Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The message to Victorians remains the same: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.
Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection.
The current State of Emergency in Victoria has been extended until 31 May 2020.
Learn more about the State Government's $2.7 billion Building Works package to support projects and jobs across Victoria as part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) economic recovery.
Also on this page:
- VicRoads services
- Public transport advice
- Taxi and ride-share advice
- Long distance travel advice
- Ports and freight services
- Boating and fishing closures
The Department of Transport is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and transport operators to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect passengers on Victoria’s transport network.
The Department is also working closely with the ports, freight and logistics sector as an essential service to make sure essential supplies get to where they need to go.
Advice from the Department of Health and Human Services recognises the importance of public transport and freight and logistics as essential services to the Victorian community.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
For more advice please go to the DHHS website for the latest information and advice.
Changes to VicRoads services to protect the community
Changes to the way VicRoads customer service centres operate are being made to keep Victorians safe.
All light vehicle drive tests and computer-based tests have been suspended to protect staff and customers and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Medical review driving assessments have also been temporarily suspended.
An exceptional circumstances process is being determined to allow special needs cases to be granted, such as for primary care givers or those in similar circumstances. Information on this process will be made available in the coming days.
To ensure social distancing can occur in VicRoads Customer Services Centres, counter service has been reduced by 50 per cent to ensure those who need to visit stay a safe distance from each other.
Everyone impacted by these changes is being contacted directly, and the VicRoads customer relations team has been enhanced to ensure urgent matters are dealt with as quickly as possible.
We are still open for business but encourage customers not to visit a VicRoads Customer Service Centre unless the matter is urgent. Many high volume and priority transactions are available online. Please visit the VicRoads website for the latest information.
General passenger behaviour
Passengers should follow the advice of the Chief Health Officer and stay at home if they are unwell, including not travelling by public transport.
We encourage everyone to practice good hygiene when on public transport. Wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and avoid public transport if you’re unwell.
The below measures have been introduced to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect all passengers on Victoria’s public transport based on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
For the most up-to-date information, visit the DHHS website.
Increased cleaning protocols
Public transport operators have increased cleaning measures across the train, tram and bus network.
Trains, trams and buses will have increased sanitisation on all touch points and be disinfected more often.
Services across Victoria’s public transport network will run as normal despite increased cleaning measures.
Social distancing measures are currently in place and Victorians are being asked to consider staggering their travel times in the mornings and evenings on trains, trams and buses if they are able to.
This will help to reduce the number of people using the network at any one time and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
While services across Victoria’s public transport network will continue to run as normal, passengers are reminded of Victoria’s free early bird travel, with all metropolitan trains free if you touch on and off before 7.15am.
Taxi and ride-share vehicles
If possible, when and if you are travelling in a taxi or ride-sharing service please sit in the back seat if possible.
Drivers of taxis and ride-sharing services should set the air-conditioning to external airflow instead of recirculation and make hand sanitiser available for passengers.
Long distance travel
We’re asking people to reconsider non-essential long-distance journeys.
If people must travel long distance by public transport, we ask them to ensure they maximise the distance from other passengers in line with social distancing advice.
The Department of Transport continues to work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and transport operators to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Victorian Government has been working on its preparedness and response to coronavirus (COVID-19) for some weeks, in collaboration with the Commonwealth and other states and territories.
Ports and freight
The Victorian Government is making sure essential supplies get to where they need to go during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Department is working closely with the ports, freight and logistics sector to maintain Victoria's supply chain.
These services include ports, roads, rail, maritime, stevedoring, intermodal, transfer facilities, distribution, warehousing, freight yards, and depots.
As essential travellers, freight services are still able to cross the border into South Australia following its recent closure.
Heavy vehicles are able to pass time-based curfew "no trucks" signs when they are making deliveries of food or personal hygiene products to retail outlets for six months. Heavy vehicles can also remain in loading zones for the time required to make these deliveries.
Industry operators are asked to ensure adhere to the health and safety protocols to protect their workforces and the public.
Should you have further enquiries regarding freight and logistics, please email [email protected].
Download the Freight and Logistics Industry Update Week 4 and 5.
Download the Freight and Logistics Industry Update Week 6.
Boating and fishing
Recreational boating and fishing activities are permitted on public land from 11.59pm Tuesday 12 May 2020.
As with all outdoor sports, these activities must take place in gatherings of no more than 10 people. It is important to maintain a distance of at least 1.5m between participants at all times.
You must also ensure that you can drive to and from your fishing and/or boating destination within one day as overnight stays are not permitted.
As always, Victorians are being asked to be considered and use common sense when it comes their activities. You should only leave home if you really need to.
We are all being asked to make sacrifices in order to save lives.
For more information, visit betterboating.vic.gov.au.