Big fines introduced for workplace COVID-19 breaches in Victoria

Self-employed people and employers in Victoria who fail to notify WorkSafe about positive COVID-19 tests or confirmed coronavirus cases attending workplaces in the infectious period now face a fine of up to $39,652 for individuals and $198,264 for a body corporate.

The new penalties which came into force on Tuesday 28 July 2020 - under the Occupational Health and Safety Act - remain in force for 12 months.

The aim of the new penalties is to reduce workplace transmissions which have been a key factor of the re-emergence of COVID-19 in Victoria.

WorkSafe said in a statement the infectious period began on the date 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms or a confirmed diagnosis (whichever comes first), until the day when the person receives a clearance from isolation from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Employers or self-employed people should notify WorkSafe through its advisory service on 13 23 60.

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