Welcome to the Racing Victoria (RV) COVID-19 Information page.

It is important to note that the COVID-19 virus has not been found to impact horses, therefore all measures that are in place are aimed at protecting the people in and around the industry.

This page seeks to provide quick access to key information and links to important sources of information, including to coronavirus information on the Victorian Government’s website and the website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The information provided by RV on its website is a guide only. Whilst RV will do its best to review and update any information as and when required to address updates from Government, you should make sure that you monitor and review the current advice and requirements of the Australian and Victorian Governments (and other States as applicable) to ensure that you are acting on the most up to date information. In the event of any inconsistency between any information on this website and any relevant State or Federal Government requirements, you must strictly comply with the latter.

Any information provided by RV does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on as such. You should always consider whether any material provided by RV is suitable to your circumstances and obtain any professional and/or medical advice you consider necessary.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you must get tested immediately.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you are required to:

  1. Notify your employer and/or manager;
  2. Isolate for 5 days or until you don’t have any symptoms;
  3. Report your positive rapid antigen test (RAT) result at https://dhvicgovau.powerappsportals.com/rapid-antigen-test/ or call 1800 675 398
What am required to do if one of my employees tests positive to COVID-19?

COVID-19 remains an active virus, therefore as an employer you have an obligation to the industry and your staff to ensure that you act swiftly and appropriately if you or a staff member tests positive to COVID-19.

Refer to the link Business and work | Coronavirus Victoria. This outlines step-by-step the actions you need to take.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, chills or sweats, runny nose, loss or change in sense of smell or taste and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene and social distancing can prevent infection.

How can I help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others  is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze (for example, by coughing or sneezing into your elbow), dispose of tissues, and wash your hands.
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people), get tested and self-isolate at home until the outcome of your test is known.
  • Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people and minimising physical contact especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

What do I do if I develop symptoms?
You must seek RAT or PCR testing immediately and isolate at home until you have received a negative result. You must also notify your employer and the Victorian Government at https://dhvicgovau.powerappsportals.com/rapid-antigen-test/ or call 1800 675 398.
What are the key health contacts?
  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au
  • Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
  • Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 675 398. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
  • If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor
Where do I go for information on Government support?

Following are some of the key online information sources from the Australian and Victoria Governments for businesses and individuals seeking up-to-date information and support during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic: