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Covid-19

Last Updated 27 April

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
MAINTAINING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
STAYING HEALTHY, BEING CREATIVE

INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • The Australia Council has opened applications to its $5m Resilience Fund for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply or for more information click here.
  • The State Government and Lotterywest have announced a $159m Covid-19 Relief Fund to support organisations dealing with the community impacts of Covid-19.  The full media statement is available here.
  • Federal Government Job Keeper Package – a $130b package available via the ATO to to provide wage subsidies of of $1,500/fortnight/worker to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19. This package also applies to sole traders and workers in the gig economy.
    THE DEADLINE TO ENROL FOR JOBKEEPER HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 31 MAY.  FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ENROL VISIT THE ATO SITE HERE.
  • The Federal Government’s 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’s first response package has 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.


RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP YOU TO MOVE YOUR AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT ONLINE AND DEVELOP ALTERNATIVE INCOME STREAMS


MAINTAINING YOUR WRITING PRACTICE

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.


MAINTAINING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

The Small Business Development Corporation has created an online information resource for small businesses working to navigate Covid-19. Visit the site here.


STAYING HEALTHY, BEING CREATIVE

 

 

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