Archives - Update for Regional Artists and Arts Organisations in Response to Covid-19

Archives - Update for Regional Artists and Arts Organisations in Response to Covid-19

Regional Arts Victoria has been providing regular updates to our Members as we become aware of new announcements and information relevant to the arts and creative industries.

Please note that this page holds our older updates - you can visit the most recent updates here.


22 September 2021

Ballarat lockdown lifted

The seven-day lockdown in the City of Ballarat will lift at 11:59pm tonight, 22 September. With these changes, Ballarat will move to the COVIDSafe settings it was under before the lockdown, with no reasons required to leave the home and no limit on travel throughout regional Victoria.

There are still public health restrictions in place, including:

  • Masks must still be worn indoors and out;
  • no one can come to your home to visit;
  • travel to metropolitan Melbourne or another regional Local Government Area currently in lockdown, such as Geelong or the Surf Coast is not permitted, except for very limited reasons, including authorised work and permitted education, care and compassionate reasons, necessary goods and services and to visit your intimate partner;
  • people from metropolitan Melbourne (or another area in lockdown) can’t come to Ballarat for anything other than the permitted reasons; businesses are required to check IDs for addresses;
  • you can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 10 people; and,
  • the authorised worker list no longer applies for attending work in Ballarat, but if you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so.

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-city-ballarat-lift-schedule

Information on regional restrictions is available here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live-information-regional-victoria

This also means, if you’re in a non-lockdown area of regional Victoria, now is a perfect time to check out the Ballarat International Foto Biennale program: https://ballaratfoto.org/

Grants and opportunities


19 September 2021

Some updates about the Roadmap in Victoria as well as Lockdowns in Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shires, and some changes to cross-border travel with NSW. The is a large amount of information to digest in the Roadmap document in particular; if you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll see what we can uncover and pass on to the relevant people.

Roadmap in Victoria

The Premier today announced guidelines for easing of restrictions as vaccination rates increase in the coming months. There is a bit to review in this work, but we’ve pulled out some the headlines here relating to community facilities, creative studios, entertainment and leisure. Please see the links below if you wish to read more about other sectors, social gatherings, and education – this one is a handy one-page summary: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Roadmap_0.pdf

The Roadmap lists certain venues for opening – but only on the condition that all eligible attendees to the venue are vaccinated.

As we are currently at 70% of people aged 16+ with a single dose now, the next stages deal with opening plans at 80% single dose 16+ (Phase A, expected to be reached on 26 Sep); then 70% 16+ double dosed (Phase B, expected to be hit 26 October); 80% double dosed 16+ (Phase C expected to be hit 5 November); then finally 80% double dosed for those aged 12+ (Phase D, expected to be hit 19 November – note that no further industry guidance is provided on this last Phase yet).

The roadmap is slightly different for regional Vic and metro Melbourne for the first two phases.

In regional Victoria

Phase A:

  • Community facilities and creative studios: allowed with up to 20 persons per facility
  • Entertainment venues: 20 per space indoors; outdoors up to 300 per space or 25% of capacity, which is lesser

Phase B:

  • Community facilities and creative studios: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 30 person cap; outdoors to density quotient of 2 per sqm and 100 person cap. If vaccination status unknown, caps stay at Phase A
  • Entertainment venues: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to 30 person cap per space; outdoors to density quotient of 2 per sqm and 300 person cap per space. If vaccination status unknown, caps stay at Phase A

Phase C:

  • Community facilities and creative studios: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 150 person cap; outdoors to density quotient of 2 per sqm and 500 person cap.
  • Entertainment venues: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 150 person cap per space; outdoors seated to lesser of 25% of 5,000 pe venue; outdoor non-seated 50% capacity.

You can read the Regional Roadmap in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Roadmap-Regional.pdf

In Metro Melbourne:

Phase A:

  • Community facilities: closed, unless hosting essential public support service (up to 10 people); permitted to remain open for click land collect’ purposes to loan and return books, toys, etc.
  • Creative studios: closed
  • Entertainment venues: closed; up to five people can attend to broadcast a performance

Phase B:

  • Community facilities: fully vaccinated patrons allowed outdoors only to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 50 person cap; indoor restrictions same as Phase A
  • Creative studios: fully vaccinated patrons allowed outdoors only to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 50 person cap
  • Entertainment venues: fully vaccinated patrons allowed outdoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 50 person cap per space.

Phase C:

  • Community facilities and creative studios: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 150 person cap; outdoors to density quotient of 2 per sqm and 500 person cap.
  • Entertainment venues: fully vaccinated patrons allowed indoors to density quotient of 4 per sqm and 150 person cap per space; outdoors seated to lesser of 25% of 5,000 pe venue; outdoor non-seated 50% capacity.

You can read the Metro Roadmap in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210919%20-%20Roadmap-Metro.pdf

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victorias-roadmap-delivering-national-plan

Lockdown for seven days in Geelong, Surf Coast & Mitchell Shire; changes to cross-Border NSW travel

The Victorian Government has announced the City of Greater Geelong; Surf Coast Shire; and Mitchell Shire will tonight enter a seven day lock down to slow the spread of COVID-19. From 11.59pm tonight, 19 September, these three areas will have the same restrictions as the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, but without a curfew. This will last for seven days.

This mean that for these communities there will be only five reasons to leave home:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services;
  • authorised work and study;
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons;
  • exercise; and,
  • getting vaccinated.

You can meet with one other person, or up to four others from two households if all present have received two vaccine doses. Dependants can also join you.

Exercise and shopping will be limited to ten kilometres from your home. If there are no shops within that radius, you can travel to the shops closest to you.

Additional LGAs in NSW have been moved from Extreme to Red Zones. 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 list of the areas is here: 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. Permits are available here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/seven-day-lockdown-geelong-surf-coast-mitchell-shire


16 SEPTEMBER 2021

Restrictions update

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has recommended some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat:

  • outdoor social interaction’ has been added as one of the reasons to leave home
  • one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity
  • 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 time permitted for exercise will increase from two hours a day to four hours
  • the distance you can leave home for shopping for necessary goods and services, exercise and outdoor social interaction will increase from five kilometres to 10 kilometres
  • up to five people will be able to attend an entertainment venue or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert

In regional Victoria, excluding Ballarat:

  • gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits and hydrotherapy and swimming lessons can occur
  • tour buses can operate up to 10 people

To read the Premier’s Statement in full, head to: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-freedoms-when-70-cent-first-dose-target-reached. A full updated table of restrictions is available at the bottom of the page at this link as well.


15 SEPTEMBER 2021

Seven day lockdown in Ballarat

The Victorian Government has announced the City of Ballarat will tonight enter a seven day lock down to slow the spread of COVID-19. From 11.59pm tonight, 15 September, the City of Ballarat will have the same restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne, but without a curfew. This will last for seven days, until 11.59pm on Wednesday, 22 September.

This mean that for the Ballarat Community, there will be only five reasons to leave home:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services;
  • authorised work and study;
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons;
  • exercise; and,
  • getting vaccinated.

Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from your home. If there are no shops within that radius, you can travel to the shops closest to you.

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ballarat-lock-down-week-slow-virus-spread

Funding

Resources


8 SEPTEMBER 2021

Eased restrictions

Today the Premier announced eased restrictions for regional Victoria, with the exception of metro Melbourne and Greater Shepparton (love you, Shepp). This means that for regional Victoria from 11.59pm Thursday 9 September:

  • the five reasons to leave the home will be removed;
  • there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne;
  • the Authorised Worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits (see below for link to info);
  • regional Victorians will return to the rule ‘if you can work from home, you should work from home’ but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater;
  • regional schools will reopen for onsite learning for Prep to Grade 2 and Year 12 students who live in regional Victoria, while remote learning will remain for all other levels;
  • restaurants and cafes can reopen for seated service with patron caps;
  • retail, hairdressing, entertainment venues and community facilities will also open in line with density limits and patron caps (see table of restrictions below);
  • masks will continue to be required indoors and outdoors, apart from private residences, unless an exception applies;
  • businesses that are open in regional Victoria must check the IDs of everyone they serve; and,
  • Victorians who have been residing in a NSW Local Government Border Area for at least the 14 days from Wednesday, 25 August to Wednesday, 8 September will be able to apply for a new permit exemption category: ‘Victorians in the cross-border community’ to come home at the Service Victoria website: https://service.vic.gov.au/

You can read the updated Table of Restrictions here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-09/210908%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions_0.pdf

You can read the Premier’s statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-restrictions-lift-regional-victoria-0

Funding available

Survey

  • The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is undertaking work to get a better understanding of measures that might be of assistance to different sectors during lockdowns and early phases of restrictions easing. This survey is seeking to understand the benefits of streaming and broadcasting on your live performance: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GH6GCMZ

4 SEPTEMBER 2021

Support extended

The joint Victorian and Federal Government support program was extended across Victoria today. It comprises the same elements as recent announcements for the four week period ending September 30, with some updates:

Business Costs Assistance Program: businesses in Victoria who have already qualified for support through the Business Costs Assistance Program will automatically receive additional payments for each week they are unable to operate due to lockdowns, with weekly payments now dependent on payroll:

  • $2,800 a week for businesses with an annual payroll below $650,000;
  • $5,600 a week for businesses with an annual payroll of $650,000 to $3 million;
  • $8,400 for businesses with an annual payroll of $3 million to $10 million.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund: Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 per week will be made to licensed hospitality premises in regional Victoria that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs.

