VEU's high volume residential activities reinstated from 28 October 2020 in line with further easing of restrictions
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update five for the Victorian Energy Upgrades
28 October 2020
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have announced:
- The reinstatement of activities 15, 17, 21 and 30 under the VEU program from 28 October 2020.
- A delay in changes to the phasedown of activity 21 lighting incentives from 31 March 2021 to 30 June 2021.
For accredited persons and installers intending to resume installations under activities 15, 17, 21 and 30
Prior to resuming installations under activities 15, 17, 21 and 30 (or by 30 October 2020), accredited persons are required to:
- submit their tailored High Risk COVIDSafe Plan to us. This includes accredited persons who have already previously submitted us their COVIDSafe Plans. Your COVIDSafe Plan must be consistent with requirements set out for the small-scale construction industry
- provide us with a declaration that your organisation has provided its employees (including third party contractors and agents) with appropriate training to manage these risks in accordance with the COVIDSafe Plan
We will not be approving the COVIDSafe Plans which are submitted to us. It is your responsibility to ensure that your COVIDSafe Plan is consistent with current requirements. All program participants must review and update their COVIDSafe Plan regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes
We may delay assessment of certificates for accredited persons who fail to submit above information to us.
With the reinstatement of these activities under the VEU program, accredited persons should resume undertaking their internal audits to ensure that certificates are created in compliance with the program’s requirements. This includes undertaking both phone and field audits as part of your internal audits for activities created under the VEU program. Field audits must be completed in accordance with your COVIDSafe Plan practices.
We will be increasing our phone auditing of residential consumers who have had installations undertaken to ensure that they have been undertaken in compliance with the VEET legislation and in accordance with appropriate COVIDSafe practices.
Please note that:
- doorknocking for sales and lead generation is not allowed anywhere in Victoria. We will be following up on any doorknocking issues and any other marketing issues raised by consumers.
- the Industry Restart Guidelines Small-scale Construction FAQs allow these activities in occupied residential premises where is it possible to create a physical barrier between workers and occupants and/or the occupier can temporarily vacate the premises for duration of the works.
We look forward to engaging with you as work opens up in the residential sector and with further easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Where to get help
If you have any questions or feedback with respect to matters set out here, please contact VEU Support on (03) 9032 1310 or email@example.com.