COVID-19 Information for States and Territories

 Check out our previous COVID-19 information page for general details and past advocacy efforts.

Below are current (as of 5 November) state and territory-specific details on restrictions and timing for re-opening. Always check the official links for the most up-to-date information.

 

 
ACT

As of Friday, 29 October 2021 galleries, museums, cultural institutions, historic sites & outdoor attractions events and performance venues, conferences & cinemas in the ACT are able to open with restrictions. The Australian Capital Territory is currently operating under COVID-19 restrictions. The ACT Government's pathway forward outlines gradual and safe steps towards a COVID-normal life in the ACT.

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

The ACT currently has the following restrictions in place for the community and business.

When out in the community, remember to:

  • wear a mask and wear it properly
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • physical distance from people outside of your household - at least 1.5 metres, and · check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app.

Venue Capacity:

  • The following activities can operate without density limits up to 25 people. If over 25 people the following applies:
    • Indoor 1 per 4 sqm or outdoor 1 per 2 sqm up to 500 people: Cinemas, galleries, museums, cultural institutions, historic sites & outdoor attractions, events and performance venues, conferences & cinemas
    • Organised events can have up to 500 people without exemption – must be ticketed

Face Mask Requirements:

  • Face masks are mandatory in the ACT while indoors.

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/restrictions/current-restrictions?utm_source=Popularlinks&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=Popular%20links https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/restrictions/the-acts-pathway-forward

Industry Resources:

https://www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update

 

 
NSW

Restrictions in New South Wales have eased from Monday 18 October 2021 with the 80 per cent (aged 16 and over) of the state reaching the double-dose vaccination target. For people over the age of 16 who are not fully vaccinated, more rules and restrictions apply.

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

  • Make sure you are using the latest COVID-19 Safety Plan for your industry.
  • Educate your customers and staff on COVID-19 safe behaviours and vaccination requirements. Download posters and signage to display in your premises.
  • Ensure people can check-in with the Service.NSW app or provide their contact details to when they enter your premises.

Venue Capacity:

  • 1 person per 4 square metres for indoor areas
  • 1 person per 2 square metres for outdoor areas

Vaccination Requirements: 

  • Know your staff vaccination requirements under the Public Health Orders. You are responsible for ensuring they get vaccinated if required.
  • You are fully vaccinated if you have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or you have a medical exemption.
  • Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can generally follow the rules for fully vaccinated people so long as they visit certain businesses with a fully vaccinated member of your household. 
  • A person who is required to be fully vaccinated to enter premises must:
    • Carry their vaccination evidence
    • Produce the evidence if requested to do so by a police officer or authorised officer.
  • Vaccination evidence includes:
    • an online immunisation history statement
    • a COVID-19 digital certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register
    • a medical exemption, which includes either:
    • a medical contraindication certificate or
    • a medical clearance form

If you are not fully vaccinated you cannot visit an entertainment facility.

If the occupier of the premises believes that a person does not have a valid exemption, the occupier can ask the person to leave the premises. If the person refuses, the occupier of the premises can notify the police.

Face Mask Requirements: 

  • All people over the age of 12 must wear a face mask in indoor areas, unless you have an exemption.

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/rules-for-fully-vaccinated-people-nsw

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/rules-for-people-who-are-not-fully-vaccinated

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/languages.aspx

Industry Resources:

https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-19-support/

 
NT

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

  • All businesses are required to lodge a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Businesses with a COVID-19 Safety Plan must also appoint a COVID Safety Supervisor to facilitate the implementation of their business' COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • The Northern Territory has specific guidelines for libraries, galleries, community organisations and places of religious worship
  • You must collect the contact details of persons attending your business. This can be done through the Territory CheckIn App. Information required to be collected includes:
    • Name
    • Contact number, email, address or other means of contact (Please note: Not all of these contact details need to be collected, one is enough. It is preferred that the phone number is collected, as this is the easiest method to contact somebody for the purpose of contact tracing.)
    • Date and time of entry into the business

Venue Capacity:

  • There is no limit to how many people can gather indoors or outdoors — but you should keep 1.5 metres from people you don’t live with.
  • If you need to be closer than 1.5 metres, keep contact to less than 15 minutes at a time. Try to avoid participating in social gatherings for more than 2 hours at a time.

Vaccination Requirements: 

  • Covid-19 vaccinations are mandatory for a worker who is likely to come into contact with people who are at risk of severe illness from COVID, work with Aboriginal people, or who works with people who cannot be vaccinated due to age or a contraindication to all vaccines. Including people who work in customer-facing roles, such as:
    • Teachers
    • Child care workers
    • Tutors
    • Coaches
    • Dancing teachers
    • Swimming instructors
    • Retail
    • Finance
    • Hospitality
    • Veterinary services
    • Gyms
    • Beauty

Face Mask Requirements:

  • Face masks provide an extra layer of protection and are proven to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, particularly when physical distancing can’t be applied.

