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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 Tuesday 23 November


It was so pleasing to hear about the significant easing of restrictions in Victoria as a consequence of reaching the 90% fully vaccinated milestone. Such strong community vaccination rates mean very few restrictions are in place for gymnastics club activity.  

However, the responsibility of venues to sight the vaccination status of patrons did change.  

This was in line with Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan within Phase D when 90% of Victorians are fully vaccinated from the age of 12+ years. 

Gymnastics Victoria can confirm that the vaccination requirements apply from the age of 12 and 2 months unless a medical exemption applies. 

We have used several real scenarios to express directly to the Victorian government how challenging this is for clubs to manage.  

These links are important references if you experience a confirmed case.  

Confirmed case in the workplace 
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/confirmed-case-workplace  

COVID Checklist – cases and contacts 
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist 

The GV team has been assisting many across the gymnastics community with advice and support through this change in process or if COVID presents itself in your community.  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Gymnastics Victoria team on 9005 4700 or at [email protected].   


Communication sent to Clubs Thursday 18 November


Gymnastics clubs across Victoria carry an exceptional reputation for the quality delivery of services in teaching gymnastics and leading foundation movement skills across the state. It is so pleasing to recognise that same level of attention to detail is also being applied to adhering to COVID protocols. 

Today, the Premier announced further statewide easing of restrictions. 

With Victoria set to hit the 90 per cent double dose milestone for eligible people in the coming days, the Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that almost all remaining restrictions in Victoria will ease from 11:59pm tonight – reaching Phase D of the National Plan.

Relevant information for the Victorian gymnastics community includes:

1. No density limits. 
•  If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities 
(e.g. sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools) and sporting events. 
•   If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter. 

2. Age for vaccinations requirements. 
•  Vaccination requirements will apply from the age of 12 and 2 months unless a medical exemption applies.
•  This is a notable shift from existing club practice requiring vaccination registrations to be presented from the age of 16 plus. 
The team at GV recognises this a significant change in process. We have asserted to DHHS the multiple challenges this presents at short notice for clubs and are seeking further advice. 

3. Masks 
•  Masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. We recommend wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

4. Workplace plans
•  All workplaces must have a COVIDSafe Plan and keep records of everyone attending using the Service Victoria app. Further information on checking vaccination status can be found here
•  Workplaces must also regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces; 
•  Display signage in public spaces providing information about check-in, vaccination requirements and where relevant, mask requirements.

This information can be found here.

The team at Gymnastics Victoria will continue to bring you more information specific to gymnastics as it becomes available. 

If you have any questions or need support, please do not hesitate to contact the Gymnastics Victoria team on 9005 4700 or at [email protected]
 


Communication sent to Clubs Saturday 30 October

We made it! From 6pm yesterday all gymnastics clubs across Victoria were able to reopen their doors.

I am grateful to all of the gymnastics community who have worked together admirably and helped us all navigate our way through the pandemic. I admire the creativity, persistence, and dedication to bringing gymnastics to the community

As of 6pm yesterday (Friday 29 October) indoor physical recreation can resume with the following guidelines:

•    Fully vaccinated: Indoor density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres with no patron cap; outdoor density quotient of 1 per 2 square metres and a 500 patron cap 

Under government guidelines, Gymnastics clubs are regarded as indoor physical recreation venues


Information about these changes that were announced last Sunday can be found here with Roadmap tables available at the bottom of the page. 

Further information about the changes that came into effect yesterday from the new Open Premises Directions can be found here


There is also information available from the Victorian Government that is specific to sport and exercise COVIDSafe Settings which can be found here. A reminder again that gymnastics is classified as indoor physical recreation, in line with gyms, and not community sport. 

Please see these resources that are available for clubs to assist with reopening:
 
GV's Road Forward Workplace Checklist
Victorian Government Business Reopening Stakeholder Pack
Contact assessment and management guidance: Workplaces, business and industry


We will continue to bring you updates as they come to hand, otherwise if you have any additional questions, please contact us on 9005 4700 or at [email protected]


Communication sent to Clubs Monday 25 October


We are all relieved to read of more good news following announcements made yesterday.  

Victoria will reach its 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone almost a week ahead of schedule, on Friday 29 October.  

