Victorian Government Restriction Update - September


Victorian Restrictions Update - 29 September

The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared the City of LaTrobe will enter a seven-day lockdown which commenced at 11:59pm on Tuesday 28 September, with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, excluding the curfew.

In the City of LaTrobe this means:

  • Indoor physical recreation & sport is closed but broadcast is permitted with a maximum of five people onsite
  • Outdoor personal training is allowed with up to 5 fully vaccinated people and a fully vaccinated trainer

This information can be found here.

Victorian Restrictions Update - 28 September

As vaccinations rates in Victoria continue to rise we have been given some positive changes to restrictions in both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

80% first dose restriction ease

On Sunday it was announced that Victoria will have modest easing to restrictions after passing the first threshold on the Roadmap with 80 per cent of Victorians having received their first vaccine dose. 

These changes will come into effect from 11.59pm today, Tuesday 28 September.

In metro Melbourne this ease means:

  • Indoor physical recreation & sport is closed but broadcast is permitted with a maximum of five people onsite
  • Outdoor personal training is allowed with up to 5 fully vaccinated people and a fully vaccinated trainer

In regional Victoria the restrictions that have been eased do not include changes to indoor or outdoor sport so the guideline remains that indoor physical recreation facilities can open with 10 people allowed indoors and outdoor personal training is permitted with up to 10 people and a trainer.

A reminder that clubs must seek approval from Gymnastics Australia to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Any clubs that previously received approval to conduct outdoor training during 2020 will not need to reapply. The Expression of Interest form to conduct outdoor training can be accessed here.

As of 11:59pm on 26 September, the City of Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire exited lockdown to return to regional restrictions however Mitchell Shire remains in lockdown. 

This information can be found here. Further information on these guidelines will be communicated once the RADs are released. 

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to support all clubs while operating under reduced hours and have a list of FAQs here

Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence has publicly announced today that applications are open for a fourth round of the Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package. 

Previous grant recipients (from any of the first three funding rounds) will be considered for an automatic top-up payment. Clubs are strongly advised to check that contact details are current within the grant application portal. New applications from clubs are also welcome. 

The grant of $1,500 is to cover costs and lost revenue associated with the cancellation of training, development programs and competitions. 

Further information can be found here.

Mental Health Presentation (for athletes aged 12-25 years) 

We are inviting gymnasts aged 12-25 years to join Headspace Knox for an online presentation on Mental Health on Friday 1 October from 2-3pm. 

Headspace Knox will be presenting on who they are and what support young people can access at a Headspace centre.  The session will also explore what is mental health and include lots of different tips to help athletes keep a healthy headspace. We will promote this session on social media but please feel free to share directly with your athletes as well. Register here

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 [email protected]


Victorian Restrictions Update - 19 September

Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown allows a sense of optimism and reward for the resilience that continues to be shown by the incredible gymnastics community. 

Unfortunately, today’s announcement also features three regional LGAs that have also had lockdown restrictions implemented once again. 

City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire lockdown

The Chief Health Officer has declared the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59pm on Sunday 19 September, with restrictions the same as those in the City of Ballarat and metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.

In the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire this means:

• Indoor physical recreation & sport is closed but broadcast is permitted with a maximum of five people onsite

This information can be found here

Roadmap out of lockdown

The Victorian Roadmap out of lockdown announcement and specific tables of restriction ease thresholds for metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria can be found here.

The key items to note for the metro Melbourne gymnastics community are:

• We are currently in National Plan Phase A where indoor physical recreation & sport is closed but broadcast is permitted with a maximum of five people onsite
• At National Plan Phase B when 70% of 16+ are fully vaccinated (anticipated on 26 October), indoor physical recreation is closed but outdoor training is allowed for fully vaccinated people a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres and a 50 person cap
• At National Plan Phase C when 80% of 16+ are fully vaccinated (anticipated on 5 November), indoor physical recreation will be allowed for fully vaccinated people with a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres and a 150 person cap
 
The key updates for the regional Victoria gymnastics community are:

• We are currently in National Plan Phase A which allows indoor physical recreation with 10 persons per facility 
• At National Plan Phase B when 70% of 16+ are fully vaccinated (anticipated on 26 October), indoor physical recreation will be allowed for fully vaccinated people with a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres and a 30 person cap
• At National Plan Phase C when 80% of 16+ are fully vaccinated (anticipated on 5 November), indoor physical recreation will be allowed for fully vaccinated people with a density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres and a 150 person cap

Vaccinations are the key to reopening Victoria and getting vaccinated has never been more important – it is well and truly our way out of this pandemic and back to gymnastics. 

Vaccination appointments can be booked by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to operate under reduced hours and have FAQs here.
 
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 [email protected]


Victorian Restrictions Update - 16 September


Some promising news today with positive changes to restrictions in both metro Melbourne and regional Victoria.  

Today the Premier announced some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September

In metro Melbourne this ease means: 

  • Indoor physical recreation & sport is closed but broadcast is permitted with a maximum of five people onsite 

In regional Victoria this ease means: 

  • Indoor physical recreation facilities can open with 10 people allowed indoors 

This information can be found here. Further information on these guidelines will be communicated once the RADs are released.  

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to support all clubs while operating under reduced hours and have a list of FAQs here.  

With vaccinations being the key to reopening Victoria, getting vaccinated has never been more important – it is well and truly our way out of this pandemic and back to gymnastics.  

Vaccination appointments can be booked by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. 

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 [email protected].  



Victorian Restrictions Update - 15 September

Today the Premier of Victoria has announced the lockdown restrictions in Greater Shepparton will ease from 11:59pm tonight to bring them in line with the restrictions currently in place for Regional Victoria.

