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 18 months have been exceptionally difficult, and we know that artists, arts workers and our communities have felt the impact deeply.
The situation is still changing rapidly, the Australia Council and Live Performance Australia are providing up to date information:
Here are a few practical resources:
Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
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
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 COVID-19 Tool Kit: https://www.lifeline.org.au/…/web-mar2020-ll-2pp-tool-kit-c…
World Health Organisation Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19: https://www.who.int/…/cor…/mental-health-considerations.pdf…
In relation to the Regional Arts Fund
The Office for the Arts is mindful of the potential impact COVID-19 could have on the health and livelihoods of RAF grant recipients. There may also be an impact on grantees’ 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.
For projects under assessment: these will be assessed in the context in which they were applied for. For projects currently underway, 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
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.