Access card audit
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Access card audit beginning next week
As announced last week, the MMA will begin an access card audit for market users entering the site. Now more than ever, it is essential that our records accurately capture entry of all people into the Melbourne Market.
The audit will happen randomly, at different times each day and night, beginning Wednesday, 27 October.
Market users will have their access card checked to confirm the following:
Each market user has their own valid access card
The access card is linked to the correct business type
In addition, the MMA will also be asking market users to check in via a QR code to show their vaccination evidence. Those entering the site who are unvaccinated will be reported to their business principal and/or authorised officers (e.g. Police, WorkSafe, DHS) who can enforce CHO (Chief Health Officer) directions and issue fines.
Valid access card
As per our operating rules, each market user entering the site must use and display their own access card. Access cards are not transferable and can’t be shared between individuals.
As part of the audit process, anyone found without their own valid access card will be denied access to the market; you will be required to sign in as a visitor at Gate 1 and be picked up and escorted onto the site by a market access card holder from your business.
Any individual producing an access card that is not theirs to gain entry will have that access card suspended.
To ease congestion at entry, vehicles with multiple passengers will be directed to the P1 car park to undertake the audit process.
Access card by business type
Access cards are linked to business types, and this determines what time you can enter the market. For example, an access card linked to a buyer account will only provide access to the site from 3:15 am. Experienced MRO’s will be undertaking the audit. If any persons are found with access cards deliberately linked to a different business type for the purpose of gaining access to the market outside regular trading hours, their card will be suspended until an investigation is carried out.
QR code sign in
As part of our efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the Melbourne Market and to assist with contact tracing, the access card audit process will also include asking market users to check in to the site using a QR code system via the Services Victoria application. The purpose is to confirm market users have received at least a single dose (from 15 October 2021) and full vaccination (from 26 November 2021) against COVID-19 (or have a medical contraindication as defined in the applicable Chief Health Officer’s directions). If you do not have the Services Victoria app or you have only received one vaccination dose, showing your evidence of vaccination, such as a copy of your immunisation history statement, to a nominated Market staff member will be acceptable.
Those entering the site who do not present evidence of vaccination or medical contraindication will be reported to their business principal and/or authorised officers (e.g. Police, WorkSafe, DHS) who can enforce CHO (Chief Health Officer) directions and issue fines. Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Direction can result in severe penalties, including fines for individuals of up to $21,808 and up to $109,044 for businesses. To streamline the process, we suggest uploading your vaccination passport to the Services Victoria app; click here for instructions.
The Department of Justice has confirmed that their Authorised Officers will visit the Melbourne Market next week to issue penalties for those not adhering to CHO directions related to vaccination of authorised workers.
When you are subject to an access card audit, we will aim to get you through as quickly as possible.
In anticipation of this process coming into effect, you should ensure you have the following in place by Wednesday 27 October:
You have your own access card that you carry with you, correctly linked to your business type
Your evidence of vaccination (if double dosed) is linked to the Services Victoria app.
You have documented evidence of vaccination if single dosed (such as a copy of your immunisation history statement)
We ask for your patience as we work to ensure the Melbourne Market is a safe and fair place to conduct business.
A summary of previous COVID-19 updates are kept on our website; click here to access.
If you have any further questions, you can call the 24-hour security number, 0408 334 555.
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