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1 Market Street, Newport,
Victoria 3015, Australia

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Currently closed
Wed–Sat 12–6pm
Fri 12–8pm
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Located in the heart of Newport, The Substation is a stone’s throw away from the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River).

The Substation is located approximately 200 metres from Newport train station and the Newport Interchange bus stop.

There is ample off-street car parking on both sides of the building, including accessible parking spaces.

There are two bike racks less than 100 metres from the building, as well as a PTV Parkiteer bike cage next to our carpark. We encourage you to use these facilities and to always lock up your bikes.

Visitors may enter The Substation using the ramp at the main entrance. There is an elevator on the ground floor, to the left of the lobby, providing access to levels 1 and 2.

Galleries 2 and 3 each contain two sets of stairs for access to the basement and mezzanine levels.

There are gender-neutral toilets on every level, including accessible toilets on the ground floor and level 2.

We are committed to continually improving our services to ensure our events can be enjoyed by all. If you have specific access requirements (including seating arrangements for events) please get in touch via info@thesubstation.org.au

The Substation is once again excited to invite guests and visitors into the building.

To ensure all visitors to The Substation feel safe and supported when attending events, exhibitions and on-site meetings, we regularly review and update our COVIDSafe Plan in response to changing Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines.

On this page you’ll find a range of safety and hygiene measures that enable a COVID-safe environment. Please review carefully as the guidelines may vary depending on the nature of your visit.


VACCINATION IS YOUR TICKET BACK INTO THE SUBSTATION

From Wednesday 10 November 2021, visitors over the age of 16 must show their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry.

The quickest and easiest way to show proof of vaccination is by adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app.

To add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have the latest version of the Service Victoria app installed on your phone. You’ll also need either:

• Medicare online account or Individual Healthcare Identifier linked to your myGov account
• And the latest version of the Express Plus Medicare app installed on your phone.

You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app from the Express Plus Medicare app or your myGov account. The easiest way is through the Express Plus
Medicare app.

Once you’ve added your COVID-19 digital certificate to your Service Victoria app, it will show proof of vaccination each time you check in.

If you don’t have a smartphone or are unable to use one, there are additional non-digital proof of vaccination status options available including an official copy of your Australian
Immunisation Register vaccination certificate or a printed copy of your digital vaccination certificate from myGov.

If you have a medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination, you will need to present proof of exemption together with Photo ID.

For more information please visit this website.

Showing proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is your way of contributing to a safer Victoria for all of us, everywhere.


WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS HAVE THE SUBSTATION PUT IN PLACE?


Proof of vaccination status required
All people aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated to enter The Substation. The quickest and easiest way to show proof of vaccination is by adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app.

Contact Tracing
Visitors to The Substation are required to register their details using the Victorian Government QR code service. A touch-free QR code will be available upon arrival.

Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning and sanitising of our venue and publicly accessible areas will occur throughout the day. We clean high touch points 2-3 times per day.

Box Office
You can book tickets online (via our website) or in venue via contactless payment. Our gallery exhibitions are free to visit and bookings are not required.


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP, BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING?

Check-in via QR code
Before entering our venue you’ll be asked to scan a QR code for contact tracing. Please see a member of staff if you do not have access to a smart phone or if you have difficulty checking in using the QR code.


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP, ONCE INSIDE THE BUILDING?

Wear a mask
All guests and visitors are required to wear a mask while inside our venue. We are aware that some people have medical exemptions for wearing masks and we respect this.

Wash your hands
Hand sanitiser is available upon entry to all venues, events and activity spaces. We also encourage visitors to wash hands regularly with soap, which is supplied in all our bathrooms.

Be mindful of physical distancing
Please ensure you stay at least 1.5 metres from others when moving around our site.

Carefully read our signage
Up-to-date instructions have been carefully placed throughout our building.
This will help you maintain physical distancing, hand hygiene and other guidelines.


WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION?

For more information you are welcome to download and read our COVIDSafe Plan or contact us.

Updated 3rd November 2021

The Substation has published a joint statement with a long-list of theatres and arts venues across Victoria. Please read this important announcement.⁠

JOINT STATEMENT BY THEATRES AND ARTS VENUES IN VICTORIA⁠
TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2021⁠

This joint statement by theatres and arts venues in Melbourne acknowledges the significant and specific impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the performing arts industry around the world, and specifically in Melbourne during extended periods of lockdown. This impact extends to our artists, audiences, employees, partners, donors, funders and other stakeholders. ⁠

We are committed to re-opening and operating to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our stakeholders.⁠

We are committed to the development and implementation of COVID-Safe policies that meet or exceed the conditions set out in Chief Health Office Public Health Directions (PHDs) as released from time to time by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.⁠

We believe as a collective of theatres and arts venues operating in Melbourne that consistency across venues provides certainty and security to our artists, audiences, employees, partners, donors, funders and other stakeholders. This will be beneficial for the sector as a whole as well as individual theatre companies, arts venues, and producers, both large and small.⁠

With this in mind, we will require all visitors 16 years and over to our venues to be fully vaccinated while on-site until further notice. Please note that individuals with a medical exemption or who are not legally able to be vaccinated are excluded from this requirement.⁠

In line with the directions laid out in the Victoria’s current roadmap of a 90% vaccination target, we strongly encourage visitors to wear a fitted face mask while in theatre auditoriums and indoor spaces when social distancing is not possible (except when you are eating and drinking or have a medical exemption that excludes you from wearing a fitted mask).⁠

These settings will be reviewed regularly and adjustments will be made to our 2022 policies as required.

We are looking forward to welcoming artists and audiences back to our venues and to being able to once again produce and present exceptional and memorable live theatre on our stages.

LIST OF NAMES OF SIGNATORIES
Abbotsford Convent
Bunjil Place
Chapel Off Chapel
Dancehouse
Footscray Community Arts
fortyfivedownstairs
La Mama
Malthouse Theatre
The MC Showroom
Melbourne Fringe
Melbourne Theatre Company
The National Theatre Melbourne
The Substation
Temperance Hall
Theatre Works
Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres
Wyndham Cultural Centre

To read the statement in full please download the PDF.

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1 Market Street, Newport,
Victoria 3015, Australia

Currently closed
Wed–Sat 12–6pm
Fri 12–8pm

We acknowledge and recognise the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Yalukit-willam of the Kulin Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land that The Substation is on. We extend our respects to their ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people.

We are committed to continually improving our services to ensure our events can be enjoyed by all. If you have specific access requirements (including seating arrangements for events) please get in touch.

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