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/gatherings-and-work/nt

 
QLD

Queensland is currently in Stage 3 restrictions, effective from 8 October 2021.

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID Safe Checklist:

Venue Capacity:

  • Indoor venues: 1 person per 2 meters squared.
  • Indoor events: 1 person per 2 meters squared or 100% allocated seating and ticketed capacity and must operate in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist.
  • Outdoor events: 100 per cent allocated ticketed capacity (if seated). For events with dancing, the business must operate in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Checklist.

Face Mask Requirements: 

South East Queensland:

  • A face mask must be carried at all times when leaving your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Rest of Queensland:

  • Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a mask when physically distancing is not possible.

STATE SPECIFIC RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/whs/resources-covid-19

Industry Resources:

https://magsq.com.au/covid-19-resources/

 
SA

South Australia is currently under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions.

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

  • All defined public activities and general retail industry premises must have a completed COVID Safe Plan and have an approved contact tracing system enabled.
  • COVID Management Plans required for events of more than 1,000 people

Venue Capacity:

  • 3/4 density (for seated activities)
  • 1/2 density (for non-seated activities)

Face Mask Requirements:

  • Face masks are required in shared indoor public places

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-events/

Industry Resources:

https://www.countryarts.org.au/news/country-arts-sas-response-to-covid-19/

 
TAS

All businesses and workplaces are permitted to operate, but must implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan. The following information is current as at 4 November 2021.  

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework

The COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework supports businesses and workplaces in Tasmania to continue to operate, or reopen, while protecting Tasmania's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Framework is made up of three key parts:

  • Minimum Standards to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in workplaces.
  • COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines to provide more detail on how sectors and workplaces can meet the Minimum Standards.
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans to outline how each workplace complies with the Minimum Standards.

Venue Capacity:

  • A premises must not have a density of more than 1 person per 2 square metres of floor space. The maximum number of people permitted to attend events or gatherings without applying for approval under the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities is:
    §  250 people in an undivided space indoors
    §  1,000 people in an undivided space outdoors.

Face Mask Requirements:

  • From 18 September 2021, masks are required to be worn at any event that has more than 1000 people in attendance, regardless of whether the event is seated or unseated, indoors or outdoors.

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

www.worksafe.tas.gov.au

www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information/contact_tracing

https://www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information/event_framework

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/business-and-employees/covid-19-safe-workplaces-framework

Industry Resources:

https://www.arts.tas.gov.au/covid_news/covid-19_safe_events_and_activities

https://www.arts.tas.gov.au/covid_news

 
VIC

From 6:00pm on Friday 29 October restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura Regional City Council will ease, matching restrictions in regional Victoria. Business and industry in regional Victoria are operating in a restricted capacity effective as of 23 September 2021.  

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY 

Workplaces included:  

  • Creative arts facilities (art studios, ceramics studios, music rooms or studios, rehearsal rooms and studios)  

  • Live performance venues (including theatres, music halls, concert halls, auditoriums, arenas, stadiums)  

  • Galleries and museums  

  • The State Library  

  • Convention centres  

  • Cinemas (including drive-in cinemas)  

  • Community centres. 

COVID Safe Plan:  

  • Workplaces with on-site operations (including home-based businesses) must have a COVIDSafe Plan. The COVIDSafe Plan supports your business to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and applies the Six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.  

  • COVIDSafe Plans must be regularly reviewed to ensure they are current and reflect the latest advice.  

  • Learn more about creating and reviewing your COVIDSafe Plan

  • Employers must keep records to show compliance with the Directions including all logs created during the time of directions being in place, work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data.    

  • Victorian businesses must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service to check-in their workers, customers and visitors, with some limited exceptions.   

  • Learn more about the Victorian Government QR Code Service

Venue Capacity: 

Vaccination Requirements:   

  • Patrons and workers must be fully vaccinated (unless a valid medical exemption applies).    

Face Mask Requirements:   

  • Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by anyone aged 12 years and over, whenever you leave your home, unless you have a lawful reason not to

  • Learn more about face masks

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS 

Covid-19 Web Resources:  

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/  

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-work-current-restrictions 

Industry Resources: 

https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2021/coronavirus-update  

https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/arts-and-live-performances-sector-guidance 

https://amagavic.org.au/emergency-response/covid-19 

 
WA

Western Australia remains in a State of Emergency. The following information is effective from 8 September 2021.

INFORMATION FOR INDUSTRY

COVID-19 Safety Plan:

Measures remain in place to keep these events safe:

You can help keep WA safe by checking in at businesses and venues using SafeWA, or by leaving your details on a contact register.

Venue Capacity:

  • There are no longer any capacity restrictions for venues and events. This means private gatherings, concerts, sporting games, and weddings can go ahead at full capacity.

STATE RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Covid-19 Web Resources:

https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-what-you-can-and-cant-do#borders

Industry Resources:

http://museum.wa.gov.au/collecting-covid-19

 

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