|Today the Premier announced that Victoria will move to the Last Step in the roadmap towards reopening from 11.59pm on Sunday 22 November.
It’s great news for our industry, particularly the hospitality, cultural and events sectors, as we head into the Christmas holiday period. Changes include:
Organisers will also be able to apply to host a public event. Different requirements and rules will need to apply, depending on whether it’s a school fete or a major sporting match.
Public Events may occur in accordance with the Public Events Framework, for Tier 1 and Tier 2 events an application and approval process apply.
A public event is an organised public gathering for a common purpose which is conducted on a one-off or periodic basis, it may be open to members of the public, publicly announced or advertised, and may be subject to specific license, approvals or permits.
The Public Events Framework applies to events in three categories:
The Public Events Framework enables applications to be made by event organisers to hold an event that falls within Tier 1 or Tier 2 events. Tier 3 events can be held in accordance with published guidelines. Other risk factors may mean that an event is classified at a higher tier and will require approval to go ahead.
Further information on the Public Events Framework will be available at the coronavirus website soon.
Last Wednesday, Visit Victoria welcomed the Victorian Government’s $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package to support our state’s visitor economy as part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21.
Announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, the package will provide funding for a range of initiatives to attract more visitors, support local jobs and help our industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic and preceding bushfires.
This is a significant investment which recognises the critical role of the tourism industry and supports local businesses across our state.
The package includes funding for Visit Victoria to help drive visitation, including:
The package also has a range of other initiatives to support our sector, including a $28 million regional travel voucher program to encourage Victorians to explore our state – with up to 120,000 vouchers each worth $200. It also included $149 million to build new visitor accommodation, improve major tourist trails, and drive more people out to taste the world-class produce, food and wine on our doorstop.
At Visit Victoria, we’re continuing to work hard to promote our ‘Click for Vic’ and ‘Stay close, go further’ campaigns to support local businesses and encourage more Victorians to explore their own backyard. We were really pleased to see Treasurer Tim Pallas get behind the Victorian tourism industry by encouraging Victorians to ‘Click for Vic’ ahead of Tuesday’s Victorian Budget 2020/21.
We look forward to continuing to work together with industry and the Victorian Government on this next chapter for our tourism industry.