22 April 2022

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 April 2022.


Current COVIDSafe Settings

As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside – and with almost 70 per cent of adults now armed with their third vaccination dose, the Victorian Government has announced that most COVID-19 restrictions no longer apply.

From 11:59pm, Friday 22 April 2022:

Vaccination and check in

  • Patrons are not required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue.
  • The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app ends, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a COVID-19 Check-in Marshal.
  • The two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers are retained (See ‘Vaccination requirements for workers’ below).

Face masks

  • Face masks are no longer required in hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
  • Face masks are still required on public transport and at airports – excluding airport workers who aren’t public facing – and in sensitive health, aged care and justice settings.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Close contacts no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a face mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period.
  • People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks.
  • The essential requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis remains.

Workplace contacts

  • Individuals are required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts.
  • Workplaces do not have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.
  • It is recommended to work from home if you're a close contact exempt from quarantine.

Events

  • Events with more than 30,000 people no longer require public health pre-approval.

International travellers

  • International travellers who are symptom-free are recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers no longer need to complete 7 days’ quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew are no longer required.

COVIDSafe Plan

  • All workplaces still require a COVIDSafe Plan (see more information and links to Plan templates below).

Victoria continues to monitor epidemiological conditions and work with other jurisdictions to ensure COVID settings are aligned. See more information at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

  • Vaccination requirements for workers 

Creative arts workers, entertainment and function workers, media and film production workers, retail and hospitality workers (including contractors, volunteers, and students on placement) are among those required to show evidence to their employer of receiving two vaccination doses in order to continue working outside their home.

Vaccination – third dose

If you are aged 16 and over and you had your second dose 3 or more months ago, you are due for your third dose now.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has also approved a winter dose of COVID-19 vaccine to increase vaccine protection before winter, for people at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

For more information, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/third-dose


Now available: COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor March 2022 Report

The COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor is a research study tracking audience sentiment in the wake of the pandemic. The research is designed to help creative organisations and artists understand how audiences feel about engaging with and returning to creative events and venues.

The latest round of research was undertaken in March 2022 and the Victorian report is now available. This latest report shows audience attendance levels in Victoria are at their highest in two years.

View the report as well as key takeaways and thought starters for organisations.


Now open – Business Stimulus Package

The Victorian Government’s $200 million stimulus package is designed to support businesses and entice Victorians to get back to enjoying the best of our state’s entertainment and hospitality.

Current opportunities relevant to the creative industries:

Victorian Entertainment Program

Open now, the Victorian Government’s $30 million Victorian Entertainment Program encourages Victorians to get out and enjoy a wide range of arts and entertainment experiences.

Through the program, customers can claim back 25 per cent on eligible entertainment purchases over $40. Eligible experiences include:

  • theatre, live music and performing arts
  • cinema
  • museums and galleries
  • conferences, exhibitions and other events

Rebates can be claimed for entertainment experiences anywhere in Victoria, any day of the week.

If you are an entertainment venue/business, visit this page to download an Entertainment Program information pack, which includes:

  • Key information for your business
  • Digital assets for social media, websites and newsletters
  • FAQs for businesses

Find out more

There is also a similar Victorian Dining Program for hospitality venues.

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program

This program provides access to mentoring of up to four, two-hour sessions to help eligible small business – including those in the creative industries – navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and support owners and staff.

Delivered with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, over 11,000 mentoring sessions have been held with more than 5,500 businesses to date.

Apply now

Small Business Ventilation Program

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and improve ventilation in areas accessed by customers, the Victorian Government is providing support to public facing small businesses through the Small Business Ventilation Program.

Under the program, two types of support are available:

  1. Ventilation Rebate A $500 rebate for public facing small businesses to take immediate actions such as purchasing equipment or hiring a qualified tradesperson to undertake minor services to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.
  2. Ventilation Grant Matched grants from $1000 to $5000 to enable public facing small businesses who employ staff to invest in larger projects to improve ventilation such as building works, engaging professional services or equipment in areas accessible to customers.

Applications are now open until 11:59pm Friday 24 June 2022 or when funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first. Read more about ventilation below.

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

A $1,200 rebate for businesses to access a range of digital business tools to help modernise their operations.

These could include:

  • online menus and ordering systems
  • invoicing
  • stock and business management tools
  • website and e-commerce platforms.

This third round of the program will offer a further $5 million in rebates.

Applications are now open until 11.59pm on 18 July 2022 or until the program’s funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Apply now


COVIDSafe Workplaces and COVIDSafe Plan template

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.

Follow this guide to ensure your workplace is COVIDSafe.

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.

The COVIDSafe Plan template is available to help you reduce the risk of COVID-19 at your business. It is mandatory for all businesses to have a COVIDSafe Plan.

The template helps you document:

  • how you will manage a COVID-19 case in the workplace
  • how you will make sure workers are fully vaccinated, if required
  • steps you will take to maintain detailed records
  • what you are doing to meet face mask requirements
  • how you will comply with other requirements for your sector.

Businesses can choose to use this template or outline their COVIDSafe Plan in another format. It is not mandatory for businesses to use the template.

For more information visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-plan

Ventilation

Improving indoor air quality can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. Strategies available to business include:

If you have natural ventilation available:

  • Open windows and leave doors open in hallways and corridors to increase outdoor airflow into the space.
  • Place a fan away from openable windows or doors to increase air circulation within a space.

If you have mechanical ventilation available:

  • Maximise the amount of air being provided into the space by disabling any control systems that vary the amount of fresh air based on occupancy.
  • Change the settings to increase the proportion of outdoor air.
  • Install a higher-grade filter within the air handling unit.

COVID-19 Event Insurance

The Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Event Insurance is available for creative and other types of events with revenue or costs ranging from $20,000 to $10 million.

The 12-month scheme offers certainty to event organisers, with policies providing a 100 per cent payout if cancellation is forced due to public health orders from either the Victorian or Commonwealth government. Where events have reduced capacity because of health restrictions, 50 per cent of the declared value of the event is payable.

COVID-19 Event Insurance is being delivered by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority – the Victorian Government’s insurer and risk adviser. For more details and to apply, go to www.vmia.vic.gov.au/event


Travel

Visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website for the latest interstate travel updates.

Information for overseas travellers is also available.


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.

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