As the cultural sector navigates the COVID-19 outbreak, SIMA has compiled some useful industry resources to assist with support during the crisis.
Understanding Financial Options for Creatives: COVID-19 By Charltons Accouting and Tax Services is a specialised publication for SIMA via our website, where Chris of Charltons Accounting will provide insights regarding finance unique to creatives experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty as a direct result of COVID-19. He will also be answering questions for half an hour daily from Monday 13th April – submissions via THIS FORM
Live Performance Australia has developed an extensive collection of resources – FAQ’s and fact sheets regarding all things from event cancellations, venue closures and travel; employment related matters; refund obligations; privacy and managing reported cases of COVID-19. They also provide up to date media releases and breakdowns of recent governmental regulations and legislature and it’s relation to the live performance industry.
Arts Law Centre of Australia has been providing information, webinars and fact sheets about knowing your rights and actively understanding the legal responsibilities of all stakeholders affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and subsequent restrictions.
The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in Australian music (all genres), or the Australian Performing Arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.
It is delivered in partnership with Access EAP*, and is staffed by professional counsellors who offer expertise in all areas related to mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal feelings) as well as issues which can be mental health related (such as loneliness, relationship breakdown, financial worries, illness and workplace conflict).
The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia.
APRA/AMCOS has a comprehensive list of funding options and artist support sites on their website, with in depth descriptions of all government funding initiatives (i.e. Jobkeeper, Jobseeker). They also provide links to national and state-specific resources for supporting artists.
NCAT deals with a broad and diverse range of matters, from tenancy issues and building works, to decisions on guardianship and administrative review of government decisions.
Consolidating the work of 22 former tribunals into a single point of access for specialist tribunal services in NSW, NCAT provides services that are prompt, accessible, economical and effective.