COVID-19 Response Strategy:
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 15 February 2021.
New changes have been introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.
This means that you cannot leave your home unless you are doing it for one of the following four reasons:
- shopping for necessary goods and services
- care and caregiving
- permitted work.
Face masks will need to be worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home.
From 12:01am Friday 12 February 2021, masks will be mandatory on public transport only. It’s also strongly recommended that you should wear a mask at indoor venues where physical distancing is not possible.
- public transport including waiting areas
- airports and on commercial domestic flights
The NSW Government recommends that you wear a mask if you’re vulnerable, when you can’t stay 1.5 metres from others and at retail shopping venues.
Residents of the Greater Brisbane region are now under the same restrictions as the rest of Queensland.
- 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.
If you do not fall into one of these categories, you will be required to apply for an exemption to enter by road. If your exemption is granted, it will include details of where you will complete your mandatory quarantine. To apply for a Border Declaration Pass, go to covid19.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Border restrictions — travel and border passes’.
Until 12:01am Sunday 14 February 2021, Perth and Peel regions are in a post-lockdown transition period.
The South West region is now under the same restrictions as the rest of Western Australia.
All travellers to WA must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration before they enter. Visit g2gpass.com.au or download the G2G PASS app to apply for approval to enter WA and receive proof of your exemption before you travel.
The SA Government strongly recommends that you wear a face mask if you leave your home and can’t stay 1.5 metres from others.
If you are traveling to SA from interstate, You need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration at least 3 days before you enter South Australia, regardless of where your travel begins. Visit police.sa.gov.au and ‘select ‘Complete cross border form’.
- Anyone who has been in Greater Melbourne on or after 4 February 2021 will not be allowed to enter South Australia — unless they’re an Essential Traveller or an exempt person including returning SA residents, people relocating to SA and those fleeing domestic violence.
- The Perth, Peel and South West regions of Western Australia are considered restricted zones. Travellers arriving from Peel, Perth and South West must self-quarantine at a suitable place and get a COVID-19 test on day 1, 5 and 12. They can leave self-quarantine once they receive written confirmation of a negative COVD-19 test result.
- People who’ve been in the following locations in the last 14 days before travelling to SA must get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
Central Coast LGA
They must then get tested again on day 5 and 12.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking.
The Australian Capital Territory is open to every state and territory.
Strict border controls apply for all access points to the Northern Territory.
Anyone arriving in the Northern Territory must complete an online Border Entry Form. Do this online no more than 7 days before entering the NT at coronavirus.nt.gov.au.
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
- Everyone Remote: Technical Distancing webinar with Technorama. Broadcast March 31, 2020.
- Best methods to clean station equipment article written by Technorama. Published March 17, 2020.
- Funding Support & Opportunities for Community Broadcasters with the CBF, CBAAand CMTO. Broadcast on Thursday, April 24, 2020.
- Sponsorship, Fundraising & Revenue in Response to COVID-19 webinar with the Bryson Broadcasting International. Broadcast March 31, 2020.
- Station Fundraising During COVID-19 Your Questions Answered webinar with Dunham + Company. Broadcast April 9, 2020.
- Creating Content Remotely webinar with the CMTO, SYN Media & the NEMBC. Broadcast March 26, 2020.
- Creating Content Remotley 8 part video series. Published May 7th 2020.
- A Quick Guide to Recording your Show at Home article written by the CMTO. Published March 19, 2020.
- COVID-19 CSAs to play on your station from the CRN.
- COVID-19 Broadcast Materials: 33 Creative has prepared a range of key message scripts, social media tiles, audio grabs from Minister Wyatt and leading health professionals, short videos and messages in some languages
Station Governance and Management
- Volunteering and COVID-19: Planning your response webinar with Volunteering Australia and the CBAA. Broadcast March 24, 2020.
- Governance- COVID-19 Impact on Boards & Directors webinar with Our Community, CMTO and CBAA. Broadcast on April 16, 2020.
- Studio Hygiene and Cleaning Policy Template from CBAA.
- Epidemic/Pandemic Policy Template from Our Community.
- Getting Your Workplace Ready advice from the World Health Organisation. Published on March 3, 2020.
- COVID-19 Business Health Check webinar series: This series includes expert advice from Darren Godwell (i2iglobal), Glen Brennan (KPMG) and Anthony Bevan (Grant Thornton Australia) relevant to Boards, Managers and Finance Officers.
- Helpful Tips for Delivering Training Online article written by CMTO. Published April 9, 2020.
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?
- Please contact FNMA if you are a First Nation’s broadcaster and have particular concerns on 08 8952 6465
- 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