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that on Friday 29 October at 6:00pm, Victoria will move forward in opening and more restrictions will fall away. 

Regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will unite and move forward on the same restrictions. 

Yesterday’s announcements reflect that from 6pm on Friday 29 October physical recreation can resume with the following guidelines: 

  • Fully vaccinated: Indoor density quotient of 1 per 4 square metres, outdoor density quotient of 1 per 2 square metres and a 500 patron cap 

This information can be found here with Roadmap tables available at the bottom of the page.  
Please note we have removed the guideline around community sport from this page as under government guidelines gymnastics clubs are regarded as indoor physical recreation venues. (28/10)

We understand this provides only limited information currently and, as usual, GV is actively seeking clarification on exactly what these updates mean for gymnastics.  

Once we have further information, we will share in another update however it is likely this be after the new Open Premises Directions are posted on Friday 29 October.  

We are working through answering the many questions our community has with the Victorian Government, if you have any additional questions, please email them through to us at [email protected] and we will continue to work on finding answers.  

This announcement is great news for the resumption of gymnastics in Victoria and we are excited to see our community get back to doing what they love.  

We will be in touch with you with further updates later in the week.  


Communication sent to Clubs Friday22 October



Victoria hitting the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target yesterday means more gymnastics!  

Several restrictions have been eased in relation to sport and recreation, just now we have received further clarification in the form of the Acting Chief Health Officer’s Open Premises Directions (OPDs) that have now replaced the previous Restricted Activity Directions (Vale to the RAD’s).  

OPD's are expected to last up to 10 days until Victoria reaches a vaccination rate of 80 per cent double dosed. When that milestone is achieved, we will communicate more changes to you again.  

Importantly, the updated settings have also advised on the vaccination sighting status of 12 to 16-year-olds - the guideline is that children under 16 are excluded from needing their vaccination status sighted.  

This is an important change from the advice received previously that asked community sport to prepare for sighting the vaccination status for children over 12. We will keep you updated if there are any further changes to the age-based vaccination status advice.  

Please see the current restrictions relating to gymnastics below:   

In effect as of 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in metropolitan Melbourne:   

  • Indoor venues are to remain closed except to allow up to five fully vaccinated workers for broadcast use and for other authorised work such as emergency maintenance to be completed  
  • Outdoor physical recreation is permitted with up to 50 fully vaccinated people and a fully vaccinated trainer 
  • Vaccination to be sighted for participants 16+  
  • COVID marshal is required at entrances to sight vaccinations and ensure check ins  


In effect as of 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in regional Victoria:  

  • Indoor physical recreation is permitted for up to 30 people indoors per dedicated space (density limit of 1 person per 4sqm) and 100 people outdoors (density limit of 1 person per 2sqm), provided all individuals aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated. A temporary wall of 2.1m may be used indoors to highlight a dedicated space 
  • Vaccination to be sighted for participants 16+ 
  • COVID marshal is required at entrances to sight vaccinations and ensure check ins  
  • If any individuals attending an indoor venue aged 16+ are not fully vaccinated (i.e., They have not received two doses of the vaccine), then venues will be required to maintain a capacity limit of 10 people   

View the OPDs and other useful documents relating to COVID-19 restrictions here.  

The Victorian Government has a range of signs, posters, and templates that you may wish to use for your club that can be found here.  

The Gymnastics Victoria Return to Gymnastics FAQs can be found here

We will continue to bring you updates as they come to hand, otherwise if you have any additional questions, please contact us on 9005 4700 or at [email protected].   


Update Wednesday 20 October


It feels as though we are finally on the final stretch. This week,
the Victorian Government announced Victoria is set to hit its 70 per cent double dose vaccination target nearly a week early and significant restrictions are set to be eased. 

With our first dose vaccination rate at almost 90 per cent, Victoria will this week hit a significant milestone on the Roadmap, with 70 per cent of Victorians 16 years and over having received two vaccine doses. 

Because of this, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that at 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October, Victoria will move forward in opening up and more restrictions will be eased. 

From 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in metropolitan Melbourne:  

  • Outdoor community sport training returns for minimum required to hold training. 


