This is a list of handy resources. Click on the plus sign to drop down.

January 2018
Designers List

A response to the significant gender inequity within the technical designs for live performance sector, this list is designed as a resource for theatre companies, collectives, and individuals, to hire more diversely in these areas. This list is also one of many ways to develop a community amongst female, non-binary, and trans designers.

Initiated by Emma Valente.

December 2017
MEAA 2017 Sexual Harassment in Live Theatre Survey
December 2017
LPA Statement on Harassment and Bullying

As the peak employer body for live performance in Australia, LPA strongly supports safe and respectful workplaces for everyone, without exception.

Workplaces should be non-threatening, respectful, safe and free from all forms of harassment. All employees have the right not to be sexually harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. That is the law. No excuses.

December 2017
National Code of Behaviour - Confederation of Australian State Theatres (CAST)

TNA endorses CAST’s National Code of Behaviour.

CAST is committed to cultural change for the betterment of our industry. We are introducing a national code of behaviour, and we are committed to a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual harassment or bullying in the workplace. We are also committed to empowering those working with us to report inappropriate behaviours. By upholding a consistent industry-wide standard, we can work together to eradicate sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace and ensure we move forward as a collective, safe and supportive industry.

December 2017
Theatre Network NSW Code of Behaviour

TNA endorses the Theatre Network NSW (TNN) Code of Behaviour.

The following code is based on the Royal Court Theatre’s Code of Behaviour from the UK and published in response to our theatre sector’s demand and hope for culture change to prevent sexual harassment and abuses of power. Published by TNN as a living document in which the sector is encouraged to respond to, this code has been developed as an initiative of the NSW Theatre Producers Working Group, which includes members of whyareyouwinkingatme and MEAA’s National Performers’ Committee. As a living Code of Behaviour, sector revision and addition of this code is to be expected.

November 2017
TNA’s 2017 Small to Medium Salary Survey Report Executive Summary
August 2015
TNA’s 2015 Small to Medium Salary Survey Report
August 2013
TNA’s 2013 Small to Medium Salary Survey Report
August 2011
2011 Remuneration Report

Theatre Network Victoria’s 2011 Remuneration Report analyses results from an online survey with questions about organisation size, salaries, benefits, and professional development budgets of 92 small to medium Australian arts organisations.

August 2009
2009 Remuneration Survey

This report analyses results from an online survey that collected responses about organisational size, salaries, other benefits, and professional development allowances of the main staff positions of 50 mostly small-to-medium Australian arts organisations. It provides breakdowns according to organisational turnover, and some simple analysis of the results. It includes some preliminary benchmarking against other sectors, but calls for more detailed research in this area.

The main finding of the report is that staff salaries, benefits and professional development budgets of small-to-medium arts organisations are still disappointingly low. Although there has been an increase (above CPI) in salaries compared with the Victorian AD/GM 2006 survey, there is still a long way to go to be in line with remuneration for similar roles in other sectors.

2 August 2013
Video: Re-valuing the Artist in the New World Order - David Pledger

Artist and Director, David Pledger, talks about his essay titled ‘Re-valuing the Artist in the New World Order’ at the launch of Currency House Platform Paper #35, hosted by Theatre Network Victoria at the South Melbourne Town Hall.

5 August 2016
Video: Trust & Valuing the Artist in the Marketplace - Willoh S. Weiland

Artist, writer and curator, Willoh S. Weiland proposes ways to place artists at the centre of our industry’s marketplace culture. Keynote address from 2016 Victorian Theatre Forum.

5 August 2016
Video: Here I Stand - Cultivating Personal Resilience in the Face of Chaos - Alison Robb

Alison Robb (University of Adelaide) discusses the impact of chronic uncertainty on wellbeing and provides tips for cultivating personal resilience. Keynote address from 2016 Victorian Theatre Forum.

4 August 2017
2017 Victorian Theatre Forum: NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH
25 May 2016
TNA Brochure - Advancing the Australian Performing Arts Sector

This 8 page brochure is designed to promote our purpose and program, sector overview, focus areas and 2016 member listing.

January 2015
2015 Australian Theatre Forum: Making It- Mini Program

Program for ATF 2015: MAKING IT. Held over four days in January 2015, the ATF was a unique opportunity for diverse Australian theatre makers to gather, engage in inspirational conversations, critically reflect upon the state of play for theatre practice, and examine the histories, legacies and policy innovations that led us here.

August 2014
2014 Victorian Theatre Forum - 'Power Play' Program
December 2015
TNV Creative Industries Strategy Submission

During 2015, TNV lobbied for a performing arts representative and an Arts Industry Council representative to be included in the Expert Reference Group. We wrote a TNA Creative Industries Strategy Submission for the small to medium and independent sectors, and pursued this throughout the year

September 2011
The ArtsPeak submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Australian Broadcasting Commission

Members of ArtsPeak (the confederation of peak national arts organisations) responds to the call for submissions by the Senate Standing Committees Inquiry into the ABC’s reduction of the number of ABC-produced programs.

March 2002
Report to Ministers on an Examination of the Small to Medium Performing Arts Sector, Cultural Ministers' Council

AUSTRALIA. “The Working Party believes that the Sector is characterized by great diversity, a focus on new creative endeavor, a slim administrative structure, a large volunteer workforce and a commitment to artistic production. While the Sector as a whole is in surplus its financial stability is finely balanced and in some areas shows evidence of decline.”

July 2017
Graduate Employability Research Project Report

The Deakin University Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) Graduate Employability Research aimed to examine future skills required in the arts and cultural sector, and perceived skills gaps of recent graduates entering the employment market. Research was conducted between September – December 2016 and involved the telephone survey of 16 peak association at a state and national level, and online survey contributions from 29 arts organisations.

February 2015
Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare aims to promote high-quality, holistic lifespan healthcare for all performing artists. ASPAH’s members include performing artists, as well as those who work with them in various capacities, or who wish to support their health needs. All members have a common goal of optimising performing artists’ access to excellent healthcare. ASPAH was mentioned in the ‘Making It Healthy’ session at ATF 2015.

June 2013
Measuring the economic benefits of arts and culture

This report, written by BOP consulting, aims to provide arts and cultural organisations with clear guidance about undertaking or commissioning studies into the economic benefits of their work.

The guidance will help organisations choose appropriate and robust methodologies and uses case studies to illustrate the benefits and limitations of different approaches to measuring economic contribution.

June 2012
Report on the Status of Women - A Limited Engagement?

Prepared for the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Program by Susan Jonas and Suzanne Bennett (January 2002).

April 2012
Not There Yet - Discussing the Status of Women in Theatre

What Will it Take to Achieve Equality for Women in the Theatre? From the November 2009 American Theatre magazin

July 2011
Discussion Paper: Australian Theatre for Young Audiences International Showcase

This discussion paper is intended to provide a departure point for discussion and conversation around the establishment of the Australian Theatre for Young Audiences International Showcase (ATYAIS).

Also below is “Discussion Paper: Australian International Touring Syndicates Program” (an initiative of Insite Arts supported by Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts). AITS is a hosting program for presenters from specifically targeted geographic regions with shared aesthetic market interests or priorities.

November 2010
Australian Women Directors- September 2010 Forum Report

Australian Women Directors Alliance ‘Creating Change’ Forum.

The ‘Creating Change’ Forum was held at the Victorian Arts Centre over the two days of 10th and 11th September, 2010. It was convened by Melanie Beddie, Lucy Freeman, Petra Kalive and Jane Woollard and was supported by The Office of Women’s Policy and the Arts Centre.

The AWDA ‘Creating Change’ Forum presented a model for thinking about social change in a dynamic and energetic way. Women directors claimed their legacy, their role as leaders in the theatre profession, and their commitment to supporting one another as we work towards greater diversity in our profession.

November 2013
Live Performance Australia (LPA) - GUIDE TO EMPLOYMENT ON TOUR

The LPA Guide to Employment on Tour is an excellent source of information primarily regarding employees on tour that are engaged under the Live Performance Award 2010.

October 2013

This document has been created to help producers and presenters understand and effectively operate in the national performing arts touring landscape. For the purposes of this document, a tour can be intrastate or interstate/national (consisting of more than two states) and will include several performances over two or more performing arts centres. A tour can include any combination of capital city, metropolitan, regional or remote centres. In regard to these definitions various government agencies and departments may have different definitions of a tour and it is advisable to identify these in the event of making an application for investment.

November 2012
2012 Performing Arts Touring Workshop - NOTES

A compilation document of the presentations and discussions had at the 2012 Performing Arts Touring Workshop held on Wednesday 21st of November, co presented by Theatre Network Victoria, VAPAC, RAV and Auspicious Arts Incubator.

November 2012
VAPAC Tech Tips for Touring

A handy guide [powerpoint presentation] to touring as presented by Matthew Schroeders [Chair of the Tech Manager’s Network and Riverlinks Technical Manager] at the 2012 Performing Arts Touring Workshop.

October 2012

A great resource for profit share productions, including some key points to remember when setting up a profit share production and a template agreement that can be adapted to suit your company’s needs.

15 OCTOBER, 2015
Exploring psychological wellbeing in a sample of Australian actors

Literature on the wellbeing of performing artists is limited, focusing on small pockets of research with musicians and dancers. Actors are under-represented, with a few small studies suggesting actors may be over-exposed to criticism, have higher levels of unresolved trauma, experience both satisfaction and uncertainty and may be subject to multiple sources of stress. Narrative evidence suggests actors may be resilient but vulnerable to depression, may misuse substances, feel extreme pressure to perform and be unlikely to seek help.