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Information Media and Telecommunications sector guidance

Sector guidance for the Information Media & Telecommunications business within metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

See below for up to date operational guidance and frequently asked questions for this sector.

For frequently asked questions that applies to all businesses go to our

Frequently asked questions - regional Victoria

Read below for commonly asked questions by businesses within the Information Media and Telecommunications  sector. The following frequently asked questions apply to regional Victoria. Find out more about Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Regional filming for television commercials can operate however all crew and talent must already reside in a regional area.

No.

Physical production refers to filming or related creative asset production.

Under the current restrictions, pre-production activity, including location scouting, is not permitted.

A closed set is a filming location (interior or exterior) where public or general access is prohibited, and the production company has complete control over the setting. Access to the set is to be restricted to essential personnel, and contingent on the COVIDSafe Plan in place for the production and the set. Ancillary spaces required for Unit Base and support vehicles (e.g. make-up or equipment tracks) must also operate under closed set principles.

Frequently asked questions -  metropolitan Melbourne

Updated on: 31 August 2020

Read below for commonly asked questions by businesses within the Information Media and Telecommunications sector guidance. The following frequently asked questions apply to metropolitan Melbourne, which is currently at Step One of Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Commercials

No.

No. This work can only continue if it can be conducted from home.

No.

Film and production

If your feature film, television show or documentary is currently in physical production or post-production, you can continue as long as you are operating as a closed set and have a COVIDSafe plan in place.

If you are filming a television commercial, student film or corporate video, you must suspend production.

Physical production refers to filming or related creative asset production.

Under the current restrictions, pre-production activity, including location scouting, is not permitted.

A closed set is a filming location (interior or exterior) where public or general access is prohibited, and the production company has complete control over the setting. Access to the set is to be restricted to essential personnel, and contingent on the COVIDSafe Plan in place for the production and the set. Ancillary spaces required for Unit Base and support vehicles (e.g. make-up or equipment tracks) must also operate under closed set principles.

No. Only productions that have commenced physical production can continue.

This activity is permitted if it is relating to productions that commenced physical production prior to Stage 4 Restrictions. Every effort must be made to execute business activities at home. Where this cannot occur, an absolute minimum number of staff and work hours should operate in Permitted Work Premises only.

All Permitted Work Premises must have their COVIDSafe plan readily available and ensure that they have adhered to the directions of the Permitted Worker Scheme.

Only sound production and recording in permitted industries can go ahead. These include radio broadcasting and internet publishing and broadcasting for news media purposes. Please review the list of Permitted Work Premises for a full list of Information, Media and Telecommunications premises that are permitted.

Yes, if the television show they are a guest on is a permitted television production, and their role cannot be performed from home.

A permitted television production is one that is already in physical production and operating as a closed set. A closed set is one where public or general access is prohibited, and guests may only attend on site if their role is essential and cannot be conducted from another location (i.e. home).

Guests (such as interviewees, contestants and panel members) are considered essential if they are to be filmed as part of the program and their portion cannot be filmed from home. Thus, if they are considered essential then the guest is considered a Permitted Worker.

For clarity, audience members are not allowed on set.

Operations

No. Location scouting activity does not fall within the definition of a closed set. The latest restrictions are in place to limit movement between locations.

Permits can be provided to feature film, television and documentary (excluding television commercials, student and corporate productions) that are already in physical production and operating as a closed set on the condition that a COVIDSafe plan is in place.

Locations can only be provided for feature film, television and documentary (excluding television commercials, student and corporate productions) that are already in physical production and operating as a closed set on the condition that a COVIDSafe plan is in place.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and the Industry Coordination Centre

The Business Victoria website and hotline provide information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.