26 February 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 26 February 2021.

For the latest information about Victoria's coronavirus response and restrictions, and relevant resources, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

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.

For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/qrcode. You can check if your QR code provider has connected to the Government’s API by visiting coronavirus.vic.gov.au/visitationAPI.

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

When Victorian creative organisations, businesses and venues reopen and return to work, it is important for businesses and employers to understand their obligations and how to keep their workers, artists, audiences, patrons and the wider community safe.

The guidelines covering Museums and Galleries, and Indoor Entertainment Venues (including cinemas, performing arts and music venues) and Outdoor Entertainment Attractions and Experiences are available to download from the Arts and Entertainment Services page on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.

Creative venues, museums and galleries with a retail or hospitality space should consult the relevant industry guidelines. Set building for theatre, film and television must adhere to construction sector guidelines.

Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces

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

  • Ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Wear a face mask
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • Avoid interactions in close 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).

Prior to the pandemic, Victoria’s creative industries were worth $33.9 billion to the state economy, employing approximately 292,000 Victorians. The Victorian Government has invested more than $220 million in the State Budget through grant programs, strategic initiatives and infrastructure projects to support the creative sector’s survival and adaptation and to enable it to reactivate and rebuild.

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.

This targeted funding has complemented 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.

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.

We have included links to 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.

Staying healthy and safe

As restrictions ease 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