Useful Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Page updated 29-10-2020

 

State-by-State Information

 

Find the most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 status and restrictions for your State below.

In addition, LPA has developed a useful Summary Matrix which briefly outlines all density restrictions for venues and presenters, and border restrictions.

LPA has also put together a Restrictions and Roadmaps – Jurisdictions resource that summarises COVID-19 restrictions and roadmaps across all states and territories.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland 

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

 

Financial Support

 

We’ve created a summary of federal and state by state funding opportunities here:

GOVERNMENT COVID-19 FUNDING ROUND UP

Get in touch with your state-based arts agencies and review the latest information:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

 

Federal Arts Sector Recovery Package

 

Minister Paul Fletcher has released the guidelines for the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund and COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund (Sustainability Fund). You can find a media release here, and full information on the guidelines here.

 

JobKeeper Information

 

Find the most up-to-date information on JobKeeper Payments on the ATO website here.

You can download the Treasury fact sheet here.

 

PAC Australia Guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres

 

The national guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres, prepared by PAC Australia, are now available.

You can download the document in full here and more information on the creation and context of the document is available here.

PAC Australia would like to acknowledge the contributions of Kim Tran (Live Performance Australia), Simon Hinton (Merrigong Theatre), Shauna Weekes and Glenn Hall (Perth Theatre Trust) and Ross Farnell (through his engagement with VAPAC to develop the VIC resources).

 

General Guidelines for Reopening

 

Some relevant resources from friends and members:

 

Resources for Venues & Orgs

 

National Gig-Ready Dashboard – 14 Aug 2020

The Australian Live Music Business Council have released their National Gig-Ready Dashboard. Although heavily skewed towards music venues, it is an excellent, live resource for monitoring recovery phases, physical distancing requirements and other COVID-19 related restrictions on a state by state basis.

Access the dashboard for free here.

Snapshot Of Current Presenter Intent For 2021/22

On 7/5/2020 PAC Australia polled our presenter members as to their current response to programming and plans moving forward.

You can view the results so far here.

PAC Australia Resources

If you’re looking for frameworks, metrics and useful language when quantifying your venue’s impact on and outcomes for your local community, be sure to reference our Performing Spaces guide. This guide was developed primarily for local government senior management, to assist them to grow community wellbeing through their performing arts centres and facilities.

Our most recent Economic Activity Report, which measures the scale of operations and economic activity of performing arts centres nationally may also be of use.

World Health Organisation – Advice & Downloads

Concise and up-to-date information on daily life during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here on the World Health Organisation’s website.

It includes an extensive library of downloads such as posters, flyers and fact sheets you might like to put up in your office or any public spaces.

Risk Management Plan – Example

Arts Centre Melbourne have generously shared a coronavirus inclusive Risk Management Plan, which you may also find useful. You can download it here.

Business Continuity Plan – Template

The Queensland Government has download it here on their website.

Support Act Arts Wellbeing Collective

You can find the Arts Wellbeing Collective Helpline poster available to download here.

Additional Support Act resources, including additional signs and poster downloads, are available here.

 

Work Health and Safety Incident Notification

 

With thanks to LPA for providing this information.

There are certain requirements regarding work health safety (WHS) incident notifications for COVID-19 in each state, including how to notify the WorkSafe Authority and when notification is required. In all states and territories, a notification must be made to the WorkSafe Authority, regardless of whether the relevant Health Authority is already aware of the case.

VICTORIA

Employers and self-employed people are required to notify WorkSafe Victoria immediately when they become aware that an employee, independent contractor or employee of an independent contractor has:

  • received a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis and has attended the workplace within the infectious period.

 

LPA has previously advised Members that employers in Victoria who fail to notify WorkSafe Victoria can be fined $39,652 for individuals and $198,264 for a company.

Notifications can be made to WorkSafe Victoria by phone on 13 23 60, or by the online Confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis reporting form.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Employers and self-employed people are required to notify WorkSafe ACT immediately:

  • of a serious injury or illness of a person, including any confirmed case of COVID-19 arising out of work, and
  • if it is suspected that a person may have contracted COVID-19 and requires treatment in hospital.

 

The fine for failure to notify WorkSafe ACT is $10,000 for individuals and $50,000 for a company.

