Information about permitted workplaces in the health care and social assistance 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

All public and private health services, including;

  • Elective surgery
  • Dental clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Community-based health services
  • Ambulance and paramedics
  • Non-emergency patient transfer
  • Aged care services and retirement villages
  • Alcohol and other drug services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Primary health services specific to general practitioners, pharmacy, nursing and midwifery. 
  • Blood and breast milk bank
  • Laboratories, pathology and diagnostic services
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations
  • Primary health services specific to general practitioners, pharmacy, nursing and midwifery. 
  • All AHPRA registered health workers - and in addition, social work, speech pathology, dietetics, audiology,  exercise physiology, orthotists and prosthetists may provide face to face services: 
    • to prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (e.g. an increase in frequency of treatment needed, an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain, requirement for specialist input or review, an increase in care needs, and/or a substantial increase to anticipated recovery time associated with a delay in receiving services) 
    • to provide assessment and diagnostic services to clients/patients whose care have been delayed as a result of Stage 4 restrictions, with any further delay likely to result in deterioration in functional independence or adverse health outcomes (including access to diagnostic imaging services or assessment for prescription of assistive equipment and technology) 
    • to provide services that are essential as part of a broader plan of care with a medical practitioner (e.g. fitting a brace post-surgery) 
    • to provide services that are part of a conservative management plan to avoid or delay elective surgery (as agreed with treating team) 
    • to provide services immediately following elective surgery that prevent secondary complications or aid functional recovery (as agreed with treating team).
  • Professional respite services (related to health or community services), including those for people with complex needs.
  • Any other health worker providing services required under a Chronic Disease Management Plan, a care plan endorsed by NDIS (including self-managed plans), TAC, Workcover or DVA - if care is required to prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care (e.g. an increase in frequency of treatment needed, an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain, requirement for specialist input or review, an increase in care needs, and/or a substantial increase to anticipated recovery time associated with a delay in receiving services).
  • Medical specialists where urgent specialist consultation is required
  • IVF services
  • Immunisation services
  • COVID-19 testing facilities
  • Any other services related to the COVID-19 health response
  • Telehealth services
Monday 28 September 11.59pm Monday 28 September 

All community services and the necessary support services that enable their functioning, including:

  • Child Protection services
  • Residential care services
  • Disability services
  • Homelessness services
  • Family violence and sexual assault services
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
  • Agencies carrying out essential relief activities, including Neighbourhood Houses
  • Professional respite services (related to health or community services), including those for people with complex needs
Sunday 13 September 11.59pm Sunday 13 September 

End of life services, including:

  • Funeral, crematorium and cemetery services, mortuaries and morgues
Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August 
All administrative, system support, asset work, security, cleaning and maintenance (e.g. waste), environmental health services, as they relate to above listed health and community services Monday 3 August 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August