Sector resources

Sector resources

Our Sector resource page contains information that may assist you to navigate the COVID-19  environment. Here you will find:

  • Surveys that are being carried out by the sector
  • Information about JobKeeper
  • A Guide to government agency assistance
  • Responses from arts agencies from across the world. 



Re-ignite: 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 a two-part response: Re-activate which supports jurisdictional compliance; and Re-imagine that seeks to influence the national response to COVID-19.

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Australia Council's approach to Sector Recovery

The Australia Council recognises the impact COVID-19 has had on the cultural and creative sectors. This has had an immense flow on effect for the broader community and economy.

As our sector grapples with the immediate effects of this unprecedented disruption we must also begin to turn our minds to the future, in all its uncertainty, and imagine what that might look like, and what we want it to look like: its challenges and opportunities, and how we can plan for the cultivation of a strong and vibrant ecology.

A creative-led recovery will be essential for Australia. A natural source of innovation and collaboration, our creative sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and our economy and navigating Australia’s path out of the crisis. 

The newly formed Sector Development team, along with the whole of Australia Council, is focused on working with the sector to develop tools, strategies, advocacy capabilities and approaches for the issues, challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Our work encompasses sector recovery along with capacity building, mobility and exchange, responding to and leading in current trends along with specific artform conversations and requirements.

Head of Sector Development

Jade Lillie

Download the full statement 

JobKeeper and the cultural and creative industries

This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs of the cultural and creative industries pertaining to the JobKeeper program. While JobKeeper will have a significant benefit, in its current form it will not support a large proportion of the creative workforce. This is due to the specific nature of the cultural and creative industries which are characterised by extremely high levels of casualisation and freelancing. Support for these small businesses, sole traders and our creative economy is vital. Our sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and navigate Australia’s path out of the crisis.

Download the paper

JobKeeper - Frequently asked questions

This document seeks to answer frequently asked questions from artists, arts workers and organisations about the JobKeeper program.

The FAQ document has been prepared by Sharpe Advisory for the Australia Council. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Download FAQs 

Guide to government COVID-19 assistance for the arts

This guide sets out various support programs and initiatives that are being provided by federal and state/territory and selected local governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It brings together publicly available information into one resource to assist arts organisations, artists and arts workers in navigating government assistance.

The guide has prepared by Sharpe Advisory for the Australia Council. The information contained within is general in nature and does not constitute financial, legal or tax advice, or take into account specific circumstances.

The information in this guide is correct as of 29 May 2020 and will be updated regularly as further details become available.

Download the guide 

Responses to COVID-19 from arts agencies around the world

This document provides an overview of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from arts funding agencies around the world, including links to further information. 

We hope this is a useful resource for:

  • policy makers looking for ideas about what others are doing
  • advocates wanting to seek information on how other countries are responding
  • arts workers looking for the support available in their jurisdiction. 

The list has been prepared by the Australia Council for the Arts and BYP Group, drawing on information from IFACCA, the sector and desk research. It will be updated regularly as events progress.

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Updates from the sector

Interesting reading

Helpful Resources

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