Third Step

11.59pm on 16 September 2020

Third Step commences at 11.59pm on 16 September.

What does this mean I can do?

From 11:59pm 16 September if you live in regional Victoria, the Third Step restrictions apply.

  • You can move home.
  • You can sell and inspect property.
  • Auctions can be held outdoors with up to ten people plus the people required to conduct the auction.

You must wear a face covering when you leave home.

Your questions answered

I have more than one home. Can I choose which one I stay in?

If you live in regional Victoria and your second home or property is in regional Victoria then you can travel between your homes.

If you live in regional Victoria and your second home or property is in metropolitan Melbourne then you cannot travel or stay at your second property as First Step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne. You can only travel to carry out emergency maintenance.

Can I move house?

Yes, you can move house.

Can friends and family help me to move?

Yes, members of your household or the people in your household bubble (up to five visitors) can help you move. People helping you move should wash their hands regularly and not share food or drink. You need to wear a face covering while moving house, unless you have a legal exemption.

If anyone is unwell, they must stay home and get tested if they have symptoms. This will help keep your loved ones safe.

Can I sell my house at auction?

Yes, under the restrictions you can put your home on the market for private sale or auction. Under Third Step restrictions, auctions can be held outdoors with up to ten people attending in-person, plus the minimum number of people required to conduct the auction.

I want to buy a property – can I inspect it?

Inspections for prospective tenants or buyers can occur by private appointment.

How many people can do a routine inspection of a rental property? Can the landlord accompany the real estate agent?

Routine inspections can still take place. You should limit inspections to one person and the real estate agent.

If there are issues, such as damages to the property, consider taking photos to share with the landlord.

You must wear a face covering, unless you have a legal exemption. During the inspection you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

Can tradespeople come into my home?

Yes. Tradespeople are allowed to carry out repairs. People coming into your home must wear a face covering. You should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the tradesperson at all times.

Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.

Can a cleaner come to my home?

If you need help with house cleaning, ensure the cleaner’s time in your home is kept to a minimum. Keep at least 1.5 metres distance between you and the cleaner at all times. If possible, move to a different room from where the cleaner is working. People coming into your home must wear a face covering.

Minimise physical contact by paying with a direct bank transfer or contactless payment.

Can I leave home to undertake essential maintenance of a property other than my place of residence?

Yes, you may leave your home to undertake essential and emergency maintenance of another residence. You should maintain 1.5 metres between you and anyone else on site. If there are other people at the property, you should wear a face covering and keep your time at the property to a minimum.

How will these rules be enforced?

Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by the Department of Health and Human Services Authorised Officers to ensure compliance with the public health directions.

Industry bodies, Victoria Police, WorkSafe, and Authorised Officers will work together to inform Victorians about the directions, as well as undertake enforcement and compliance activities as needed.

Community members can raise concerns about compliance with directions through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444. Workers can raise concerns via WorkSafe on 1800 136 089. And employers can talk to their industry regulator or peak body for specific industry related support.

A Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Joint Intelligence Unit has been established to support comprehensive preparedness and responses to outbreaks and identify and manage outbreak risks. DHHS and WorkSafe will co-ordinate intelligence and information on businesses that are non-compliant.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:

  • refusing or failing to comply with the public health directions
  • refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk powers, including to provide information.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system.