COVID-19 Response Strategy:

 

Latest update:  

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.

The 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.

All CMTO Pathways and Accredited courses have undergone a risk assessment review as at 3 April 2020.

At this time, the CMTO have determined that all Pathways and Accredited courses will either:

  • Deliver training via online delivery to students; OR
  • Be postponed until August 2020 (subject to review)

If you have not yet heard from us about scheduled training, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please read on for detailed information on CMTO's COVID-19 response. 

On Monday, May 4th 2020, the CMTO held their fortnightly planning meeting to review the impact of COVID-19 on the scheduled delivery of CMTO training.

All currently scheduled courses have been reviewed and risk assessed. The following advice remains current for individual stations, trainers and students on how to proceed for the next fortnight (4 - 18 May 2020):

  • Low to medium risk
    Courses have moved 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.
  • High Risk 
    Courses have moved 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.

Please review our updated Health and Safety measures:

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)

COVID-19 Resource Hub:

Over the past month, we have reached over 300 people with COVID-19 response webinars in collaboration with the CBAA, Technorama, SACBA, SYN and the NEMBC. This page is dedicated to bringing these resources together for easy reference. We will progressively be editing resources into media-bites to ensure you are getting the information you need as quickly as possible.

If you have an idea for a webinar that would be relevant to stations and volunteers in our sector, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 02 9318 9626.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your courses or have urgent training needs, the team is all online and ready to assist.

Online Learning

 Broadcast Tech

Station Finance 

Content

Station Governance and Management

Online Training 

 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?

CMTO Bulletin

CBAA eNews

CBF Broadcast

NEMBC News

FNMA Newsletter

  • Please contact FNMA if you are a First Nation’s broadcaster and have particular concerns on 08 8952 6465
  • 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.
  • 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

 CMAA Newsletter

Technorama Newsletter 

 More information:

  • 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