From 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October in regional Victoria: 

  • Indoor settings – including gyms – will increase from 10 to 30 people per venue, if everyone is fully vaccinated at 12+ years old. Please note that the roadmap has not indicated definitively on the age threshold but direct advice today from the Department of Health is, for the purpose of planning, it is safe to assume 12+.  
  • Final restrictions will come out Thursday this week, to come into effect Friday.  
  • If any attending individuals aged 12+ are not fully vaccinated (i.e. They have not received two doses of the vaccine), then venues will be required to maintain the current capacity limit of 10 people  

See the updated Roadmap for further details. 

The Gymnastics Victoria Return to Gymnastics FAQs can be found here.

To help you with communicating these guidelines to your members Gymnastics Victoria has drafted a template letter for members.  

To assist regional clubs to prepare for reopening Gymnastics Victoria will be holding a Regional Club Forum tomorrow at 1pm. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84948315155?pwd=T2YxVjBOTGVGcHpIQnUrYTA5OGNwUT09

Meeting ID: 849 4831 5155
Passcode: 184533

The next milestone in the Roadmap will be when Victoria hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target, which is predicted to be the first week of November. The more Victorians who get vaccinated, the sooner we will hit the next target and the more restrictions we can lift. 

Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan is based on modelling from the Burnet Institute and is set against COVID-19 thresholds, including hospitalisation rates and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response

If you haven’t booked your appointment, please book it today. Victorians can also book a vaccine appointment through their GP or pharmacist. For more info on the Roadmap or to book a vaccination visit coronavirus.vic.gov au.   

We will bring you further updates as they come to hand, otherwise if you have any additional questions, please contact us on 9005 4700 or at [email protected].  

Communication sent to clubs 14 October   


As communicated in the CEO update sent October 12th, Gymnastics Victoria has been advised by the Department of Health on preparing workers for vaccination requirements against COVID-19 available 
here

We understand clubs will have many more questions and possible scenarios related to the interpretation.

On Friday 15 October, Gymnastics Victoria will be hosting an Open Club Forum at 12 noon to open discussions and support navigating the coming weeks.

Topic: GV All Club Forum
Time: Oct 15, 2021 12:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89182113810?pwd=Ull2eXJJRjk1SktBQjVLY2xsSXVZdz09

Meeting ID: 891 8211 3810
Passcode: 696880

Please note this zoom will not be recorded and we encourage owners/operators/managers to come online and take part in the conversation.


Communication sent to clubs 12 October   


Gymnastics Victoria has just been advised by the Department of Health on an interpretation for preparing workers for vaccination requirements against COVID-19 available here.  

Physical recreation workers are gymnastic coaches and staff.    

Physical recreation workers have been included in the list of select Authorised workers (including contractors, volunteers, and students on placement) who will be required to show evidence of their vaccination to their employer by 15 October to continue working outside their home.  

The Authorised workers list has been updated and for gymnastics this includes:  
  • personal trainers (includes gymnastics outdoor coaching) providing services solely outdoors and not at residential premises; or  
  • broadcasting online classes from facilities (no more than 5 people at the facility); or  
  • professional or high-performance sportsperson;  
Authorised workers must be able to provide evidence to employers that they have:  
  • received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or  
  • have a booking to receive a first dose by 22 October 2021, or 
  • have a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner
This means that from 22 October 2021 onwards, Authorised workers need to have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless you have a medical exemption) to attend work.  

From 26 November 2021, Authorised workers will also be required to provide evidence to their employer that they have received their second dose (unless they have a medical exemption) to attend work.  

Work premises are anywhere workers are required to be for their work outside the home (for example, a gymnastics club).   

As we close in on the indicative date of 5 November for the re-opening of gymnastics clubs and community sport, these dates are critical for clubs preparing their workforce and welcome back to the community.  

In terms of your members; athletes and their parents you should prepare for a maximum of 150 vaccinated within the building at any one time. Again, there are no guidelines yet on how that will be monitored. Trials are being conducted that link the Vic Services App with Medicare record to scan in for vaccination status.  

We do not currently have guidance on spectators at venues, but based on the roadmap we can anticipate that vaccination status will need to be sighted on entry.    

Please click here for the HR Plus club resources that assist with preparing workers for vaccinations.

Today’s advice was that employers only need to keep a record with the date they sighted an employees vaccination record. A copy of the actual vaccine certificate is not required to be kept on file.   

