In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face mask when they leave their home for one of four reasons:
- study or work — if you cannot work from home
- medical care and caregiving
- shopping for essentials
- daily exercise.
Face masks are also recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres of physical distance is not possible in enclosed spaces.
For information about face masks, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website
Face masks for staff and students in schools
All school-based staff must wear a face mask at school, and when travelling to and from school.
Teachers and education support staff
Teachers and education support staff will not be required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can. Teachers should wear a face mask in other areas of the school when not teaching (for example, in the staffroom, on yard duty and when providing first aid or taking temperatures), and when travelling to and from school.
Secondary school students aged 12 years and over, including those attending specialist schools, must wear a face mask while at school and while travelling to and from school. Some students are exempt from wearing a face mask. See information below for more details.
Students who attend primary school, including for on-site supervision, will not be required to wear a face mask. This includes students in Prep to Year 6 who attend a P-12 school. Students who are aged 12 or over by Year 6 will not be required to wear a face mask.
Some students and staff are exempt from these requirements, this includes students who attend specialist schools, are over the age of 12 and are unable to wear a face mask due to the nature of their disability. This also includes students or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition.
specific exemptions from these requirements.
Parents and carers
Parents and carers will be required to wear face masks whenever they leave the house, including for school drop off and pick up. If they are travelling in a car alone, or only with members of their household, they do not need to wear a mask.
Use of personal protective equipment in education
School staff should refer to
guidance for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in education to determine when additional PPE is required. Education login is required.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline
Our coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline is available from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week (excluding public holidays). Call 1800 338 663.