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Current Restrictions in Victoria

The Victorian Government announced that as of 11:59 pm Thursday, 22 September 2022, face masks are no longer required to be worn in CPVs. However, it continues to be strongly recommended.

Public health protections are in place to keep Victorians safe. Under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act new orders are issued by the Minister for Health that ensure necessary restrictions are in place to protect Victorians.

Restrictions remain in place for the commercial passenger vehicle industry, bus drivers and driving instructors. These are outlined below in detail.

This is stipulated in the pandemic orders.

COVIDSafe Settings for CPVs

COVIDSafe settings still apply in all CPVs, which means drivers must adhere to vehicle cleaning laws.

Some CPV drivers must be boosted (fully vaccinated) to provide certain CPV services. Visit COVID-19 vaccine program for more information.

COVIDSafe Settings for driving instructors

Driving instructors can operate and provide instruction across Victoria.

VicRoads is currently reviewing its Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) for drive tests in response to the public health advice and occupational health and safety requirements. In the meantime, its current requirements remain in place, as follows.

Unless a lawful exemption applies, drive-test participants must wear a fitted face mask for the duration of the test. If a drive-test applicant is unable to wear a face mask, the test can still proceed, however all other participants including VicRoads staff and Licence Testing Officers, driver trainers / driving instructors and interpreters – must wear a mask (no exemptions).

Driving instructors are not required to have a vaccine to continue working. However, driving instructors participating in any VicRoads drive test which was booked from 20 December 2021 are now required to be boosted (fully vaccinated) or provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test from a testing site within 72 hours of the appointment.

Driving instructors are not required to have a vaccine to continue working. However, driving instructors participating in any VicRoads drive test are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (have received at least two doses of an approved vaccine) or must provide your own negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test result from a sample taken on the day of the drive test.

There are limited circumstances where an employer may require their employees to be vaccinated.

Visit COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website for more information.

Driving instructors are strongly encouraged to be boosted (fully vaccinated) to provide services.

COVIDSafe Settings for bus drivers

Bus drivers should check the Transport Safety Victoria webpage for information about restrictions that apply to bus services.

Bus drivers must be boosted (fully vaccinated) to provide services.

Please continue to stay COVIDSafe

A specific CPV QR poster with a QR code AND 6-digit location code must be displayed in all CPVs. You cannot display the QR code without the 6-digit location code as passengers use these digits to check in manually. Learn more on CPVV’s Service Victoria QR Code Requirement - Record Keeping webpage.

Get your vaccine now

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available for all Victorians over the age of 16.

Booster shots are also available for those that have had a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months prior.

You can book your appointment now by calling 1800 675 398 or visiting https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/

Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

If you feel unwell, please get tested and isolate immediately.

A COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment of $450 is available you need to miss work due to self-isolation.

If you have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, there is a $1,500 payment available.

Financial Support

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

A COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment of $450 is available you need to miss work due to self-isolation.

If you have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, there is a $1,500 payment available.

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 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.