Department of Health

Current residential aged care COVID-19 restrictions

Residential aged care facilities have several obligations under Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Guidance on COVID-19 risks for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) (Word) outlines the current directions, restrictions and COVIDsafe settings which apply to residential aged care facilities.

More information is available on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer

The Directions with specific application to aged care include:

  • Care facilities Directions – covers restrictions on access to care facilities
  • COVID-19 mandatory vaccination Directions - covers requirements for mandatory vaccination of people who work in residential aged care
  • Workplace Directions – places obligations on employers and workers to manage risks associated with COVID-19 and covers matters such as density quotients, record keeping requirements, face coverings, QR codes, permits and authorised workers.
  • Workplace (additional industry obligations) Directions – establish additional specific obligations on employers and workers in specific industries, including aged care. This includes limiting workforce mobility where it is practicable, face mask requirements, surveillance testing, workforce declarations and record keeping.

Providers should also be familiar with other directions that are currently in force. For example, the Stay Safe Directions and Stay at Home Directions will be relevant to the circumstances in which residents are able to have outings and the requirements that apply.

Reviewed 16 November 2021

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