05 May 2022

With the easing of restrictions recently, we are moving into a new stage in our COVID-19 response.

Household and close contacts

Household and close contacts of people who have COVID are no longer required to isolate for 7 days.

If you are a household or close contact, you must seek approval before attending a Vinnies site or undertaking Vinnies work.  If you are permitted to attend you must take the following action for 7 days from your household member or close contact testing positive:

  • wear a face mask in indoor work settings (a P2 mask if available)
  • undertake a RAT prior to attending work each day
  • avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised persons where possible
  • do not visit aged care, hospitals, disability, and correctional facilities unless a special exemption applies.

Returning to work after contracting COVID-19

  • If you are returning after contracting COVID-19, it is no longer required that you have a RAT test prior to your return to work.
  • However, please remember that you must self-isolate until Day 7 from the day on which you tested positive.
  • Further, you are only able to return to work if you have been symptom free for at least 24 hours and your supervisor has agreed for you to return.

General COVID-safety reminders

  • Please be vigilant with social distancing, hand washing, cleaning work spaces and mask wearing where required.
  • Please do not just assume you have a cold. COVID symptoms may be very mild, and the isolation time is the same regardless of severity of symptoms. If you have any symptoms at all you should not attend a Vinnies site or undertake any work for the Society, unless you can work from home.​​​​​​​
  • We strongly encourage all of our people to have their booster shot.
  • Further questions can be directed to


What are the COVIDSafe requirements for my workplace?

  • COVID-19 PPE Protocol – for guidance on when and how to use PPE to assist with minimising risks associated with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 PPE Order Form – follow the instructions on the form to place an order for COVID-19 PPE including hand sanitiser, face masks, antibacterial wipes and more.
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