The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused wide-reaching challenges for Victoria’s creative and cultural sector of a scale and nature we've never experienced before.
Creative Victoria is monitoring this evolving situation and its impacts on our creative community, and we are doing everything we can to provide support during these anxious and uncertain times.
On this site, you'll find information to help you navigate the current environment, including avenues for support and useful resources.
State of Emergency extended
The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm 15 March 2021.
UPDATE: Victoria returns to COVIDSafe settings
Victoria returns to COVIDSafe settings from 11:59pm on Friday 26 February 2021. To find out what this means for the creative industries, see our Restrictions summary and Q&As. For full details of the current Victorian restrictions, visit the Victorian Government coronavirus website.
UPDATE: Victorian Government QR Code Service
From Saturday 27 March, all businesses using electronic record keeping – such as a QR code – must use a system that is compatible with the Victorian Government contact tracing system to help contact tracers respond to outbreaks even faster.
The Victorian Government has developed an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows QR code systems to ‘speak’ with Victoria’s Department of Health (DH) contact tracing system technology.
Victorian Travel Permit System
Victoria has established a permit system for all travel into Victoria from interstate and New Zealand.
From 11:59pm on 26 February, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.
The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia and New Zealand to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones.
The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate or New Zealand.
New South Wales/Victorian border communities will continue to have exceptions and will be able to use local residence identification to cross the border – such as a driver’s licence.
To apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria website.
For information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.
Industry Restart Guidelines available now
COVIDSafe signage and resources for your workplace
As Victoria continues to open up and return to business, it's vital that venues and workplaces are COVIDSafe. The Victorian Government has created a collection of templates, questionnaires, signage and other resources to assist. Download and display these resources in your workplace and on your social media, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
View these resources
Support Act Wellbeing Helpline
The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a completely confidential and free of charge 24/7 phone counselling service.
Simply phone 1800 959 500 to speak with an experienced, qualified clinician about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. You can make an appointment, or request to speak to someone immediately.
Questions and answers for the creative industries
We have gathered the following information in response to questions about the current situation, its impacts on our creative industries, organisations and individuals, and available support.
Victoria’s COVIDSafe Summer restrictions apply from 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December (see Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement). These restrictions are expected to be in place for the summer period and will be reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect current health advice.
See our Restrictions summary and Q&As to learn more about what this means for the creative industries.
For a full run down of current Victorian restrictions, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.
If you are a current funding recipient and you will not be able to deliver on your project, or your plans have been affected, please contact Creative Victoria program staff. We understand these are drastically changed circumstances and will provide as much flexibility as possible, including changes to deliverables, KPIs and delivery platforms
Please get in touch with your client manager or funding program staff to discuss your needs. If you don’t know who best to speak with, contact our reception email and general telephone line and you will be directed to the right place.
Given these extraordinary circumstances we will be as flexible as possible with reporting and acquittals, please contact program staff to discuss your needs.
For organisations that receive funding through the Organisations Investment Program, outcomes reporting for 2020 has been suspended.
Supporting our music industry
Urgent funding for live music venues, new grants to protect music jobs on stage and behind the scenes.
Securing Collingwood creative hubs
The future of two major creative hubs in Collingwood has been secured with $800,000 of funding provided.