We recognise this is a rapid shift on key information.If you need support, please do not hesitate to contact the Gymnastics Victoria team on 9005 4700 or at [email protected].

 


Communication sent to clubs 11 October


We hope you had a great weekend and thank you to those who were able to join us for the Women in Sport Breakfast on Friday morning. We hope you found it entertaining and insightful. 

A few updates from the GV team with information about vaccinations and some grant opportunities. 

Vaccination Information for Gymnastics Clubs

Today we are providing you with a document containing information that has been received from the State Government regarding specific queries for gymnastics in Victoria about vaccination requirements and how they will impact your clubs. 

At this point, this is all the information that we have been provided with and the document linked below also recognises that there are some outstanding questions. However, please know that we are doing everything possible to receive further clarification and answers on vaccination requirements and how they will affect the gymnastics community.
  
Please click here to view the document.

The Gymnastics Victoria team will continue to update you as more information becomes available.  

We also have a list of FAQs regarding restrictions here


2021-22 Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme

Applications are now open for the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme which provides low-interest, government-guaranteed loans of between $500,000 and $10 million to councils, clubs, associations, educational institutions and facility managers to develop high-quality community sport and active recreation infrastructure. Applications close on 10 December 2021. 

For further information on the Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Scheme including details of past loan recipients, click here.


Change our Game Scholarship Grants Program

The Change Our Game Scholarship Grants Program supports women to access professional development opportunities to enhance their skills in sport and recreation leadership and management. Offered through the Victorian Government’s Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (OWSR), the Program offers grants of up to $10,000 to individuals and organisations. Applications close on 25 October 2021. 

For further information on the Change Our Game Scholarship Grants Program, click here.


Get in the Game Uniform Grants

Today Women Sport Australia has launched the CADBURY Get in the Game Grants Program. These grants have been established to inspire positive change and help support the next generation of female athletes with $150k worth of grants available for sporting clubs and associations across the country to redesign their uniform. Applications close on 10 December 2021.

For further information on the Get in the Game Grants Program, click here


Update Saturday 9 October

 

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer declared last night the Mildura Rural City Council area will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59 pm Friday 8 October, with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.

In the Mildura Rural City Council area 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.

Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 6 October 

 

We hope you have a ‘Spring’ in your step with warmer weather and a horizon in sight for easing of restrictions. 

A few updates from across the GV team are below. Like you, our focus remains on reducing costs as much as possible, staying connected with each other virtually through the delivery of workplans and providing support to others as we prepare for to reopen. 

Term 3 Fees

The Gymnastics Victoria Board met last week and approved the waiver of fees for Term 3 registrations given the ongoing impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.


Funding opportunities

Financial support is available to businesses that continue to be inhibited by restrictions. 

Available government grants related to COVID-19 impact can be found here

There are also grants available through the Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria open now that can be found here.  


Get Active Kids Voucher Program

The Get Active Kids Vouchers Program is back for a third round and will continue to help families doing it tough to pay for sporting memberships and registration fees, uniforms and equipment.

GV successfully advocated for changes to criteria so that vouchers can be used for Babygym and KinderGym. Participant age eligibility has now been expanded to 0-18 years.  

Applications are open now and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 30 November. A reminder that to be eligible children must be Victorian residents, aged 18 and under and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, as well as a Medicare card.

We encourage you to pass on this information to your members as an opportunity to explore where financial pressure exists.  

Click here for further information of the program including how to apply and promotional assets. 


Vaccination Communication Templates

The Victorian Government has committed to easing COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns as higher population vaccination targets are being met.

As COVID-19 cases rise the Victorian Government is increasingly releasing health orders mandating compulsory vaccination in certain industries.  

On Wednesday 22 September, HRplus conducted a webinar titled Does gymnastics need to mandate vaccinations? You can view the replay of the session here with the access passcode: @!shL5Fk

Whether mandatory COVID vaccinations becomes a government directives or not, it is important to have open conversations with your workforce on the topic and about the possibility.  

HRPlus have created this document which provides communication, policy and assessment templates that gymnastics clubs can use for different scenarios.


