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COVID - 19 | Gymnastics Victoria Updates


 Gymnastics Victoria are here to support you and your club as we navigate the ever changing situation around the coronavirus COVID- 19. 

We are committed to ensuring our clubs and wider community receive up to date information and will continue to be in regular contact as new information arises. 

As restrictions ease and clubs prepare to re-open you can refer to our hub of information and resources on the Return to Gymnastics web page


 Click on the tabs below to read up to date information regarding Gymnastics Victoria's response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

2021: COVID-19 Updates

 

Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 16 June


Hurrah! All Victorian gymnastics clubs can open their doors again.   

Today, the Deputy Premier announced restrictions will ease from 11:59pm tomorrow.  

In Metro Melbourne indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs can re-open with the following guidelines: 

- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors 
- Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors 

In Regional Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs can continue operating with the following guidelines: 

- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity of 300 per indoor space and outdoor patron cap of 1000 people 
- Maximum group size: 50 people indoors 

You can read the announcement here where a table of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.   As we will not have the Restricted Activity Directive’s until Friday AM - there will be some details still to confirm but this will not stop clubs operating under the guidelines above.  

If you require any support or advice do not hesitate to get in touch with the GV team.  

Also a reminder to take advantage of the ability to bolster your workforce with access to enrol in both the online and face to face Beginner Coaching Course for FREE until midnight on Sunday 20 June.  

The course is located on Gymnastics Australia’s LMS platform which can be accessed by logging into your GOL account via the Gymnastics Australia website. Information and a how to guide on creating a GOL account can be found here
 
To access the Beginner Coaching Course and get access to the free rate for both the online course and the face to face course you need to input  promotional code when purchasing either course. Email education@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au for the code. 

If you have any questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact the Gymnastics Victoria team on 9005 4700 or at info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au.  


 

Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 9 June

Now we know what it looks like and, after just taking a call from the Victorian government, it was acknowledged that the easing of Lockdown 4 restrictions was not what we have been advocating for.   

Today the Deputy Premier announced restrictions will ease slightly from 11:59pm tomorrow and are expected to be in place for a further seven days.  

In Metro Melbourne this ease will not include indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs. The Victorian Government will extend support for closed businesses with a further $2000 top-up payment. 

Although gymnastics club venues must remain closed in Metro Melbourne, outdoor sport and recreation will be permitted from 11.59pm tomorrow with the following guidelines: A maximum patron cap of 100 people per outdoor space with group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. 

Clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Note that if your club was approved to conduct outdoor training during 2020 then this permission still applies. To submit an expression of interest to conduct outdoor training, click here

In Regional Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs may open under the following guidelines: 
- A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm 
- Maximum venue capacity 150, including no more than 50 indoors 
- Maximum group size: 10 people indoors, 20 outdoors (that means, for instance, five groups of ten participants at a time as clearly identifiable groups) 

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.   

Gymnastics Victoria will be rolling out a second week of Lockdown Support so stay tuned as we confirm the details of sessions available next week for club owners, managers & administrators, coaches and athletes.  

This is an incredibly frustrating time, and we completely understand that sometimes sharing that with the Gymnastics Victoria team is needed. I encourage you to stay in touch and support colleagues across gymnastics and your messages always help build our position to government.  


Communication sent to clubs Monday 7 June


Following on from today’s Club Forum, I wanted to update you on recent advocacy to government and share a calendar of lockdown activity for club owners and managers, club administrators, coaches and athletes.  

Advocacy for gymnastics in Victoria 

The latest lockdown was intended as a necessary short and sharp circuit breaker by the Victorian government but has extended into a second week. 

Anticipating that the lockdown may be extended, we have been active with government over the past week. In the first instance, GV management has canvassed several clubs to be clear on the financial and other impacts of this latest lockdown. 

As the state governing body, Gymnastics Victoria is included in a consistent pattern of engagement with government. Gymnastics Victoria engages regularly with the sport and recreation representative of DHHS and Sport and Recreation Victoria. These are the opportunities to present what is being lost, seek clarity about existing restrictions and advocate for safe and preferable return to gymnastics conditions. In addition, regular engagement with the Ministers Office, provides opportunity to represent key issues and financial relief opportunities. 

