On Friday Victorian Police confirmed the Premier had been fined twice for the breaches.
“Premier Andrews received two fines today (8 October) for not wearing a mask, each to the value of $200,” a statement from police read.
“These incidents occurred on Wednesday 6 October and Thursday 7 October outside Parliament House.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has apologised after he was caught not wearing a face mask twice ahead of fronting a press conference. Picture: Twitter
In a statement from earlier in the day, Mr Andrews acknowledged the breaches and said he would donate to charity if he was not fined by Victoria Police.
“I am aware that as I approached two press conferences at the back of parliament house this week I removed my mask after leaving the car, before I walked to the back doors,” he said in the statement.
“I expect Victoria Police to assess this and if they choose to issue a fine, of course I will pay it.
“If they do not issue a fine I will donate the same value to a charity working to support people in this pandemic because whilst this was an oversight, oversights matter – everyone needs to follow the rules and I am sorry it occurred.”
Public health orders state face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over in Melbourne.
Earlier in the day Victoria Police confirmed to Skynews.com.au they were reviewing the footage. 
“Victoria Police are currently assessing a video circulating on social media of Premier Daniel Andrews walking across a carpark in Melbourne without a mask on, 7 October,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
“As the incident is being reviewed by investigators, we will not be providing further comment at this stage.”
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas defended Mr Andrews saying the Premier had always been “diligent” in his behaviour but said a mask is not needed when speaking on camera.
“They have launched an investigation, that is what I make of it,” Mr Pallas said.
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“The premier has been pretty diligent in terms of his behaviour and I think, I had a brief look at the footage and it looks like he is approaching a camera for purpose of doing a piece to camera.
“You are allowed to not wear a mask for that and we will leave it to that.”
Victorians who are caught without masks face a $200 fine from police under the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

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