Babysits Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy
Updated 2nd September 2020 - Babysitting during Coronavirus (COVID-19). At Babysits, we want to give our community the best support possible and do our part in keeping you updated on what the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means for you as a babysitter, childminder or parent.
What does the Coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for you as a parent or babysitter?
Australia has experienced a new peak in Coronavirus cases, resulting in citizens being asked to stay at home and avoid social contact where possible. Restrictions and laws surrounding COVID-19 differ per state, with Victoria being hit the hardest in the recent month.
Although we do our best to provide our community with up-to-date and accurate information, we advise that you check the Australian Government Department of Health for further information.
Below we have outlined what the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) means for you as a babysitter or parent seeking babysitting services, depending on the state in which you live.
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
Victoria now accounts for many of Australia's COVID-19 cases and as a result, Melbourne metro has entered stage 4 restrictions. It is expected that the current restrictions will remain in place until at least September 13th 2020.
Stage 3 restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.
Under these new rules, Melbourne residents are subject to a night-time curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am. During these hours, citizens may not leave their homes unless they are going to work, seeking medical care or care-giving. Only one person per household may shop for essential items at a time.
Students across Victoria are returning to home-based learning and childcare centres are now closed. Victorians are only allowed to leave their home once a day and must remain within a 5km distance from their home.
Is babysitting allowed in Victoria?
Stage 4 restrictions affect babysitting and childcare services in the Melbourne Metro area.
This means that parents who are deemed permitted workers, and who do not have anyone else in the household to supervise their children, may continue having a babysitter supervise their children.
However, no new babysitting arrangements may be made. This rule extends to both permitted and non-permitted workers.
The DHHS also advises against babysitting being provided by at-risk groups, such as grandparents.
Babysitters and nannies who are registered as sole traders are required to carry a Permitted Worker Permit.
If you are a parent currently working from home and seeking babysitting services, consider using our new Virtual Babysitting feature. It's an innovative alternative to in-person babysitting which can help you focus on an important task or attend a virtual meeting without interruption.
Density restrictions are now in place in South Australia. The total number of people at any given place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.
It is asked that every person maintains physcial distancing of 1.5 metres from others in public spaces. However this rule does not apply to people who live together or regularly associate with one another.
Gatherings at private residences are restriced to a maximum of 50 people per gathering.
Gatherings at a private place (as opposed to a private residence) are restricted to a maximum of 100 people.
Is babysitting allowed in South Australia?
Currently, it is okay to babysit in South Australia. However, this is subject to change as the situation evolves. Check Covid-19 SA for more information.
For Queenslanders, restrictions in response to the coronavirus differ depending on the area in which you live. Read this list for information on restricted areas.
In restricted areas, Queenslanders may allow up to 10 people to gather in their home at any given time (including the members of the person's household).
In non-restricted areas, Queenslanders may allow up to 30 people to gather in their home at any given time (including the members of the person's household).
Is babysitting allowed in Queensland?
Currently, it is okay to babysit in Queensland. However, we advise that families have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
There are currently no restrictions in NT for having visitors in your home.
However, the Nothern Territory Government advices that citizens, "Stay home and stay away from other people and arrange to be tested for COVID-19 infection if you have symptoms of respiratory illness, including loss of smell, nasal symptoms, sore throat, tired, cough or fever."
Is babysitting allowed in the NT?
Currently, it is okay to babysit in the NT. However, we advise that families have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap commenced Saturday, August 15th.
Phase 5 involves easing all previous COVID-19 restrictions, with the exception of WA's hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.
Phase 5 also saw the removal of WA's 2 square metre rule and the 50% capactiy rule at major venues.
There are no limits on gatherings in WA.
The situation is constantly evolving. For more information, visit the WA Gov website.
Is babysitting allowed in Western Australia?
Babysitting is currently allowed in Western Australia. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
Gatherings in homes are limited to a maximum of 20 people at any given time (not including residents of the household).
The Tasmanian Government asks that Tasmanian citizens "... maintain physical distancing at all times when you are out (staying at least 1.5 metres from other people), wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes. You should not visit others or have visitors to your home if you are unwell."
Is babysitting allowed in Tasmania?
Babysitting is currently allowed in Tasmania. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO and the Tasmanian Government. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
There is no current limit on household visitation in the ACT.
Public gatherings can have a maximum of 100 people in attendance.
Is babysitting allowed in the ACT?
Babysitting is currently allowed in the ACT. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
At any one time, up to 20 visitors may visit another household. This number of visitors include both adults and children.
There is currently no daily limit as to the number of visitors allowed in your home, as long as you do not have more than 20 at any one time.
You may have guests from any household at your home, as long as you do not exceed 20 visitors in total.
Is babysitting allowed in NSW?
Babysitting is currently allowed in NSW. However, we ask that you maintain active in following the guidelines set out by the WHO. If you experience COVID-19 symtoms, refrain from attending any scheduled babysitting appointments.
Extra Tips for Parents and Babysitters
We ask that you do take measures to protect the safety of yourself and others. For example, we recommend that parents have one regular babysitter rather than multiple babysitters. This way, you can better monitor the number of people entering your home and potentially spreading the virus.
Furthermore, we suggest that babysitters consider virtual babysitting and online homework help as viable babysitting options. For more information, please click here.
If you have further questions, you can contact our customer service and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
For more information about babysitting safely during the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to the link below.