Face masks

Face masks must be worn in commercial passenger vehicles by drivers and passengers

Face masks continue to be required in commercial passenger vehicles.

The fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means face shields, bandanas or scarves on their own are not considered sufficient face covering.

A face mask is not required to be worn in some circumstances and when a lawful exemption exists. Lawful excuses or exceptions for not wearing a face mask can be found here. A medical certificate stating that a person has a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask is not required. If a person has a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, they do not need to apply for an exemption or permit. If stopped by police in a setting where face masks are mandatory, they may be asked to confirm the lawful reason for not wearing a face mask.

Hygiene and cleaning practices to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission must also continue to be followed.

See the Department of Health website for more information.

Encouraging face mask compliance

To help the industry to encourage face mask compliance, we have developed a poster that can be displayed in vehicles.

We recommend that you laminate the poster - it will stay looking smarter for longer and will be easy to wipe clean.

Face masks and glasses

If a face mask is causing a safety risk, for example causing glasses to become foggy, appropriate action should be taken to ensure the situation is safe.

If you wear glasses you can try the following things to avoid them fogging up:

  • washing the glasses with disinfectant, detergent or apply lens cleaner
  • put your glasses over the face mask, ensuring it is pinched at the nose
  • use Micropore tape (available at all pharmacies) to tape the face mask along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put the glasses on top
  • put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put the face mask on and your glasses on top.

If the safety risk continues, discuss the matter either with your BSP or CPVV at safety@cpv.vic.gov.au

Useful tips

Face mask suppliers

Business Name

Contact

Australian made

Indigenous registered

Type

Material

Medical Grade

The Ark

david@theark.com.au
www.theark.com.au

Yes

Ye5

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Aspen Medical

cfitzgerald@aspenmedical.com

Yes

No

Disposable

Naturalena Medical Masks & N95 Medical Respirator

Yes

Yogitown

https://www.yogitown.guru/buy-reusable-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Bellelis

https://bellelis.com.au/products/face-cloth-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Kleedesigns

https://kleedesigns.com.au/collections/face-masks/products/australian-made-bamboo-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% bamboo

No

Clear Collective

https://www.clearcollective.com.au/collections/reusable-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – cotton

No

Hey Reflecto’o

https://www.heyreflecto.com.au/reflective-face-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – hemp lining with outer fabric

No

Factorie Geelong

https://factorie.com.au/search/?q=face+masks&lang=en_AU

No

No

Washable

Cloth - cotton

No

Merino Country

https://www.merinocountry.com/products/733-merino-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% merino wool

No

New Model Beauty Queen

https://nmbq.com.au/collections/reusable-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – TNT woven fabric

No

Australian Face Masks Carrum Downs Vic

https://www.australianfacemasks.com.au/

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Face Masks Australia

https://www.cloth-face-masks.com.au

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Buying personal protective equipment (PPE)

The guide below covers information on what you need to know when purchasing PPE including:

  • common types of PPE and how they are used
  • tips to avoid poor quality products
  • your rights as a consumer
  • information on Workplace Health and Safety duties.

The resource has been developed by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) buyers guide COVID-19