Last updated 18 October 2021.

Lockdown to end Thursday 21 October.

Click here for full details of the Victorian Government’s COVID roadmap and COVIDSafe Settings.

Click here for the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions.

Click here for Victorian public exposure sites and what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Swipe cards are required to access all BCL buildings and floors.

Keep Safe, Check In: Mandatory QR Code Record Keeping

In line with the legislated requirements please ensure you QR code everywhere, every time by using the Service Victoria QR Codes located in all BCL building entrances.

Click here to find out more information on record keeping requirements for occupants including barristers and clerks.

Staying COVIDSafe at BCL

Requirements for Victorian Businesses:

It is mandatory for all Victorian businesses (including all BCL occupants, barristers and clerks as sole trading businesses) to have a COVIDSafe Plan and QR code electronic record keeping:

  • Click here to view Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe Principles for Business.
  • Click here to access the BCL COVID-19 Safe Plan.
  • Click here to access the Victorian Government’s website to assist with your COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Click here for information on QR code electronic record keeping.

If you have been in contact with or have a confirmed case of COVID-19:

Click here to access full details the Victorian Government’s guideline on staying safe and well.

Please follow the Victorian’s Government’s medical directions regarding self-isolation and notify Amanda Utt (Amanda.utt@vicbar.com.au) immediately, for all BCL COVID-19 practices contact the BCL Service Desk on 9225 8888.

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 you need to report to WorkSafe Victoria:

WorkSafe Victoria has introduced temporary Occupational Health and Safety (COVID-19 Incident Notification) Regulations 2020 (OHS COVID-19 Regulations) which commenced on Tuesday 28 July 2020.

Employers and self-employed persons, with management or control of a workplace (including barristers and clerks) must notify WorkSafe immediately of a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information click here or complete the online form or call 13 23 60.

BCL Buildings: What we all need to do

Face Masks & Physical distancing

Masks must be carried at all times and are required to be worn both outdoors and indoors. Click here for more information.

Physical distancing is an important part of mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic. All signage and preventative measures as recommended have been installed in all common areas in all buildings. encouraging the ongoing practice of physical distancing and safe working practices.

It is important that we all follow government advice around physical distancing, this includes:

  • Maintaining 1.5m distance at all times.
  • Ensuring overcrowding of lift carriages does not occur.
  • Reducing contact with shared surfaces such as common area furniture.
  • Encouraging and practicing reduced activity in common area kitchens and break out areas.
  • In cases where conference rooms are required, reducing meeting room capacity by monitoring the number of people per room is advised.  If your floor does not have adequate meeting room facilities for physical distancing please contact the BCL Service Desk.
  • Disinfecting meeting rooms with provided antibacterial wipes after use.

BCL Properties

To ensure everybody’s safety and security in these uncertain times property security protocols and processes may change from time to time as legislated:

  • All barristers, occupants and guests to follow the signage in all buildings.
  • You will require your swipe card to access all BCL buildings.
  • End of Trip (EOT facilities) are available with nightly and high touch point cleaning regimes in place.
  • Additional security is present at Owen Dixon Chambers East and will continue to provide support for all barristers in all BCL buildings as required
  • Car parks – permanent allocated car parks in BCL buildings will also remain swipe access as permitted.

Cleaning

Provided in all bulidings:

  • Hand sanitiser stations placed in ground floor lobbies.
  • Hand sanitisers placed in the lift lobby of all floors.
  • Hand sanitisers placed in the car parks for Owen Dixon Chambers East and Owen Dixon Chambers West.
  • Nightly cleaning of all bathrooms, including chambers.
  • Twice daily cleaning of entrance points including inside and outside of lifts, entrance handles and handrails.
  • Deep cleaning and additional precautionary cleaning will be completed if appropriate or in the event of a confirmed positive case.

Practicing good hygiene

  • Sanitising hands when entering and exiting both the building and all floors.
  • Follow COVID signage instructions throughout building.
  • Washing hands before and after consuming food within chambers and common areas.
  • If you fall within the COVID-19 high risk category, please maintain appropriate caution levels when attending BCL properties.
  • If you present with any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath) please refer to the Victorian Government’s guidelines.

Communications

  • 3 October 2021: Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Owen Dixon Chambers East. Click here
  • 27 May 2021: 7 Day Circuit Breaker Lockdown. Click here
  • 12 February 2021: In Brief and note from the VicBar President including 5 day shutdown. Click here
  • 11 December 2020: Return to Chambers and CHO Directions. Click here
  • 4 December 2020: Updated directions on returning to Chambers. Click here
  • 27 November 2020: Return to Chambers. Click here
  • 27 October 2020: Easing of restrictions and Magistrates’ Court update. Click here
  • 21 October 2020: Supreme and County Courts on the resumption of criminal jury trials and the County Court’s judge alone trials protocol. Click here
  • 19 October 2020: Second step easing of restrictions. Click here
  • 6 October 2020: Permitted access updates. Click here
  • 28 September 2020: Victorian Government Sole Trader Support Fund. Click here
  • 11 September 2020: Continuing advocacy during COVID. Click here
  • 8 September 2020: COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening. Click here
  • 1 September 2020: Term 4 jury trials vacated.  Click here
  • 19 August 2020: Access to On-site Childcare/Kindergarten Permit Scheme. Click here
  • 14 August 2020: Victorian Courts and VCAT COVIDSafe Plan. Click here
  • 6 August 2020: Permitted Workers.  Click here
  • 5 August 2020: Business Operations Restrictions. Click here
  • 3 August 2020: Stay at Home Restrictions.  Click here
  • 28 July 2020: Positive Cases. Click here
  • 20 July 2020: Mandatory Face Masks. Click here
  • 28 May: Mandatory QR Code Check In. Click here
  • 26 March: Owen Dixon Chambers: all floors open Chambers East and West. Click here
  • 21 March: Main Entrance access and updates. Click here
  • 10 July: COVID-19 & Safety in Chambers: Stage 3 restrictions back in place & building access. Click here
  • 15 April: BCL Property & Technology Services: COVID-19 Restrictions Updated Services. Click here

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