COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Updated as at 3 April 2020

This page is correct as at 3 April 2020. For the latest information, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website – coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

This page provides information and links to information, support programs and advice on the current coronavirus situation. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you are not sure who to contact, please contact Film Victoria on 03 9660 3215 or [email protected].

Film Victoria has suspended its international travel programs as well as new applications through the audience engagement program.

We are working with productions and event partners to support the implementation of measures to maintain the health and safety of those working across the Victorian screen industry and our team continues to stay in touch with many across the industry to understand how best we can support during this time.

Applications for funding development, production and games remain open and follow published closing deadlines. To view upcoming deadlines visit https://www.film.vic.gov.au/funding/.

To ensure the health and safety of Film Victoria staff and stakeholders, Film Victoria staff are working remotely and meetings will be held via tele-conference until further notice. If you are planning to visit the Film Victoria office, we kindly ask to contact us in advance to make arrangements on 03 9660 3215 or [email protected]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Travel Restrictions

From 11.59pm on Saturday 28 March, 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 COVID-19. More information can be found in the Premier’s media release.

Overseas and domestic travel

On 24 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions. Australians must also avoid all non-essential domestic travel.

For Australians who are already overseas and wish to return, it is recommended that they do so as soon as possible.

For the latest travel advice, visit the Smart Traveller website here.

Victorian and Federal Government Economic Support

State and federal governments have announced significant support packages in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.

The Australian Government has announced various economic support initiatives totalling $320 billion to help support Australian businesses and workers. These include:

  • Income support for individuals – including the temporary expansion of eligibility to income support payments and a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement.
  • Assistance for businesses, including creative and cultural businesses and not for profit organisations, to keep people employed.
  • Regulatory protection and financial support for businesses.

You can read more about the Australian Government support here.

In Victoria, the Premier announced a $1.7 billion economic survival and jobs package. This includes:

  • A $500 million Business Support Fund to support the hardest hit sectors, including arts and entertainment, along with hospitality, tourism and retail – applications are now open.
  • A $500 million Working for Victoria Fund that will help workers who have lost their jobs find new opportunities and facilitate job matching to help Victorians find short-term or casual roles.

The Victorian Government also flagged that this package would be the first of many announcements to come to further support to help Victorian businesses survive and keep people in work.

Health and Safety

All employers, including production businesses are required to put in place measures to reduce exposure of transmission through promoting good hygiene and implementing physical distancing advice. Where staff can work from home, they should do so.

The current key message for Victorians being to stay at home and avoid all gatherings of people. If you are with other people, you must observe the rule of 1 person for every 4 square metres to ensure a safe physical distance.

The Australian Government’s physical distancing fact sheet contains information what physical distancing means in the workplace, in public, at home or in schools

Stay informed of changes by visiting the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website here.

If you or someone you know are struggling with their mental health and need immediate support, please contact Beyond Blue on 1300 244 636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Information for Screen Businesses

A list of businesses defined as non-essential, as at midnight 25 March, can be found on the Victorian Government's coronavirus website. Read the Premier’s media release regarding stage 3.

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

There are a number of resources available to you to guide you on the next steps you can take and support available to you if you are a production business that has been impacted by COVID-19.

To find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations on the Fair Work website if you're affected by the coronavirus situation

Businesses can get information on dealing with COVID-19, and available support, via the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 or at business.vic.gov.au.

If you haven’t already you should review your business continuity plans in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. There is now a national emergency response policy document that takes precedence over any existing plans so you should review your plans against this: Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan For Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for Location Managers

Our Location and Production Services team is working with councils and agencies to have the most up to date information and they are available to support Location Managers who have experienced location cancellations by helping to identify alternate location possibilities. We are encouraging Location Managers to connect with the team at [email protected].

Share your news

Have you adapted your programs and events to be delivered online? Do you have any news or opportunities you’d like to share? Submit your news to [email protected] so that our team can support in promoting opportunities across Film Victoria’s channels.

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