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COVID-19 affected industries

Victorian COVID-19 restrictions

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, Melbourne moved to Stage 4 restrictions and regional Victoria moved to Stage 3 restrictions.

Find how to create a COVID Safe Plan and understand how Stage 4 restrictions apply to your industry on the Business Victoria website.

From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. You and your staff should wear them when at work and also when travelling to and from work. If you don't, you must have a lawful reason not to.

Find more Victorian business COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 support for all Australian businesses

It's important to keep workers safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. You can find the latest information and resources for your industry on the Safe Work Australia website.

If the coronavirus has affected your business, get coronavirus information and support for business.

Business types in this industry


The information media and telecommunications industry includes:

  • newspaper, magazine, book and directory publishing
  • software publishing
  • motion picture and sound recording publishing and distribution
  • radio and television broadcasting
  • internet publishing and broadcasting
  • telecommunication services, internet service providers and web search portals
  • data processing, web hosting and electronic information storage services
  • library and other information services

Legislation, standards and initiatives


You must be aware of the laws that apply to the information media and telecommunications industry. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications also provides a comprehensive list of policy and legislation that affect the information media and telecommunications industry.

Licences and permits


State or territory governments manage the licences and permits for the information media and telecommunications industry.

The licences and permits you may need include:

  • television licence
  • radio licence
  • commercial filming licencing
  • broadcast of copyright material
  • filming and photography permits

Find the licences and permits you need for your business

Search the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find information on the licences you may need.

Taxation


The information media and telecommunications industry have specific Goods and Services Tax (GST) measures. Know your GST obligations and register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to ensure you can claim your GST credits.

Information media and telecommunications industry businesses may be entitled to claim the Producer Offset which is a tax offset for the producers of Australian feature films, television and other projects.

Levies and charges


Levies and charges fund activities that benefit the industry, such as:

  • accessibility for the public to telecommunication and broadcast services
  • delivery of the emergency call services
  • research and development of telecommunication and broadcast technologies

The main levies that apply to the information media and telecommunications industry include levies on:

  • telecommunications carrier levies and charges
  • broadcast licensing fees
  • equipment licensing

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has more information on levies and charges for the industry.

Employ people


If you employ staff, you need to comply with Australia’s national workplace laws specific to the information media and telecommunications industry.

Browse a list of industry and occupation awards to find the one that applies to your industry.

Workplace health and safety (WHS)


All business must comply with general occupational health and safety regulations. The information media and telecommunications industry also has state specific WHS requirements. These include:

  • radiofrequency radiation exposure
  • working with electricity
  • working at height
  • manual handling
  • noise and vibration
  • plant and machinery

Learn more about state-specific WHS requirements.

Environment


While businesses in the information media and telecommunications industry do not rely heavily on the environment, they can still have a significant impact. The main environmental issues that businesses in the information media and telecommunications industry should understand include:

  • resources used in products
  • environmental impact of telecommunication sites and facilities
  • post-consumer waste
  • waste management and reduction

Intellectual property


As well as trade marks, information media and telecommunications businesses may have other relevant IP rights:

  • Copyright protection is free and automatic in Australia and protects works such as films, music, books, magazines, newspapers, sound recordings and artwork.
  • APRA AMCOS administer licences to play, use or reproduce film, sound or video recordings.
  • Patents protect inventions such as new machinery, new systems, new technology or processes.
  • Registered designs protect unique product designs such as packaging or the look and feel of a product.

Learn more about the IP options available to you.

Insurance


Alongside compulsory insurances, the information media and telecommunications industry has specific insurances. These insurances include:

  • telecommunications
  • filming and media equipment
  • printing machinery
  • information technology equipment and software
  • radio equipment
  • property and buildings
  • liability
  • professional indemnity
  • business interruption

Government organisations


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Further advice and assistance

Check our general business information for additional regulations and obligations relevant to your business.

For further advice and assistance, consider contacting your accountant, solicitor, business adviser or industry association.

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