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Melbourne Booksellers COVIDSafe Plan

Every Victorian business that is open must follow the six COVIDSafe principles to help prevent future outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

COVIDSafe Plan template is available to help businesses plan and take action to prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.

Businesses can also access a collection of signage, posters and questionnaires to assist in communicating key messages to workers and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) translated informationn for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is also available online for businesses and industry.

Victorian Government Authorised Officers are closely monitoring and inspecting businesses to ensure they are following the six COVIDSafe principles. There are significant penalties, including fines and prohibition notices, for businesses that fail to comply.

We must do everything we can to keep our communities safe and prevent unexpected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

To learn more about these new requirements and how to make your workplace COVIDSafe, please visit

Record keeping requirements

We are able to confirm that you will NOT be required to keep a record of the customers who enter your bookshops.

However, you will need to keep a record of publisher rep visits and any other appointments. We will update this information via email to members if required.

Record keeping is required of all workers, customers and visitors (including contractors and sub-contractors) who attend the Work Premises for longer than 15 minutes. The record keeping must include first name, contact phone number, time and date in which they visited, and the areas of the retail facility that they attended.

For markets, market stalls, retail facilities or retail shopping centres, record keeping is not required for customers if it is not reasonably practicable to do so. For example, if your retail business involves a large volume of shoppers or a people browsing (e.g. a supermarket, a homewares store).

However, if your retail facility serves customers by appointment, you are required to keep records of your customers, including: first name, contact phone number, time and date in which they visited, and the areas of the retail facility that they attended.

We can also confirm that  ‘Density quotient of one person per four metres squared applies on each indoor space’.


Booksellers Choice interview with Robert Jones Jr

To celebrate the first-ever Booksellers Choice exclusive edition we have a fabulous interview between Robie Egan and Robert Jones Jr, author of The Prophets, Jan 21.

From Robbie:

Robert was charming and erudite and spoke thoughtfully about the novel and its themes. He also gave a short reading at the end of our conversation. The Prophets is a wonderful book that will gather a lot of critical attention, and if you have a little time to spare I think you will enjoy hearing from the author about his work.

This Christmas #ShopEarly #ShopLocal

The ABA and the Australian Publishers Association are joining forces to encourage readers to #ShopEarly and #Shop Local to stay safe and avoid disappointment when shopping for books this holiday season.

With Australian and international book titles currently in high demand, supply shortages are in effect, and in some states with bookshops experiencing restrictions up until Christmas Eve, the message is to buy, order and pre-order in October and November.

This Christmas is vital for the survival of Australia’s incredible network of local bookshops, who have done a wonderful job of getting books out to their community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers have responded with amazing support, but this Christmas will be different as we manage increased hygiene measures and social distancing in our bookshops. Increased online sales will place enormous pressure on Australia Post and other delivery services, so to ensure we all get the books we want for Christmas, support your local bookshop. But don’t leave it too late, because for Christmas 2020, October is the new December.” Robbie Egan ABA CEO

Members download the digital pack.

Conference online session - Sarah Krasnostein and Loraine Peck

Orginally part of the 2020 conference until the pandemic pushed the release dates into 2021Text authors Sarah Krasnostein Encounters with Love, Death & Faith (Mar 21) and Loraine Peck The Second Son (Feb 21) speak to Robbie Egan. Sarah is following up from The Trauma Cleaner, a book we all loved reading and selling, and Loraine’s book The Second Son is a debut crime thriller, both will be big hits in 2021 and we hope you enjoy hearing from them in this ABA exclusive.


Booksellers' Choice update

It has been a busy few months for Booksellers’ Choice group. Launched in late 2019, the buying group of independent booksellers from across the country has now consist of over 80 members. 

For the latest update 

Australia Post delivery impacts - COVID-19

For up to date information on COVID-19 and Australia Post services please visit the Australia Post Impacts page