Unfortunately, the City of Ballarat will return to lockdown until 11:59pm Wednesday 22 September and Metropolitan Melbourne will continue under the current lockdown restrictions until 70% of Victorians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Premier's announcement can be viewed here and information on the current lockdown restrictions can be found at the bottom of the previous announcement here.

With the Premier to announce a roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday we are hopeful that Victoria will reach the vaccination targets required for the community to safely reopen. 

Vaccinations are the key to bringing the community back to gymnastics, and appointments can be booked by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to support our clubs while operating under strongly reduced hours and have a list of FAQs here. Please be patient, kind to each other and with understanding that enquiries may not be immediate.

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 [email protected].

Club Professional Development Series - Does gymnastics need to mandate vaccinations? HRplus is here to answer

Wednesday 22 September 11am


Linda Norman from HRplus will be discussing all of the big questions around COVID-19 vaccinations. In the second half of this webinar she will also be discussing some Victorian community specific questions. 

To attend this session please register via Zoom here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



RESTRICTION UPDATE - 8 September– Regional Resume

A positive shift in direction for regional communities today, however, still no change for metro clubs. 

Today the Premier announced the lockdown in regional Victoria will ease from 11:59pm tomorrow night.

In regional Victoria this ease means:
•    Outdoor personal training is allowed with up to 10 people and a trainer
•    Community recreation can be conducted outdoors only with up to 20 people per facility/space

This information can be found here. Further information on these guidelines will be communicated once the RADs are released on Friday morning. 

As a reminder, clubs require approval from Gymnastics Australia in order to be covered by insurance for outdoor training. Any clubs that previously received approval to conduct outdoor training during 2020 will not need to reapply. The Expression of Interest form to conduct outdoor training can be accessed here.

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to support our clubs while operating under strongly reduced hours and have a list of FAQs here

With vaccinations being the key to reopening Victoria, getting vaccinated has never been more important – it is well and truly our way out of this pandemic and back to gymnastics. 

Vaccination appointments can be booked by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Thank you to those of you who attended Week 1 of our Online Club Conference today, we hope you will be able to join us for Week 2 next Wednesday with guest speaker Jude Bolton, dual premiership player for the Sydney Swans and the father of two daughters with a love of gymnastics. Further information on Week 2 can be found here .

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 [email protected]


RESTRICTION UPDATE - 1 September

Hope springs eternal and a roadmap is now in place for re-opening the community.  

Today the Victorian Premier has announced that almost all of the current lockdown restrictions will remain in place until 70 per cent of Victorians have had at least one dose of vaccine. This is estimated to be around 23 September.   

That means gymnastics clubs must remain closed. 

This announcement can be found here.

I know this is challenging for everyone. Gymnastics Victoria will continue to advocate for gymnastics clubs to reopen as soon as possible and provide updates on changes to restrictions. 

With vaccinations now being the key to reopening Victoria, getting vaccinated has never been more important – it is well and truly our way out of this pandemic. Vaccination appointments can be booked by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.


CLUB FORUM

This week a club zoom forum will be held at 10.00am tomorrow, Thursday 2 September. Discussion points for this session will be to share an update from a Minister’s roundtable about the impact to community sport and a discussion on mandatory vaccines.

Zoom Meeting Details

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89243471923?pwd=ZVd4QnZSOVRyZzRJOUltZUhtMHM4dz09

Meeting ID: 892 4347 1923
Passcode: 399483


SUPPORT FOR YOUR CLUB

Here is a snapshot of current support that is available to your club. 

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

If your club is struggling with rent payments, support is available through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

Small and medium businesses that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30% during the pandemic will receive financial relief in the form of proportionate rent reduction. 

As part of the Scheme, the Victorian Small Business Commission will support tenants and landlords with information and free mediation to negotiate an agreement.

The Scheme will apply retrospectively from 28 July 2021 and will run until 15 January 2022.  

Tenants and landlords can contact the Victorian Small Business Commission for further information on 13 87 22 or visit vsbc.vic.gov.au

Business Costs Assistance Program

The Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three 19 and 22 August Top-Up provides an additional $5600 to eligible small to medium businesses like gymnastics clubs. This additional support was announced on 19 August 2021 for businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and was extended to regional Victorian businesses on 22 August 2021.

Successful recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension will receive the top-up, which will be processed and paid automatically.

For further information about the payment, please read the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Clubs may also be eligible for assistance through other Victorian Government programs.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Victoria

This is support from the Commonwealth Government for those who can’t work due to a Victoria COVID-19 public health order and don’t get a payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

This is a lump-sum payment for people who lost work and income due to a Victorian COVID-19 public health order.

You need to meet some eligibility rules to get this payment and the amount of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment - Victoria you can get depends on your situation.

How much you get depends on all of the following:
•    the location of the health order
•    the period you’re claiming for
•    the hours of work you lost

More information can be found here

Moore Australia – Business advice

Gymnastics Victoria have a partnership with Moore Australia to provide personalised and commercially astute audit, accounting, tax and business advisory services. 

Through the Gymnastics Victoria partnership, Moore Australia are able to offer a first, free one hour consultation for clubs. If you are wanting to discuss your needs with Moore Australia please contact Cathy Lorenzin on [email protected] .

Relationships Australia (Victoria) – Workplace Support Services

Relationships Australia Victoria has an established reputation for delivering quality training across a range of areas related to family relationships. Their nationally-accredited training and professional development workshops encompass the learning and development needs within the community services sector.

Gymnastics Victoria have partnered with Relationships Australia Victoria to offer online services for your club. If your club would like to access an online session please contact Cathy Lorenzin on [email protected].


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 [email protected]