While Gymnastics Victoria may not always get what it seeks, foremost is presenting gymnastics as a safe, highly qualified and compliance focused sport that values forward planning and communication by government. It would not be possible to present our sport in this way without the dedication and commitment of all clubs to contact tracing and maintaining COVIDSafe plans. 

Thank you for your contributions to the positive advocacy of gymnastics. If you would like to contribute your views or position, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 03 9005 4700 or at info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au at any time. 


Click here to view the Lockdown Support Calendar of Activity.

Communication sent to clubs Thursday 3 June

It’s the news we didn’t want to hear, lockdown was extended and, despite restrictions easing in regional Victoria, gymnastics clubs remain closed. This is disappointing on many levels but I know we must all do our bit to stay safe and make the most of a very unfortunate set of events.  

Lockdown Restriction Update

Restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, until 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June, with some small changes.

The Deputy Premier today announced that regional restrictions will begin easing from 11:59pm tonight although this ease will not include indoor community sport.

This means right across Victoria that gymnastics clubs are to remain closed during this time.

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.  


Regional Clubs – Outdoor Training

Although gymnastics club venues must remain closed in regional Victoria, outdoor sport and recreation is currently proposed to be permitted from 11.59pm tonight with the following guidelines: A maximum patron cap of 50 people per outdoor space with group sizes to a maximum of 10 people. A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm applies. 

This means outdoor gymnastics training will be permitted if it adheres to the above guidelines. Clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Note that if your club was approved to conduct outdoor training during 2020 then this permission still applies. To submit an expression of interest to conduct outdoor training, click here


Victorian Government Business Support

Yesterday the Deputy Premier also acknowledged the impact extending lockdown will have on businesses and announced an extension of the Victorian Government Business Costs Assistance Program with the $2,500 support package upgraded to $5,000.

This program will open for applications on Thursday 3 June 2021 and will remain open for three weeks, we encourage our clubs to apply for this support. 

More information can be found here.


Employment Advice from HRplus

Yesterday Linda from HRplus ran a webinar to provide an update for Victorian clubs on workforce management options during the COVID pandemic lockdown.

A recording of this session can be found below.

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/U2rNH6bAfp9BWjRjFYkwuzDqNE1nciw-6MXqtgJsr0MBETCBLB7535De3_N8c1H9.X24lXyixEiIB496o
Access Passcode: 6+TJ6B1q


Club Conference

With yesterday's extension of lockdown, you may have questions regarding the delivery of our Gymnastics Victoria Club Conference on 29 and 30 June. As indicated earlier in the week, we are still continuing to plan to be able to deliver the conference unless further restrictions prevent us from doing so. 

Please rest assured, if for any reason Gymnastics Victoria is required to cancel the event OR if you or your club feel you can no longer attend, we will issue full refunds. We hope this provides some comfort and a reminder if you are planning to attend to please book tickets here.

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues to keep them up to date and click here to take a look at the conference details which have been updated with speaker information. 


I understand how deeply disappointing this is for everyone involved in our sport. 

Gymnastics Victoria and our partners are here to support our clubs throughout this current lockdown and will be bringing you additional online opportunities over the coming week. 

Here is a taster of what’s to come:

Club Management: A recap of all the videos from the GV Club PD Webinar Series, sessions with Moore Australia’s Business advisory service and access to a range of leadership and development short-courses through Victoria University. 

All club personnel: Mental wellbeing support sessions and physical wellbeing with online pilates classes. 

Community Support:
The coordination of Technical Committee Forums, Regional Forums and YMCA Forums. 

Coach Education:
Professional development sessions for your coaches and a ‘soft-launch’ launch of the all new GV LMS with bite-sized online training modules. 

Gymnast Lockdown Sessions: One off online training sessions for gymnasts with community heroes.

 

Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 1 June



Victorian Government Business Support 

The Victorian Government Business Costs Assistance Program will provide $2,500 grants for eligible employing and non-employing businesses in sectors most impacted by lockdown.

Grant information states “Businesses and sole traders that are unable to operate under the restrictions and can’t work remotely, such as restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers, will be able to apply for the grants.”

We are currently in discussions with the Victorian Government seeking to confirm if gymnastics clubs are eligible for this grant – stay tuned for further information. 

