Industry in Focus
STATUS: Open with Strict Operating Requirements or Closed
The Caravan Industry is open with Strict Operating Requirements – Caravan Industry Victoria members fall into one of the current categories that can continue with the running of their businesses but with all care taken to maximise social distancing.
Where staff can work from home, employers should consider if this is an option for them.
- Suppliers - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
- Manufacturers - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
- Dealers - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
- Retailers - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
- Service and Repairs - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
- Caravan Parks - Closed
- Border Closures (Freight and Transportation of Stock) - Open with Strict Operating Requirements
Based on this rule businesses must make adjustments to their business, for example, any work on a caravan only one person can be inside at any one time. How to engage with Social Distancing
Caravan and RV Manufacturers
Caravan and RV manufacturers are not required to close. However the facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Retailers (including Caravan and RV dealers, accessories and camping equipment suppliers)
Retailers such as Caravan and RV dealers, accessories and camping equipment suppliers are not required to close. However, if any dealers or other retailers have an onsite cafe for staff or customers they can continue to trade but they will be limited to take-away and/or delivery. In addition, encouragement and facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the viruses.
Caravan and RV Repairers
Caravan and RV repairers are not required to close. However, if any repairers have an onsite cafe for staff or customers they can continue to trade but they will be limited to take-away and/or delivery. In addition, encouragement and facilitation of social distancing measures of at least 1.5 metres between persons should be applied and appropriate cleaning and hygiene practices should continue in order to limit the potential spread of the virus.
Caravan Parks - CLOSED
Currently caravan parks remain closed. Click here for more details.
People in certain circumstances are able to stay in a caravan park, these include:
- Essential workers such as doctors and nurses who are delivering health services in communities
- People who permanently reside in a caravan park
- People who do not have a permanent residence
Caravan Industry Association of Australia has sought legal advice following the report that there is a growing numbers of guests cancelling bookings and requesting refunds due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation. To help park managers and staff decide what type/amount of refund is to be provided to guests, please find below links to the COVID-19 Caravan Park Cancellation Flowchart which explains the refund process, relevant for each state:
- Victoria - COVID-19 Caravan Park Cancellation Flowchart
- New South Wales - COVID-19 Caravan Park Cancellation Flowchart
- South Australia - COVID-19 Caravan Park Cancellation Flowchart
- NT, Tas, ACT, WA & QLD - COVID-19 Caravan Park Cancellation Flowchart
Border Closures (Freight and Transportation of Stock)
Right now there is no closure or restrictions on Victoria’s borders. Non-essential domestic travel is restricted and Victorians are being urged to stay at home where possible, but key services, like health, freight and logistics – including those that travel across state’s borders, will continue. If there are concerns about potential variation in state decisions that may impact what is open on one side of the borders and what may be on the other, people should visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions-coronavirus, where they can find regularly-updated information about what is restricted in Victoria.
Australian Capital Terriorty
There are currently no restrictions on cross-border movement between ACT and NSW, beyond those that apply to everyone (ie not undertaking non-essential travel, maintaining social distancing rules etc)
New South Wales
There are no current border controls in NSW.
Department of Primary Industries: COVID-19 advice
Freight will continue to come in and out of the Territory. The new quarantine orders will not impact the delivery of essential goods and services.
NT Securing Borders Media Release: Click for more information
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:
- Queensland border restrictions
- Apply for an entry pass
- Queensland border restrictions fact sheet
SA Border Closure Media Release: Click for more information
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development: COVID-19 and primary industries
Tasmanian Border Restrictions: Click for more information
Probhibition of Regional Travel Directions: Click for more information
More information about Australian State and Territory Border Closures can be found here: www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/
Prepare to Reopen Your Business & Response Plans
The Australian Government is now calling on businesses to begin to prepare for reopening and increased operational output for the immediate months ahead. Crucially, businesses need to be able to operate in an environment where COVID-19 is still present but controlled. The government is asking all businesses that they have COVID-19 response and crisis management plans in place to support this. This includes managing the potential for a COVID-19 outbreak in the workplace, identifying the reporting process to relative authorities and stakeholders, providing relative staff and customer contact details for tracing, and the process for cleaning and hygiene management. This will ensure that as social distance measures are progressively removed, businesses can support the government in managing any potential small outbreaks of COVID-19.
Prepare to return to work resources from Safe Work Australia:
• Caravan Parks
It is important that all businesses review the material made available in addition to your state based WorkSafe information.
The government is also requesting that all businesses need to consider how they can reconfigure their business models in a post COVID-19 economy. This includes increasing digital infrastructure, examining current supply chains and logistics, as well as how you can engage with new and existing consumer segments.
Domestic Travel Update
International travel restrictions will remain in place for some time, with the challenge associated with significant outbreaks in other countries that Australia is unable to control. Government has indicated that Tourism Australia will be pivoting towards a stronger domestic tourism focus. Caravan Industry Victoria are currently working on 3 major marketing campaigns to be implemented to support the caravan industry.
Travel restrictions in Victoria will be eased as of 11:59pm on 31 May as annouced by Premier Daniel Andrews on 24 May.
Eased restrictions include:
- You will be able to stay in a holiday home or private residence
- You will be also able to stay in tourist accommodation, including caravan parks and camping grounds, where there are no shared communal facilities (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms)
- Tourist accommodation can open to guests provided there are no shared communal facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms
To find out more visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions-covid-19