3 June 2021

Creative Victoria is monitoring the 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 3 June 2021.

State of Emergency

The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm, Friday 4 June 2021.

UPDATE

The Victorian Government has announced changes to Victoria’s restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June 2021.

For a detailed overview of the changes, see the Table of Restrictions.

Following is a high-level summary.

Restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne

The current restrictions will remain in place in metropolitan Melbourne for a further seven days, with some small changes. From 11:59pm 3 June 2021:

  • There will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated.
  • A number of outdoor jobs will be added to the authorised list – like landscaping, painting, installing solar panels, or letterboxing.
  • Other restrictions – including mask wearing – will stay the same.
  • People will be able to travel further for exercise and shopping, with an expanded 10km radius.
  • People from Melbourne will not be able to travel to regional Victoria, including over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

For this period, all cultural and entertainment venues and creative studios in metropolitan Melbourne must remain closed. Acknowledging this will have a big impact on creative businesses and events, the Victorian Government will be extending its financial support with an additional $209.3 million in grants via the Circuit Breaker Business Support Package (see below for more information).

Restrictions for regional Victoria

Regional restrictions will ease from 11:59pm Thursday 3 June 2021. These changes are as follows:

  • Travel restrictions and the ‘five reasons to leave home’ will be lifted.
  • Restaurants and cafés can reopen to a maximum of 50.
  • Retail, beauty and personal care, community facilities, creative studios and some entertainment venues (see below) will also open in line with density limits.
  • Religious ceremonies and funerals will be capped at 50, weddings at ten.
  • If you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50 per cent or 20 people, whichever is greater.

Regional Victoria – Easing of restrictions for Creative Industries

The easing of restrictions for creative industries organisations, venues and businesses operating in regional Victoria are outlined below.

Creative Studios: Open: A maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.

Entertainment and Leisure:

Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to 25% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open up to 50% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Non-seated indoor venues: Closed.

Non-seated outdoor venues: Open to maximum of 50 people per venue. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people.

Drive-in cinemas: Open to a maximum of 50 people per venue (stay in vehicles). Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.

Hospitality

Food and drink facilities, food courts: Open for seated service only with a maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.


QR Codes – New requirements

QR code record keeping requirements will now be mandatory in retail settings, like supermarkets and shops.

Retailers must use the Service Victoria QR Code Service.

The 15-minute threshold will also be removed so anyone entering a shop or a cafe will need to check-in, regardless of how long they visit the premises.

See below for more on QR Codes.


Support for businesses

Building on the $250.7 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package announced Sunday 30 May, a new allocation of up to $209.3 million will flow to small and medium-sized businesses, including sole traders, increasing the total support package to $460 million.

The Business Costs Assistance Program grants for eligible businesses  located in metropolitan Melbourne will be doubled from $2500 to $5000.

  • Regional businesses unable to open due to the ongoing restrictions, such as nightclubs and amusement parks, will also be eligible for the extended payment.
  • Metropolitan businesses that will have restrictions eased from Friday will not be eligible for the extended payment.

Applications for the Business Costs Assistance Program are scheduled to open on Thursday 3 June and will remain open until 11.59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021.

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grants for businesses in metropolitan Melbourne with eligible liquor licences and food certificates will be doubled from $3500 to $7000.

Eligible liquor licensees under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payment will be emailed directly by Business Victoria on Thursday 3 June 2021, with a link to their grant application form.

For more information on how to apply, visit Business Victoria or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Register your interest

To receive an alert when these programs open for applications please register for the Business Victoria Update newsletter.

Check the Business Victoria website for more information and application details when available.

Other crisis support for creative workers

The following crisis relief programs provide one-off financial support for independent artists, crew, and others working in the performing arts, music, and visual arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19.

Theatre Network Australia 1000x1000 Crisis Cash for Artists – a one-off emergency payment to support independent artists, production crew, and producers in the performing arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and who do not have access to a financial safety net.

Support Act MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper – one-off cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 for families with dependent children) for artists, crew, and other music workers affected by COVID-19.

