From 11:59pm 5 August, workers in permitted industries must carry a Worker Permit issued and signed by their employer while within the Melbourne area. This includes the freight industry.
The form requires details of essential work activity on a rolling 7 day schedule. All requirements of fatigue regulations still apply. Drivers must not drive while impaired by fatigue and must continue to comply with work and rest requirements.
More information on the scheme and the application form can be found at VIC Permitted worker scheme.
I have a work diary – how should I complete the Worker Permit?
Complete the Worker Permit with rostered hours to the best of your ability, with the information available at the time. Continue to complete your work diary as normal. Work diaries are a legal instrument and can be used as evidence if the times listed in the permit differ due to operational changes while in transit.
I don’t have a work diary – how should I complete the Worker Permit?
Complete the Worker Permit with rostered hours to the best of your ability, with the information available at the time. Daily run sheets prepared for pick-up and delivery of freight can be used as evidence if requested by authorities. Should delays occur, e.g. breakdowns, traffic or delays, authorities will take into consideration the fact you were still performing your nominated duties.
I work in the freight industry but am not a driver – what should I do?
Ancillary workers, heavy vehicle manufactures, trailer and component manufacturers, pilots, break down and mechanical workers
Complete the Worker Permit with rostered hours to the best of your ability, with the information available at the time. For workers required to “be on call”, e.g. tow truck drivers, extended hours can be submitted in the rostered work times. If extended hours are inserted into the work schedule, make a note that a person is “on call” for an event that may take place in their normal course of duties. Utilising extended hours will not be accepted if there is no breakdown or other work related event to attend.
Authorities are there to work with industry, not against us. If essential workers are conducting themselves in accordance with their required essential duties and following the health requirements required in Victoria then authorities will work cooperatively with our industry.