COVID Restriction Updates

Since the last CEO Update on 28 September, three regional LGAs have entered lockdown and joined the restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

- The City of LaTrobe entered a seven-day lockdown at 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 October which lifted today

- Moorabool Shire entered a seven-day lockdown at 11:59pm on Friday 1 October 

- City of Greater Shepparton entered a seven-day lockdown at 11:59 pm on Friday 1 October

Information from the Victorian Government can be found here and Gymnastics Victoria have a list of FAQs available here


Update Saturday 2 October


Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer declared last night the City of Greater Shepparton will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59 pm Friday 1 October, with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne, excluding the curfew.

In the City of Greater Shepparton 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.


Update Friday 1 October

 

Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer has declared Moorabool Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59pm Friday 1 October, with restrictions the same as those in the City of Latrobe, Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

In the Moorabool Shire 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.

 

Update Wednesday 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.

Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 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]


Communication sent to clubs Monday 20 September 


Given the changes announced last week and the Victorian roadmap that was released yesterday we have set up a club forum for this week. 

The club zoom forum will be held at 10.30am tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September. 

Discussion points for this session will be to ask questions about the changes that were made to restrictions in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria last week and an opportunity to capture any queries about the roadmap to reopening that Gymnastics Victoria may present directly to the Department of Health. 

Zoom Meeting Details:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84614238587?pwd=ODJWc0Q4UWY2QXIvR1FxVCtPbEg1UT09

Meeting ID: 846 1423 8587
Passcode: 886164

Any questions in advance will be appreciated, please do not hesitate to contact the Gymnastics Victoria team on 9005 4700 or send directly to [email protected]


Communication sent to clubs Sunday 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]


Communication sent to clubs Thursday 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].  

Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 15 September 


Victorian Restrictions Update

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].


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 8 September 

 

RESTRICTION UPDATE – 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]

 

Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 1 September 


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

RESTRICTION UPDATE

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]



Communication sent to clubs Saturday 21 August  


Unfortunately another lockdown update, specific to gymnastics clubs in regional Victoria. 

Today the Premier has announced that all metropolitan Melbourne restrictions – except for the curfew – will be implemented across regional Victoria from 1pm today until 11.59pm Thursday, 2 September. 

This will mean gymnastics clubs in Regional Victoria will have to close. 

You can read the Premier's Statement here

This week a club zoom forum will be held at 10.30am on Monday 23 August. 

I encourage regional clubs to attend. There are often tips, ideas and advice shared from across clubs as well as where Gymnastics Victoria’s services may be adjusted in a group forum.  

Zoom Meeting Details
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85950740218?pwd=bEMrNllhdW9oV2pTTGdvVDA3bFN6QT09 

Meeting ID: 859 5074 0218 Passcode: 276380

We are also excited to be able to deliver some excellent Club Professional Development sessions for you over the next week. We will be running a Mental Wellbeing session on Thursday and a suite of Coach Empowerment sessions for your club communities which we encourage you to share with your coaches and members.
 
Wellbeing & Mental Health in Sport for ages 16+

Thursday 26th August 4pm – 5:30pm

This course gives participants an understanding of anxiety and depression and provides them with positive mental health habits for life. It educates participants in how to have real conversations and aims to reduce the stigma that remains around mental health issues. Link to register

Researchers at Monash University in partnership with VicHealth, are asking club members to complete a survey so we can learn more about what works. You will also receive the mental health training from SALT as part of the project. Link to survey

Raising the Bar – Coach Empowerment Workshop with Ashleigh Brennan and Stephanie Moorhouse

Friday 27 August, 12pm-1.15pm please register here
Friday 27 August, 4pm – 5.15pm please register here
Monday 30 August, 8pm – 9.15pm please register here

In response to the Change the Routine Report, Gymnastics Victoria have developed this Raising the Bar – Coach Empowerment workshop with Child Safe Consultant Samantha Dellamarta. The session will be presented by Olympians Ashleigh Brennan and Stephanie Moorhouse and will focus on how to foster athlete empowerment through coaching and how you and your club can support an environment where athletes have a voice. Please note that all of these sessions will contain the same workshop and that it is being held at different times to accommodate as many attendees as possible. 

