COVID-19 Response Strategy:

Latest update:

The CMTO is continuing to closely monitor the situation and take advice from the Australian Government Department of Health to ensure we are responding appropriately.

All CMTO staff will be available to answer all your questions on 02 9318 9626 during normal business hours and are on call for all students and stations delivering training over the weekends.

The CMTO is committed to ensuring that your training is conducted in a safe learning environment.

All CMTO Pathways and Accredited courses have undergone a risk assessment review as at 20 July 2021.

NSW

The Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, and Shellharbour regions of NSW have been declared as COVID-19 affected areas from 11.59pm Friday 9 July 2021.

As at 6pm on Saturday 26 June, the stay-at-home direction applies to people who live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas.

If you live in the Fairfield, Liverpool or Canterbury-Bankstown local government areas, you can only leave the local government area you live in to go to work if you are an authorised worker. Under the current restrictions, Community Radio presenters fall under the definition of authorised worker. Ask your station to provide you with a letter to confirm your status as a volunteer broadcaster with the station.

COVID-19 testing every three days is required for all authorised workers who live in the Fairfield LGA and leave for work.

For up-to-date information, please visit the nsw.gov.au website link below

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#stay-at-home-rules-greater-sydney

A CMTO Representative will be in touch with course coordinators to discuss any impacts to pre-booked courses. Alternatively, please call 02 9318 9626 to get in touch with the National Training Manager or Pathways Manager.

ACT

There are currently travel requirements in place for people coming to the ACT from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. Find out the latest advice.

VIC

From 11:59pm Thursday 15 July restrictions across Victoria have changed. The Stay at Home Directions (Victoria) (No. 2) came into force at 11.59pm 15 July 2021

For up-to-date information, please visit the vic.gov.au website link below.

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

QLD

Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking.
The following restrictions apply to anyone who was in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days or since the hotspot was declared — whichever is shorter:
  • You are not allowed to enter Queensland and will be turned away at the border.
  • You may be granted an exemption, but you’ll need to get tested and go into hotel quarantine at your own expense for 14 days from the date you entered Queensland.

SA

On the 20th July 2021, the South Australian Government announced a seven-day lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

From 6pm, Tuesday, 20 July, level five restrictions will be in place.

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/?mc_cid=a9235e015e&mc_eid=155a57ee87

WA

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in the following settings:
  • in an airport in WA
  • on an aircraft in WA or
  • travelling in a vehicle with a person who is subject to a quarantine direction (this includes personal vehicles, private cars, hired cars, ride-share vehicles or taxis).
Everyone arriving to WA must complete a G2G PASS before they travel.

TAS

Entry to Tasmania and quarantine requirements depend on where you’ve been in the 14 days before you travelled to Tasmania. Areas are declared as either low-, medium- or high-risk based on the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas — subject to public health advice. Check your area’s risk level at coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travelalert
Travellers coming from medium or high-risk areas, including essential travellers, need to apply for an electronic G2G or ‘Good to go’ PASS from g2gpass.com.au. Travellers are urged to do this at least 3 business days before they arrive and not more than 14 days before travel

NT

Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory.
All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form

CMTO Covid Response

We are now gradually re-establishing face-to-face delivery for identified low risk areas, implementing the health advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation and adjusting delivery where appropriate.

To find out the method of delivery for your training, please contact [email protected]

Please read on for detailed information on CMTO's COVID-19 response.

For courses resuming face to face delivery, we have established DOC 79 Guidelines for Return to Training and Workplaces V1.2 for stations, students and trainers:

  • The number of participants has been adjusted to adhere to physical distancing recommendations
  • Cleaning supplies have been provided to your trainer and station
  • Hand soaps and sanitisers have been provided to your station
  • Adequate signage on hygiene, correct handwashing technique and social distancing measures have been placed around the training area
  • Your CMTO Trainer will give you a safety briefing at the start of your training session to run you through all protocols and safety measures
  • All shared equipment will be disinfected between each use by participants
  • CMTO Trainers will provide each student with their own pop filter
  • The training area will be thoroughly cleaned prior to and after your course
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own pens, paper, food, cutlery and water bottles to reduce community transmission

Follow general guidance to help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands.
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others
  • Exercise personal responsibility for physical distancing measures (1.5 Meters)

For a more detailed review of the safety measures the CMTO are taking, please review our DOC 79 Guidelines for Return to Training and Workplaces V1.2 to familiarise yourself with safety protocols and answer any FAQ. We have also established an POLPRO 45 Epidemics and Pandemics V1.1 for your information.

 COVID-19 Resource Hub:

Additional return to work resources

Online Learning

Broadcast Tech
Station Finance
Content
Station Governance and Management
Online Training

Please note that the information and advice provided in the webinars were accurate at the time of broadcast, and you should cross-check advice with station management, and the health authority in your state for any changes.

This list will continue to be updated on our website and in future bulletins.

Community Radio COVID-19 Response Facebook Group

If you are on Facebook and are wanting to be part of a real-time conversation on how COVID-19 is impacting stations and sector organisations, make sure you are a member of the COVID-19 Response Facebook Group.

CBF #yourstationyourvoice Campaign

To further support our sector connect with and learn from each other the CBF are running the Your Station Your Voice Campaign. This is a video campaign, that is asking community media outlets and sector organisations around Australia to share their stories, experiences and tips for staying on-air and safe during COVID-19. If you would like to contribute get it touch with the CBF via email on tracee at cbf.org.au.

You can check out the wonderful video responses here.

Sector Bulletins and Communication Channels

Additional sources of important and regular information are available from the various sector bulletins. Are you signed up to the following?

CMTO Bulletin

CBAA eNews

CBF Broadcast

NEMBC News

FNMA Newsletter,

  • Please contact FNMA if you are a First Nation’s broadcaster and have particular concerns on 08 8952 6465

CMAA Newsletter

Technorama Newsletter 

More information:
  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to https://www.health.gov.au/
  • Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
  • The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts

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