COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) – Guidelines for selling a home under RED

This page contains information and what to expect if you're selling a property under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) under RED

Overview
  • The requirements of the COVID-19 Protection Framework apply by real estate activity (such as, but not limited to, open homes, auctions, private viewings, and inspections). Real estate professionals and businesses may need to operate under different rules depending on the activity they are undertaking or meet the more stringent requirements where activities cannot be separated
  • Real estate agencies are not required to use the My Vaccine Pass verification process for real estate activities but may choose to
  • Generally, real estate operates at the general settings of the traffic light system
  • The rules for events apply to some real estate activities such as auctions/open homes at commercial properties or in a rural paddock. On the other hand, the settings for gatherings apply where the activity occurs at a private dwelling
  • Discuss and confirm with your real estate professional if you consent to unvaccinated people coming into your property as part of the sales process or whether all onsite activities must be subject to My Vaccine Pass verification process
  • The marketing plan you will agree with your real estate professional must take into account your decision on whether to use the My Vaccine Pass process or not. The licensee also needs to have a plan to enable unvaccinated people to participate in the real estate process, subject to your consent as the seller
  • You can view the specific guidelines for real estate agencies here
  • We encourage you to view the guidance on Unite against COVID-19 website on Moving, buying and selling your home at Red, Orange, and Green

At the Red Setting:

  • There are no limits for outdoor events and gatherings, such as outdoor auctions or viewings
  • The limit for indoor events and gatherings, such as open homes, indoor auctions and indoor CPD training, has increased to 200 people, or less based on 1-metre physical distancing
  • My Vaccine Passes are no longer required, however, My Vaccine Passes may still be used if the seller chooses to do so. The seller may determine that it is appropriate to do so depending on health risks arising in their area, and for the protection of those visiting the property. Use of My Vaccine Pass does not change the capacity limit but other arrangements must be in place, such as all workers being vaccinated
  • You are not required to wear a face mask outdoors but they are still required in most indoor settings. Other face mask rules remain unchanged 
  • Face coverings are mandatory in many places, including on flights, public transport, in taxis, retail, public facilities, and recommended whenever leaving your home
  • REA strongly encourages use of face coverings in all customer/client-facing real estate activities. Face coverings are not required at outdoor events and gatherings. If you are operating under the rules for gatherings (which apply for real estate activities at residential dwellings), all workers (paid and unpaid) must wear face coverings and it is strongly recommended that everyone attending wears a face covering
  • There is no requirement to scan in, display a QR code, or have mandatory record keeping. Please note that you are encouraged to keep the COVID-19 tracer app on your phone in case it is needed in the future
  • Workplaces are open, but working from home is encouraged
  • Regional boundary restrictions may apply. Visit the Unite Against Covid-19 website for travel restrictions.
  • To view the guidelines for real estate agencies under Red, visit the REA website
Click on the links below to learn more about buying and selling under different traffic light system levels:
Buying a home

RED

ORANGE

GREEN

Selling a home

RED

ORANGE

GREEN

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