Owners Corporation Responsibilities
The Victorian State Government has now mandated that Owners Corporations MUST have a COVIDSafe Plan for each site that they are responsible. This is set out under property real estate and strata sector guidance on the coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.
In addition to the recent Victorian State Government Health Orders and Directives, Owners Corporations still have responsibilities under the Wrongs Act 1958 for their common law duty of care (civil liability negligence) to their visitors and occupants, and when contractors are on site under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, and that is to take precautions against the risk of harm if that risk was foreseeable (that is, a risk which a person knew or ought to have known), is significant, and in the circumstances, a reasonable person in the persons position would have taken those precautions.
Owners Corporations must make their own risk assessment to determine if facilities should remain open with measures in place, or if the common property/communal areas should be closed as part of the risk mitigation process.
To find out more about Owners Corporation Responsibilities click here.
For Victorian COVIDSafe settings, click here.
For information on COVIDSafe Business Restrictions, click here.