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
- 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.
- Visit our Resources for Writers for a curated selection of videos that will help you get to grips with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebX, Google and other platforms for BEING VIRTUALLY ACTIVE.
- Going Digital – Tips from the Emerging Writers Festival.
- Continue to check the Noticeboard 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.
The Small Business Development Corporation has created an online information resource for small businesses working to navigate Covid-19. Visit the site here.
- 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