Facebook Live Pilates sessions 
Tuesday 24 August, 1pm
Thursday 26 August, 4pm

These sessions will be presented by Annabel Muttdon, Pilates Practitioner & Podiatrist and Aerobic State Team Head Coach. The perfect way to get your body moving in lockdown, head over to Gymnastics Victoria’s Facebook on Tuesday at 1pm and Thursday at 4pm for a live pilates session.

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]

 

Communication sent to clubs Monday 16 August 


So we find ourselves having to buckle down once more and prepare for another two weeks of lockdown. I am very aware of the strain this continues to place on all of us – clubs, administrators, coaches, gymnasts and their parents. 

This is placing everyone under considerable pressure, and I feel particularly for all gymnasts who must deal with this constantly changing landscape.

Today the Premier has announced that that from tonight the lockdown restrictions will be strengthened and extended in metropolitan Melbourne, until 11.59pm on Thursday, 2 September. This is an additional 14 days on the previous directions.

Directions for Regional Victoria remain unchanged.

You can read the Premier's Statement here and FAQs about the current restrictions can be found here

A club zoom forum will be held at 11am on Wednesday 18 August. The focus of this session will be to listen and group problem solve, discuss where services can be adjusted and assist in a group forum.  

Zoom Meeting Details

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82664609173?pwd=a29IOVdUM3Q3RG9WTlYwSnVqTnpmZz09

Meeting ID: 826 6460 9173
Passcode: 824135

We have seen that our gymnastics community is strong, but it is not always easy to maintain that sense of community from the enforced isolation of our homes. Please take the time to reach out to each other and offer support and encouragement where you can.

I know that we are all getting very tired of this, and we will continue to do all we can to support your club and keep spirits up.  Thank you so much for your ongoing patience and support through the pandemic. 

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]


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 11 August 


While it was reprieve and reopening for our regional clubs earlier this week, unfortunately lockdown has been extended in metropolitan Melbourne. As my daughter just told me, I’m in Spain – without the S. While she does love a bad dad joke, the gymnastics industry is in pain and maintaining support for each other is important. 


The Premier announced that the current metropolitan Melbourne restrictions will remain in place until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 19 August.  

A club zoom forum tomorrow at 11.30am.
 The focus of this session is to listen and group problem solve, discuss where services can be adjusted and assist in a group forum.

Zoom Meeting Details

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87973406517?pwd=aHBQNkRMOVprSjNGOFBTNjduQ1k2UT09  
Meeting ID: 879 7340 6517
Passcode: 625762

I feel the ongoing pain of each of the metropolitan gymnastics clubs who are closed and remain hopeful that this extension will address the current outbreak and allow all clubs to resume.   

Read the Premier's Statement here and FAQs about the current restrictions for regional clubs 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]

 

Communication sent to clubs Monday 9 August 

It is better news today for regional gymnastics clubs. 

This morning, the Premier announced the lockdown in regional Victoria will lift from 11:59pm tonight.

In regional Victoria this ease includes indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs with the following guidelines:

• Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors. 
• Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.

The Restricted Activity Directions (RAD) for regional Victoria will not come out until early tomorrow. Until that time, you will find a full list of restrictions here at the bottom of the page.  

The Gymnastics Victoria team are always here to support you and have a list of FAQs available here

A reminder that this week there are several activities taking place for our community including:

Monday 9 August 3.30pm – Facebook Live with Olympian Emily Whitehead on the GV Facebook Page.

Wednesday 11 August from 10am – Child Safe Online Bootcamp including presentations on the Change the Routine Report Response from GA and GV, Child Safe Internal Audits and Child Safe Staff Screening. Register here.

Thursday 12 August time TBC – Facebook Live with Olympian Tyson Bull on the GV Facebook Page.

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 i[email protected]csvictoria.org.au.
 

 

Communication sent to clubs Thursday 4 August 

Lockdown 6.

These lockdowns are very disruptive to the sense of routine, which is so important in the development of young children, and they place great burdens on staff and families as well....as a gymnastics community, all our hearts are heavy.

Please remember to take on this difficult time by continuing to stay connected with your friends and gymnastics colleagues. 

Today the Victorian Premier announced that due to the COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours – suspected to be the highly infectious Delta variant – Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm tonight, Thursday 5 August.

This means once again gymnastics clubs across Victoria must close. 

