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Ausdance NSW Statements


Media Release: $250m Arts Package - It needs to go further

Ausdance NSW welcomes the federal government’s announcement on Friday of a rescue package specific to the Arts industry. The package is a start to enabling the arts industry to survive in the short term. It needs to go much further with a long-term view of recovery.

The $250m is made up of many parts, grants, loans, and subsidies. Ausdance NSW is very concerned that loans will place artists and arts companies at higher risk of insolvency in an untested, post-COVID landscape in an already under-funded Industry. Particularly as the re-opening of venues, the impact of social distancing, and return to operating at full capacity is still unknown.

The arts are enjoyed and wanted by millions of individuals, families, and communities across Australia. They provide artistic, creative, health and social benefits as well as contributing to tourism and the broader Australian economy equating to over 6% of the GDP.

While welcoming this $250 by the Australian PM, in comparison Jacinda Arden, NZ PM announced in May, an Arts Package of $175m – equivalent to AU$163.5. The approximate population of NZ is 4.8milion and Australia 25.5million.

Given Australia's population is about 5.3 times more than NZ surely the Australian Package should reflect that? 

Or are the government saying all Australian's don't deserve that? 

Based on the same monetary approach of the NZ Arts Package (relative to populations) the Australian Arts package would be $866.5m. Australia's geography, scale, and infrastructure would also need to be factored in.

The Australian package represents only 20% of the arts rescue package in NZ on a per capita basis. What does this mean for the Australian people? What does this mean for the future of dance and the arts more broadly? If the rescue package only meets 20% of demand and need, how will the government decide who gets access to and to participate in the arts? Which state, which area, metro, or regional, which child will you pick? Will that really reflect the arts, cultures, and creativity of Australia? 

Surely every Australian should have access to the arts.

The package, It’s a start, I hope it is the first step and there is more to come. Ausdance NSW also supports calls to extend JobKeeper and JobSeeker while social distancing is in place, acknowledging that no artist or arts company can operate at full or nearly full capacity while social distancing is in place.

Ausdance NSW supports the immediate expansion of JobSeeker and JobKeeper to include the thousands of casual and freelance artists who are currently ineligible for support.

We will continue to work with our many colleagues to advocate for the arts. We feed into state and federal discussions, papers, send direct feedback to government ministers. Ausdance is on the COVID19 National Arts Roundtable discussions, with the Federal government, also attended by the Australia Council for the Arts. The dance survey created by Ausdance with the Australia Council provides critical data about the loss of the dance sector. Numbers inform government, please fill it in if you have not already. Read Ausdance National's response here.


Michelle Silby

Executive Director, Ausdance NSW and Victoria

Read the full statement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison '$250 million JobMaker plan to restart Australia's Creative Economy' 25 June 2020 here>>>

Responses to the JobMaker Package from fellow Arts orgnaisations:

Ausdance National

Australia Council


Live Performance Australia

Theatre Network Australia


If you would like to contribute to this section, please contact

Australian Academy of the Humanities: Transformative: Impacts of Culture and Creativity. Read here>>>

Ainslie & Gorman Arts Centres: Artist Toolkit Livestream: Centrelink for Artists. Watch here>>>

ArtsHub: It’s time to talk about investment, not funding. Read here>>>

The New York Times: Stop trying to be productive. Read here>>>

MEAA: Latest Advice for those seeking JobSeeker payments. Read Here>>>

Live Performance Australia: Latest info for the arts sector. Read here>>>

Theatre Network Australia: Latest info for the arts sector. Read here>>>

NAVA: Top priorities for NSW’s next minister for the arts. Read here>>>

Australian Government Taxation Office: COVID-19: information for small businesses. Read here>>>

Arts Hub: How to cope with COVID-19 mental health issues. Read here>>>

Arts Hub: How to apply for the Centrelink coronavirus supplement as a sole trader. Read here>>>

Live Performance Australia: Death knell for Live Performance Industry without targeted industry package. Read here>>>

