COVID-19 Response Strategy:
The CMTO are 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 are 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 18th November 2020.
New restrictions have been announced as at 18/11/2020. South Australia will be implementing a circuit breaker from 12:01AM Thursday, 19 November 2020 for the next 6 days (until 11:59PM Wednesday, 25 November 2020) aiming to stop the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia. Please refer to the SA COVID-19 Response page for latest updates.
New density requirements are in place. The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres. Physical distancing, or social distancing principles apply. Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 metres from other members of the public. However, this does not apply to people who live together, who are friends or family members, or people who regularly associate with each other.
Journalists and media service providers have been classed as ESSENTIAL WORKERS. This means a person may leave home for the purpose of undertaking duties as an essential worker.
If an Essential Workers is stopped by police, they will need to have identification on them and where possible evidence to prove your workplace/occupation. This could include but is not limited to workplace id, uniform etc. We suggest that a letter from your station would be optimal when that can be done.
Please consider carefully what activities are safe and responsible for your station to undertake, and implement remote working arrangements where possible.
All Pathways and Accredited Training has been transferred to online delivery until further notice. If you require any further information about your course delivery, please email [email protected] or call 02 9318 9626
We are now in the process of 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