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A framework for the arts and cultural sectors in a COVID-19 environment

The Australia Council has been listening to arts and cultural organisations, peak bodies and independent artists about the impacts of COVID-19 and the changes needed to re-ignite arts and cultural activity across the country. As a result, we have produced the following response: Re-activate which supports jurisdictional compliance.

  • Re-activate – is a practical, user-friendly guide for independent artists and organisations. It outlines how to confidently comply with government guidelines to recommence practice and open doors to welcome audiences, visitors and customers. It complies with the existing requirements of steps 2 and 3 of the Australian Government’s 3-Step Framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.
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Re-activate: beyond step three sets out protocols for the arts and cultural industry to consider in preparation for moving into the next phase of Australia’s response to COVID-19.

This document should be read in conjunction with the Australia Council’s Re-activate resources which provide a COVIDSafe planning framework and includes national, state and territory guidelines, Safe Work Australia guidelines and relevant industry plans. Creative businesses can use the protocols outlined in this document to inform the development of their COVIDSafe Plan or the evolution of existing plans.

All information contained in this document is accurate as at the time of writing on June 2020. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19 responses, this should be read in conjunction with latest advice from government and health authorities.

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Additionally, we have listened to the call for increased and targeted resources during this time. The $5M Resilience Fund was established to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is now closed. We will be in a position to announce the next phase of the Council’s direct investment programs and opportunities in the second half of June.

The resources and information provided in Re-activate reflect the material available at the time of writing. With the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information across all jurisdictions is rapidly changing as the situation unfolds. Please check this page regularly for updates. 

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