Information about travel for those living in metropolitan Melbourne.

First Step

11.59pm on 13 September 2020

First Step: Travel - metropolitan Melbourne

What does this mean I can do?

From 11.59pm on Sunday 13 September if you live in metropolitan Melbourne Second Step restrictions apply.

A curfew is in place from 9pm until 5am. This means you must stay at home. The only reasons to leave home during these hours are for permitted work, medical treatment and caregiving. You can also leave home in an emergency or for safety reasons.

As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must wear a face covering unless you have a lawful exemption.

Your questions answered

I live in metropolitan Melbourne – can I travel?

No. If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you cannot travel for a holiday. You must stay at home, unless it is for one of the four reasons or one of the permitted other reasons.

Can I travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria?

If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne you can travel into this area for work, medical care, care giving or to buy goods and services. You cannot travel into metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. Metropolitan Melbourne’s restrictions apply when you are travelling.

Can I travel to regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne?

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne you can travel outside of this area for work, medical care, care giving. You can travel to regional Victoria to buy goods and services if this is the closest location to your house. You cannot travel outside metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. Metropolitan Melbourne’s restrictions continue to apply to you while you are outside metropolitan Melbourne in regional Victoria.

Can I still travel into metropolitan Melbourne for work and stay overnight?

If you need to travel to metropolitan Melbourne for work, you can. If you need to travel to metropolitan Melbourne and stay overnight for work, you can. Metropolitan Melbourne’s restrictions apply when you are travelling.

Can I go on holiday?

No. Holidays are not a reason to leave your home. There are only four reasons that you can leave home: shopping for food and essential items, care or caregiving, exercise, and permitted work.

What if I have booked a holiday, can I still go?

No. You need to cancel travel bookings, unless you are travelling for one of the four reasons you can leave home, for example to receive medical care or work. Accommodation operators will need to provide refunds and are eligible to receive assistance through Business Victoria.

These measures are critical to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to new areas of Victoria.

Can I pick up a pet in regional Victoria?

You can leave home to pick up a pet if it is necessary.

If you are picking up a pet you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others, and practise good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly. You must also wear a face covering unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.  The distance travelled and the time taken should be no more than necessary.

Metropolitan Melbourne restrictions travel with you, so you need to abide by the same rules as if you were at home.

Can I travel to stay overnight?

No. Restrictions mean you are not allowed to travel to stay overnight unless it is for permitted work, caregiving and compassionate reasons, undergoing essential medical treatment or to visit your partner or person in social bubble.

Can I travel to my holiday house?

No. You must not leave home unless it is for one of the four reasons. You can travel to a holiday house if it is to carry out emergency maintenance.

For people with more than one ordinary place of residence, your place of residence as of 11:59pm on Saturday 1 August must remain your principal place of residence.

We know this is difficult, but we ask all Victorians to apply common sense so we can stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to new areas of Victoria.

Can I travel interstate if I reside in Melbourne?

Travelling interstate is not recommended. If you do need to travel interstate for a permitted reason, you should check the rules that your destination state or territory has in place.

Can I drive my car?

Yes, but you should only leave home for the four reasons: necessary goods and services, care and medical care and permitted work. You should stay within 5km from your home if you can.

You can only use a vehicle to get to a place to exercise within 5km of your home.

Can I carpool with people outside my home if we live near each other and travel to the same (or nearby) workplaces?

You must not car-pool to and from work with a person you don’t ordinarily live with, unless it is not otherwise reasonable and practical for either person to get to work (e.g. you don’t have a licence or access to a car). 

Where possible, other arrangements, such as getting driven to and from work by another household member, should be made.  

The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). If traveling in a car with someone who is not part of your household, you should sit in the back seat in order to maintain physical distancing, and wear a face covering in the car unless you have a lawful exemption.  

Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air on recirculate. High touch surfaces in the vehicle should be cleaned and sanitised regularly.

I’m a permitted worker. Will my normal car park be open?

Car parks that support permitted workers and permitted businesses can remain open. Check with the relevant operator to see if the car park remains open.

Can I get out of the house and just go for a drive?

No. You cannot leave home to go for a drive. You can drive if you are leaving home to shop for food and necessary supplies, medical care and caregiving and permitted work, if you can’t do these from home.

Can I take a learner drive for driving lessons within 5km of home?

No. Driving lessons and driving practice are not permitted reasons to leave home at this time.

Can I drop my car off to a mechanic for repairs?

Yes. You may drop off your car to a mechanic for emergency repairs.

If the nearest mechanic is more than 5km from your home, or if your vehicle requires a specialist and/or brand-specific workplace in order to complete repairs, you may travel outside the 5km zone to access these services. 

Can I call roadside assist if I break down?

Yes. If your car has broken down, you are able to access roadside assistance.

Can I call a friend or family member to jumpstart my car if I break down?

Yes. Maintain 1.5 metres distance at all times, wear a face covering and wash or sanitise your hands before and after.

Can I use taxis and ride-shares?

Yes, but only for one of the permitted reasons of shopping for food and essential supplies, medical care and caregiving, and permitted work. You must wear a face covering. Where possible, maintain physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.

Will public transport continue to operate?

Yes. Public transport will continue to operate but with a reduced schedule in metropolitan Melbourne during curfew hours. When catching public transport, you must wear a face covering and keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Wash your hands before you leave home and when you return.

Can I sit a driving test?

No, you will not be able to undertake your driving test. VicRoads will contact you to reschedule or postpone your test once the restrictions have lifted.

Customers can continue to apply for approval for licence testing under the existing hardship and special circumstances policy.

For more information visit the VicRoads website.

I am learning for a motorcycle, heavy vehicle or other driving license. Can I continue?

For information on receiving or providing driving lessons and driving practice visit the Business Victoria website.

Can I pick someone up from the airport?

You may pick up or drop off a person from an airport if you live, or will be living, in the same household.

If you need to pick up or drop off a person at the airport, you should stay in your car when you get to the airport.

Can I fly a plane for recreation or take a flying lesson?

Recreational flying and flying lessons are not permitted within metropolitan Melbourne under current restrictions.

Professional flight training can continue if it is necessary for the operations of a permitted workplace. For example, if training is required for emergency services personnel to meet immediate needs. A valid Permitted Worker Permit is required for both the instructor and the trainee, and face coverings must be worn.

Mandatory assessment of VCAL and VCE is permitted under current restrictions, but only where the mandatory assessment cannot be deferred. Staff and student numbers must be kept to the absolute minimum required and staff will need to be issued with a Permitted Worker Permit. Flight schools must also have a COVIDSafe Plan in place and face coverings must be worn.

My partner or family member cannot drive. Can I drive them to go shopping, receive medical care, or to work?

If your partner, friend or family member cannot drive, you can leave home to drive them to get necessary goods and services, care and health care or to get to work. You should stay within 5km from your home, if you can.

Can I enter Victoria from another Australian state for the purposes of volunteering?

Yes. Victoria does not currently have any restrictions in place for travellers entering from another Australian state or Territory, however you will need to adhere to any directions in place for your home state on your return.

If you are entering Victoria from another Australian state or territory, you do not have to quarantine after entering Victoria. Upon entering Victoria, you must adhere to the restrictions and directions that are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Always check the current travel restrictions and advice before you leave home.