NAVA Artists' Benevolent Fund – one-off financial assistance of $2,000 to Australian visual artists in crisis. This includes artists severely affected in their practice by a declared state or national emergency, such as losing a critical work opportunity because of COVID-19.

Other important information for businesses

It’s critical that businesses with on-site operations continue to comply with cleaning, signage, record keeping, and other COVIDSafe requirements.

Businesses must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan and those that fail to do the right thing face significant fines.

All Victorians over the age of 40 are be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on how to book your vaccine appointment, visit the Coronavirus website.

Stay up to date with the latest exposure sites. Anyone with symptoms should get tested immediately. The list of testing sites includes wait times.

Victorian workers can apply for a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment that provides financial support while they self-isolate to wait for the results of a COVID-19 test.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.


Public Events Framework

Entertainment venues can apply to be considered under the Public Events Framework (PEF) if they wish to exceed density limits or capacity restrictions. Detailed information on the PEF can be found here.

Events that have previously been approved through the Public Events Framework and are impacted by the current restrictions will be contacted by the Public Events team.


UPDATE: Victorian Government QR Code Service

All venues and businesses required to undertake electronic record keeping must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app. This is convenient for Victorians and gives contact tracers access to the best data quickly.

This applies to the following types of creative venues as well as those in other sectors (see full list):

  • Creative arts facilities
  • Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors)
  • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries)
  • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as Zoos, live museums)
  • Drive in cinemas

The Victorian Government QR Code Service is free for all Victorian businesses, organisations, clubs and events. These records help contact tracers in the event a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified. For more information visit the QR Code Service page on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.


Victorian Travel Permit System

Victoria has established a permit system for 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

Industry guidelines are being updated to reflect the latest health advice. For more detail on the latest COVIDSafe Settings, please see our Restrictions summary for the creative industries and visit the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus website.

Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

Every Victorian workplace that is open must adhere to the following six principles to ensure a COVIDSafe workplace:

  • Practice physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Keep electronic records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces
  • Create workforce bubble

Read more on these principles.

All businesses and workplaces must have a COVIDSafe Plan for on site operations.

COVIDSafe Plan

Every Victorian business or workplace that is open, or has staff on site, must have a COVIDSafe Plan. This will help you protect your workers, customers and visitors.Your COVIDSafe Plan will detail the actions you will take to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace.

Victorian Government Authorised Officers are closely monitoring and inspecting businesses to ensure they are following their COVIDSafe Plans. There are significant penalties, including fines and prohibition notices, for businesses that fail to follow these directions.

For information on developing a COVIDSafe Plan and what is required, including templates, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website

Victorian Government support

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

Dedicated funding and support measures include:

  • Survival funding for independent creatives, small to medium arts and cultural organisations, and microbusinesses
  • Funding for First Peoples focused initiatives
  • Support for the contemporary music industry, live music venues, artists, workers and businesses in Melbourne’s CBD, suburbs and throughout regional Victoria
  • Investment in Victoria’s screen industry
  • Capital and operational funding for state-owned cultural institutions and venues
  • Support for projects to make venues COVIDSafe and enable them to present outdoor events and performances
  • Activation and programming support for state-owned venues, creative organisations and events
  • Regional creative infrastructure projects for regional galleries.
  • Support for the Victorian Government's upcoming creative industries strategy.

This targeted funding has complemented broader Victorian Government initiatives and Business Victoria programs which have provided vital support to impacted businesses, including those in the creative industries. To find out about government support and resources, you can contact the the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Visit the grants and support section of our website for current Creative Victoria funding opportunities. We also encourage you to subscribe to Creative Victoria’s eNews and follow us on social media to keep up to date with grants and other opportunities relevant to Victoria’s creative industries.

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.


Staying healthy and safe

It is more important than ever that we take steps every day to keep ourselves and others healthy and safe.

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.
  • If you feel unwell stay at home and do not go to work.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately and stay home.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for your 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