  • Payment amounts are based on the capacity of premises: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons and $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more. 

Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program: a targeted program that will provide top-up payments of between $10,000 and $40,000, depending on business type and location. 

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund: grants of $20,000 are available to small and medium sized businesses across the state that have been ineligible for business support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent. Those who have already received $14,000 through this fund will receive and automatic top-up of $6,000. Applications close September 10.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments: Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will individuals who are sole-traders and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is administered through Services Australia.

  • The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days and $750 for 20 hours or more.
  • People who receive certain Commonwealth income support are eligible to receive a $200 payment where they have lost eight hours work or more due to the lockdowns.
  • Victorian micro-businesses and sole traders who wish to apply for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can receive assistance in making their application via the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

More information about the business support programs is available at business.vic.gov.au.

You can read the joint statement at: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extended-support-victorian-businesses


1 SEPTEMBER 2021

Lockdown update

The Premier announced today that the current lockdown will be extended until 70% of Victorians have had one dose of vaccine (estimated to be 23 September). There are some minor adjustments to restrictions, however:

  • From 11.59pm Thursday 2 September, playgrounds will re-open for children under 12, with one parent or carer
  • In home care will be expanded to school aged children if both parents are authorised workers
  • The Premier also flagged that parts of regional Victoria may have restrictions further eased from next week
  • The Premier’s Statement in full is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/slowing-spread-and-keeping-our-state-safeScroll to the bottom to download updated restrictions.

Resources and support

Surveys

As always we’ll be sure to pass on more information as we have it, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding answers to your questions.


22 AUGUST 2021

Regional support package

The joint Victorian and Federal Government support program for regional Victoria was announced today, and comprises the same elements as those for recent metro areas (as well as targeted Alpine Resort support):

  • Business Costs Assistance Program: businesses in regional Victoria who have already qualified for support will automatically receive payments of $5,600 ($2,800 per week).
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund: Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 per week will be made to licensed hospitality premises in regional Victoria that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs. Payment amounts are based on the capacity of premises: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons and $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more. 
  • Alpine Resorts Winter Support Program: a targeted program that will provide payments of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per week, depending on business type and location. 
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund: grants of $14,000 are available to small and medium sized businesses across the state that have been ineligible for business support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent.
  • COVID-19 Disaster Payments: Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will individuals who are sole-traders and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is administered through Services Australia. The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days and $750 for 20 hours or more.
  • People who receive certain Commonwealth income support are eligible to receive a $200 payment where they have lost eight hours work or more due to the lockdowns.
  • Victorian micro-businesses and sole traders who wish to apply for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can receive assistance in making their application via the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

More information about the business support programs is available at business.vic.gov.au.

You can read the joint statement at: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/support-businesses-regional-victoria


21 AUGUST 2021

Restrictions in regional Victoria from 1pm today, Saturday August 21 (and some changes to Melbourne restrictions)

The Premier has announced all of regional Victoria will enter lockdown from 1pm today, Saturday August 21. This means there are only five reasons to leave home in regional Victoria:

  • to get the food and the supplies you need;
  • exercise for up to two hours no more than 5km from your home;
  • for care or caregiving;
  • authorised work or education if you can’t do it from home; or,
  • to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

With the exception of the curfews, this means regional Victoria is effectively at the same level as metro Melbourne, including:

  • Playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will be closed.
  • Masks will also not be able to be removed to drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Exercise will be limited to just one other person, plus dependants if they can’t be left at home.
  • No visitors to the home.

In addition, all childcare centres across Victoria will be closed except to children whose parents are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home. Vulnerable children can still attend. A permit system will apply, and further details will be published soon.

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-across-regional-victoria-keep-us-safe

The Table of Restrictions can be read here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-08/210821%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions.pdf

Mental health resources

  • A reminder of: The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, a completely confidential and free of charge 24/7 phone counselling service. Simply phone 1800 959 500 to speak with an experienced, qualified clinician about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. Support Act also have COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants: https://supportact.org.au/
  • Resources are also available through the Arts Wellbeing Collective: https://artswellbeingcollective.com.au/

18 AUGUST 2021

Latest support packages

The latest rounds of the joint Victorian and Federal Government support program for locked down areas have been announced. They comprise:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program: businesses in metropolitan Melbourne who have already qualified for support will automatically receive payments of $5,600 ($2,800 per week).
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund: Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 per week will be made to licensed hospitality premises in metropolitan Melbourne that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 or July Extension programs.
  • Payment amounts are based on the capacity of premises: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons, $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons and $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more. 
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund: grants of $14,000 are available to small and medium sized businesses across the state that have been ineligible for business support programs and have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 70 per cent.
  • COVID-19 Disaster Payments: Eligible workers who lose work due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will individuals who are sole-traders and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment is administered through Services Australia.
  • The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days and $750 for 20 hours or more.
  • People who receive certain Commonwealth income support are eligible to receive a $200 payment where they have lost eight hours work or more due to the lockdowns.
  • Victorian micro-businesses and sole traders who wish to apply for the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment can receive assistance in making their application via the Business Victoria Concierge Service on 13 22 15.

More information about the business support programs is available at business.vic.gov.au.

You can read the joint statement at: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/backing-melbourne-businesses-and-their-workers


18 AUGUST 2021

Funding for Live Performance Events

The second round of the Live Performance Support program is now open to assist presenters and suppliers in the live performance industry who have been affected by event cancellations between 27 May and 2 September this year.

  • The Presenter stream of the program is open to live performance event presenters, including producers, promoters, venue owners and artists who promote their own shows. Applicants can apply for either $7000 or $5000 for one event, and a further $5000 for a second event.
  • The Supplier stream is open to suppliers contracted to work on events, including performers, crew, technicians and engineers. Suppliers may be eligible for a grant of either $200 or $500 per event for up to 20 events. Suppliers do not need to be GST-registered.
  • Applications should be made through Business Victoria at: https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/victorian-events-support-package/live-performance-support-program-suppliers-round-two

Other Opportunities and funding


16 AUGUST 2021

Restrictions extended

The current lockdown in Melbourne will be extended until 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September. In addition:

  • A curfew is now in place from 9pm to 5am every night.
  • Permits will be required to leave the house for authorised work.
  • Authorised workers will be required to carry permits when working, and when travelling for work, from 11:59pm on Tuesday August 17. The permits need to be certified by an employer. Permits will be available on the coronavirus website before these directions come into effect. 
  • Permits will also need to be carried by higher education students who are on the Authorised Provider list.
  • Playgrounds, basketball hoops, skate parks and outdoor exercise equipment will now be closed. People will not be able to remove their masks to drink alcoholic beverages in public.
  • Exercise will be limited to just you and one other person, plus dependants if they can’t be left at home. This is similar to the current rule, but with a slight change so that if you live in a larger household such as a share house, or with extended family, you can no longer exercise with all members of your household.
  • There are no changes to regional Victorian settings
  • You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extended-melbourne-lockdown-keep-victorians-safe-0
  • The table of restrictions is available here for metro Melbourne: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-08/210816%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions_0.pdf

Opportunities


12 AUGUST 2021

Further support announced in response to lockdowns

Supports have been extended for those impacted by the current Victorian lockdown:

  • The Small Business COVID Hardship Fund provides $10,000 grants for eligible small and medium businesses that have experienced a reduction in turnover of at least 70 per cent, including employing and non-employing businesses. The Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses:
  • whose operations have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place between 27 May 2021 and August 2021
  • that have experienced at least a 70% reduction in turnover as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions
  • that are not eligible for other key COVID-19 Victorian Government business grant programs that have been announced since 27 May 2021.
  • The Business Costs Assistance Program: businesses and sole traders in metro Melbourne who have received or been approved for a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension grant will automatically receive payments of $2,800, with grants scheduled to be paid within seven business days
  • Automatic payments of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,0000 will be made in coming weeks through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 to licensed hospitality venues in metropolitan Melbourne that have previously received or been approved grants under the program.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

  • Eligible workers who lose hours due to the lockdown will be able to access the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Disaster Payment, as will sole-trader businesses who lose work and do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs. The payment is set at $450 for people who have lost 8-20 hours work over seven days and $750 for people who have lost 20 hours or more. People who receive certain Commonwealth income support are eligible to receive a $200 payment.
  • You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/more-support-melbourne-businesses-lockdown
  • More information is available at: https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs

11 AUGUST 2021

Restrictions update

Current restrictions in place in Melbourne have been extended for a further seven days, to 11:59pm, Thursday 19 August. All current settings in place in Melbourne will remain in place during this time.

Residents of the cross-border community local government areas are now required to obtain a permit to cross between Victoria and NSW from 6pm, Friday 13 August. The reasons Cross Border Community Area residents can cross the Victorian-NSW border are:

  • Necessary goods and services, including medical care
  • Care or other compassionate reasons
  • Work (whether paid or voluntary, including for charitable or religious purposes)
  • Education (including childcare or early childhood services) 
  • Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Organised/community sport and exercise connected to or organised by a club or facility.
  • Permits can be applied for from: https://service.vic.gov.au/

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extended-melbourne-lockdown-keep-victorians-safe

Funding and Opportunities

Survey


9 AUGUST 2021

Some welcome news for regional Victoria in this update.

