Information about permitted workplaces in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector operating under current restrictions.

In permitted workplaces:

  • If you can work from home, you must work from home.
  • If your employees can work from home, you must support them to work from home.
  • You need a permit to leave home for work and the permit requires your employer to state you cannot work remotely.
  • Any onsite functions must operate under the minimum obligations to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) including have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • For operational guidance and frequently asked questions for businesses and industries visit Business Victoria.

This information is subject to the Directions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

Permitted industries

Announcement date Effective from

Forestry activity for the purposes of or relating to:

  • Production of firewood for heating of premises
  • Production of pallets
  • Production of building supplies for construction
  • Production of other goods required for other permitted activities (e.g. caskets and coffins)
Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Farming activities and other operations relating to agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, flower industry, commercial fishing, aquaculture and livestock

Saturday 8 August 11:59pm Saturday 8 August

Intensive agricultural production including; greenhouses and animal production

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Agricultural, veterinary chemicals and vaccine production, transportation and distribution (including the Pig Services Centre)

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Businesses that support agriculture and farming including but not limited to; on-farm consultants, livestock agents, agronomists, shearing contractors, trades services and contracting businesses

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Laboratory and diagnostic services

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Animal saleyards, knackeries and animal transportation services (including livestock and pets)

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Animal feed production, transportation, packaging, sale, and feeding (including livestock and pets)

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Veterinary clinics and related services including; on-farm visits, animal care services, including animal grooming where there is a genuine animal welfare issue, and artificial insemination

 

Sunday 27 September 11:59pm Sunday 27 September

Animal pounds and shelters (no public access)

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Teaching and scientific facilities which require the keeping or use of animals

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August

Any business or undertaking that is involved in providing support services to permitted agriculture, forestry and fishing activities, such as food safety and verification, inspection or associated laboratory services and biosecurity functions

Monday 3 August 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August