Due to high vaccination rates, Victoria is changing the management of contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Businesses can now use a risk-based approach that classifies workplace contacts along a risk scale. It takes into account the duration of the contact, mask-wearing and vaccination status. Isolation and testing requirements for contacts reflect their level of exposure risk.

This change will result in fewer workers being furloughed across industry sectors, ensuring the continuity of supply chains and essential services, and advancing Victoria’s broader economic recovery as the state re-opens.

All Victorian businesses can use the new risk-based approach.

An information pack is available on what to do if you have a confirmed case in the workplace.

Last week, the Victorian Government announced changes to how primary close contacts who are fully vaccinated are managed.

Non-household primary close contacts (PCCs) who are fully vaccinated now only need to quarantine for seven days. Household and unvaccinated PCCs are still required to isolate for 14 days.

PCCs required to isolate for seven days will need to return negative test results on day one and day six of their quarantine to be released.

Tailored outbreak management may be required in some circumstances where significant transmission events have occurred.

For more information go to confirmed case in the workplace or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.