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Current Restrictions in Victoria

From 11:59pm 17 June 2021, the Victoria Government has further eased restrictions.

This means:

  • There is no restriction on the reasons to leave home.
  • Travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is allowed.
  • Face masks remain mandatory indoors and are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild you must get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit, no matter how long you spend at that location.

Different restrictions continue to apply across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. To learn more about the current restrictions in place visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus COVID Safe Settings webpage.

Testing Requirement to Visit Alpine Resorts

Residents of metropolitan Melbourne must have a COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before departing for the Alpine Resorts and receive a negative test in order to be permitted entry (children under 12 years are not included).

This includes those providing commercial passenger vehicle services.

Further information on travelling to regional Victoria can be at the coronavirus Travel restrictions webpage.

The Alpine Resorts include:

  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort
  • Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
  • Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort
  • Mount Buller Alpine Resort
  • Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
  • Mount Stirling Alpine Resort

Summary of Restrictions for Commercial Passenger Vehicle drivers and Driving Instructors

Commercial passenger vehicle driverscan work across Victoria but must abide by applicable requirements.

This means:

  • Drivers, vehicle owners and booking service providers must continue to adhere to vehicle cleaning regulations
  • Drivers and passengers must wear a face mask (unless a lawful exemption applies)
  • Drivers and passengers should check-in to CPVs using the Service Victoria QR code provided.
  • Vehicle owners must make available the Service Victoria QR code in their vehicle.
  • Abide by the testing requirement above for entering an Alpine Resort.

Charter and tour bus drivers can work across Victoria but must abide by applicable requirements, which can be found at Transport Safety Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for bus operators webpage (when the page is updated).

Driving instructors can work across Victoria but must abide by applicable requirements.

This means:

  • Driving instructors must make available the Service Victoria QR code in their vehicle.  Both instructors and students should use the QR Code to check in.
  • Abide by testing requirement above if entering an Alpine Resort.
  • Throughout Victoria, at the request of an applicant, driving instructors may participate in a VicRoads hardship test as one of the three people allowed in the vehicle. For further information refer to the VicRoads COVID-19 Update webpage.

Register now to get your vaccine

The Victorian Government has expanded the priority groups to include commercial passenger vehicle drivers. This is in addition to community priority groups:

  • All people aged over 60 years can get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • People aged under 60 years can get a Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccines are available at many locations across Victoria. Find the vaccination centres closest to you.

Note that walk-ins are allowed at high-volume vaccination centres, but you are encouraged to book ahead by calling 1800 675 398.

Visit the coronavirus Getting vaccinated webpage for more information.

Financial Support

Please find updated information on CPVV’s Financial Support webpage which some CPV industry members may be eligible for.

If you have any questions, you can seek responses from the respective organisations managing the programs, their contact details can be found on CPPV’s Financial Support webpage.

FAQs

As a CPV driver do I have to accept a trip if I feel unsafe?

No. If a passenger is not wearing a mask and you feel that you are unable to provide a safe service for either the passenger/s, you are not required to accept the trip.

If you have a safety concern regarding your CPV trip you can contact Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria at safety@cpv.vic.gov.au

Take a look at CPVV’s driver FAQs for further information about how to provide a safe service.

What can I do if I suspect or am aware that Public Health Directions are not being followed?

See CPVV’s driver FAQs for more information on this.