This information can be found here

We will hold a Club Forum tomorrow Friday 6 August at 2pm AEST. These forums have proved helpful to provide support, listen and collectively address issues clubs need to consider and action.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88134310207?pwd=eVhGTDdlNHlSKzVvTFlYdkU5THNNZz09 
Meeting ID: 881 3431 0207
Passcode: 911348

The Gymnastics Victoria team will spend tomorrow morning working on scenario planning for the Victorian Championships and will provide an update during the Club Forum. 
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]


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 4 August 

We hope you have been getting right into the spirit of the Tokyo Olympics! 

It was an exceptionally proud moment for all of Victorian gymnastics to watch both Emily Whitehead from Waverley Gymnastics Centre and Tyson Bull originally from Knox Gymnastics represent Australia. What a huge achievement it was for Tyson to place fifth place at last night’s Horizontal Bar Final and as the first ever Australian Men’s Artistic Gymnast to qualify for an Apparatus Final.

Please see below changes to the Victorian Government’s Restricted Activity Directives (RAD’s) and the Border Crossing Directions overnight. 

In brief the changes are (RAD):
Group limits removed for physical recreation and community sport 
Removal of community sport exceptions to group limits 
Spectators now permitted for physical rec and community sport (removal of note stating that only those persons required to facilitate the activity at the recreational facility are permitted to attend)

Limits of 100 people per indoor space and 300 per outdoor space will continue to apply to physical recreation facilities.

This information can be found here

We expect further information about easing restrictions won’t be provided until early next week and will send a further update when this happens. 

We hope your gymnastics club is feeling the good vibes and energy of the Olympics and we look forward to seeing the positive impact that gymnastics on the world stage has for interest in our sport. 

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]


Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 27 July

It was such a relief to receive a call and message from the Minister’s office this morning to advise that gymnastics clubs will be able to open their doors at the same time as schools resume. This has been a key feature of our advocacy position and seems 5th time is a charm!  

Today the Premier announced that the lockdown will be lifted state-wide from 11.59pm tonight. 

Across Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs can re-open with the following guidelines:

•  Maximum patron cap of 100 people per space indoors and 300 per space outdoors
•  Density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm. COVID Check-in Marshals must ensure attendees check-in.
•  Group limit of 10 people

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

The Gymnastics Victoria team are here to help your club re-open safely and a list of FAQs can be found here. If you require any support, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the GV team. 

To continue to assist clubs to bolster their workforce we have organised another coaching course promotion with Gymnastics Australia. Beginner coaches will have access to enrol in the online Intermediate Theory 1 Coaching Course for FREE from Thursday 29 July until 11.59pm on Monday 2 August. 

To access the online Intermediate Theory 1 Coaching Course and the free rate, individuals can email [email protected] for the code. 

This course is located on Gymnastics Australia’s LMS platform which can be accessed by logging into your GOL account via the Gymnastics Australia website. 

Please note that Gymnastics Victoria are continuing to plan for the Senior Victorian Championships due to be held from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of August at Geelong Arena.  We will follow all Government regulations for the delivery of a COVID Safe event. 

Entries close tomorrow so amongst the Olympics and reopening of clubs, please don’t forget! 

Finally, we hope you have been able to enjoy watching the gymnastics at the Olympics, including inspiring routines from Emily Whitehead from Waverley Gymnastics Centre and a huge effort by Tyson Bull, originally from Knox Gymnastics Club, to qualify for the Horizontal Bar final which will be held next Tuesday 3 August starting at 6pm.  

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]

 

Communication sent to clubs Tuesday 20 July 

COVID-19 updates with extended restrictions are never easy to write. A positive constant is the support across the gymnastics community to be there for each other during lockdown periods. Please remember to reach out and check in on your gymnastics colleagues and friends for an online cuppa.

On the eve of celebrating gymnastics at the Olympics, there is much to look forward to and continue to inspire us all.  

The Premier has announced that the current restrictions in Victoria will remain in place for at least another seven days until Tuesday 27 July at 11.59pm.   

The Premier's Statement can be read here

Keeping on top of the ever-growing list of Exposure Sites is becoming challenging, however it is very important that we all do.  The link to public exposure sites can be found here

Hopefully, remaining closed for this one-week extension will address the current outbreak and allow clubs to resume soon.   

