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VicScreen Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Industry Updates  1 Jan 2022

The following information is correct as of 9 May 2022.  


New pandemic orders came into effect at 11:59pm Friday 22 April 2022. For more information and resources, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live.


SCREEN PRODUCTION IN VICTORIA

Screen production activity is permitted in Victoria under strict COVIDSafe conditions. All productions must follow the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 5).


Strict filming and COVIDSafe guidelines must be adhered to.


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


As with all businesses in Victoria, film sets are required to have a COVIDSafe plan in they are required to follow the latest guidelines in the workplace, whether it is in an indoor location, such as a residence or a studio, or outdoors. You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings, but wearing a mask remains recommended and may be part of your production's COVIDSafe plan.


IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR SCREEN BUSINESSES

Every Victorian business that is open, or has staff on-site, must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

 

This will help you protect your workers, customers and visitors. Your COVIDSafe Plan will detail the actions you will take to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 in your workplace. Victorian Government Authorised Officers are closely monitoring and inspecting businesses to ensure they are following their COVIDSafe Plans. There are significant penalties, including fines and prohibition notices, for businesses that fail to follow these directions. For information on developing a COVIDSafe plan and what is required, including templates, visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website—coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

 

The Australian Screen Production Industry COVID Safe Guidelines have been developed to provide specific guidance to the Australian screen industry that may help with your COVID safe Plan. NB: The Victorian Government's Workplace Directions take precedence.


Our Location and Production Services team is working with councils and agencies to have the most up-to-date information and they are available to support Location Managers. Please connect with the team at locations@vicscreen.vic.gov.au.


VICSCREEN FUNDING INITIATIVES

Applications for funding development, production, key talent placements, industry attachments and games are open.


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


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

 

To ensure the health and safety of VicScreen staff and stakeholders, VicScreen staff are mostly working remotely. If you are planning to visit the VicScreen office, we kindly ask to contact us in advance to make arrangements on 03 9660 3215 or contact@vicscreen.vic.gov.au.