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) to 30,000 more businesses across the country. This builds on the ABA's Small Business Relief Package, which now includes up to 98% of all businesses with a loan from an Australian bank.

Businesses with total business loan facilities of up to $10 million (up from the $3 million small business threshold) will now be 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 will be able to re-open to the public under strict guidelines to protect visitors and those who work in the buildings. Read more in Minister Fletcher’s media release.

Special measures will be 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 will also be increased signage throughout buildings and more frequent cleaning of touch areas.

Find out what arrangements will be in place to keep people safe as the institutions re-open by visiting their individual websites:

Keep up-to-date

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