Notifications can be made to WorkSafe ACT by phone on 13 22 81, or by completing an online Notifiable Incident Report.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Employers and self-employed people must notify SafeWork NSW of:

  • a serious injury or illness of a person, including any confirmed case of COVID-19 arising out of work, and
  • a person requiring treatment as an in-patient in a hospital for a COVID-19 infection which arose out of work.

 

The fine for failure to notify Worksafe NSW is $10,00 for an individual and $50,000 for a company.

Notifications can be made to WorkSafe NSW by phone on 13 10 50.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Employers and self-employed people must notify NT WorkSafe where:

  • a person dies from a COVID-19 infection which arose out of work; and
  • a person requires treatment as an in-patient in a hospital for a COVID-19 infection which arose out of work.

 

The fine for failure to notify NT WorkSafe is $720 for individuals and $3,600 for a company.

Notifications can be made to NT WorkSafe by phone on 1800 019 115.

QUEENSLAND

Employers and self-employed people must notify Workplace Health and Safety Queensland of:

  • a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 as diagnosed by a medical practitioner which arose out of work that requires a person to have treatment as an in-patient in a hospital.

 

The fine for failure to notify Workplace Health and Safety Queensland can be fined, on-the-spot, $720 for individuals and $3,600 for a company.

Notifications can be made to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland by phone on 1300 362 128.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Employers and self-employed people must notify SafeWork SA of a confirmed case of COVID-19 that can be attributed to a workplace exposure, and either:

  • a person is required to have treatment as an in-patient in a hospital; or
  • a person dies from a COVID-19 infection.

 

The fine for failure to notify SafeWork SA can be fined $600 for individuals and $3,000 for a company.

Notifications can be made to SafeWork SA by phone on 1300 365 255, or by completing an online Notifiable Incident Report.

TASMANIA

Employers and self-employed people must notify WorkSafe Tasmania immediately, when it is confirmed that a person contracted COVID-19 carrying out work, and:

  • the person dies; or
  • the person is required to have treatment as an in-patient in a hospital.

 

The fine for failure to notify WorkSafe Tasmania can be fined $10,000 for individuals and $50,000 for a company.

Notifications can be made to WorkSafe Tasmania by phone on 1300 366 322, or by submitting an Incident Notice Form to:

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Employers and self-employed people must notify WorkSafe WA, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, (the Department) when:

  • a case of COVID-19 is the cause, or suspected cause, of death at a workplace.

 

Notification is not required for non-fatal incidents of COVID-19.

Employers who fail to notify the Department can be fined $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for a company.

Notifications can be made to the Department by phone on 1800 678 198.

 

Audience Outlook Monitor – Getting Audiences Back

 

Phase Three Results Available Now

Data collection for Phase Three took place in September 2020 and the results are now available.

 

LPA Refunds & Exchanges Guidance

 

Live Performance Australia has developed guidance for ticket refunds and exchanges in a COVID-19 environment. You can download the guidance document here.

 

Music Licensing Update / Live-Streaming Performances

 

The streaming of performances, show excerpts, archive recordings or work-in-development showings, among others, has raised many queries regarding licensing of copyrighted music works for these purposes.

We encourage you to be in touch with APRA AMCOS (for Dramatic Context) or OneMusic to discuss your circumstances and requirements.

 

Senate Inquiry

 

On 8 April, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PAC Australia has made a submission to the inquiry, primarily focussed on the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts venues and presenters and the ongoing viability issues that our sector will continue to face while the rest of the economy restarts. You can review the submission here. (Note: submissions closed on 28 May, but PAC Australia received an extension to submit by 11 June).

 

Look After Your Mental Health

 

The Arts Wellbeing Collective has launched its first season of Mental Health Matinées, a series of online presentations promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts. Every session is free to attend. Simply register online to receive the Zoom link.

Entertainment Assist have created a short series of free mental health webinars, in a program called Intermission. Topics include isolation, finance, healthy habits and sleep.

FutureLearn have compiled a collection of free online courses in their Support Your Mental Health In Lockdown series, featuring topics such as the work-life balance, professional resilience and COVID-19 specific analysis and tips.

Beyond Blue have put together this excellent resource on how to look after your mental health during these strange and difficult times.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is also available if you need to brush up on some useful self-care techniques, or call their hotline if you need someone to talk to. The AWC has also collected a series of resources you might find useful which you can find right here.

You can find the Arts Wellbeing Collective Helpline poster available to download here. Additional Support Act resources, including additional signs and poster downloads, are available here.