22 September 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 22 September 2021.

State of Emergency

The current Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended through to 11.59pm, 23 September 2021.

Update: Lockdown lifts in City of Ballarat

The seven-day lockdown in the City of Ballarat lifts at 11:59pm, 22 September. The City of Ballarat moves to the settings in place for the rest of regional Victoria (see below Summary of COVIDSafe settings for regional Victoria).

Update: Construction shut down for two weeks

The Victorian Government has announced construction must shut down in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown for two weeks from 11.59pm, Monday 20 September.

All construction projects in metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire will be closed. This includes set construction at theatres and construction activities at all entertainment venues.

All sites will be required to demonstrate compliance with Chief Health Officer Directions prior to reopening – including the requirement for workers to show evidence to their employer of having had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they return to site on 5 October.

More information available at coronvirus.vic.gov.au

Victoria’s roadmap to deliver the National Plan

The Victorian Government has announced Victoria’s new roadmap to deliver the National Plan.

The COVID-19 thresholds detailed in the roadmap will be important measures to maintain as Victoria moves through the different stages in order to safeguard the health system.

Indicative dates in the roadmap include:

  • 26 September: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had at least one vaccination dose. This is Phase A of the National Plan.
  • 26 October: 70 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses. This is Phase B of the National Plan and lockdown will end in Melbourne.
  • 5 November: 80 per cent of Victorians expected to have had both vaccination doses. This is Phase C of the National Plan, and regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will come together under the same rules.
  • 19 November: once 80 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated, restrictions will align with Phase D of the National Plan.

For more information about how the roadmap applies in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria view the following tables. Included are the steps for creative studios and entertainment venues.


Transition to a ‘vaccinated economy’

As we reach 70 per cent and 80 per cent double dose vaccination targets, the roadmap lists certain venues for opening – on the condition that all attendees are vaccinated. The government will conduct trials to support businesses and ensure we have the right systems in place.

Both one-off events and specific venues will be considered – with businesses permitted to operate with higher patron caps if all staff and patrons provide evidence of full vaccination. Areas in regional Victoria with highest vaccination rates and no COVID-19 cases will be the first to be considered for these trials.

Proof of vaccination options will also be part of the trials. The Service Victoria app will be integrated with a Medicare Certificate that shows proof of vaccination. Other proof of vaccination options may also be trialled to determine what works best for both businesses and patrons.


Summary of COVIDSafe settings for metropolitan Melbourne, City of Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire

The Victorian Government announced the modest easing of restrictions from 11.59pm Friday 17 September.

The following is a summary of the settings for metropolitan Melbourne and the other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown: the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. Settings for the rest of regional Victoria are outlined further down this page. For a detailed overview, see the Table of Restrictions.

  • While entertainment venues remain closed to the public, up to five people will be able to attend an indoor or outdoor entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.
  • There will be one other reason to leave home: outdoor social interaction. This means one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity.
  • Additionally, up to five adults (plus dependents) from two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from 5km to 10km.
  • The time permitted for exercise – and now outdoor social interaction – will increase from two hours a day to four hours.
  • Child-minding for school-aged children will be permitted if only one parent is an authorised worker.

The reasons you can leave your home are as follows:

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.

In metropolitan Melbourne a stay-at-home curfew is in place between 9pm and 5am – the curfew does not apply in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. If you travel to metropolitan Melbourne from regional Victoria for a permitted reason, you will be required to adhere to the curfew whilst you are in metropolitan Melbourne. View full details of the current restriction settings.

Authorised worker permits

Authorised Workers are required to carry permits when working and when travelling for work in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits are available on the Coronavirus website.

Broadcast and livestreaming

Entertainment venues remain closed to the public in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown, however up to five people can attend an indoor or outdoor entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.

Screen production

Only limited production activity is permitted in metropolitan Melbourne as listed on the Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker list, ie feature film, television and documentary which are already in physical production and operating as a closed set, and related post-production. A COVIDSafe Plan must be in place. Television commercials, student and corporate productions are excluded. Cast and crew who can work from home must work from home.

You should travel directly to your workplace and limit movement as much as possible, if travelling between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, or the other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown and regional Victoria.

An Authorised Worker Permit is required. For more information regarding screen production and support available visit the Film Victoria website or contact on 03 9660 3215 or contact@film.vic.gov.au

Set construction

Set construction is not permitted in metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas currently in lockdown from 20 September. All sites will be required to demonstrate compliance with Chief Health Officer Directions prior to reopening – including the requirement for workers to show evidence to their employer of having had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they return to site on 5 October.  Detailed information is available at Coronavirus website.


