FILM VICTORIA CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

This page is correct as at 29 May 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 (COVID-19) 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's Industry Support Hotline is monitored Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

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. The release of the Australian Screen Production COVID-Safe Guidelines are a vital resource in supporting the safe return to production in Australia. Download the guidelines and associated resources here.

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

From the close of the next API deadline (4 June) applicants will be able to apply for production funding at any time and funding decisions will now 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 the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. For more information, visit our latest news here.

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

State of Emergency

A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria, and is in place until midnight 31 May 2020, to combat coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to help enforce the various measures in place by government to ‘flatten the curve’ of coronavirus (COVID-19) and give our health system the best chance of slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Staged easing of restrictions

Thanks to progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus, restrictions have begun to ease under the latest Directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer. For up to date information on current restrictions and the next steps visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

For the creative industries, this means that a range of arts and cultural venues and organisations can plan for re-opening, with some restrictions and measures in place to keep staff and the public safe.

From 22 June 2020, indoor cinemas can open with up to 50 people in a single space. People who are not from the same household should be seated at least 1.5 metres from other people in the venue and the four square metre rule applies.

Increased hygiene measures for staff and patrons will be required.

All eased restrictions and the proposed dates are subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued and effective management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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 coronavirus. 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.

For information on interstate travel, visit the Australian Interstate Quarantine website for the latest information.

From 1 June 2020 travel within Victoria is allowed. More information is outlined on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Victorian and Australian Government Economic Support

The Victorian and Australian Governments have announced various economic support measures to help individuals, businesses and organisations that have been impacted by coronavirus.

You can read more about the Australian Government support here.

The Victorian Government has announced of a total of $49.1 million to specifically help the state’s creative sector through this crisis. This is addition to broader programs and support.

This dedicated funding will help maintain creative jobs and activity, help individuals, organisations and businesses to regenerate income, develop new work and provide new opportunities for creative community participation during the current shutdown and beyond. It includes:

  • $4.2 million in quick response grants for independent creatives and micro-businesses through the new Sustaining Creative Workers initiative
  • $1.6 million in grants through Creative Victoria’s programs focusing on activities that can be undertaken in the current climate, such as the research and development of new creative works, professional development activities and new ways of reaching audiences.

This targeted funding complements broader Victorian Government initiatives including the $500 million Business Support Fund which is providing 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.

Information about the various government and other support programs that are relevant to the creative industries is available on Creative Victoria’s Coronavirus and the Creative Industries sub-site.

Information for Screen Businesses

Production businesses and film sets are workplaces and can continue to operate under the current measures. As with all businesses in Victoria, they are required to follow the latest guidelines regarding social distancing and hygiene measures in the workplace, whether it is in a studio or outdoors.

The Business Victoria hotline has been established to support businesses who are seeking advice on how to operate during this time. Contact the Business the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 or by using the Business Victoria Contact Us form business.vic.gov.au.

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 coronavirus.

If you haven’t already you should review your business continuity plans in light of the 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)

Stay safe

With the cautious and gradual easing of restrictions, the message to Victorians is to stay safe, by:
•    Maintaining good hygiene
•    Keeping your distance from others
•    Staying home if you feel unwell
•    Getting tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus

Read more information about staying safe.

Reducing exposure, physical distancing and staying healthy

The latest advice from government is that Victorians should stay home, as outlined above. You can take the following steps to reduce your exposure and chances of getting ill with coronavirus:
•    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
•    Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.
•    Stay home if you are sick and don’t expose others. If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, do not go outside your property or home, do not go to work, school or shops unless it is essential.
•    Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) when available in April. It is not yet known whether coronavirus could significantly increase the risks of influenza infection.
•    Ensure you have enough supply of any medications being taken by you or your family.
•    Stop shaking hands or kissing as a greeting.
•    Avoid crowds if possible. If not, keep the time short.
•    Where possible, consider home delivery and take-aways.
•    To minimise contact, and where possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions (for example, Myki top ups).
•    Use public transport in less busy periods if you can, or avoid it altogether if you are vulnerable.
•    Sit in the back of taxis and ride shares
•    Consider whether future travel plans are sensible and necessary.

In addition to the above, the Department of Health and Human Services website also contains transmission reduction tips for organisations, workplaces and employers and information on caring for sick family members.

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. Please 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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