 74/2020 - Changes to Restrictions
Bulletin 75/2020 - Changes to Restrictions - Local Government Information
Bulletin 65/2020 - Business Resilience Grants Open for Local Businesses
Bulletin 66/2020 - Parking Enforcement Guidance Updated
Bulletin 69/2020 - Supporting Residents Prepare Properties for the Summer Season
Bulletin 70/2020 - Virtual Meetings Extension in Omnibus Bill Passes Parliament
Bulletin 72/2020 - Changes to Restrictions for Regional Victoria
Bulletin 73/2020 - Changes to Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne
Bulletin 61/2020 - Regional Victoria to Move to Third Step of the Roadmap for Reopening
Bulletin 62/2020 - Virtual Meetings Extension in Omnibus Bill Introduced
Bulletin 64/2020 - Reopening Roadmaps and Eased Restrictions
Bulletin 48/2020 - Updated Directions for COVID-19 Restrictions from 8 July 2020
Bulletin 51/2020 - State of Emergency Extended and Face Coverings Made Mandatory
Bulletin 52/2020 - Safe Campaigning Guidelines Published
Bulletin 41/2020 - Information from the Chief Health Officer for Local Governments
Bulletin 45/2020 - Further Changes to Restrictions
Bulletin 46/2020 - Helping Get Local Businesses Safely Back on Their Feet
Bulletin 35/2020 - Landfill Levy Rate Rises Deferred
Bulletin 36/2020 - Coronavirus COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions
Bulletin 37/2020 - Extension of Waste Collection Hours During Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Bulletin 39/2020 - Further Easing of Restrictions
Bulletin 23/2020 - COVID-19 Directions and Workplaces
Bulletin 24/2020 - Fortnightly Meetings with Sector Representatives
Bulletin 25/2020 - Update - COVID-19 Beach Closures
Bulletin 27/2020 - Bill to Enable Virtual Council Meetings Introduced into Parliament Next Week
Bulletin 28/2020 - Council Waste Services, Recycling and Transfer Stations
Bulletin 29/2020 - Coronavirus COVID-19 – Emergency Food Relief
Bulletin 31/2020 - Firewood Collection
Bulletin 32/2020 - Supporting Local Construction Activity
Bulletin 33/2020 - Planning Matters and Conduct of Council Meetings
Bulletin 34/2020 - Ministerial Good Practice Guideline MGPG-1: Virtual Meetings
Bulletin 5/2020 - Pandemic (Including COVID-19) Preparedness
Bulletin 6/2020 - COVID-19
Bulletin 7/2020 - Assisting Supermarkets Respond to Demand
Bulletin 8/2020 - Direction from the Chief Health Officer
Bulletin 9/2020 - Council Meetings
Bulletin 10/2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Transmission Reduction Measures
Bulletin 11/2020 - Mass Gathering Directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer
Bulletin 12/2020 - Mass Gathering Direction 2 and Non-Essential Business Closure Direction from the Deputy Chief Health Officer
Bulletin 14/2020 - Information for Caravan Park and Camping Ground Owners and Operators on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Bulletin 15/2020 - Mass Gathering Direction 3 and Non-Essential Business Closure Direction 2 from the Deputy Chief Health Officer
Bulletin 16/2020 - Support of Vulnerable People in Emergencies
Bulletin 17/2020 - Appropriate Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Non-Health Services
Bulletin 18/2020 - Assisting Healthcare Workers and Patients to Travel
Bulletin 19/2020 - Request for Action - Victorian Beaches
Bulletin 20/2020 - Victorian Beaches
Bulletin 21/2020 - Stage 3 Restrictions
Bulletin 22/2020 - Economic Survival Package to Support Businesses and Jobs