What does stage 4 restrictions mean for engineers in Victoria?

While many engineers have transitioned successfully to working remotely, some engineering services cannot be performed from home.
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UPDATE - Mon, 10 August 2020: We’ve put together this list of useful resources pertaining to our members in one central place

General information about the Stage 4 restrictions

Business and industry stage 4 restrictions including permitted workplaces by industry

Construction Sector Guidance including:

- Business Operating Restrictions
- Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry Victoria (revision 7).

Permitted worker scheme and permits including eligibility and childcare permits

High-Risk COVIDSafe Plan

COVIDSafe Plan

Victoria’s restriction levels provides:
- a map of the stage 4 boundary and
- list of state critical projects

If you think we’ve missed anything useful, please let us know.


Thurs, 6 August 2020: We are pleased to see that the Victorian Government has responded to our feedback and included engineering services as a “Permitted Work Premises” where required on site for permitted construction. Whist work from home practices apply to engineering practices within metro Melbourne as part of stage 4 restrictions, engineers are permitted to attend construction sites to provide essential engineering advice and inspections that cannot be conducted remotely. Further advice on the use of Precautionary measures, such as PPE, to minimise the risk of transmission between sites, is expected by close of business Friday, 7 August 2020. More guidance for the construction sector can be found on the business.vic.gov.au website


Tues, 4 August 2020: We know that the stage 4 restrictions introduced in metro Victoria on 2 August 2020 are a devastating blow to families and business owners. While many engineers have transitioned successfully to working remotely, some engineering services cannot be performed from home.

We are working with the Victorian Government to understand how the stage 4 restrictions pertaining to construction and professional, scientific and technical services affect the essential work engineers perform. We have asked the Victorian Government for:

1. A dispensation that allows for engineers to undertake essential onsite inspections for quality or safety purposes where these cannot be undertaken remotely. In addition, we are advocating that small-scale construction engineers are not included within the five people permitted onsite and asking for allowance to visit more than one site. Engineering services are essential to ensure that the quality and safety of related sectors is maintained.

2. Clarification under the professional, scientific and technical services that allows restricted operation for engineers to provide support services in any permitted sector, including: mining; manufacturing; electricity; gas; water and waste services; and construction, in accordance with the requirements of the sector and where these services cannot be provided remotely.

We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria (and in other states as necessary) and will update members on developments as they arise.

For additional information and resources please see our COVID-19 update page. Our Member Services team are here to help answer questions on 1300 653 113, [email protected], or via the convenient chat function below.