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.
The Office of the Arts has provided the following general advice.
In relation to projects already funded under RAF, the Office for the Arts would encourage as much flexibility as possible. Extensions of up to 12 months will be acceptable under the circumstances. Should the project need to be cancelled, it would be acceptable for the grantee to acquit the funding they have spent (including artist and participant fees for time already spent on the project) and return any unspent funding. This would be the last resort if a revised project scope/timeframe could not be agreed.
For more information please contact the RPA in your state or territory:
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.