Restrictions easing in regional Victoria

The lockdown in regional Victoria will lift from 11:59pm tonight, August 9. This means that in regional Victoria:

  • The five reasons to leave the home have been removed
  • There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. However, people will only be able to travel to Melbourne for a permitted reason and you must follow the Melbourne restrictions once there
  • Private gatherings in the home are still not permitted
  • Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people
  • Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors
  • Food and hospitality will open for seated service only, a density requirement of 1 person per 4sqm will apply, with a maximum of 100 people per venue. Venues smaller than 100sqm can have up to 25 people before density requirements apply.
  • Entertainment venues can have up to 300 people per outdoor space with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm and a cap of 100 people per space indoors. All entertainment facilities are required to have a COVID Check-in Marshal to monitor patrons checking-in with the Service Victoria app.
  • Businesses that are open in regional Victoria but closed in Melbourne must check the IDs of everyone they serve.

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-lift-regional-victoria

The updated Table of Restrictions is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-08/210809%20-%20Restriction%20Changes.pdf

Regional Arts Victoria Membership Renewals

  • All members will be invited to renew membership and insurance in August, for the period October 2021 – October 2022. While we prepare for this process, membership renewal forms are currently closed. You will receive a renewal reminder and link by email soon. When you receive your link, please complete your renewal as soon as you are able.
  • If you have an existing renewal falling in July or August, please check your email for correspondence from us about how your renewal will be handled this year.  

6 AUGUST 2021

New support announced

  • Business Costs Assistance Program: through this program, previously support applications to the Business Costs Assistance Program will receive an automatic top-up of $2,800
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund: New payments of $5,000 to $20,000 will be made hospitality venues across Victoria that received funding support from the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund through the May/June and July lockdowns.
  • Alpine Business Support Program: Alpine businesses will receive between $5,000 (off-mountain) and $20,000 (employing businesses, on mountain)
  • Small Business COVID Hardship Fund: grants of up to $8,000 will be paid to small businesses that are not eligible for support under existing programs and have experienced a 70 per cent reduction in turnover.
  • More information about these programs are available at https://business.vic.gov.au/
  • The Premier’s Statement is available at: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/helping-victorian-businesses-who-need-it-most

Table of restrictions


5 AUGUST 2021

Restrictions back in place

From 8.00pm Thursday 5 August, Victoria will once again enter a 7 day lockdown. During this time, the five reasons to leave your house are:

  • Food and supplies;
  • Authorised work;
  • Care and caregiving;
  • Exercise (up to two hours and with one other person); and,
  • Getting vaccinated.

You can read the Premier’s Statement, as well as download the updated Table of Restrictions at the bottom of this page: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/seven-day-lockdown-keep-victorians-safe  

RAV will continue to work remotely through the lockdown period. If you are unsure about what the lockdown means for things like your funded proposals or touring projects with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss them.

The Premier foreshadowed further announcements to come tomorrow about support packages, and we’ll be sure to update you when we have this information.

Industry responses

Surveys


28 JULY, 2021

Further support announced

The Prime Minister and Premier have announced some further financial support for Victoria:

  • A Business Continuity Fund will be established to deliver $5,000 grants to up to around 30,000 businesses that remain impacted by capacity limits placed on businesses by necessary public health restrictions. All recipients must have received or been eligible for the previous Business Cost Assistance Program. This has recently been an automatic process, but to stay connected, it’s a good idea to subscriber the Business Victoria newsletter: https://business.vic.gov.au/about-us/subscribe
  • The Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund will support grants of up to $20,000 to be made available to support licensed venues as their operations continue to be impacted by current restrictions. To receive this funding, venues will need to have received or been eligible for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021.
  • The Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme will be reinstated to provide rent relief to small to medium commercial tenants and their landlords. You can read more about this program here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/commercial-tenancy-relief-victorian-businesses
  • A new $85 million fund will be established to support small businesses who have not been eligible under existing business support funds. Small businesses with a payroll of up to $10 million who have experienced a 70 per cent or greater reduction in revenue will be eligible for grants of up to $5,000.
  • No additional details on this one yet but it will be administered by the Vic Government, which means the Business Victoria website is again the best place to watch for information: https://business.vic.gov.au/
  • Alpine Business Support will receive a further $9.8 million to deliver grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to 430 Alpine based businesses in recognition of restricted inter and intra-state travel during the peak winter season. The funding also includes an additional $5 million support to alpine resort operators and management boards.

Read the joint statement in full here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/victorian-business-support-package

Survey

As always we’ll be sure to pass on more information as we have it, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding answers to your questions.


27 JULY, 2021

Lockdowns easing in Victoria

From midnight tonight, Tuesday 27 July, lockdowns will ease in Victoria:

  • You will be able to leave your home for any reason, and schools will reopen tomorrow
  • Restaurants and cafes can also reopen for seated service.
  • Entertainment venues, community facilities, live music venues, dance classes and physical recreation facilities, including gyms, will all open with density requirements of 1 person per 4sqm (read more on density and capacity limits)
  • The Authorised Worker List will no longer apply
  • If you can work from home, you should work from home rules apply, but office workers will be able to return up to 25 per cent or up to 10 people, whichever is greater.
  • Public gatherings will be allowed with up to 10 people, with infants under 12 months not included in the cap. Gatherings in the home are still not permitted.
  • Masks will continue to be required everywhere indoors and outdoors (except private residences), unless an exception applies.

You can read more about the capacity, density and other limits in the update table of restrictions here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-07/210727%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions_1.pdf

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/lockdown-lifted-across-victoria

As always we’ll be sure to pass on more information as we have it, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding answers to your questions.


21 JULY, 2021

Extension of business support program

In response to the lockdown extension, the Victorian Government has further extended the business support program:

  • Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment to $7,200. Business Costs Assistance Program recipients will receive $2,800, increasing the total grant to $4,800 – both grants will be automatically topped up if you have already applied and received funds
  • If you chose not to apply for these support programs in relation to the May/June lockdown, or were ineligible to apply but are now eligible, you can apply for July lockdown support payments and will be considered outside of the automatic top-up process here: https://business.vic.gov.au/
  • Alpine hospitality, retail, accommodation and experience operators that were eligible for grants of up to $15,000 will receive an extra $3,000 on top of any entitlements under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund or Business Costs Assistance Program
  • Eligible public events and public events suppliers affected by the lockdown will receive support of up to $25,000 and $10,000 respectively through an extension of the Impacted Public Events Support Program.
  • A new round of the Live Performance Support programs, with funding of up to $7,000 for presenters and up to $2,000 for suppliers, has also been confirmed.
  • Further information is available on all programs here: https://business.vic.gov.au/

You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/support-builds-businesses-through-lockdown


20 JULY, 2021

Lockdown extended

As you will have no doubt seen, the current Victorian lockdown has been extended 7 days to Tuesday, 27 July at 11.59pm

As always we’ll be sure to pass on more information as we have it, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding answers to your questions.


16 JULY, 2021

Support package announced

  • The State Government announced support packages today for lockdown-impacted individuals and organisations:
  • Businesses that have (or will) receive payments through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund and/or Business Costs Assistance Program relating to the May-June lockdown will receive the Victorian Government’s new support payments of $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.
  • The current media release says these will be automatic payments, so if you have already applied or received this support, it appears you do not need to take further action at this point. Further information will be available at: https://business.vic.gov.au/

Workers affected by the public health restrictions are now eligible for the following payments:

  • Payments of $600 will be made to Victorians that lose 20 hours or more of work during the period of the lockdown
  • Payments of $375 will be made to individuals that lose between 8-20 hours of work during the period of the lockdown
  • There is no liquid assets test applied to receive these payments
  • To apply for these payments, head to: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/

You can read the Premier’s Statement at: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/cash-support-victorian-businesses-during-lockdown


15 JULY, 2021

Lockdown from 11.59pm Thursday 15 July

As you are no doubt aware, a Statewide lockdown will be in effect from 11.59pm this evening, concluding 11.59pm Tuesday 20 July. During this time, the five reasons to leave your house are:

  • Food and supplies;
  • Authorised work;
  • Care and caregiving;
  • Exercise (up to two hours and with one other person); and,
  • Getting vaccinated.
  • You can read the Premier’s Statement, as well as download the updated Table of Restrictions at the bottom of this page: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-92
  • RAV will continue to work remotely through the lockdown period. If you are unsure about what the lockdown means for things like your funded proposals or touring projects with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss them.

Support Act

  • The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a completely confidential and free of charge 24/7 phone counselling service. Simply phone 1800 959 500 to speak with an experienced, qualified clinician about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. You can make an appointment, or request to speak to someone immediately.

