Many in our sector will be facing extremely difficult times over the next few months while we wait for this health crisIs to pass. During this time Writing WA will continue to support you in the best ways that we can, including with regular information and links to resources that we hope will be of assistance. We will update this page as critical information becomes available.
In the sections below you will find information about:
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – Individuals and organisations
DEVELOPING ONLINE INCOME STREAMS
MAINTAINING YOUR WRITING PRACTICE
STAYING HEALTHY, BEING CREATIVE
- The State Government and Lotterywest have announced significant changes to Lotterywest’s grants program to support organisations dealing with the community impacts of Covid-19. These changes are significant. The full media statement is available here.
- Federal Government Job Subsidy Package – a $130b package available via the ATO to enable employers to retain workers. Details will follow but at this early stage the ATO has set up a page for employers to register for updates about the scheme here.
- The Federal Government’s most recent announcement re its economic response to the coronavirus includes measures that provide increased income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation. Full details are available on the Treasury website here.
- If you are having difficulties meeting your tax and super obligations because of COVID-19 the Tax Office has provided information about ways in which it can provide assistance. Information is available here.
- You may request assistance from the Australian Society of Authors Writers Benevolent Fund. While the Fund is not able to provide income support, it may be able to assist you with expenses if you are in distress. In the past, the Fund has distributed grants to authors in financial difficulties as a result of a sudden illness, accident or disability. Application forms are available here.
- The Australia Council has announced its first response package, details of which have relevance to arts organisations as well as individual practitioners. Details of the package are available here.
Reminder: Writing WA with our colleagues in the National Writers Centre Network, ASA, and more broadly across the arts sector are liaising directly with State and Federal governments regarding the hardships that are already being experienced by individual practitioners and not-for-profit organisations. The situation will be an evolving one. Please make sure to respond to our NWCN survey and help us map the full impacts of our sector so that we can use this data in lobbying for stimulus and support packages for our sector.
- Continue to check the Noticboard as we provide new information about webinars and online training events as they emerge.
- How to Set Up a Paid Webinar Using Zoom and Eventbrite
Many of our colleagues in the National Writers Centre Network are moving, or preparing to move, their workshops online.
Don’t miss out on these opportunities to maintain your writing practice and develop your skills base.
- Writing NSW has a great package of well-developed online courses that you can access here.
- Writers Victoria have now opened bookings for their April-May online courses.
- Refer to the links on our More Resources page to explore what is on offer at each of the other Centres and continue to check the Noticeboard as more events move online.
- Creative @ Home is a program launched by North Midlands Project for people to Act-Belong-Commit while they’re in home isolation. The resources encourage people to stay mentally active and connected with others while having fun, getting creative and learning new things.
- Public health information for Western Australia
Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080
- Beyond Blue – ‘Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak’
Tel: 1300 22 4636