Live Performance Australia: One Week Later: No Plan for Live Performance Industry in Shutdown​. Read here>>>

Live Performance Australia: LPA calls for $850m live performance support and stimulus package. Read more here>>>

Listen: to the ABC Radio National interview with LPA President, Richard Evans. Click here>>>

Watch: the ABC News television interview with LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson. Click here>>>

Dance Informa: Claire O’Shea’s tech tips for Studio Owners in our trying times. Read here>>>

I Lost My Gig: AN INDUSTRY IN CRISIS: Reported income losses spike 200% overnight to over $100M. Read here>>>

The Guardian: Coronavirus arts crisis: expert tips on keeping your audience – and getting your work out there. Featuring Ausdance member Annalouise Paul. Read here>>>

ABC Podcast The Signal: Ange Lavoipierre and Stephen Stockwell discuss COVID-19: The faces of the jobs crisis. Listen here>>>

ArtsHub: Minister meets arts leaders to plan coronavirus approach. The Hon Paul Fletcher met with arts leaders today to discuss how to support the industry as COVID-19 closes cultural institutions and cancels performances nationwide. Read here>>>

Minding The Gap: Dancers: honor your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read here>>>

ArtsHub: ​Queensland announces $8M relief fund for coronavirus arts emergency. Rent relief for Arts Queensland tenants and a 12-month extension of current funding for organisations are among the measures announced today. Read here>>>

MEAA: Live performance and entertainment sector needs special help to cope with coronavirus impact. Read here>>>

The Conversation: Coronavirus: Australian arts need a stimulus package. Here is what it should look like. Read here>>>



1 July 2020

The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations

The following opportunities will be available for individuals and organisations:

  • Arts Projects for Individuals & Groups 
  • Arts Projects for Organisations     
  • Australia Council Fellowships & Awards 
  • National Arts & Disability Awards 

Applications for these opportunities will open on Friday 10 July and close on Tuesday 1 September. Program guidelines and criteria will be available on Council’s website.

Projects that have been previously eligible via the Career Development for Individuals & Groups category will now be eligible for support under the Arts Projects for Individuals & Groups category. 

The following opportunities will be available for First Nations individuals, groups and organisations: 

  • Cherish II 

Applications for this opportunity will open Monday 3 August and close on Tuesday 6 October. Program guidelines and criteria will be available on Council’s website.

  • Dreaming Award for an emerging artist
  • Red Ochre Awards for outstanding lifetime achievement
  • Workplace Giving Emerging First Nations Career Development Award

Applications for these opportunities will open Tuesday 1 September and close on Tuesday 1 December. Program guidelines and criteria will be available on Council’s website. 

For a full list of eligibility head to the AusCo website here>>>

Australia Council for the Arts - 2020 RESILIENCE FUND - NOW CLOSED

Read a list of recipients here>>>

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice, and operations of Australian artists, groups, and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services, and philanthropy.

Australia Council have developed this program using input and ideas from the arts sector. We gathered this input through various sector roundtables and discussions, feedback and ideas provided to us by artists and organisations we fund and people who have participated in our sector development programs.

There are 3 categories:

Survive: Small grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity.

Adapt: Grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to adapt their arts practice and explore new ways of working.

Create: Grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to continue to create artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption.

For more information on how to apply and eligibility criteria head to the Australia Council website here>>>

CREATE NSW: $50 million COVID-19 Rescue and Restart package announced for NSW arts and cultural sector

The Rescue and Restart package is intended to support arts and cultural organisations across NSW.

The NSW Government recognises the important contribution the arts and cultural sector makes to the NSW economy, as well as to the community’s wellbeing, particularly during challenging times.

The Rescue and Restart package will be delivered in two stages:

  • Funding available now to enable NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations to hibernate temporarily.
  • Funding available in the coming months to enable NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations to restart operations after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding will be available to NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations across the State on a case by case basis.