Funding

  • Announced as part of the updated Creative State strategy, the new Creative Enterprises and Creative Ventures programs, will invest in creative businesses, organisations and industry service organisations working across all creative forms. For information including how to apply: https://bit.ly/CVgrants21
  • The Melbourne Pride 2021 Regional Activation Grants will ensure state-wide activation, access and participation in pride celebrations: https://www.midsumma.org.au/regionalgrants?fbclid=IwAR3u2V4QSk8QfxYUeN0hmqHEQq6qqPnXoO6ZjclTfFQ9TGsGeBTNrQ0vu2Y
  • The National Recovery and Resilience Agency supports Australian communities through tough times. One of the ways we do this is by sponsoring local events. Community events can help strengthen social bonds and improve wellbeing in places where major challenges have caused distress. Read more here: https://recovery.gov.au/sponsored-events1

Surveys

  • The Victorian Government is developing a Secure Work Pilot Scheme, an initiative that will explore how economic security can be improved for Victorians working in casual or insecure jobs by providing access to sick or carer’s pay. The Pilot will start by early 2022, with eligible workers able to claim up to five days of sick or carer’s pay annually at the national minimum wage. Information from the Pilot will help inform consideration of a longer-term Secure Work program.  To comment or make suggestions on the pilot head to: https://engage.vic.gov.au/secure-work-pilot-scheme

As always we’ll be sure to pass on more information as we have it, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re having trouble finding answers to your questions.


12 JULY, 2021

Creative State 2025

Funding opportunities

Easing of restrictions


8 JULY, 2021

Restrictions eased for Metro Melbourne

The Premier has announced that from 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July, restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne will be brought into line with regional Victoria, which means all COVIDSafe settings will apply statewide.

Masks will continue to be required in indoor, public-facing settings unless an exemption applies, but they will no longer be required at schools for students and staff, or at your workplace if you don’t interact with the public – for example, if you work at an office or a factory.

The updated table of restrictions is available here:210707 - Table of Restrictions.pdf (premier.vic.gov.au) Changes for Metro Victoria are highlighted in green.

The full statement from the Acting Premier is available here: While Risks Remain, Victoria Can Take Cautious Steps Ahead | Premier of Victori


9 JUNE, 2021

Easing of restrictions

The Acting Premier announced today a further easing of restrictions from 11.59pm Thursday June 10:

In regional Victoria, this means:

  • public gatherings can now be up to 20 people; and,
  • density limits in offices, community facilities, creative studios and entertainment facilities have eased further in terms of the number of people who are now permitted as patrons, including the re-opening of non-seated entertainment venues. See link below for further details.

In metro Melbourne, this means:

  • the five reasons to leave home will no longer apply in metro Melbourne;
  • the existing 10-kilometre limit will be increased to 25 kilometres (with exceptions for work, education, care and caregiving, and getting vaccinated). Travel into regional Victoria to visit family and friends or take a holiday is still restricted.
  • outdoor gatherings will be increased to a maximum of ten people;
  • masks are now only required inside, and outdoors when 1.5 metres isn’t possible;
  • schools will be able to resume face-to-face learning for all students from Friday; and,
  • offices, cafes, restaurants, pubs, creative studios, entertainment venues and community facilities will also open subject to density limits (see link below for further details).

The updated table of restrictions is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-06/210609%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions_0.pdf. Changes for regional Victoria are highlighted in green.

The full statement from the Acting Premier is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-3

Further business program support

The Victorian Government will provide additional support for businesses in greater Melbourne who continue to be affected by necessary health restrictions. You can read the Acting Premier’s Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/extra-cash-support-melbourne-businesses

Tourism support


4 JUNE, 2021

A few of you have been asking about definitions of some key terms like ‘creative studios’ and ‘community spaces’ as they apply to the updated regional restrictions. Creative Victoria have very helpfully pointed us in the right direction to this document which includes the definitions of key terms: 

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/202106/Restricted%20Activity%20Directions%20%28Regional%20Victoria%29%20-%203%20June%202021%20%28signed%29.pdf.

Some excerpts are provided below.

Creative arts facility (previously ‘creative studio’) – see page 10 for directives:

A creative arts facility means any of the following, whether operated on a for profit or not-for-profit basis:

  • (a) an art studio;
  • (b) a ceramics studio;
  • (c) a music room or studio;
  • (d) a rehearsal room or studio;

but does not include:

  • (e) a physical recreation facility;
  • (f) a community facility;
  • (g) a place of worship.

Community Facility – see page 7 for directives

A community facility means any of the following, whether operated on a for profit or not-for-profit basis:

  • (a) a community centre or community hall;
  • (b) a public library (including a toy library, but not the State Library);
  • (c) a youth centre;
  • (d) a playground;
  • (e) a skatepark in an outdoor space;
  • (f) outdoor communal exercise equipment;

but does not include:

  • (g) a creative arts facility;
  • (h) a physical recreational facility;
  • (i) a swimming pool facility, hydrotherapy pool, spa, sauna, steam room or spring facility.

Entertainment facilities – see page 10 for directives

An entertainment facility means any of the following, whether operated on a for profit or not-for-profit basis:

  • (a) a theatre;
  • (b) a cinema, excluding a drive-in cinema;
  • (c) a music hall, concert hall or auditorium
  • (d) a gallery or a museum;
  • (e) the State Library;
  • (f) an arena or stadium;
  • (g) an arcade;
  • (h) an amusement park;
  • (i) a casino, except to the extent that the facility is:
    - (i) providing food and drink, in accordance with clause 14; or
    - (ii) providing accommodation in accordance with clause 15;
  • (j) a retail betting venue;
  • (k) a gaming machine area;
  • (l) a brothel, sex on premises venue or sexually explicit entertainment venue;
  • (m) a bingo centre;
  • (n) an escape room;
  • (o) an animal facility;
  • (p) a karaoke facility;
  • (q) a nightclub; and
  • (r) a convention centre.

3 JUNE, 2021

Regional Victoria restrictions lifted

The Acting Premier confirmed today that restrictions (as noted yesterday) for regional Victoria will lift tomorrow:

Federal government support announced

The Prime Minister today announced that those who have had their hours of work and income significantly affected due to state lockdowns will be eligible for a temporary COVID Disaster Payment.

  • Eligible recipients will receive up to $500 per week for losing 20 hours or more of work, and $325 per week for losing under 20 hours
  • The payment will be made in respect of the second and any subsequent weeks of restrictions
  • Read the Prime Minister’s Statement here: [https://www.pm%09.gov.au/media/temporary-australian-government-assistance-workers]https://www.pm   .gov.au/media/temporary-australian-government-assistance-workers
  • Head to the Services Australia website from next Tuesday, June 8 to access assistance: The payment will be made in respect of the second and any subsequent weeks of restrictions: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/

Victorian Government support programs now open


2 JUNE, 2021

An update on today’s announcement regarding restrictions. Note that:

 Extension of lockdown measures for Metro Melbourne

The Acting Premier today announced that the current restrictions will remain in place for a further seven days (until 11.59pm Thursday June 10), with some minor changes taking effect Friday 4 June:       

  • The travel radius has been extended from 5km to 10km
  • School will open to students enrolled in Year 11 and 12, and other students enrolled in Unit 3 / 4 VCE studies, or the final year of a VCAL qualification or IB qualification
  • All other settings remain the same.
  • The Acting Premier has flagged that even if restrictions ease in Melbourne next week, people will not be able to travel from Melbourne to regional Victoria over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Easing of restrictions in regional Victoria (please note these will be confirmed tomorrow, Thursday 3 June)

Subject to health advice, settings in regional Victoria will ease from Friday 4 June:

  • Travel restrictions and the ‘five reasons’ to leave home will be lifted.
  • All year levels and students will return to face-to-face schooling.
  • Restaurants and cafés can reopen for up to 50 people.
  • For offices, if you can work from home, you should continue to work from home. Capacity limits in workplaces such as offices capped at 50% or 20 people, whichever is greater.
  • Creative studios can open with maximum patron cap of 50 people per venue. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies.
  • Some seated (indoor and outdoor) and non-seated (outdoor only) venues can open with density limits and restrictions in place. Further information is available in the restrictions summary document: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-06/210602%20-%20Table%20of%20Restrictions.pdf

Support for businesses

You may recall from the last update the Victorian Government’s support program was due to open today. This will now open tomorrow, Thursday 3 June, as additional support will be made available. This will include:

  • Business Costs Assistance Program grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers, will be doubled to $5,000 for eligible businesses in metropolitan Melbourne. Regional businesses that are unable to open due to ongoing restrictions, such as nightclubs and amusement parks, will also be eligible for the extension payment.
  • Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund grants of $3,500 for businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate will be doubled to $7,000 for eligible businesses in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • To keep in the loop as to when this opens, make sure to register for news from Business Victoria here: https://business.vic.gov.au/about-us/subscribe
  • You can read the full Statement on this funding here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/support-extended-victorian-businesses

30 MAY , 2021

Circuit break business support package

The Victorian Government today announced a $250.7m support package for business impacted by the current lockdown. This comprises:

  • $190.01m for a Business Costs Assistance Program offering grants of $2,500 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers
  • This program will open for applications on Wednesday 2 June 2021 and will remain open for applications for three weeks
  • $40.7m for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund, for businesses holding an eligible liquor licence and food certificate with a $3,500 grant per premises
  • The program will open for applications on Wednesday 2 June 2021 and will remain open for applications for three weeks
  • $20m towards supporting operators in the events industry who have incurred losses due to the circuit-breaker restrictions
  • Details on this program will be announced in the coming days.
  • To be alerted to more information, including application details and opening for all three programs, sign up to the Business Victoria Newsletter here: https://business.vic.gov.au/about-us/subscribe
  • Read the Acting Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/backing-victorian-businesses-and-their-workers

27 MAY , 2021

Another update on restrictions.

