On 28 July 2020 the Victorian Government introduced the new Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020, which extends the incident notification obligation of duty holders in Victoria pursuant to Part 5 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act).
Employers and self-employed persons in Victoria are obligated to immediately notify WorkSafe if:
A penalty will apply for failing to notify WorkSafe under section 38 of the OHS Act – up to $39,652 (240 penalty units) for an individual or $198,264 (1200 penalty units) for a body corporate.
The OHS COVID-19 Regulations are temporary in nature and will expire 12 months after their making. WorkSafe will review the OHS COVID-19 Regulations during the 12-month period of operation.