The Rescue and Restart package is designed to assist NSW arts and cultural organisations to hibernate now, so they are in a position to restart operations when health guidelines permit.

If you would like to know more about this process, please contact us via email in the first instance on and Create NSW website here>>>

Create NSW - Small Project Grants (Quick Response) guidelines

Updated Wednesday 1 July 2020.

As relevant updates are provided by the NSW Government, Create NSW’s Small Project Grants (Quick Response) program will be redefined to address the public health orders.

The grant aims to:

  • enable professional artists and arts and cultural workers to participate in outstanding time-sensitive opportunities, including those offered via online and other means than in-person contact
  • build the capacity and skills of professional artists and arts and cultural workers including, but not limited to, online mentoring, development and residency opportunities
  • support professional artists and arts and cultural workers to develop new projects/work
  • support professional artists to explore the possibilities of presenting work in ways that is consistent with public health orders
  • support professional artists to respond to the impacts of the 2019 bushfire season and COVID-19 crises, for local communities, in supportive and creative ways
  • strengthen the capacity of NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers to become arts and cultural leaders.

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Please note that your project start date must be at least three weeks after the date you submit your application.

For more information and full list of eligibility criteria, head to the Create NSW website here>>>

City of Sydney Festivals and Events Sponsorship Program: Round 2 closes 20 July 2020. Funding is available for a 1-year program or a program of up to 3 years. New village and community festivals and events can apply for up to $30,000. Apply here>>>

Festivals Australia: Round 4 closes 30 September 2020, apply for $5,000 - $100,000. Funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Apply here>>>

Australia Post Community Grants Program: Closes 17 July 2020, apply for up to $10,000. Supports communities groups focusing on mental health and wellbeing. Apply here>>>

Country Arts Support Program: Closes 31 July 2020, apply for either $3,000 or $5,000 (depending on region). Supports community arts and cultural development in regional NSW, primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel, and accommodation. Apply here>>>

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants: Round 3 closes 8 September 2020, apply for up to $10,000. Assists emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Apply here>>>

Community Support Program, Hunter region: Round 2 closes 30 September, apply for $1,000 - $10,000. Caters for Hunter region community organisations looking for funding assistance with an event, small project, or purchase of equipment. Apply here>>>

City of Sydney COVID-19 Relief Grants - Quick Response Grants: These are rolling grants – with no application deadline. Applications must demonstrate the project’s benefits to the City of Sydney local community and be for $2,000 - $5,000. Apply here>>>

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program Grants: Round 2 closes 18 December 2020, apply for up to $100,000. Supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve, and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. Apply here>>>

Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program: Closes 6 November 2020, apply for up to $5,000. Supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency. Apply here>>>

Bushfire Assistance: Closes 31 December 2020, apply for $20,000 - $50,000. Supports eligible charities and local community organisations with projects that will aid in long-term recovery efforts for bushfire-affected communities that focus on assisting children and young people. Apply here>>>

City of Parramatta’s Quarterly Grants: Always open, apply for up to $2,000. Supports local not-for-profit community, recreation, and sporting groups, clubs, organisations, services, and social enterprises. Apply here>>>

Regional Arts NSW – Quick Response Grants: Always open, apply for up to $1,500. For regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice and could not be planned for. Apply here>>>


Bankstown City Council Grants read more here>>>

Bathurst Regional Council Grants read more here>>>

Bega Valley Shire Council Grants read more here>>>

Bellingen Shire Council Grants read more here>>>

Blacktown City Council Grants read more here>>>

Bland Shire COVID-19 Community Recovery Program read more here>>>

Blayney Shire Council Community Financial Assistance Program read more here>>>

Blue Mountains City Council Grants Program, ClubGRANTS read more here>>>

Broken Hill City Council Grants read more here>>>

Burwood Council Community Grants read more here>>>

Cessnock City Council Dollar for Dollar Grant Scheme read more here>>>

City of Parramatta’s Quarterly Grants read more here>>>

Cumberland City Council Grants and Sponsorship read more here>>>

Eurobodalla Shire Council read more here>>>

Gunnedah Shire Council Grants read more here>>>

Murray River Council Grants read more here>>>



To help organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re releasing an extra $1.5 million in community services grants. These grants are to help provide food, digital assistance and social connection to vulnerable people.

