Support available for individuals in the creative industries

The Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government have announced support for people and businesses whose livelihoods have been impacted as a result of coronavirus including those working in the creative industries.

The Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) has been set up to support businesses, including not-for-profits and sole traders, to navigate and access the Federal and Victorian Government business support programs.

Various Victorian local government councils also offer support for local businesses and residents.

Victorian Government

Business Support Fund

Grants of $10,000 to help small businesses survive and keep people in work. To be eligible, businesses must be highly impacted by coronavirus; employ people; have a turnover of more than $75,000; have payroll of less than $650,000; hold an ABN; and have been operating in Victoria on 16 March.

The fund is focused on business in sectors that have been hardest hit by the shutdown restrictions, including arts and entertainment.

Contact the Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) for information and assistance about accessing this program.

Working For Victoria

A program to help workers who have lost their jobs due to coronavirus find new short term or casual opportunities. Job seekers can register, create a profile and be matched with jobs suited to their skills and experience. The program can also assist with skills development or help people obtain immediate accreditation to commence work.

You can register here.

Emergency relief packages for those in mandatory self-isolation

For anyone in mandatory self-isolation with no access to food or essential supplies, the Victorian Government is providing emergency relief packages. These can be accessed by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. The hotline can also refer you to other support services if needed.

Local Government

Many Victorian councils have responded to the impacts of coronavirus by offering a range of support to local businesses, from mentoring to rent and fee relief to grants. Find your council to see what support they may have on offer.

Here are some councils offering specific support to creative and cultural practitioners, businesses and organisations. If we’ve missed an initiative that is helping the creative industries in your council, please get in touch and tell us about it.

Glen Eira
Hobson’s Bay
Yarra - Community
Yarra - Creative Space and Live Music Venues

Commonwealth Government

JobSeeker Payment (income support for individuals)

Eligibility for fortnightly income support payments through Centrelink (previously known as Newstart Allowance) has been temporarily expanded and a new time-limited $550 fortnightly Coronavirus supplement has been introduced.

For details visit Service Australia.

ArtsHub has published a guide to navigating Centrelink as a sole trader.

JobKeeper Payment

A new wage subsidy program to help coronavirus impacted businesses (including not-for-profits) cover the cost of their employees’ wages. Through the scheme, eligible organisations will receive $1,500 per fortnight per employee until 27 September 2020.

JobKeeper is administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

The Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) is also available to provide advice on how to register for this program.

Australia Council Resilience Fund

An arts sector specific fund dedicated to supporting individual artists, groups and organisations.

Three funding streams are now open:

  1. Survive: grants of up to $2,000 for individuals and groups or $5,000 for organisations who have lost money due to cancelled activity
  2. Adapt: grants of up to $10,000 for individuals and groups or $20,000 for organisations to adapt their practice and explore new ways of working
  3. Create: grants of up to $10,000 for individuals or groups and $20,000 for organisations to continue creating