CSV COVIDSafe Plan

Court Services Victoria is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees, judicial officers and VCAT members, key partners and court users.

Court Services Victoria has a COVIDSafe Plan that covers the workplaces of Victorian courts and VCAT, and each court and tribunal site has an individual COVIDSafe Plan to cover any measures specific to their workplace.

In alignment with the Victorian government's COVIDSafe workplaces guide, the Court Services Victoria COVIDSafe Plan demonstrates:

  • our actions to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 to our workplaces
  • the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for our workforce
  • how we will prepare for, and respond to, a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in our workplaces
  • how we will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government.

The COVIDSafe measures currently in place across Victorian courts and tribunals include:

Physical Distancing

  • In areas of courts and tribunals where the public are roaming for general visitation purposes and not for the operations of courts, maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others is recommended where possible.
  • While the courts and VCAT hear a number of matters online, when physical attendance is required at a venue, rooms are marked with signage encouraging physical distancing where possible.

Face Masks

  • Face masks must be worn by everyone working indoors in publicly accessible areas of court and tribunal buildings and are highly recommended for anyone else entering court buildings.
  • Disposable masks and hand sanitiser (to use before putting a mask on), are available to court and tribunal users at entrance points before security screening.
  • It is the preferred position of Court Services Victoria that court users with a medical exemption from wearing a fitted face mask, use a face shield as a form of protection when masks are required or recommended. Face shields are available for this situation.

Good Hygiene Practices

  • Hand sanitiser dispensers are in place in a variety of public areas, at the entrances of buildings and courtrooms, and near lifts.
  • Perspex hygiene screens have been installed at Registry counters.
  • Trays and equipment at security entrances are cleaned after each use.
  • Cleaning and sanitising occur regularly in all buildings. All public facing touchpoints, toilets, wash basins, soap dispensers, hand sanitiser units, kitchens and office areas are sanitised at least twice daily.

Screening Measures

  • Court Security Officers, as authorised officers, can refuse entry to court venues and remove from court premises any person who:¬†
    • advises they have coronavirus (COVID-19) or has been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and is awaiting results
    • advises they currently have flu like symptoms, or has visible flu like symptoms
    • has been directed by the Department of Health to isolate.

Signage

  • Signage throughout the buildings, including at public waiting areas, lifts, toilets and office spaces, encourages physical distancing where possible, and staying at home if unwell.
  • Signage about good hygiene and the use of face coverings is displayed at entrances, in kitchens and bathrooms, and where sanitiser and masks are distributed.

Ventilation

  • Air conditioning systems are monitored to ensure optimal performance and air flow.

Reporting

  • Court Services Victoria follows government requirements to notify the Department of Health and WorkSafe of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace and has a dedicated team that provides immediate support and response to any issue.

This page was last updated: Thursday 10 March 2022 - 11:21am