Who can apply:  Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises or an individual or group auspiced by an organisation in our area.

What the funds can be used for: Operating model change; Digital; Supporting community-led mutual aid activities.

How much you can apply for: Between $5,000 and $50,000.

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


To help individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re releasing an extra $500,000 in quick response grants. These are rolling grants – there is no application deadline.

Who can apply: Individuals, sole traders, unincorporated community groups, not-for-profit organisations, and for-profit organisations.

What grants can pay for: Programs to help communities adapt, survive and recover from the pandemic.

How much you can apply for: Between $2,000 and $5,00

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


These grants will help individuals and collectives develop new projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects can be presented during or after the pandemic has passed. For more information here>>>


These grants will help sole traders and not-for-profit arts enterprises with less than 20 full-time employees, who’ve lost income due to Covid-19. For more information here>>>


To help small businesses keep afloat through and after the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve released $2 million worth of extra funding. For more information here>>>

Changes to currently Funded Clients: Create NSW

Multi-Year funding and Annual Organisation funding clients

Create NSW is here to help you. The Arts Funding team can assist with your individual concerns and provide support to vary your funding agreement. This may include:

  • Removing requirements to meet audience KPIs
  • Varying the purpose and outcomes of funding
  • Extending timelines for projects
  • Allowing grants to be repurposed to pay essential bills such as rent, wages or utilities

In addition, Create NSW are willing to delay reporting requirements such as acquittals.

Sue Procter, Director of Business Operations, Investment & Governance has been using the information you have already provided to us in your applications to do an initial assessment. She is reaching out to organisations with high financial risk but is also available to discuss any concerns that you may have. Please contact her via email in the first instance on

For more information, you can contact the Arts Funding Team directly here>>>

All other Create NSW funded clients

The Arts Funding team can assist with your individual concerns and provide support to vary your funding agreement. This may include:

  • Removing requirements to meet audience KPIs
  • Varying the purpose and outcomes of funding
  • Extending timelines for projects
  • Allowing grants to be repurposed to pay essential bills such as rent, wages or utilities

In addition, we are willing to delay reporting requirements such as acquittals.

For more information, you can contact the Arts Funding Team directly here>>>

For more information on Create NSW COVID-19 action plan, head to their website here>>>


NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL: Individual, Community, and industry Projects - funding between $5000-$10,000 Read more here>>>

ARTS AND DISABILITY MENTORING INITIATIVE 2019-21: The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round. Read more here>>>

AMP'S TOMORROW FUND: In its seventh year, in 2020 AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is offering $1 million in grants to individuals of all ages, walks of life and interests – including scientists, social entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, musicians and more – can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Read more here>>>

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AND ARTS PROGRAM: The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. Read more here>>>


Please see below more detail around the Jobkeeper Payment from Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business:

  • The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May. Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.
  • Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not-for-profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
  • Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.
  • Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at
  • To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020.
  • The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long-term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible. 
  • Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).

Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment where the following criteria is satisfied:

  • For business’s with turnover of less than $1 billion, there has been a reduction of more than 30 per cent in turnover relative to the comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
  • For business’s with turnover of more than $1 billion, there has been a reduction of more than 50 percent in turnover relative to the comparable prior period (of at least a month); and

For more information head to the Treasury website here>>>

Or download these fact sheets:

JobKeeper Payment

Employer Factsheet

Employee Factsheet


Vimeo: How to plan a virtual event: Vimeo’s live production experts tell all.

As businesses and organizations shift their in-person event strategies to virtual experiences, Vimeo’s live production team is here to help navigate these changes successfully under tight deadlines.

