FILM VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

The following information is correct as of 17 September 2021. For the latest information, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website – coronavirus.vic.gov.au

At 11:59pm 17 September 2021, some restrictions in Victoria are easing. For a detailed overview of the changes, see the Statement from the Premier here.

Screen Production – Regional Victoria

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.

Screen Production – Metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong, Surf Coast & Mitchell Shire

Some screen production activity is permitted in Melbourne, Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire under strict COVIDSafe conditions. This is limited to feature film, television and documentary which are already in physical production and operating as a closed set, and related post-production. Television commercials, student and corporate productions are excluded. Cast and crew who can work from home must work from home.

Authorised provider and authorised worker permits

From 11:59pm on Tuesday August 17, authorised workers will be required to carry permits and photo identification when working and when travelling for work. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits are available on the coronavirus website.

Travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria

Melbourne-based screen workers can only travel to regional Victoria for screen work covered by the Authorised provider and authorised worker list. If they can work from home they must work from home.

When travelling between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, you should travel directly to your regional workplace and limit movement as much as possible while in regional Victoria. When in regional Victoria, the restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne will travel with the worker. For example, you must not attend a restaurant or café for dine-in service, you can only order takeaway. An Authorised Worker Permit is required.

Set construction in Victoria

Additional restrictions apply to the construction industry in Victoria which may affect film set construction. Please refer to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction for detailed information.

Strict filming and COVIDSafe guidelines must be adhered to. A COVIDSafe Plan must be in place. If a production company hires a residence or other site and the crew and talent are being paid to be onsite for authorised work, it is deemed a workplace for the duration of the hire period, and relevant workplace public health measures apply.

As with all businesses in Victoria, film sets are required to have a COVIDSafe plan in they are required to follow the latest guidelines in the workplace, whether it is in an indoor location, such as a residence or a studio, or outdoors.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR SCREEN BUSINESSES

  • Every Victorian business 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 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 – coronavirus.vic.gov.au
  • The Australian Screen Production Industry COVID Safe Guidelines have been developed to provide specific guidance to the Australian screen industry that may help with your COVID safe Plan. NB: The Victorian Government’s Workplace Directions take precedence.
  • 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. Please connect with the team at [email protected].

FILM VICTORIA FUNDING AND INITIATIVES

Applications for funding development, production, key talent placements, industry attachments and games remain open and follow published closing deadlines. To view upcoming deadlines visit film.vic.gov.au/funding.

Applicants will now be able to apply for production funding at any time and funding decisions will be made within four to eight weeks to ensure a strong pipeline of projects ready for production.

Film Victoria has implemented flexibility across development funding guidelines, removing the requirement for market attachment for Development on Demand for television drama projects. This will allow us to support producers and creative teams directly affected by COVID-19.

Film Victoria has suspended its international travel programs.

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]