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While Mr Whelan's wife Katie is a nurse - a permitted worker - he oversees a large-scale online software project for a government department from home.

As of Thursday - the first day of restrictions - the Whelan family was one of many in limbo over whether they qualify to access care for their children, Pippa, 1, and Phoebe, 5.

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Zoom meeting, put Toy Story on the TV, Zoom meeting, change a nappy, Zoom meeting.

This could be the pace of Melbourne father of two Danny Whelan's days for the next six weeks if he loses his bid to be categorised as a "permitted worker" under the Victorian government's new stage four restrictions.

Danny Whelan with his children Phoebe, 5 and Pippa, 1. Mr Whelan says it will be "impossible" for him to look after his children while working full-time from home.

Danny Whelan with his children Phoebe, 5 and Pippa, 1. Mr Whelan says it will be "impossible" for him to look after his children while working full-time from home.Credit:Justin McManus

The new rules remove access to childcare for all but the vulnerable and households of permitted workers.

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