A club zoom forum will be held tomorrow at 11am. As usual, the focus is to listen, group problem-solve and discuss priority services. These forums are a great source of information sharing across the gymnastics community.    

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83858885523?pwd=a1pOckhyL1RCb3BwUW40MmJSWHlIUT09 

Meeting ID: 838 5888 5523 

Passcode: 054972 
 

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].  


Communication sent to clubs Thursday 15 July

 

As we all feared, the Premier has now announced a snap lockdown for five days commencing at midnight tonight. 

This is hardly the start we had hoped for Term 3, but hopefully, by acting quickly to address the current outbreak it will allow all gymnastics clubs to resume very soon.  

Tomorrow at 10am, we will host a club zoom forum. These forums, on the immediate announcements of the Premier have proved very helpful to provide support, listen and collectively address issues club administrators need to consider and action. 

Gymnastics Victoria continues to plan for the Victorian Championships Thursday 27 to Friday 29 August and, in conjunction with Geelong Arena, has a covid-safe events plan submitted to the Government that follows all regulations and advise for event hosting. The draft schedule and competition bulletin have been released and are available on the event webpage here.

I am sure that with patience, determination and goodwill we will get through the next few days and come back excited to be back in clubs on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics. 


Read the Premier's Statement here.
Read the Table of Restrictions here.


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 7 July

What a brilliant week it has been for our sport with Tyson Bull from the AIS Men’s Program and Emily Whitehead from Waverley Gymnastics Centre officially announced on the Australian Olympic Artistic Gymnastics Team and Zak Stolz from Peninsula Gymnastics being crowned winner of Australian Ninja Warrior for 2021 ahead of fellow Peninsula coach Charlie Robbins. Amazing efforts to see both competitive and recreational gymnastics showcased at the highest levels! 

There has also been more good news today with the announcement of further easing of restrictions that will be in effect from 11:59pm tomorrow. 

In Metro Melbourne restrictions for indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs will fall in line with the current restrictions for Regional Victoria meaning that restrictions will become the same statewide.

All Victorian indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs are guided by:

• A density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
• Maximum venue capacity of 300 per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors
• Maximum group size: 50 people
• Face masks required as clubs are customer facing 

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

The Gymnastics Victoria team are here to assist you and are maintaining updating a list of FAQs here. If you require any support or advice do not hesitate to get in touch with the GV team. 

We are also delighted to let you know that after the positive feedback about the Victoria University Leadership and Management short courses we have expanded our partnership to make these courses available at a discount rate for the community. You can find the list of upcoming courses and register here.  

A reminder that we have emailed each club’s key contact about completing the 2021 National Club Survey before the deadline of 11:59pm Sunday 18 July. The survey provides valuable insights and is a key tool for decision making to shape the future of gymnastics. 

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]


Communication sent to clubs Wednesday 23 June

More good news with the announcement of further easing of restrictions that will be in effect from 11:59pm tomorrow. 

In Metro Melbourne indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs are guided by:
A density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
Maximum venue capacity 300 people per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors
Maximum group size: 50 people

In Regional Victoria indoor community sport and gymnastics clubs are guided by:
A density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm when using a COVID Check-in Marshal, otherwise density quotient of 1 person per 4sqm
Maximum venue capacity of 300 per indoor space and 1,000 people outdoors
Maximum group size: 50 people

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

The Gymnastics Victoria team are here to assist you and are maintaining an updated list of FAQs here. If you require any support or advice do not hesitate to get in touch with the GV team. 

Please note that an email has been sent to each club’s key contact about the 2021 National Club Survey. The survey provides valuable insights and will help shape future initiatives and decision making by Gymnastics Victoria and Gymnastics Australia. The survey will be open until 11:59pm Sunday 18 July. 

The Fair Work Commission has determined a 2.5% increase in the national minimum wage, with the implementation to be staggered.

The legislated minimum wage will rise 2.5% to $20.33 per hour ($772.60 per week) for adult workers from 1 July 2020. For more information please click 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]

 

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].  


 

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 [email protected] 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: [email protected].  
 

 

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 [email protected]


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 [email protected] or on (03) 9005 4700 if you have any queries.  

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