The program will open for applications tomorrow, Wednesday 2 June 2021 and stay open for three weeks. 

More information can be found here


Victorian Get Active Kids Voucher Program – Round 2 


Round 2 of the Ge Active Kids Voucher Program will continue to support the delivery of up to 100,000 vouchers to support eligible Victorian kids aged between 4 to 18 years old and listed on a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card as a dependent to get involved in organised sport and recreation activities.  

Like in Round 1, these vouchers will provide up to $200 towards the cost of membership and registration fees, sports equipment or uniforms. Round 2 of the program opened yesterday and further information can be found here. You can also use these social media tiles to share this news with your members.   

In Round 1, gymnastics was one of the most successfully applied for sport by parents so please continue to promote this benefit.  
 

Employment Advice from HRplus 

HRplus have provided this update with workforce management options in a COVID pandemic lockdown situation. 

A reminder that Linda from HRplus will be conducting a webinar tomorrow at 1pm on COVID Lockdown Employment Options, please click here to register. 

Businesses ordered to close by the government can generally access the Stand Down provisions under the Fair Work Act.  In a stand down situation, staff are generally sent home, do not work, and are not paid. 

If an employer is ordered to close but can provide meaningful work for some or all employees, or your business is not stood down by the government, the legislated stand down protections may not apply.  In such case, you will need written agreement from your staff to temporarily vary their employment terms.   

Some of the arrangements that can be negotiated with your permanent staff (with their agreement) include 
1. Working from home 
2. Changing working hours 
3. Changing work duties 
4. Taking accrued time in lieu 
5. Taking accrued annual leave (including at half pay as provided under Schedule X in most Awards) 
6. Taking long service leave 
7. Taking unpaid leave 

Casuals who meet the current definitions under the Fair Work Act, can be sent home at any time without pay, whether your business has been shut down or not. 

If your Award-covered employee is directed by the government to get Covid tested and isolate, they can access pandemic leave under Schedule X in most Awards. 

If your permanent employee is ill, they can access paid personal leave as usual. 

If you feel you may need to terminate employment for a permanent employee, or ‘regular’ casual, please contact HRplus for advice on process. 

HRplus have also created this video around the new casual employments provisions under the Fair Work Act.  The video summarises the new legislation plus addresses some of the questions we have received from gymnastics clubs since this legislation was introduced at the end of March. 

Click here to watch the video.


Communication sent to clubs Thursday 27 May


Here we go again, lockdown 4.  

It was only last night that we reflected on the outset and continuing impact of COVID during the Gymnastics Victoria AGM. Thank you to all who attended the meeting.  

Today the Acting Premier of Victoria announced circuit breaker restrictions from 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June.  

This means gymnastics clubs will once again need to close their doors while we all work as a State to keep this most recent outbreak under control.  

You can read the announcement here where a full list of restrictions can be found at the bottom of the page.  

I understand how frustrating this will be to once again close venues and reschedule classes.  

If you would like to attend a zoom session to ask questions, capture, share and discuss issues or have items to seek support, GV will be facilitating an online open forum discussion tomorrow morning at 10am. I’ll look forward to seeing you online.  

Zoom Meeting Details 

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84249940425?pwd=ZnhjcTNsaDBtTDFVdVo4MkNBeXIyZz09  

Meeting ID: 842 4994 0425 

Passcode: 215491 

In the meantime, if you have any direct queries, please do not hesitate to reach out to the GV team by calling 03 9005 4700 or emailing: info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au.  
 

 

Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 25 May

Once again, I’m writing to inform you that restrictions are back for Greater Melbourne. 

COVIDSafe Measures

Today the Acting Premier of Victoria announced additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place across Greater Melbourne from 6pm tonight. 

The key point for gymnastics clubs is that face masks will need to be worn indoors, unless an exemption applies. Face masks need to be worn inside for anyone over the age of 12 years unless they are participating in exercise that leaves them out of breath or puffing. 

Coaches and other attendees in the gym may remove their face mask if they are communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or in situations where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.  

At this stage there are no changes to existing density rules within gymnastics clubs.

