On the advice of the Victorian Government public health team, all workers – in Melbourne and regional Victoria – on the Authorised Worker list will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite. They will need to be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

Disability workers are on the ‘Authorised Worker’ list and we are working through what is required for Melba to achieve this. Our thanks go to those who have already had a vaccination.

The Premier of Victoria has also announced a plan for Victoria to come out of lockdown. W reached 80% single dose last Tuesday 28th of September, and this meant Melburnians were able to go outside to catch up with friends and be involved in some outdoor activity. For details, please look here.

For a greater easing of lockdown, the two key dates for people over 16 to be fully vaccinated are for 70% (Estimated 26th October) and 80% (Estimated 5th November). These are the key markers in the national plan and key features of Victoria's roadmap to deliver the national plan. These provide another reason to get vaccinated, not just for your health and health of others but being able to see rules change, and lockdowns, open up and get back to something approaching normal.

To find a list of all Restriction Settings:

Please remember, restrictions remain different between Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Important information about managing the lockdown in the Melba Way

  • We will continue to support people in the best way possible, but some changes are made during lockdowns.

  • Like before we need everyone to work together to ensure we can safely deliver the services we need to.

Centre-based activities

  • We will continue to support those individuals who are most vulnerable and where centre-based support is essential.


  • Individual Supports will continue in the home for individuals who are vulnerable however there will be community access, in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) services

  • SIL services will continue in line with the current state Metropolitan and Regional restrictions.

  • No more than two visitors per service day to SIL services to provide essential care and support necessary for the resident’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing.

STAA (Respite services)

  • At this time STAA (Respite services) will continue.

  • People booking into or attending for booked respite can do so on the proviso they do not have any symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they cannot attend and are required to get tested.


  • Please note, as in the past lockdowns, we will be following Government directions and the public health advice. We’ve done this before, and we can do it again!

  • We will keep you informed with all further developments.

Melba Monthly - August 2021 Edition

Melba Monthly - September 2021 Edition