Second Step

11.59pm on 27 September 2020

Second Step commences at 11.59pm on 27 September

What does this mean I can do?

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne Second Step restrictions apply.

  • There is no longer a curfew in metropolitan Melbourne. You can leave home at any time for one of the four reasons.
  • As much as you can, you must stay at home. When you leave home, you must wear a face mask unless you have a lawful reason not to.
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 other permitted reasons.

Can I travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria?

If you live in regional Victoria you can travel into metropolitan Melbourne for permitted work, medical care, caregiving, to visit an intimate partner, or to buy necessary goods and services. You cannot travel into metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. Metropolitan Melbourne’s restrictions apply when you are travelling.

I live in metropolitan Melbourne. Can I travel to regional Victoria to work? What if I’m working in an industry that currently isn’t permitted to open in metropolitan Melbourne? 

You can travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria for work if you are a permitted worker who has been issued a Permitted Worker Permit by your employer. You must carry your Permitted Worker Permit when leaving home for work purposes. If you can work from home, you must do so. While at work, the restrictions that apply in metropolitan Melbourne continue to apply to you.

Can I travel to regional Victoria from metropolitan Melbourne?

If you live in metropolitan Melbourne, you can travel to regional Victoria for work, medical care, caregiving and to visit an intimate partner. You can travel to regional Victoria to buy necessary goods and services if this is the closest location to your house. You cannot travel outside metropolitan Melbourne for exercise. Metropolitan Melbourne’s restrictions and the COVIDSafe principles 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 permitted work, you can. If you need to travel to metropolitan Melbourne and stay overnight for permitted 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 mask 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, 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, caregiving and medical care, exercise and social interaction, and permitted work. You should stay within 25km from your home or permitted workplace.

You can drive your car to a place to exercise as long as that place is within 25kms of your home or permitted workplace.

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 carpool 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 travelling 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 mask in the car, unless you have a lawful exemption.

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

Is car-pooling allowed for school pick up or drop off?  

Where possible, children should be driven to school by a member of their household.  

Carpooling is permitted for the purposes of driving school children to and from school, if it is not reasonably practicable for students to only travel in a car with those from their household.  

If carpooling with other students, where possible this should be with students from the same school or class group.

The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). If travelling 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 mask in the car, unless you have a lawful exemption.   

Increase ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows wherever possible. Avoid having air conditioning 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 this work from home.

Can I take a learner drive for driving lessons within 25km of home?

Yes. You can do driving practise if you leave home for one of the four reasons, for example on your way to the supermarket or a doctor’s appointment. You cannot have a formal driving lesson and you cannot leave your home solely for the purpose of practising driving. 

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

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

If the nearest mechanic is more than 25km 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 25km radius of your home 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. Keep at least 1.5 metres distance at all times between yourself and others, wear a face mask 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, exercise and social interaction, and permitted work. You must wear a face mask. 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. When catching public transport, you must wear a face mask 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?

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.

Can I pick someone up from, or drop them at 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, or if there is a care and compassionate reason why the person needs assistance.

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 masks 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 have a COVIDSafe Plan in place and face masks 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 who you live with cannot drive, or you are providing care to someone who needs assistance to carry out a task (e.g. helping an elderly relative), you can leave home to drive them to get necessary goods and services, care and health care or to get to permitted work. You should stay within 25km 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.

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 and 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 03 9641 1555. 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 do not comply with the restrictions.

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 emergency directions
  • Refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk direction
  • Refusing or failing to comply with the Public Health Directions to provide information.

Victoria Police can issue on-the-spot fines of up to $4,957 for people who live in metropolitan Melbourne who are found to be in regional Victoria without a lawful reason. This fine will also be issued if you gather outdoors in groups larger than ten people, you have visitors to your home without a lawful reason, or you visit someone in their home without a lawful reason.

Fines of up to $20,000 for individuals and $100,000 for businesses are possible through the court system. Individuals who do not wear a face mask and do not have a lawful reason can be fined $200.