Coronavirus – COVID-19
As we continue to deal with the ongoing effects of the pandemic, Regional Arts Australia sends our thoughts and best wishes to all friends, colleagues and family members affected. The last two years have been exceptionally difficult, and we know that artists, arts workers and our communities have felt the impact deeply.
In relation to the Regional Arts Fund
The Office for the Arts is mindful of the impact COVID-19 has had on the health and livelihoods of RAF grant recipients, and their ability to deliver funded activities to the community.
Recipients of Regional Arts Funding should be assured that wherever possible, flexibility will be offered around requests for variations to funded projects.
Project changes will be managed on a case-by-case basis between the recipient and the Regional Program Administrator.
If you need to make changes to a RAF project please contact the RPA in your state or territory and ask for a Request for Variation Form:
NSW: Regional Arts NSW
Qld: Flying Arts Alliance
SA: Country Arts SA
WA: Regional Arts WA
Some resources for managing wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic are linked to below.
There is an arts focused wellbeing help line is also available via Support Act
If you are struggling and need immediate help call:
Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or text the helpline on 0477 13 11 14
Beyond Blue has a comprehensive list of national help lines and websites
Lifeline has a downloadable COVID-19 Tool Kit which has tips for working from home.
The World Health Organisation has a downloadable fact sheet on Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19.
Here are a few practical places to look for information:
Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus
Prime Minister’s website: www.pm.gov.au/media
World Health Organisation: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
The Office for the Arts: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update
As the situation continues to unfold we will follow the best advice available, and look after each other as best we can across our personal and professional communities.
We are all in this together.