You can read the full announcement here

For those of our members in Queensland, please check the list of exposure sights in Melbourne and if you have been in the Northern Suburbs please monitor for symptoms. Updates from the Queensland government can be found here.  


Gymnastics Victoria AGM


Considering the new restrictions, in-person attendance at the AGM is still an option, however as the event is being held indoors attendees will be required to wear masks. 

If you would prefer to attend the meeting online, please register here. In-person attendees will be in a meeting room of the GV offices in Prahran. If attending in person, please bring an internet-capable device (laptop, smartphone etc.). 

If you have any questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9005 4700 or at info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 17 February

The Victorian Premier has announced that the five-day Circuit Breaker Lockdown with Stage 4 restrictions will end at 11.59pm tonight, Wednesday 17 February.  

Woohoo!  

This means that gymnastics clubs across Victoria can re-open from Thursday 18 February provided: 

- A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm for each space, or  

- Classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class).    

- Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online. 

- Face masks will once again need to be worn inside for anyone over the age of 12 years unless they are participating in exercise that leaves them out of breath or puffing. Coaches and other attendees in the gym may remove their face mask if they are communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing or in situations where seeing the mouth is essential for communication.  Some other exemptions to wearing face masks apply, you can view the Victorian Government’s information here.  

The Premier’s announcement can be found here.   

This is great news for Gymnastics in Victoria and we look forward to seeing everyone back in action.  

A few extra updates from the GV team: 

Sporting Club Grants Program: We encourage clubs to apply for this grant that assists in COVID recovery, the purchase of sports uniforms and equipment and improving the capacity of community sporting and recreation clubs. Further details here. If you need assistance in making an application, please do not hesitate to ask for support from our Club Services team.  

Technical Information and Events Handbook: The 2021 version is now available by clicking here.  

HR Plus 2021 Insights: HR Plus provide a snapshot of what the forthcoming year might bring in terms of the key HR challenges in 2021. Click here to read. 
 

Communication sent to clubs Friday 12 February


All I can say is that we’ve done this before as a State and that we can do it again. 

Today the Victorian Premier announced a return to Stage 4 lockdown restrictions from 11.59pm tonight until 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February.
 
This means clubs will once again need to close their doors while we work as a State to keep the coronavirus under control. 

You can read the full announcement here

A full table of restrictions can be found at the above link at the bottom of the page. 

I understand how devastating this is for clubs; today I was supposed to spend the day visiting regional clubs in East Gippsland, however I am now headed back to Melbourne. 
We all have a role to play to keep Victorians safe and we are hopeful that after this five day lockdown we will be able to see gymnastics clubs re-open across the State. 

If you’d like to attend a zoom session for an update about processes at your own club around parent communication and employment then GV will be facilitating an open forum discussion this evening online at 8pm. 

Zoom Meeting Details
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83373789060?pwd=RjYrdkxaamU4L2xRYmhMWGFIbTBUZz09
Meeting ID: 833 7378 9060
Passcode: 434343



Communication sent to clubs Monday 4 January


While it was everyone’s wish, the challenges of the covid virus did not disappear with the start of a new year. 

Please note the latest Victorian Government updates and what it means for gymnastics.  


Participant Limits 


On Sunday 3 January, the Victorian Government updated the Restricted Activity Directions (RAD’s) which came into effect that evening.  

A summary of the updated guidelines as they impact gymnastics clubs is included below:  
 
Indoor physical recreation and community sport:  

- Permitted for all ages  

The lesser of: 

- A density quotient of 1 per 4sqm for each space, or 

- Classes limited to 50 people (excluding anyone necessary for running the class).   

- Record keeping is required and venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVIDSafe Plan online.  

You can access the full list of guidelines here


Masks 

On Thursday 31 December 2020, the Victorian Government announced some adjustments to their COVIDSafe Summer restrictions which came into effect that evening. You can read the restrictions here

In line with these restrictions face masks will once again need to be worn inside for anyone over the age of 12 years unless they are participating in exercise that leaves them out of breath or puffing. 

Coaches and other attendees in the gym may remove their face mask if they are communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, in situations where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.  

Some other exemptions to wearing face masks apply, you can view the Victorian Government’s information on these here


Please contact the Gymnastics Victoria office at info@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au or on (03) 9005 4700 if you have any queries.  

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