Come hear from Greg Palmer, Senior Producer at Vimeo, for expert advice on how schools, event coordinators, marketers, and more are evolving their event strategies to optimize engaging live streaming experiences.

Live broadcast is March 26, register here>>>

Facebook: How to Host a Watch Party on Facebook.

With Facebook’s new Watch Party feature, you can watch tons of videos and shows with members of groups you’re in on Facebook. Watch this video to find out more about this new Facebook feature! Watch here>>>


AON Insurance, Ausdance insurance partner has set up a page full of resources on COVID-19. Topics include Understanding COVID-19 Coronavirus, Response and Planning Perspectives, Health and Duty of Care, Communications Plans, Planning Ahead - Aon Thought Leadership and Insurance and Alternative Risk Perspectives. For more information and to download the resources head to the AON website here>>>

Media Release: Dance Class maximum increased to 20

Ausdance NSW welcomes the news that dance classes can resume tomorrow with a maximum of 20 people. Please be aware that the official government websites and industry safety plans may not have been updated yet wit this information. 

Our email confirmation of this from the Ministry for Health below for you to share with your communities, students, staff, boards, and others. 


“The NSW Government is taking a staged approach to the relaxation of measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, in line with National Cabinet’s three-step approach. 

NSW Health is working with other government agencies, including Safework NSW, to ensure that businesses can be reopened as early as safely possible, based on the data and best available health advice. 

Restrictions on dance studios are easing 13 June 

Reflecting the community’s diligence in complying with the COVID-19 measures and successfully suppressing transmission, the NSW Government has commenced relaxing restrictions. In light of recent announcements, including by the Premier this morning, a wider range of activities will be permitted from 13 June 2020. Specifically, gyms, health, and dance studios will be permitted to re-open with up to 20 people per class in an indoor venue. Hygiene measures and the four square metre rule must still be applied at all times. As Julia noted, you can find the latest information on what you can and can’t do under current restrictions at 

COVID Safety Plans 

Business owners are expected to develop a COVID Safety Plan to provide a framework to identify possible health risks and outline the measures that will need to be taken to address those risks in their business. There is a checklist for items that should be considered in developing a COVID Safety Plan for gyms including dance studios, available at 

There may also be other issues that need to be considered at individual dance premises. 

The NSW Government will not be approving individual plans as each of these need to be tailored to the specifics of that premises. The onus is on organisations, as employers, to develop appropriate plans and ensure compliance with such plans.” 



For a PDF of the updated government COVID-19 plan to include Dance Studio, from NSW Government here>>>

Susan Doel - General Manager 

Ausdance NSW 

For all inquiries please email

Download the Ausdance Return to Dance Guidelines here>>>

Statement From Ausdance NSW

Dear Ausdance members, independent dance artists, dance organisation and companies, supporters and friends,

Ausdance NSW is committed to the safety of our staff, artists, members and associated organisations. We have been and will continue to monitor the issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to minimise the spread of the virus.

As a result, Executive Director Michelle Silby, General Manager Susan Doel and the team, Lauren, Kate, and Remi, will be working remotely. This means our office in The Rocks is currently not staffed.

Especially during these uncertain times, the Ausdance NSW team will maintain our high-quality care and engagement with the diverse community of dancers, teachers, and students in the State. We are very aware of the dramatic financial, mental and artistic impacts this crisis is having in our sector especially for independent artists and organisations. Please email and call us. We will happily arrange phone and online meetings. We are currently having sector meetings over zoom, please do get in touch if you wish to attend.