Summary of COVIDSafe settings for regional Victoria

The following settings apply across regional Victoria (except City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire).

Key points:

The five reasons to leave home have been removed in regional Victoria.

  • There is no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.
  • The Authorised Worker list no longer applies in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits.
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home but up to 25 per cent capacity of office workers may return, or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Masks continue to be required indoors and outdoors, including workplaces, unless an exception applies.
  • Creative and entertainment venues can open with density limits and patron caps (see below for details).
  • Restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service with patron caps.
  • While restrictions remain in metropolitan Melbourne, businesses that are open in regional Victoria must check the IDs of everyone they serve.

For full details go to the Coronavirus website.

Regional creative venues

Regional creative venues must abide by a density limit of one person per four square metres and the capacity limit (whichever is the lesser); a COVID Check-in Marshal must be present at all entrances to the facility open to members of the public whenever the facility is operational; and dancefloors are not permitted.

In addition, regional creative venues must comply with the following restrictions:

  • Creative studios: Open with maximum of 20 people per facility
  • Indoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with maximum of 20 people per space
  • Outdoor fixed seated entertainment: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser
  • Non-seated indoor venues: Open with maximum of 20 people per space
  • Non-seated outdoor venues: Open with up to 25 percent capacity with maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser
  • Drive-in cinemas:
    • open (for households, intimate partner and bubble buddy)
    • must remain in vehicle
    • density limit of one person per four square metres for all communal spaces
  • Public events: Permitted to proceed in line with the restrictions in place in each setting
  • Screen production: Screen production activity is permitted in Regional Victoria under strict COVIDSafe conditions. Cast and crew who can work from home should work from home. All productions must follow the current Workplace Directions. Film sets must apply a density limit of one person per four square metres and office-based work is limited to 25 per cent or 10 people (whichever is greater) and adhere to a density limit of one person per four square metres
  • Additional restrictions apply to the construction industry across Victoria which may affect film or theatre set construction. Detailed information is available at Coronavirus website.

For details see the current Restricted Activity Directions.


Border with NSW

The Chief Health Officer has declared that 66 Local Government Areas in NSW, plus Jervis Bay, will move from an Extreme Risk Zone to a Red Zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.

This will help Victorians who have only been in these areas to come home, where they need to isolate for 14 days and get tested regularly. The areas changing are those which are not in lockdown and are listed at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/limited-restrictions.

All LGAs on the NSW-Victorian border are becoming red zones – except for Albury, which is in lockdown. If you live in the cross-border community – and you haven’t left the cross-border area or you haven’t been in an Extreme Risk Zone any time in the previous 14 days – you can cross the border and enter Victoria without a permit for any reason.

People who have been in an Extreme Risk Zone – such as Albury – in the previous 14 days are still required to obtain a Cross-Border Community – Extreme Risk Zone permit and travel only for permitted reasons should they wish to enter or re-enter Victoria. Limited exemptions and exceptions, and other valid permits, apply.

Find more info on Victoria’s travel permit system. These pages will be updated at 11:59pm to include the new areas in lockdown and the new travel zone designations.


COVID-19 Financial Support

The Victorian Government has provided a range of support for Victorians working in the creative industries since the start of the pandemic.

This includes through tailored creative industries initiatives via Creative Victoria as well as via broader business support programs through Business Victoria. Thousands of creative industries businesses have accessed this support to date.

For a guide to Victorian Government financial assistance and other crisis support visit our page COVID-19 Financial Support. For Creative Victoria’s current grant programs visit the Grants and Support page.


Other important information for business

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.

You may be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, visit this page to find out more. 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.


QR Codes – Check in everywhere, every time

A reminder that all businesses and workplaces are now required to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service, unless an exemption applies.

Victorians must check-in everywhere, every time. Businesses must ensure that every customer and visitor has checked-in, no matter how long they are at the premises.

Checking in with the Victorian Government QR Code Service is the best way to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Victorian businesses open.

QR Code Kiosk Check-in Service

Your business may benefit from Service Victoria’s Kiosk Check-in Service that helps venues to check-in customers who are unable to do so themselves. The Kiosk allows workers to enter a customer’s name and contact phone number electronically, using a tablet for example. All venues are required to provide an alternative record keeping method for workers and customers who do not have a smart phone.


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 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 borders tightened please see section above ‘Changes to border restrictions’.

To apply for a permit, visit the Service Victoria website.

For information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.


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

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.

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

Also view COVID-19 Financial Support