Lockdown from 11.59pm Thursday 27 May

As you are no doubt aware, a Statewide lockdown will be in effect from 11.59pm this evening, concluding 11.59pm Thursday 3 June. During this time, the five reasons to leave your house are:

  • Food and supplies;
  • Authorised work;
  • Care and caregiving;
  • Exercise (up to two hours and with one other person); and,
  • Getting vaccinated.
  • Exercise and shopping are limited to a 5km radius, or to the place closest to you if outside this range
  • Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer take-away only.
  • Gyms, hairdressers, community facilities and entertainment venues will all close.
  • Non-essential retail may only open for click and collect.
  • Hotels and accommodation can only stay open to support guests already staying onsite. No new bookings can be made – unless it’s for one a permitted purpose, like authorised work.
  • You can read the Acting Premier’s Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-1

Regional Arts Victoria

RAV will continue to work remotely through the lockdown period. If you are unsure about what the lockdown means for things like your funded proposals or touring projects with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss them.

Support Act

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a completely confidential and free of charge 24/7 phone counselling service. Simply phone 1800 959 500 to speak with an experienced, qualified clinician about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. You can make an appointment, or request to speak to someone immediately.


26 MAY , 2021

Public gatherings v public events

Restrictions travelling with you

  • The advice we have received today from Government regarding ‘restrictions travelling with you’ if you leave from Melbourne to the regions:
  • “Melburnians that travel to regional Victoria must wear a mask indoors (except performers when actually performing).  Regional attendees/performers are not required to wear masks i.e. it is optional for them.”
  • “We are seeking clarity, but do not think the venue/business is responsible for checking where people are from to determine whether they should be wearing a mask and that it is the individual’s responsibility.”

Interstate travel


25 MAY , 2021

Restrictions in force

  • From 6pm this evening (Tuesday May 25), new restrictions are in force in Greater Melbourne. These include:
  • Private gatherings in the home will be limited to five visitors per day
  • Public gatherings will be limited to 30 people and face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies. The face mask requirement applies everyone aged 12 years and older.
  • Schools and workplaces will remain open with the current restrictions that are in place. Depending on the workplace, this includes COVIDSafe measures and in some cases, a density requirement. There are no changes to existing density rules. Aside from the requirement to wear masks indoors, there will be no changes to the arrangements with bars and restaurants. A public health panel will weigh up whether more changes are needed for public events, but they remain unchanged for now (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-25/covid-live-updates-victoria-coronavirus-cases/100162060?utm_campaign=abc_news_web&utm_content=link&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_source=abc_news_web#live-blog-post-1200921920)
  • Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so however, the restrictions travel with them. For example, if you visit someone outside of metropolitan Melbourne, they must not have more than five visitors to their home in that day. If you attend a public gathering outside of Greater Melbourne, it must not be bigger than 30 people.
  • Victorians visiting regional Victoria from Melbourne will also need to wear a face mask when indoors even when outside of metropolitan Melbourne, unless an exemption applies.
  • The Government will pause the move to remove the density quotient in outdoor spaces and venues to a maximum of 200 people in spaces smaller than 400 sqm.
  • You can read the Acting Premier’s here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/additional-covidsafe-measures-keep-victorians-safe

7 MAY , 2021

Restrictions

  • The Victorian Government announced today further easing of restrictions from 28 May:
    • A change to density quotient (DQ). DQs of one person per two square metres will be lifted for small-to-medium sized venues and these venues can have up to 200 people per space (without any density limit), provided COVID marshals are on site ensuring all patrons are checking in to each space. These changes will apply for spaces that are 400 sqm or below; larger spaces still need to observe density limits or consider applicability of the Public Events Framework.
    • Mandatory use of Victorian Government QR Code Service has just been announced. All venues and businesses required to undertake electronic record keeping must use the Victorian Government QR Code Service through the Service Victoria app.
    • You can read the full Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/restrictions-ease-more-victorian-businesses

 Submissions and inquiries


23 MARCH, 2021

Guidelines

The Victorian Government has further relaxed guidelines relating to COVIDSafe settings:

  • From 6pm on Friday 26 March, masks will no longer be required in retail settings but Victorians will still need to carry one with them at all times and wear it on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis and in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals.
  • Outdoor gatherings in public places can also increase to 200 people.
  • Density limits in venues still operating under more restrictive settings will move from 1 person per 4sqm to 1 person per 2sqm.
  • Additional people will also be allowed in indoor non-seated entertainment venues with an increase from 50 per cent to 75 per cent capacity however, the limit of 1000 people per space remains.
  • Dancefloors will move to the same density limit of the venue and the 50 patron cap will also be removed.
  • The 75 per cent cap on private and public offices workers will also be removed. While all workplaces are still required to ensure people can work from the office in a COVIDSafe way – with a density limit of 1 person per 2sqm – they will no longer be required to permit workers to work from home.
  • You can read the full statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-further-relax-covidsafe-settings

Funding and opportunities


17 MARCH, 2021

Guidelines

  • The Victorian Government has made some updates to the public events framework: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-events-information-for-organisers
  • The main change is to “Lower Risk” Tier 2 events ( an event that is "Moderately complex and involves between 1,001 – 5,000 attendees and do not exceed 75% venue capacity or involve COVID-risky behaviours in an indoor, unseated setting.), which are now required to complete a ‘Public Health Declaration Form’ and not need to seek government approval
  • Outdoor events and indoor (seated) events will be designated a lower risk Tier 2 event if they meet the following two criteria:
  • The event has fewer than 5,000 participants/spectators; and
  • Attendance must not exceed 75 per cent capacity limit of the venue.
  • Indoor (unseated) events must meet the following additional criteria to be designated a lower risk Tier 2 event:
  • The event does not feature behaviours that present a greater COVID risk (singing, dancing, chanting or consumption of alcohol and other drugs).
  • Further information for event organisers is available here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-events-information-for-organisers

Funding and opportunities

Data

 


26 FEBRUARY, 2021

Updated Restrictions

  • Attached are the updated restrictions as of 11.59pm this evening. Changes are highlighted and include:You can read the Premier’s Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/victoria-return-covidsafe-settings
    • Relaxations around mask wearing
    • Increases to office capacity to 75% of workforce
    • Increases in capacity limits for seated indoor entertainment venues to 75 per cent of seated capacity for a maximum of 1000 per space
    • Increases in non-seated indoor entertainment venues such as galleries of up to 50 per cent total capacity with maximum patron cap of 1000 people per space.

You can also now access our previous list of updates here: http://www.rav.net.au/news/communities/update-for-regional-artists-and-arts-organisations-in-response-to-covid-19


24 FEBRUARY, 2021

Funding opportunities         

Support programs


17 FEBRUARY, 2021

Restrictions

  • The Statewide lockdown will be lifted at 11.59pm this evening (Wednesday, February 17), though a few restrictions remain in place:
    • Masks are to be worn indoors (mandatory) and outdoors where ‘ you can’t physically distance from others’ unless a lawful exemption applies
    • No more than no more than five visitors to your home per day, and limited public gatherings with friends and family to 20
    • Community facilities, entertainment venues and all other public places can return with some additional crowd size/density limits – see more information here: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EuYrkybVoAM4_Dg?format=jpg&name=4096x4096. Changes from Feb 12 settings are highlighted and for entertainment venues include:You can read the Premier’s Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-86Offices can return at 50% capacity limits, as was the setting at February 12
      • Seated entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors): for indoor spaces, the patron cap is 50% of seated capacity for a maximum of 300 per space
      • Cinemas: 50% of seated capacity up to a maximum of 300 per indoor space
      • Indoor non-seated venues such as galleries: up 50% of total capacity up to a maximum of 300 per space

Professional development

Funding opportunities – deadline extended

Funding opportunities – new

12 FEBRUARY, 2021

Restrictions in Victoria

As you will no doubt have heard by now, Victoria will enter a five-day lockdown from 11.59pm this evening. A couple of quick things to share for your information:

A reminder of the health resources available, summarised by Creative Victoria: https://creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus


5 FEBRUARY, 2021

Restrictions in Victoria

  • Some restrictions in Victoria as of Thursday have been reintroduced, namely:
    • Face masks must be worn when in indoor spaces (other than private residences), on public transport, and in commercial passenger vehicles, apart from when eating or drinking, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.
    • The 75% 'return to work' cap in both public and private sectors scheduled for Monday 8 February has been paused and the current cap of 50% will remain in place.
    • The limit on the number of people gathering in a household is reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age). 
    • For more information, head here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-summer
    • If you haven’t already, you can use the Victorian Government QR Code Service to assist with tracing – read more here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-government-qr-code-service

 Other opportunities and funding

 You can also now access our previous list of updates here: http://www.rav.net.au/news/communities/update-for-regional-artists-and-arts-organisations-in-response-to-covid-19


22 JANUARY, 2021

Regional Arts Victoria opportunities

  • The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government Program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia. It meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts; and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. Applications are now open: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/regional-arts-fund/

 Restrictions in Victoria

 Other opportunities and funding

  • A range of opportunities are coming online through our national body Regional Arts Australia in the coming month, including a Fellowship program and Regional Assembly, an artist-led online studio program connecting cultural practitioners working in regional and remote geographies. Read about them here: https://mailchi.mp/regionalarts/at-the-dawn-of-2021?e=ba3a2e3752
  • AMAGA:

