Governments at all levels in Australia and peak arts and cultural organisations are providing regularly updated information on response packages and sector support.

Where do I go for more information?

We have compiled answers to address some of your most frequently asked questions.

In addition we have links below to the Australian Government's response packages to support businesses and individual incomes.

Information for individuals:

Information for businesses and employees:

A COVID-19 Business Liaison Unit has been established in Treasury to engage with peak business and industry groups on systemic issues arising from Coronavirus. As the Unit engages with peak bodies, it is important to be in contact with your relevant industry body to provide feedback. Peak bodies can email the CoronavirusBusinessLiaison team.

You can also download fact sheets with detailed information about Australian Government support for businesses to manage cash flow and retain employees on The Treasury's website.

State and territory government information

State and territory governments are also providing support to their communities and business. You can find out more on the Australian Government website.

If you receive state or territory funding, please contact them directly:

Sector support

The Australia Council has published a Guide to Government COVID-19 Assistance for the Arts which sets out the various support programs and initiatives that are being provided by the Australian Government, state/territory governments and selected local governments in response to COVID-19.

Many organisations in the cultural and creative sector have useful information and resources on their websites:

Support provided by other organisations

Arts organisations may also be eligible for a 6 month deferral of loans being extended by the Australian Banking Association (ABA) as part of its Small Business relief Package.

Businesses with total business loan facilities of up to $10 million (up from the $3 million small business threshold) are able to defer repayments for loans attached to their business for six months. For more information visit the ABA website.

National Collecting Institutions

Our National Collecting Institutions have been able to re-open to the public under strict guidelines to protect visitors and those who work in the buildings.

Special measures are in place to ensure the required social distancing is maintained and visitors may be asked to provide their contact information to allow public health tracing. There is also increased signage throughout buildings and more frequent cleaning of touch areas.

Find out what arrangements are in place to keep people safe by visiting the individual websites of the institutions:

Keep up-to-date

Visit the following websites for the latest COVID-19 updates: