15 September 2020

Creative Victoria is monitoring the rapidly changing situation with regard to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria and its impacts on the creative industries and will continue to share information and updates as they come to hand.

The following information is correct as of 15 September 2020. For the latest information, visit Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

State of Emergency and State of Disaster declarations are in place in Victoria until 11.59pm on 11 October 2020. These measures give the Chief Health Officer and Victoria Police the powers they need to respond rapidly to the pandemic in line with the latest data and public health advice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

On Sunday 6 September, the Premier announced Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening, comprising five steps to reach a COVID normal.

This includes information on the safe and steady easing of restrictions across how we live, learn and work.

Visit https://www.vic.gov.au/roadmap for details of the metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria roadmaps and industry-specific information, including for creative studios, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, museums and galleries, and media and film productions.

Further creative industries specific guidance, developed in consultation with the sector, will be available in the days and weeks ahead and we will continue to keep you updated.

Roadmap – Step 1 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

From Monday 14 September 2020, Roadmap – Step 1 restrictions are in place for metropolitan Melbourne until Monday 28 September 2020.

While many of the Stage 4 Restrictions remain in place, Roadmap – Step 1 introduces expanded social interaction measures:

  • Two people or a household can meet outdoors for a maximum of two hours for social interaction, exercise or recreation within 5km of their home.
  • People living alone or single parents can nominate one person with whom they can form a ‘single social bubble’.

Roadmap – Step 1 includes a reduced curfew from 9pm until 5am. The only reasons to leave home during these hours are work, medical care and caregiving.

Under Step 1 there remain only four reasons to leave your home:

  • shopping for food or other essential items
  • outdoor exercise and recreation – daily outdoor exercise is permitted for 2 hours.
  • permitted work and
  • caregiving, compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment

Under Roadmap – Step 1 restrictions still apply to workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne, which must remain closed unless they are part of a permitted industry. With very few exceptions (such as some screen productions), the creative industries are not permitted industries. Read our Creative Industries Q&As for more detail or visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

People in Melbourne are required to wear face coverings when leaving home for the permitted reasons.

For information on Roadmap – Step 1, visit the guidelines at vic.gov.au or read the Premier of Victoria's statement on the Roadmap to COVID Normal.

Roadmap – Step 3 restrictions for regional Victoria

From 11.59pm Wednesday 16 September 2020, Roadmap – Step 3 restrictions will be in place for regional Victoria.

Roadmap – Step 3 introduces the easing of restrictions and a number of changes to the way people in regional Victoria live and work. This includes but is not limited to:

  • curfew - not in place
  • leave home - no restrictions on reasons to leave home or distance you can travel in regional Victoria
  • Expanded social interaction measures – Household Bubbles at homes and gatherings outdoors (in public spaces) of up to 10 people
  • Opening of childcare and schools
  • Travel can resume for regional Victorians holidaying anywhere in regional Victoria.

Further details will be released in the coming days of what these Step 3 restrictions mean for the creative industries, including creative studios, venues, outdoor events, film and television production and more. We will provide further guidance and update our creative industries Q&As as soon as possible.

COVIDSafe Plan 

All businesses across Melbourne and regional Victoria must have a COVIDSafe Plan and will be enforceable from 28 September 2020.

People in regional Victoria are required to wear face coverings when leaving home for the permitted reasons.

For information on Roadmap – Step 3, visit the guidelines at vic.gov.au  or read the Premier of Victoria's latest statement.

People in regional Victoria are required to wear face coverings when leaving home for the permitted reasons. We will be updating our Creative Industries Q&As for regional Victoria shortly.

All restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are unsure or have any questions about your business’s ability to open, contact the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.

Government support

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments have announced various economic support measures to help individuals, businesses and organisations that have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

To date, the Victorian Government has announced a total of $90 million to help the state’s creative sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in addition to broader programs and support.

This dedicated funding will help maintain creative jobs and activity, help individuals, organisations and businesses to regenerate income, develop new work and provide new opportunities for creative community participation during the current shutdown and beyond. It includes:

  • $48 million to ensure our State-owned creative and cultural institutions survive the impacts of the pandemic and protect their workers.
  • $13 million to support almost 100 non-government arts and cultural organisations state-wide.
  • $4.7 million in quick response grants for independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state through the new Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.
  • $19 million for the music industry, including support for live music venues ($15 million), music workers and businesses, and for key events and online initiatives.
  • $2 million to commission new works by local artists through the RISING Festival.
  • $1.6 million in grants through Creative Victoria’s programs focusing on activities that can be undertaken in the current climate, such as the research and development of new creative works, professional development activities and new ways of reaching audiences.
  • $1.1 million to support the urgent needs of key creative organisations and facilities, benefiting many hundreds of individual artists and small businesses.
  • $700,000 to commission original creative content for the Victoria Together online platform.

Given the extraordinary circumstances, Creative Victoria is also being as flexible as possible with reporting requirements for previously funded activity and with changes to projects, programs and timelines.

This targeted funding complements broader Victorian Government initiatives including Business Victoria programs which have provided vital support to impacted businesses, including in the creative industries; and the Working for Victoria scheme which is helping those who are out of work to secure alternative employment during this time.

Creative businesses, organisations and sole traders in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria may be eligible for support through the Third Round of Business Support Fund Grants and other new initiatives under the $3 billion Business Survival and Adaptation Package& announced on Sunday 13 September 2020.

We have summarised various government and other support programs that are relevant to the creative industries on our Coronavirus and the Creative Industries sub-site.

Read more about the Commonwealth Government support.

Enforced quarantine following overseas travel

From 11.59pm on Saturday 28 March 2020, all travellers returning from overseas to Victoria will be placed in enforced quarantine for a self-isolation period of 14-days to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). More information can be found in the Premier’s media release.

Overseas and domestic travel

On 24 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.

For the latest international travel advice, visit Smart Traveller.

Travelling interstate is not recommended. If you do need to travel interstate for a permitted reason, you should check the rules that your destination state or territory has in place.

Staying healthy

Things to remember to stay healthy and reduce transmission:

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Wear a face covering when you are out, unless an exception applies.
  • If you feel unwell do not go to work.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for test result or you have tested positive and need to self-isolate you may be eligible for a worker support payment.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

For more information visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Advice for Creative Victoria funding recipients and applicants

We understand that many plans have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and this is an anxious and uncertain time. We are being as flexible as possible with our grant recipients - both with grant variations and reporting. Please get in touch to discuss.

Please call your Creative Victoria program manager if your funded activity or funding application is impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the public health measures in place, or you have any concerns.

Due to changing circumstances, there may be changes to some of our funding programs. Visit our grants pages for details, or keep informed by subscribing to Creative Victoria eNews.

Further information and resources