Are support staff such as coaches, doctors and physiotherapists for permitted professional and high-performance teams and athletes, considered permitted workers under Stage 4 restrictions?
Support staff essential to the safe operation of professional and high-performance team are considered permitted workers, but any support staff that can reasonably perform their function remotely should do so. Staff should limit their movement as much as possible. On-site, staff should stay 1.5 metres from others, practise good hygiene and wear face coverings unless they have a lawful reason not to.
I am an Olympic / Paralympic level athlete. Am I permitted to run / ride / train further than 5km from my home under Stage 4 restrictions?
If you are an Olympic or Paralympic athlete who meets the criteria as a professional or high-performance athlete, you may train further than 5km from home, but you will be required to carry a Permitted Worker Permit for verification by authorised officers.
You should train at the closest suitable facility.
Do I need a separate COVIDSafe Plan if I already have a Risk Management and Community Safety ‘Return to Play’ Plan?
Can I move my competition or event from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria?
No, only competitions and events that had already planned to take place in regional Victoria may take place there. Competitions or scheduled events which were planned to take place in metropolitan Melbourne may not be moved to take place in regional Victoria.
Do I meet the criteria of a professional or high-performance athlete?
Athletes who meet one or more of the following conditions are defined as professional or high-performance.
- who perform their sporting activity in an open-aged national or international competition
- who are contracted to an employer (for example, a professional club) to perform that sporting activity as their primary source of income
- who are a National Institute Network Scholarship holder
- who derive regular and meaningful employment from competing in their sport.
If you are still in doubt, please contact your National Sporting Organisation or State Sporting Association.
If employees are working from home and not attending sporting venues or training, are they required to notify their employer if they test positive?
No. Employees are only required to inform employers if they attended the workplace 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms (or having the test if asymptomatic).
Does my COVIDSafe or Risk Management and Community Safety ‘Return to Play’ Plan need to be formally registered with, or approved by Victorian Government?
No. There is no registration or approval process, but the COVIDSafe plan must be available if an enforcement officer or WorkSafe officer asks for it.
Do high-performance athletes who are not employees require Permitted Worker Permits to travel to training under Stage 4 restrictions?
Yes. This can be signed by the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), or a State Sporting Association (SSA).
Can I perform gardening and maintenance at my facility under Stage 4 restrictions?
If your facility is being used for permitted professional and high-performance sport, then gardening and maintenance is allowed if it is essential for a healthy and safe workplace. Any non-urgent maintenance should be postponed.
Do professional sports organisations operating in regional Victoria require a COVIDSafe Plan?
No. The requirement for a COVIDSafe Plan only applies to metropolitan Melbourne, however it is recommended that organisations operating in regional Victoria have a COVIDSafe Plan. Regional organisations must still have a Risk Management and Community Safety ‘Return to Play’ Plan.
From footy to cricket, we know Victorians love their sports and supporting their favourite teams. Here’s an overview of the current restrictions for high performance and professional sport and how national sporting organisations can plan to return to play.