 Regional Victoria


14 JANUARY, 2021

Regional Arts Victoria opportunities

  • Delivered in partnership by Music Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria, the Regional Music Development (RMD) program will support the employment of three Regional Music Workers for 12 months in three regions across the state. These local music workers will work to develop projects and initiatives to support local music networks and activity as well as act as broker to establish connections with music representatives in other parts of the state, local governments, arts bodies and other relevant stakeholders.The second stream of the Creative Workers in Schools program is now accepting submissions from schools and creative workers. Read more information here: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/creative-workers-in-schools/
  • Stage 1 Expressions of Interest are now open from 9 am, 14 January 2021, with more information available here: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/regional-music-development-program/

Restrictions

  • From Monday Jan 1,, Victoria has established a new permit system for all domestic travel into the state. It will be based on a traffic light system that allows Victoria to designate regions in other parts of Australia as green, orange or red, depending on the coronavirus risk in a particular area.Office restrictions will be relaxed from next week, with up to 50 percent capacity allowed from Monday January 18
  • Read the Premier’s Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/permit-system-keep-victoria-covidsafe
  • Permit applications are available here: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/
  • Mask restrictions will also return to advice current at December 31, and will now only be mandatory on all domestic flights, at airports, in hospitals, on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles, at supermarkets and other large indoor retail locations, including shopping centres.
  • Information on office limits and masks was outlined in this statement from the Premier: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/more-victorians-returning-covidsafe-work-place

Other opportunities and funding

Regional Victoria


8 JANUARY, 2021

Restrictions

Opportunities and funding

  • The People of Cabaret have launched the first edition of The Mentorship, a six month programme of mentoring for new and emerging artists who are Indigenous, Bla(c)k and/or of colour, guided by experienced IBPOC-identifying industry leaders within the Australian and international performing arts sector: https://www.thepeopleofcabaret.com/the-mentorship

Resources


18 DECEMBER, 2021

Resources and research

Opportunities and funding

Regional Victoria


7 DECEMBER, 2020

State Government restrictions

  • From today, a number of further restrictions have been eased (with thanks to Creative Victoria for the summary):Latest guidelines and information are available here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/arts-and-entertainment-services-sector-guidanceYou can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-83
    • Seated entertainment venues (both indoor and outdoor) can open with up to 75 per cent of fixed seated capacity up to a maximum patron cap of 1000 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres applies in foyers, bars, bathrooms etc when using electronic record keeping. In venues not using electronic record keeping, a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies.  
    • Indoor non-seated venues (such as galleries and museums) can open with up to 50 per cent of total capacity and a maximum patron cap of 1000 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres applies when using electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies).
    • Outdoor non-seated entertainment venues (such as zoos, live museums) can open with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres when using electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies). Group limits have been removed. Indoor spaces at outdoor venues can open subject to the restrictions relevant to the space (e.g. hospitality or retail).  
    • Hospitality (both indoor and outdoor) moves to a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres. Up to 25 patrons are permitted in a venue before the density quotient applies. There is no requirement for seated service. As above, all venues are required to use electronic record keeping when applying the density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, otherwise the 1 person per 4 square metre applies.
    • Dancefloors can return with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres up to a maximum of 50 people.
    • Creative arts facilities (such as studios and workshops) can operate with a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, subject to the use of electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies).
    • Drive in cinemas can open. Areas outside of vehicles are subject to a density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres, when using electronic record keeping (otherwise 1 person per 4 square metres applies). 
    • Venues with capacity greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. Arrangements for larger events will be determined on an individual basis under the Public Events Framework.

3 DECEMBER, 2020

Regional Art Fund BOOST Renewal program open now

  • First stage submissions are now open for the Renewal stream of the RAF Boost program in Victoria. Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to a total of $125,000 to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. These projects will be strategic in nature: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/raf-recovery-boost/

State Government update

National news

Workshops and Resources

Opportunities

Regional Victoria


25 NOVEMBER, 2020

State Government update

Funding

Regional Victoria


22 NOVEMBER, 2020

State Government update

  • The Premier today announced further easing of restrictions.
    • From midnight tonight:From 30 November, up to 25 per cent of workers will be able to attend onsite at an office (employees as nominated by employer).The Premier’s Statement is available in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-82
      • Outdoor gatherings in a public place will increase to 50.
      • Cinemas, galleries and museums will be able to host up to 150 people indoors.
      • Masks will be required when you’re indoors and on public transport, or where you can’t keep your distance. If you’re outdoors and you can keep a safe distance, masks will no longer be mandatory. 
      • Patron limits will also increase for creative studios, community venues, indoor entertainment and major cultural venues.
      • A summary of all of these changes is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-11/221120%20-%20Last%20Step%20restrictions%20.pdf

 Resources


19 NOVEMBER, 2020

Creative Workers in Schools

  • Applications are now open for Creative Workers in Schools (CWS). The CWS project provides the opportunity for 150 creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools, including special schools. Creative workers and Schools will be supported to work together to codesign and deliver an educationally valuable project or set of activities that supports learning across the Victorian Curriculum F–10 over 6 months. You can read more about the program here: http://www.rav.net.au/creative-workers-in-schools/

State Government update

Funding and Opportunities

  • The Australian Institute of Music’s Future Sounds Scholarship Program aims to identify and reward five of the best young musicians or music entrepreneurs in Australia: https://www.aim.edu.au/scholarships

Resources

Regional Victoria


12 NOVEMBER, 2020

Federal Government Update

State Government update

Funding and Opportunities

Resources

Regional Victorian responses


8 NOVEMBER, 2020

Relaxing of restrictions

  • You will most likely have already seen that restrictions will be further eased tomorrow, and then again from 22 November. The restrictions on travel beyond 25km and the restriction preventing travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be been lifted from midnight this evening.
  • The main creative industries restrictions to be lifted are included below (with thanks to Creative Victoria):All information as it becomes available will be shared here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-arts-and-recreation-services
    • From 11.59pm, Sunday 8 November
      • Indoor entertainment venues (cinemas, music halls, concert halls, auditoriums, galleries, and museum) can openwith a maximum of 20 people per space, and a maximum group booking size of 10 people.
      • Physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained between groups.
      • Performance or screening times must be staggered; 30-minute interval between sessions to avoid crowds in foyers and bathrooms.
      • New rules apply in relation to performances and rehearsals for live music. A physical distance of two metres is required between performers, and a distance of five metres must be maintained between performers and the audience. Performers are excluded from venues caps. For amateur music groups, there is an additional requirement that no more than five people per space can sing or play wind instruments.
      • Creative studios are allowed up to 10 people per space with 1.5 metre distance between people and subject to a density quotient of one per four square metres. The above rules in relation to live music apply. 
    • From 11.59pm on 22 November (pending further health advice): 
      • Indoor seated venues can increase their capacity to 100 people per space with 20 people in any group booking.
      • A density quotient of one person per four square metres with a maximum of 25 per cent capacity will apply, with staggered operations are required for separate spaces.
      • Outdoor seated venues will be allowed 50 per cent seated capacity up to a maximum of 500 people.
      • Further advice for galleries and museums will be provided soon for this final step.
  • You can read the Premier’s Statement in full here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-premier-81

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victorian responses

  • The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Digital Festival Program will run from Nov 28 to 4 December: http://portfairyspringfest.com.au/
  • Art Show Pakenham have placed a selection from their online Isolation Exhibition in a vacant shop window in Pakenham Place: 'Creativity Risen from Isolation'. The entire exhibition can be found at facebook.com/ArtShowPakenham
  • Across November 2020 – January 2021, Fairfax Youth Initiative will provide online mentorship in storytelling to 15 young people living in the Murray Mallee. EOIs will open soon: https://townhall.swanhill.vic.gov.au/fairfax/

2 NOVEMBER, 2020

An update from us, with a reopening note to start with.

A number of you have been asking about when galleries might be able to open. We don’t have any advice on when publicly-owned galleries (ie local government-owned) can open yet, though we will continue to seek further information from government.

We do know, however, that commercial galleries might be classified as retail, and thus can re-open (with all necessary precautions in place). Under the ‘Frequently asked questions’ section as this link, there is some more information to help determine if this applies to you:https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-arts-and-recreation-services   

If you feel that definition might be applied to you, you can have a look at the advice for retailers here:https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-retail-trade-goods  

And don’t forgot the COVID-safe plan you’ll need to have in place: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-plan

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and Opportunities

Resources

  • The Victorian Government's coronavirus has a number of useful resources, including:
    • COVIDSafe Plan template to help businesses plan and take action to prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.
    • Businesses can also access a collection of signage, posters and questionnaires to assist in communicating key messages to workers and customers.
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is also available online for businesses and industry. Businesses can also call 13 22 15 and request a free translator.

