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 20 July 2021.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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).
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
- 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