Arts events, programs and travel

We advise all artists and arts organisations to continue to monitor the advice from our Government. Advice has been published from the Chief Medical Officer is available here.

There is currently no indication to delay or postpone arts events in Australia. However, given our globally connected sector, we are seeing sector challenges escalate daily, as many of our planned gatherings and events are being postponed, international participation is being reduced, tours are cancelled and audiences are impacted.

You may wish to consider deferring or cancelling non-essential, large-scale productions/events. Consider alternate formats for delivering these works.


For advice regarding hosting events in your state:

  • NSW Out & Scheme has been announced. A music rehearsal or performance of up to 500 people may be held in an outdoor public place. The organiser must complete and register a COVID-19 Safety Plan. From Friday 23 October Gatherings in outdoor public spaces and group bookings at restaurants will be increased to 30 people. Find out more about COVID-19 restrictions easing. The NSW Government will reopen the border to Victoria at 12:01am, Monday 23 November. Further details.    
  • QLD From 1:00am 1 November 2020: Stage 5 of the Roadmap is in effect; Visitors and returned travellers from New South Wales (excluding people who have been in the 32 Sydney Local Government Areas identified as hotspots in the last 14 days) can enter Queensland with a valid Queensland Border Declaration Pass without having to complete mandatory quarantine. Further detailsBorder restrictions. 
  • SA From Thursday 5 November There is no longer a restriction on the number of care and support visits a resident can have. You should undertake physical distancing of 1.5 metres when visiting.  Further details.  
  • VIC Industry Restart Guidelines are now published. From 11:59pm 18 October restrictions changes are being made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Use of face coverings is mandatory throughout Victoria. Declaration of State of Emergency has been extended to 6 December 2020 Further details
  • WA The start date for Phase 5 is yet to be determined. Starting from Saturday, 24 October, the maximum capacity for a seated performance or seated entertainment that is ticketed and takes place in a seated entertainment space is 60 percent.  Further details
  • TAS Gathering limits are now determined by the density of the area, up to a maximum of: 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and 1,000 people in the outdoor space of a premises. Further details.  
  • ACT Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect on Friday 9 October 2020. All gatherings can increase to 500 people. To hold gatherings of greater than 500, an exemption in accordance with the COVID Safe Event Protocol is required. Further details
  • NT Currently in stage 3. You are now allowed to attend any cinema or theatre, concert hall, music hall, dance hall, nightclub or any other similar entertainment venue in approved configuration. Further details

Support measures from the Australian Tax Office to assist those affected by COVID-19

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced it will implement a series of administrative measures to assist Australians experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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