 Regional Victorian responses


27 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and Opportunities


25 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Workshops and resources

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


19 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

 Workshops and resources

 Funding


12 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


8 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding and opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


5 OCTOBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Funding available

Workshops and resources

Consultation

Regional Victoria responses


30 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

Resources and Research


27 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates – State Government

  • Restrictions will be further eased for areas classified as Metropolitan Melbourne from midnight this evening:Current Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley has been appointed Minister for Health, Minister for Ambulance Services and Minister for the Coordination of Health and Human Services COVID-19, following the resignation of Jenny Mikakos. Further announcements regarding Ministerial portfolios, and what this means for the Creative Industries portfolio, have not yet been made.

Policy and Government Updates – Federal Government

Funding and Opportunities

Consultation

Regional Victorian responses


20 SEPTEMBER, 2020 

Policy and Government Updates

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victorian responses


15 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates

  • From 11.59pm Wednesday, regional Victoria will move to the Third Step of the re-opening roadmap ahead of schedule:
  • Further support has been announced for the hospitality and entertainment industry including:
    • $58 million for grants of up to $5,000 to help hospitality businesses pay for the practical things such as umbrellas, outdoor furniture, screens and other equipment to serve outdoors;
    • $29.5 million for local councils to help them implement swift and streamlined permit, enforcement and monitoring processes to support expanded outdoor dining; and,
    • A $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund; the Fund will provide grants of $3,000 to eligible sole traders working in sectors of the economy that will continue to be affected by restrictions, like media and film production, creative studios, outdoor entertainment and in private museums and galleries.
    • Read the full Statement here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/taking-footpaths-getting-ready-outdoor-dining
    • Follow details here: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/

Consultation

Resources


13 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy and Government Updates

Consultation

Funding and opportunities

Resources

Regional Victoria responses

  • Arts Mansfield is running the popular Bushy Tales Writing Awards again this year. Entries are invited now for short stories up to 2500 words, and poetry up to 25 verses on the subject of EARTH, WIND, FIRE.... OR COVID: www.artsmansfield.com.au/regular-events/bushy-tales/
  • 1300 Roar is all about creating music out of emotion. They want your emotions, your feelings about lockdowns and pandemics. From frustration to grief, from joy to fear. Together with a digital composer, they will turn your emotions into a commissioned piece of music:https://www.creativeballarat.com.au/1300-roar

6 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Policy Updates

Funding and opportunities

 Surveys

  • The House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Australia is inquiring into matters concerning Regional Australia, and has a new survey on the views of those living in metropolitan areas on the regions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RegionalMetroSurvey

 Regional Victoria responses


31 AUGUST, 2020

Advocacy and policy

Funding and opportunities

Resources and workshops

SurveThe Victorian Chamber is seeking contributions to the development of restart strategies that meet the needs of our diverse industries and different sized businesses across the state: https://feedback.victorianchamber.com.au/r/6Rr5kCLx/34e2237a-f4f9-471b-8352-8711b9e1ec49 

Regional Victoria responses

  • The Art Is… Festival have partnered with the Horsham Agricultural society and you can enter your solar garden into the first ever virtual show. Find out more about creating a solar garden:  https://www.artiswimmera.com/solar-garden


25 AUGUST, 2020

Advocacy and policy

Funding and opportunities

Resources and workshops

Surveys

Regional Victoria responses


17 AUGUST, 2020

Funding and opportunities available

Resources and workshops

  • Regional Arts Australia are excited to release the details of our Artlands Conversation Series—a curated program of critical conversations that reflect and respond to emerging trends in regional practice, providing a narrative of art as social change and the articulation of cultural identity: https://conversationseries.artlands.com.au/
  • The Australian Live Music Business Council is helping its members negotiate COVID-19 restrictions for businesses with a new online dashboard tool: https://almbc.org.au/member-resources-(incl.-covid)

Regional Victorian responses


11 AUGUST, 2020

Federal funding announcementThe Federal government has this morning released guidelines for the RISE (Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand) funding program for the arts and entertainment industry: https://www.arts.gov.au/sites/default/files/restart-investment-to-sustain-and-expand-rise-fund.pdf?acsf_files_redirect

Work guides

Funding and opportunities available

Resources and workshops

Regional Victorian responses


6 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

Work guides

Other funding available

Regional Victorian responses


3 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

Work guides

Other funding available

Resources and workshops

  • Arts and Culture: Whose responsibility is it? will discuss the pivotal role governments, artists, community and the private sector collectively play in fostering a thriving arts and culture sector now and into the future. Hosted by the Municipal Associatio

In of Victoria, speakers include Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, MAV President Cr Coral Ross, Artist Jacob Boehme, Artist Casey Bennetto, Philanthropist Graeme Wood, and Lisa Roet. Book here: https://web.cvent.com/event/e1ce44d5-df7f-49d7-8147-a0a144109904/register?rp=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

1 AUGUST, 2020

Restrictions

  • Additional restrictions are now in place for Victoria, and a State of Disaster has been declared until September 13.Further information in regards to business restrictions will be announced tomorrow.
    • From Sunday August 2, Melbourne moved to Stage 4 restrictions, which includes a curfew from 8pm to 5am; travel limited with a 5km radius; and remote schooling. 
      • Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two, whether you live with them or not.
      • Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. Again, the five-kilometre rule will apply.
      • Melbourne schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels. Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in our specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday. Onsite supervision will be offered but tightened – only available for students who really need it.  That means children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home. From Thursday, those same rules will apply to Melbourne’s kinder and early childhood education services.
      • More information is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-changes-melbournes-restrictions
    • Regional Victoria will move to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11:59pm on Wednesday. This means there are four reasons to be out:  shopping for food and essential items; care and caregiving; daily exercise; work and study - if you can't do it from home.Face coverings will continue to be compulsory for all of Victoria.
      • Businesses in regional Victoria will also return to Stage 3 restrictions. That means restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
      • Regional schools will return to remote and flexible learning – across all year levels and across the state. The only exception will be for specialist schools. Onsite supervision will again be made available for students in regional Victoria who need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and vulnerable kids who can’t learn from home.
      • More on the regional Victoria announcement can be read here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-changes-regional-restrictions


30 JULY, 2020

Another reminder that Creative Victoria have compiled a list of ways to look after your health and wellbeing and connect with someone to talk to. You can find more details here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/industry-resources/health-and-wellbeing.

Restrictions

  • From Monday, face coverings will be required across all of regional Victoria.
  • In addition, people living the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, will longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home.
  • The full statement from the Premier is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-50/

Funding available

Re-open guides

Resources and workshops

Regional Victorian responses


20 JULY, 2020

Funding available

Opportunities

Additional restrictions

Regional Victorian responses


13 JULY, 2020

Funding

Resources

Regional Victorian responses


7 JULY, 2020

Dear Members,

I’m certain many of you will have already seen the reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire announced today, as well as the NSW border closures announced earlier this week. There are links to further information below about each. 

A reminder that Creative Victoria have compiled a list of ways to look after your health and wellbeing and connect with someone to talk to. You can find more details here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/industry-resources/health-and-wellbeing.

State Government Restrictions

Border closure

Funding available

Survey

Regional Victorian news


1 JULY, 2020

Arts funding for regional Victoria

Australia Council for Arts

Re-opening resources and information

Opportunities

Regional Victorian Responses


25 JUNE, 2020

Federal funding announcement

  • The Prime Minister and Arts Minister announced a $250m ‘JobMaker’ plan today for the creative economy. It includes:
    • Seed Investment to Reactivate Productions and Tours – $75 million in competitive grant funding in 2020-21 through the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund. This program will provide capital to help production and event businesses to put on new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease, including through innovative operating and digital delivery models. Grants of varying sizes will be available, from $75,000 through to $2 million.
    • Show Starter Loans – $90 million in concessional loans to assist creative economy businesses to fund new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity. The loans program will complement the RISE Fund and will be delivered through commercial banks, backed by a 100 per cent Commonwealth guarantee.
    • Kick-starting Local Screen Production – $50 million for a Temporary Interruption Fund, to be administered by Screen Australia, that will support local film and television producers to secure finance and start filming again, supporting thousands of jobs in the sector. Filming of new productions has largely been halted as insurers are not providing coverage for COVID-19.  
    • Supporting Sustainability of Sector-Significant Organisations – $35 million to provide direct financial assistance to support significant Commonwealth-funded arts and culture organisations facing threats to their viability due to COVID-19, which may include organisations in fields including theatre, dance, circus, music and other fields. The Government will partner with the Australia Council to deliver this funding.
    • Creative Economy Taskforce – establishment of a ministerial taskforce to partner with the Government and the Australia Council to implement the JobMaker plan for the creative economy.
    • You can read the full release here, with further details to be released soon: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/250-million-jobmaker-plan-restart-australias-creative-economy

Responses to the announcement

Opportunities and resources

Regional Victorian responses


20 JUNE, 2020

Changes to restrictions

  • The Premier announced changes to restrictions today. From Monday:
    • The number of visitors you can have at your home will reduce to five.
    • Restaurants, pubs, community halls, libraries, museums will now stay at a maximum of 20 people in any one space until 12 July. Businesses that were set to open on Monday like cinemas and theatres still can but with a maximum of 20 people.
    • Those who can work from home should continue to do so at least until 31 July
    • The full statement from the Premier is available here: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-45/

Reopening guides and resources

Local Government

Survey

Opportunities

Regional Victoria responses


16 JUNE, 2020

Victorian restrictions

  • The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of restrictions, which you can read a little more about here:https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-42/
    • From June 22, libraries, cinemas, concert venues, galleries, museums, community centres, halls, theatres and auditoriums can open, also with up to 50 people per space.

