Vaccination rates the key to arts sector recovery

17 March 2022 Read the research paper

Once 90 per cent of the state’s eligible population of roughly 5.7 million people aged 12+ received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, the last restrictions on entertainment venues and music festivals were lifted on 19 November 2021.

A research paper published by the Parliamentary Library, 'COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and Victoria’s Arts Sector', provides a snapshot of the state of Victoria’s arts and entertainment sector between October 2021 and mid-January 2022, as restrictions eased in line with vaccination rates rising. It also explores how state and local governments in Victoria implemented policy and allocated finances in order to provide relief to the sector.

The paper draws on the Audience Outlook Monitor, location data provided by Google and the Victorian Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Committee inquiry into the pandemic’s effect on the tourism and events industry.