News 27.01.22

COVID-19 UPDATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS LOCKDOWNS EASE ACROSS PARTS OF AUSTRALIA



Latest information regarding COVID-19 in Australia

The information on this page was last updated on 20th June 2022 and provides an overview of the current COVID related travel information for Australia’s national borders and individual states.

From 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory. All incoming and outgoing international travellers may be requested to provide proof they’ve had two doses of an approved vaccine.


Vaccination Rates

Australia’s vaccination rollout has increased significantly in recent months with the country reaching high vaccination levels.

As of the 20th April 2022 (AEDT), 95% of Australia’s estimated population aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated. 

Review the full breakdown of Australia’s vaccination rollout on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Australian National Border

Australia’s borders are open to visa holders that meet the vaccination requirements as of 21 February 2022. Travellers must be double vaccinated to come to Australia, but no longer require a travel exemption waiver. This includes all business visitors and tourists.
 
This means that all temporary visa holders that meet the vaccination requirements, will be able to enter the country from that date without needing a travel waiver exemption. This includes all business visitors and tourists.

Testing Requirements

As of 18 April 2022, travellers entering or leaving Australia will no longer require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory. All incoming and outgoing international travellers may be requested to provide proof they’ve had two doses of an approved vaccine.

Quarantine requirements

Quarantine requirements are still managed by State Governments, click on the links below for the latest information for each state

Queensland

New South Wales

Victoria

South Australia

ACT

Northern Territory

Tasmania

Western Australia

RULES AND RESTRICTIONS

State Governments are regularly updating the settings in relation to COVID restrictions. The above links will provide information specific to each state.

Airlines flying to Australia

Flights into Australia have become more accessible and available with most airlines now operating international flights into Australia.

For expert support on international and domestic travel and quarantine, please contact Ausfilm’s travel members:

Showfilm
Stage and Screen
TAG

For support around visas and immigration, please contact Ausfilm’s legal and business affairs members:
Ajuria Lawyers
Simpsons Solicitors

Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-SAFE Guidelines

The Australian screen industry released COVID-Safe Guidelines in July 2020. The Guidelines detail both mandatory controls, informed by the latest government medical advice and State Work, Health & Safety 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 the number of people on set, shooting in close proximity, use of personal protective equipment, hygiene control measures, medical advice, and travel and transport.

The guidelines are updated regularly. Access the Guidelines here.

Australian Screen Production Incentives

The Government remains committed to securing a long-term pipeline of international production to Australia. That includes physical production, visual effects, digital animation and post-production.

The Location Offset and Location Incentive programs and the PDV Offset continue to operate as usual and the Screen Industry team within the Office of the Arts (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications) is continuing to receive and process applications. For enquiries, please read here

The Producer Offset also continues to be operational and Screen Australia who administers this incentive program is continuing to receive enquiries. Visit Screen Australia to read more about their COVID-19 response here.

Location Enquiries

Ausfilm is still able to support productions with online location pitches for Australia.
Please contact Ausfilm’s EVP of International Production, Erin Stam.