What we are doing:

  1. All Ausdance NSW events will be cancelled until further notice. Including Open Classes in partnership with ReadyMade Works and Professional Arts Learning Series – Primary Creative Arts. All ticket holders have been contacted.
  2. We are sharing information through social media from updates on restrictions, funding and other annoucenments as well as a virtual 'What's On' to keep everyone updated of classes and performances that are still going ahead online.
  3. We will continue to promote the value and needs of dance in the NSW arts sector and are speaking to all levels of Government to take action on the #Livesupport campaign from Live Performance Australia
  4. We will maintain resources specific to dance and the COVID-19 pandemic on our website
  5. We will continue to meet and speak to everyone who contacts us for support, advice and sharing information. We will gather this information as data to further our advocacy work during this crucial time
  6. We are taking the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff and sector very seriously

What members and dancers can do:

  1. Register any loss of income in the Ausdance Sector Survey.
  2. Follow #Livesupport
  3. Look at the Return to Dance guidelines and framework from the Ausdance National Network.

LPA has recorded that over 20, 000 work opportunities have been cancelled impacting more than 190, 000 people.

Please contact the team if you would like to talk about the situation, need information or just to have an online-virtual-dancing coffee.

This is a time to take care of each other. 

Susan Doel:

Lauren Vassallo:

Kate Maguire Rosier:

Remi Harvey:


From Executive Director Michelle Silby​ and the Ausdance NSW Team, Susan, Lauren, Kate, and Remi.


Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 – a free, confidential service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts. We are doing our very best to keep up with the additional demand, but there may be a slight delay. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, please contact the Emergency Services on 000.

Phone Lifeline 13 11 14Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or click here for additional services.

Visit ‘Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak’ from Beyond Blue.


Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey for the Dance Sector.

This survey provides an understanding of the immediate and medium-term needs of dance professionals in order to develop sector-specific responses to the impact of COVID-19.

Ausdance as a collective body is collecting state and national data to help support the sector during this difficult time. We need strong sector-specific data to inform and lobby for solutions. Ausdance is working both for members and the broader dance community and welcomes your input at this challenging time.

Please note: this survey is currently being channelled through Ausdance Queensland who have been working with professionals in the industry and with the Ausdance network as this branch was best positioned to do so at this point in time. However, the survey is national and we ask all dance professionals based in Australia to complete it.

Before completing this form please read our policy on data collection and sharing.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. For more detailed information click here>>>



Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 15 April 2020, Media Release: Immediate COVID-19 relief for Australian media as harmonisation reform process also kicks off. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 9 April 2020, Joint Media Release: Targeted Support for Indigenous Arts, Regional Arts, and respected charity Support Act. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 7 April 2020, Media Release: Keeping our kids safe online during COVID-19. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 24 March 2020, Joint Media Release: Tech sector & Government back Australian businesses during COVID-19. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 22 March 2020, Media Release: The Cultural and Creative Sector and COVID-19. Read here>>>

Australian Government - The Treasury, 22 March 2020, Economic Response to the Coronavirus. Read here>>>

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Media Release 16 March 2020. Read here>>>


The National Disability Insurance Agency has published Easy Read advice and information about COVID-19 that’s relevant for people with disability or who are Deaf. 

Click here for the NDIS response>>>

Accessible Arts are the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales

Head to their website here Accessible Arts or you can contact them at


World Health Organisation

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Protect Yourself​ Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. ​

Travel Advice For the most up to date travel advice

Myth Busters Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

For more information from the World Health Organisation head to their Q&A page here>>>

Training Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) training: Online training


Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Coronavirus Resource Center: Global mapping of the virus


Australian Government Department of Health

Current Status

Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and media

Launch of the coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources A list of resources in English about COVID-19, including fact sheets, guidelines, and other publications.​

Current status in Australia

For daily reports of reported COVID-19 cases, go to the current situation and case numbers.

For what we’re doing to slow the spread, go to Government response to COVID-19.

What you can do

We can all help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

Read protect yourself and others for advice on good hygiene, self-isolation, and social distancing.

To help protect people most at risk, follow our advice on public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups.

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Our advice for travellers provides information on airport and in-flight biosecurity measures, travel restrictions and other arrangements that apply.


This Way Up - St Vincents Hospital and UNSW - available free for the duration of COVID-19

Support Act - The 24-hour arts support line

The Wellbeing Collective