COVID-19 Response Strategy:
All CMTO Pathways and Accredited courses have undergone a risk assessment review as at 10th Sept 2020.
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 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 all training is conducted in a safe learning environment.
We are now delivering training online or via face-to-face delivery.
Each CMTO course has undergone an individual risk assessment, with the delivery method of courses tailored specifically to the COVID-19 situation in each region.
The CMTO are continuing to implement the health advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation and amending our training and procedures as appropriate.
Please read on for detailed information on CMTO's COVID-19 response:
All face to face delivery in Victoria has been suspended until further notice. From Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. (Lawful exemptions for not wearing a face covering can be found HERE)
- From 11:59pm on 5 August, Stage 3 Restrictions apply throughout Regional Victoria.
- From 6:00PM on 2 August, Stage 4 Restrictions are in place for Metropolitan Melbourne. From 11:59pm on 13 September, the curfew across metropolitan Melbourne will be eased to 9pm to 5am.
Employers can issue a worker permit to their employee if:
- the organisation is on the list of permitted activities (this includes radio broadcasting)
- the employee is working in an approved category for on-site work
- the employee cannot work from home.
Access the form required for these permits and more information can be found HERE
Return to Face-to-Face Delivery
For courses resuming face to face delivery, we have established Guidelines for Return to Training and Workplaces 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 Guidelines for Return to Training and Workplaces to familiarise yourself with safety protocols and answer any FAQ. We have also established an Epidemics and Pandemics Policy and Procedure 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