Third Step

11.59pm on 16 September 2020

Third Step commences at 11.59pm on 16 September.

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

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel and go on holiday across regional Victoria. 
  • You can go on holiday in regional Victoria.
  • You can book accommodation with the people you live with, your intimate partner, or the household you have formed a bubble with (your household can book accommodation with up to five members of your bubble household).
  • You must not travel into metropolitan Melbourne under current restrictions, except to buy necessary goods and services, for care and compassionate reasons or permitted work or education. While in metropolitan Melbourne you must comply with the metropolitan Melbourne restrictions.
Your questions answered

Can I go on holiday? 

Yes, if you live in regional Victoria you can go on holiday in regional Victoria. There are no restrictions on the distance you can travel across regional Victoria.  

You cannot go on a holiday in metropolitan Melbourne.  

Can I travel through metropolitan Melbourne on my way to my holiday destination?  

You can travel through metropolitan Melbourne on your way to a holiday in regional Victoria. If you stop in metropolitan Melbourne, it must be for one of three reasons: 

  • to shop for food and essential goods or services 
  • to provide care, for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment 
  • permitted work or study 

Can I book accommodation?  

Yes. You can book accommodation to share with the people you live with, your intimate partner, or the household you have formed a bubble with (your household can book accommodation with up to five members of your bubble household). You can stay with members of your household bubble, but you cannot share a bedroom, unless it is with your intimate partner or someone from your household. 

Accommodation providers need to take reasonable precautions to ensure their customers live outside of metropolitan Melbourne. 

Some examples of businesses taking reasonable precautions include:  

  • Asking customers to confirm their primary place of residence is not in a restricted area by ticking a box on the form where contact details are collected.  
  • Displaying signage to reinforce that service is only available for customers not from a restricted area  
  • Asking individuals to confirm that their place of residence is not in a restricted area at the time of booking or service.  

Are there restrictions on how long I can go on holiday for?  

There are no restrictions on how long you can go on holiday for.  

Can I go camping? What about unregistered or free campsites? 

Yes, you can go camping. You can camp with the people you live with, your intimate partner, or the household you have formed a bubble with (your household can book campsites with up to five members of your bubble household). 

You can only camp on private property if you are part of the household bubble with the people who live on the property.  

Can I travel to my holiday house? 

Yes, if you live in regional Victoria and your second home or property is in regional Victoria then you can travel to your second home and stay there. Under Third Step restrictions, you can choose which home you stay in.  

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 in metropolitan Melbourne. You can only travel to metropolitan Melbourne to carry out emergency maintenance. 

Can I go skiing in Victoria?  

Yes, the alpine resorts are able to open under the Third Step. The limits on booking accommodation apply.  

Can I travel interstate? 

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

Yes, you can go for a drive. There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel across regional Victoria.

Can I have passengers in my car? 

Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household or are part of your bubble. The enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Can I use taxis and ride-shares? 

Yes, you can. You must wear a face covering and so must your driver. Where possible, maintain physical distancing by sitting in the back seat, and wash or sanitise your hands before and after getting in the vehicle.  

Can I use public transport? 

Yes, you can use public transport. 

Where possible maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others while using public transport. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after using public transport. You must wear a face covering when you leave home.  If you travel on a busy route, consider travelling outside of peak times to reduce crowding.   

Public transport service desks will not accept cash for payment to purchase or top up your myki. You must either pay online, on the phone or use contactless payment methods.  

Can I leave my house to take a driving lesson? 

Yes. Driving for practice is allowed, with a driving instructor or a member of your household. You must wear a face covering and so must the instructor. 

Can I sit a driving test? 

For more information visit VicRoads website. 

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

Can I pick someone up from the airport? 

You may pick up or drop off a person at an airport.

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. You must wear a face covering if you leave your vehicle. 

Where possible, carrying passengers in your car should be avoided, unless they live in your household or are part of your bubble. The enclosed space of a car presents an increased risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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

Yes. Flying for recreation is allowed but only with one other person, the members of your household or someone in your household bubble.  

If flying with someone who is not from your household, you must be able to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from that other person and you and your passenger or instructor must wear a face covering. You should only depart or land at airports within regional Victoria. Recreational flying and flying lessons are not permitted within metropolitan Melbourne.  

You can also fly for practice, with a flying instructor or a member of your household. 

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

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