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Victorian business restrictions

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Premier, on Monday, announced further restrictions on business activities in metropolitan Melbourne, which come into effect at 11.59 pm Wednesday 5 August.

UPDATE 8 am, 11 August: We have received further guidance on the operation of solar businesses under Stage 4 restrictions, updates are summarised below.

Solar Victoria has provided FAQs that address many of the outstanding questions, visit their website to learn more. The CEC is still seeking clarification on a number of issues and will keep you informed of any further updates.

The requirements outlined below are subject to the directions of Victoria's Chief Health Officer. You can view the information published by the Department of Health and Human Services here.

For businesses in metropolitan Melbourne

Solar panels cannot be installed on residential properties under Stage 4 restrictions. We are seeking clarification about battery storage installation.

Critical repairs to residential premises are permitted, allowing installers to continue to undertake any critical maintenance to solar PV or household battery systems.

Solar panels can be installed at construction sites, including a residential renovation where the home is fully vacated. In this instance, specialist contractors must adhere to the worksite’s COVID Safe Plan and are included in the daily workforce caps:

  • For a small-scale building construction site with three storeys or less this is a maximum of five workers
  • For a large-scale building construction site workers are limited to 25 per cent of their baseline workforce

The 5 km travel rule does not apply when travelling for work - however, from midnight Wednesday 5 August, permitted workers must carry a work permit. There are heavy fines for employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the scheme. It is the responsibility of the employer to issue the work permit to all employees. Find out more about the scheme here.

For more information visit Business Victoria's website.

For Solar Victoria's FAQs visit their website to leans more.

For businesses outside of metropolitan Melbourne

From 11.59 pm 5 August, stage 3 restrictions will apply to regional Victoria and all Victorians are required to wear masks in public from 11.59 pm, 2 August. Worksafe has put together a very detailed guide for workplaces here.

Solar and batteries can continue to be installed. Businesses should take care to follow advice on safe work practices, you can download a copy of our advice here.

Renewable energy projects under construction or being installed in regional Victoria will not be impacted by the restrictions on construction activity.

From midnight Wednesday 5 August, permitted workers will need to carry a work permit when travelling in or through metropolitan Melbourne. There are heavy fines for employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the scheme. It is the responsibility of the employer to issue the work permit to all employees. Download a copy of the template here.

Solar Homes program provisions

For more information visit the Solar Victoria website.