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Which Melbourne businesses can operate under stage 4 restrictions?

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
06 August 2020 1 minute readShare
Which Melbourne businesses can operate under Stage 4 restrictions

The Victorian government has announced which businesses in Melbourne are allowed to continue operating onsite under stage 4 restrictions provided they have the required work permits.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced on Monday that some Melbourne-based businesses are allowed to trade during stage 4 restrictions; however, staff will need to be supplied with a document to confirm their employment.

All other businesses must be shut for a six-week period from midnight Wednesday, 5 August, for six weeks under the restrictions.


The Victorian government named the following are Permitted Work Premises in the following circumstances:

  • Ancillary and support businesses are able to open onsite to ensure the necessary production, supply, manufacture, repair, maintenance, cleaning, security, wholesale, distribution, transportation or sale of equipment, goods or services required for the operations of a Permitted Work Premises, or for Closed Work Premises where there are safety or environmental obligations. The business cannot operate onsite for any other purpose.
  • Services and ancillary services that relate to the COVID-19 health response are Permitted Work Premises.
  • Services connected with animal health, husbandry or welfare, including the RSPCA, are Permitted Work Premises.
  • Union/peak body/employer organisation officials attending a worksite as permitted by law or for occupational health and safety (OHS) advice is permitted.

Under the permit system, employers for Permitted Work Premises are only permitted to have employees onsite if it is not reasonably practicable for the employee to work from home and the employer and employee comply with the directions currently in force, including Workplace Directions and the Permitted Worker Permit Scheme Directions.


Sectors named by the Victorian government as being allowed to work with under stage 4 provided they work under the Permitted Work Premises include:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services
  • Construction
  • Wholesale trade
  • Retail trade (goods)
  • Retail trade (services)
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Transport, postal and warehousing
  • Information media and communications
  • Financial and insurance services
  • Rental hiring and real estate services
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Administrative and support services
  • Public administration and safety
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Arts and recreation services

To view the full extended list of Permitted Work Premises under the Victorian government’s stage 4 restrictions, click here.



Which Melbourne businesses can operate under stage 4 restrictions?
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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