Last updated Monday 4 January 2021
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In response to the current outbreak of COVID-19, the AFTRS building is closed to the public. We ask our students, staff and short course participants to limit unnecessary activity in line with NSW Health advice and to refrain from visiting AFTRS if required to stay home under public health orders.
From Monday 4 January, visitors must wear masks when in the AFTRS building and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
We will continue to monitor the advice of NSW Health accordingly and update our guidance as appropriate. Thank you for helping us continue to keep the AFTRS community safe.
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The Australian screen production has released COVID-Safe Guidelines to help get the industry back to work.
The Guidelines have been developed by the Australian Screen Sector Task Force, comprising the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia, the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), Screen Producers Australia (SPA), State and Territory Agencies, Guilds, ABC, SBS, Ausfilm and major production companies, to support a safe return to production in Australia. The Guidelines have been drafted in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Health and global law firm, Clyde & Co.
AFTRS CEO Nell Greenwood said, “The number one priority of the Task Force is the safety and well-being of production teams and those who work with them. The Guidelines have been an incredible collaborative effort across the industry and are a significant step in getting screen production back on the road to recovery.”
Responding to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, every production will need to draw up its own personalised COVID-Safe production plan that identifies the specific control measures needed to mitigate the risks COVID-19 poses to its personnel, given each production’s location, scale and content.
The Guidelines detail both mandatory controls, informed by the latest government medical advice and State WHS legislation, and a detailed, department-by-department range of control measures that each production can draw on to create its own COVID-safe plan, covering guidance on a number of people on set, shooting in close proximity, use of personal protective equipment, hygiene control measures, medical advice, and travel and transport.
The Task Force has consulted widely with industry and will continue to do so. More than 300 MEAA members attended a recent Zoom meeting to provide input and feedback into the draft and SPA consulted with approximately 60 of its member businesses during including Fremantle Australia, CJZ, Every Cloud Productions, Aquarius Films, Porchlight Films and Ludo Studio. Production companies with projects either in or about to return to production, such as Fremantle Australia, Endemol Shine and See-Saw Films, also contributed to the Guidelines with their experience of managing and planning COVID-safe productions.
The Guidelines are a ‘live’ document that will continue to evolve alongside continuing advice and as industry sector best practice develops as project return to production.