Update for stations, trainers and students about coronavirus (COVID-19)
The CMTO is closely monitoring the situation and taking advice from the Australian Government Department of Health to ensure we are responding appropriately.
All CMTO Pathways and Accredited courses have been risk assessed.
The CMTO team have been in contact with all stations, trainers and students regarding the delivery of training.
In most cases stations are taking their training online and others are postponing while they concentrate on the health of volunteers.
As previously advised, if you are feeling unwell, please do not attend your course, contact your Trainer or the CMTO on 02 9318 9626 and we can provide you with further guidance and study alternatives.
Please read on for detailed information on CMTO's COVID-19 response.
On Monday (March 16) the CMTO held a planning meeting to review the specific impact COVID-19 will have on the delivery of CMTO training.
The CMTO has implemented a fortnightly action plan for assessing and managing risks associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.
The CMTO staff will be available to answer all your questions on 02 9318 9626 during normal business hours and we are on call for all students and stations delivering training over the weekends.
All CMTO courses currently scheduled have been risk-assessed and the following advice is being provided to individual stations, trainers and students on how to proceed for the next fortnight:
- Low to medium risk- courses are to proceed as scheduled if the station and trainer are in agreement. We are advising stations to take appropriate health and safety measures for groups, as outlined below. If these measures can not be followed or the station and trainer are unable to proceed, they will follow the advice for high-risk courses below.
- High Risk (including travel to and from Indigenous communities)- Courses will move to online delivery where there is the capacity from both students and trainer to access our online systems. Alternatively, courses are to be postponed to August 2020 or as risk reduces.
- Unscheduled courses- Courses will move to online delivery if a station and trainer have the capacity for this mode. Alternatively, we will advise stations to look at dates in August and beyond for any courses not currently scheduled.
Below is the information for stations, where face-to-face training is proceeding.
We will work with you to assist in preparing the training environment and ensure you have the resources to proceed:
Health and Safety measures to protect people most at risk and slow the rate of community transmission:
Notify students on restricted attendance
- People who have returned from anywhere overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days and not attend the station for any reason.
- People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus should also monitor their health and seek medical advice and not attend the station for any reason.
- People who are unwell should not attend training sessions and should seek medical advice.
- People who have particular health concerns or are in the vulnerable groups identified by the Australian Government should not attend training sessions.
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 (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
- Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
Prepare the training environment
- Wipe all communal surfaces with isopropyl alcohol wipes
- Ensure there is soap in all bathrooms and kitchens for handwashing
- Supply tissues and paper towel
- Supply bins for disposal of all waste
- Ensure there is enough space to practice social-distancing.
Work with the trainer
- Inform the trainer of all station amenities
- Let the trainer know who students should contact at the station if they have health and safety concerns
For specific information on protecting volunteers and station equipment please refer to:
- COVID-19 CSAs to play on your station- here
- CBAA COVID-19 Community Radio Facebook group
- The CBAA hosted a webinar on Staying On-Air and Safe During COVID-19. Watch here
- The NEMBC hosted a webinar for Ethnic Stations recommended actions at your station, Watch here
- Please contact FNMA if you are an First Nation’s broadcaster and have particular concerns on 08 8952 6465
- WHO Getting Your Workplace Ready advice
- Our Community’s free Epidemic/Pandemic Policy which may assist you in providing guidance to your staff and volunteers.
- Advice from Technorama on the best methods to clean station equipment
- Community Radio Tech Q&A Facebook group
- CMTO's quick guide to recording your program at home
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 www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts