Assistance for Companies: COVID-19 Members Bulletin

Companies: Small, Medium, Large and Not-For-Profits

If you employ people, the government stimulus package aims to help companies stay afloat, and keep people employed until the coronavirus-related economic downturn has passed. This will come in the form of credits to business upon lodgement of their activity statements (BAS) – either quarterly or monthly – and are based on the tax withheld from their employees’ wages. Eligible businesses will get a minimum $10,000 credit (up to $50,000) each round, with two rounds offered for the next two quarters. There are more details available here. Feel free to contact Simone at TNA who is working out how this will affect our sector.

Further assistance

Announcements for support packages at state, territory and local level are gradually emerging. We hope to have more information for you when there is more clarity.

Arts Wellbeing Collective

We’ve checked in with the great folk at Arts Wellbeing Collective who promote positive mental health and wellbeing across the performing arts industry. They provide free consultations with clinicians on the Support Act Wellbeing Hotline on 1800 959 500 and have some useful resources on looking after your mental health during COVID-19.

Advocacy

TNA is in daily conversation with our State and Federal governments and their agencies, and our national colleagues one-on-one and at relevant roundtables. Our advocacy efforts include:

– Joining with Live Performance Australia and industry peak bodies in urging a comprehensive $750 million emergency support package for the performing arts;

– Continuing to promote the value of the small to medium and independent sectors, and urging stimulus in multiple areas, including financial assistance for the sector’s casual workers;

– Continuing to advocate for greater support for the Australia Council’s Four Year Funding round, which will be announced later this afternoon;

– Working with members to begin to look at scenario planning for their medium and longer-term futures.

If you have any capacity to do your own advocacy, please share the impacts of COVID-19 and your views with the Office for Arts by emailing COVID-19@arts.gov.au.