COVID restrictions - Local Government Guidance

Safely reopening Victoria

Refer to the coronavirus website for the latest restrictions. To view the latest Directions, visit the DH website.

Health information

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.

Staff safety

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.

Council Services

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.

  • Health care and social assistance sector guidance

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 FACILITIES

Neighbourhood houses, art galleries, museums, senior citizens clubs, youth centres and community halls.
  • Community facilities and libraries IRL

CORPORATE SERVICES

Communications, finance, information technology, human resources and administrative functions for council services.

COUNCIL DEPOTS

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.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

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.

  • Tourism and accommodation sector guidance

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

GALLERIES, MUSEUMS

IMMUNISATION SERVICES

Immunisations for infants and children, secondary school students and general public.

  • Health care and social assistance sector guidance

KINDERGARTEN AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES

Sessional Kindergarten, Long Day Care, Outside School Hours Care, Family Day Care and In-Home Care.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Book/ magazine/ DVD/ toy lending, community meeting spaces, computer and internet access and story time sessions.

  • Community facilities and libraries IRL

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.

  • Health care and social assistance sector guidance

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.

  • Community services IRL

PARKING ENFORCEMENT AND ON-STREET COMPLIANCE

Enforcement of red, green and blue parking signs and on-street presence.

PUBLIC SPACES

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, exercise and physical recreation guidance

SPORT AND LEISURE FACILITIES

Sporting pavilions, gyms, stadiums, aquatic centres, fitness classes, personal training, change rooms.
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  • Sport, exercise and physical recreation guidance

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
for siting and design variations.

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.

  • Electricity, gas, water and waste sector guidance

WASTE CENTRES

Transfer stations, landfills, tip shops, recycling centres, garden or food organic centres and disposal of e-waste, chemical and dangerous waste.

  • Electricity, gas, water and waste sector guidance

COVID-19 CEO Bulletins

Bulletin 7/2021 - Latest Advice for Councils

Bulletin 9/2021 - Lunar New Year

Bulletin 10/2021 - Circuit Breaker Action

Bulletin 11/2021 - Latest COVID-19 Advice

Bulletin 12/2021 - Conduct of Council Meetings

2020

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