Opportunities

Workshops

Regional Victorian responses


12 JUNE, 2020

Creative recovery for bushfire affected regions

  • Regional Arts Victoria will deliver a creative recovery initiative targeting local government areas most impacted by the summer bushfires in Victoria (Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta). We’re recruiting positions to support this work now, and a small grants program will open soon: http://www.rav.net.au/news/funding/creative-recovery-for-bushfire-affected-regions
  • To those of you in these affected regions, I know this has been a while coming. I hope it provides some much-needed support. We look forward to speaking more about this soon.

Reopening guidelines

Changes to capacity limits

Surveys

  • A consortium of First Peoples Small-to-Medium (S2M) arts companies from around the country are seeking assistance/feedback from First Peoples independent artists: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BLAKDANCE

Regional Victorian responses


11 JUNE, 2020

Reopening resources and advice

Funding

Resources

National activity

Regional Victorian responses


4 JUNE, 2020

Resources for regional artists and organisations

Reopening resources and advice

Funding and opportunities

Victorian advocacy

National advocacy

Regional Victorian Response


29 MAY, 2020

Information

Re-opening Guidelines and information

Regional Victorian Responses

Opportunities


25 MAY, 2020

Easing restrictions

Funding and opportunities

Research and resources

Regional Victorian responses

  • Arts Mildura has announced their first exhibition post covid-19 stage 2 lock down, home2020. Arts Mildura has commissioned 8 local artists to create work in direct response to the lived experience of enforced isolation by the Victorian Government: https://artsmildura.com.au/home2020/


18 MAY, 2020

Government announcements and guidelines

 Funding and opportunities

Regional Victorian responses


11 MAY, 2020

Government advice

Funding and opportunities

 Regional Victorian responses


7 MAY, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

  • The ABC is partnering with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts to present TOP 5 Arts, giving a voice to Australia's next generation of Arts practitioners and researchers: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/top5/arts/
  • The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund is offering support for up to six emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to work with a dramaturg or director on a new work via digital platforms, for a total period of eight hours: http://www.pwa.org.au/2020-program/erin-thomas-fund/

Advice and resources

Government updates

Regional Victorian responses

Surveys


30 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Regional Victorian Responses

Funding and Opportunities


28 APRIL, 2020

Victorian Funding

  • The Victorian Government has announced a number of programs to support Victoria’s creatives. Regional Arts Victoria is delivering the regional steam of the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, which delivers quick-response funding to independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus. You can review the guidelines for the regional stream here: http://www.rav.net.au/funding-opportunities/sustaining-creative-workers/Applications open this Thursday, April 30 at 9am.
  • You may also be interested in the other components of the Victorian Government announcement, available here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2020/supporting-our-creative-state-through-coronavirus

Other Opportunities

  • Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) are hosting a series of Artist-led Meetups via Zoom around the country next week. They are a space for independent artists to discuss the impact on their practice from the pandemic, and share resources and strategies:https://apam.org.au/news/artist-online-meet-ups/

Regional Victorian Responses

22 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Some Regional Victorian responses


15 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Opportunities

Some Regional Victorian responses

From the Victorian Government


9 APRIL, 2020

The Federal Minister has announced $10M for regional artists and organisations via the Regional Arts Fund: https://www.paulfletcher.com.au/media-releases/joint-media-release-targeted-support-for-indigenous-arts-regional-arts-and-respected

It is welcome news for regional arts across the country. Regional Arts Victoria works with Regional Arts Australia, our national body, on the Regional Arts Fund. Further details will be released as soon as possible on how it will support Victoria’s regions.

Funding and Resources

$27m has been announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts Paul Fletcher with:

  • $10 million to help regional artists and organisations develop new work and explore new delivery models. The funding will be delivered through Regional Arts Australia’s Regional Arts Fund;
  • $7 million to support Indigenous artists and arts centres; and,
  • $10 million to Support Act, to enable it to extend its important work across the arts sector.

The JobKeeper package was passed by the Federal Government yesterday evening. You can register with the ATO here: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

Copyright Agency have launched their COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding:https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/new-grants-for-covid-19/?utm_source=Copyright+Agency+Visual+Arts+Newsletter&utm_campaign=65e40732f3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_11_19_04_23_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_226f354fe2-65e40732f3-126052695&mc_cid=65e40732f3&mc_eid=ebcc812dfa

Some Regional Victorian responses


7 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support

 Some Regional Victorian responses


3 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support


1 APRIL, 2020

Funding and Other Support

 Other Resources


27 MARCH, 2020

Funding and Other Support


25 MARCH, 2020

National Update

  • National organisations have been meeting with the Federal Minister and Opposition Spokesperson for the arts these last two days to share information about what gaps remain after the initial whole-of-government announcements.
  • The Arts Industry Council Victoria has also been meeting weekly with our interstate colleagues to ensure measures across different States are understood. A number of states, including Queensland, SA and the ACT have now announced arts support packages.

Victorian Update

  • The Arts Industry Council of Victoria is now meeting weekly to share support and responses across our organisation.

Resources

Data Collection


23 MARCH, 2020


Second National Economic Stimulus Package

There are a number of measures included in the $66 billion package announced by the Prime Minister today that may be of direct relevance to you and your organisation or community:

1. For individuals, sole traders and households:

a. the Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.  This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit

b. providing a further $750 payment to social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders, except for those who are receiving an income support payment that is eligible to receive the Coronavirus supplement

c. the Government will allow individuals in financial stress as a result of the Coronavirus to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation in 2019-20 and a further $10,000 in 2020-21

d. More information is available at: https://www.dss.gov.au/about-the-department/coronavirus-information-and-support.

2. For small-medium business and not-for-profits, the Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not‑for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. There is also a loan guarantee scheme made available. More information is available at: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

You can read the full statement from the Prime Minister at: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/supporting-australian-workers-and-business

Similar to the Victorian announcement yesterday, these are not arts-only, or arts-specific measures at this stage, but they still may be of benefit or interest to you right now. Regional Arts Victoria, with a number of other arts organisations, continues to work with State and Federal Government on future targeted announcements.

Peak Body Reponses to National Stimulus

Victorian Government Update

  • The Victorian Government has advised that from today  “…Victoria will proceed over the next 48 hours to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity across our state to combat the spread of Coronavirus.” There is some limited additional detail in this Statement from the Premier: https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-32/
  • Expect more detail on this to follow in the media, particular on definitions of ‘essential.’  

Victorian Economic Survival Package

There are a number of measures included in the Victorian Government’s first economic package you may like to follow-up in further detail, or pass on to members of your community:

3. $500 million Business Support Fund. To register interest in updates, head here: https://bit.ly/2QF2HIi  

4. $500 million support package for workers: Working for Victoria fund. More information available here: https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria

These are not arts-only, or arts-specific measures at this stage, but they still may be of benefit or interest to you right now.

You can read the full statement for the Premier at: https://bit.ly/2Uu5zJu

National Update

Additional advice

  • VECCI have confirmed that “both the Morrison and Andrews Governments are expected to announce major business rescue packages this weekend”: https://bit.ly/2Jb8L7m

Stimulus and Campaigns

  • The music industry have launched Sound of Silence: https://thesoundofsilence.com.au/
  • NAVA has a campaign toolkit: https://bit.ly/3ahHdsQ 
  • PAC Australia released this: https://bit.ly/2WHgPET 


22 MARCH, 2020

National Update

Victorian Update

  • The Arts Industry Council Victoria also held a Victorian meeting Friday 20 March. Regional Arts Victoria is a Member of this group and we’re working with the other state-level peak bodies (such as Theatre Network Australia, Multicultural Arts Victoria etc.) to share information to and between each of our Member groups.
  • The Victorian Chamber of Commerce is offering support and advice for businesses both in bushfire recovery and COVID-19 impacts: https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/

 

Data Collection

There are now a number of new specific industry surveys live since the last email:

Arts Pages

 

Information and Support Networks

  • A number of services exist if you're struggling including Support Act: 1800 959 500
  • A Facebook Group for Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 has been established for information sharing: https://bit.ly/3aiO1Xi


19 MARCH, 2020

Stimulus Calls

National Update

Victorian Update


18 MARCH, 2020


National Updates

  • Federal Minister for the Arts Paul Fletcher hosted an initial roundtable with the creative sector on March 17. You can read the Minister’s response to this event here: https://bit.ly/2UetVbe 
  • You can read the response to the meeting from NAVA here: https://bit.ly/2WES38y 
  • You  can read the response to the meeting from LPA here: https://bit.ly/33EC9we
  • Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette was present and spoke about the meeting on Radio National: https://ab.co/2xjPu0S
  • Our national body Regional Arts Australia was among those groups present at this national meeting, and is ensuring relevant regional information is being communicated.
  • A special Meeting of Cultural Ministers has been convened for March 19 for state and national arts and culture ministers to coordinate responses.

Victorian Update

  • Creative Victoria and the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley are briefing, and working with, Victorian organisations including Regional Arts Victoria.
  • The Arts Industry Council of Victoria (https://aicv.org.au/) will meet this Friday, giving Regional Arts Victoria the opportunity to work with other peak bodies in Victoria on responses and information sharing.