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

Posted 11 June 2020

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

  • 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.


  • Re-imagine – will be an industry plan beyond the current step 3. The plan will position arts and cultural activity at the heart of the nation’s recovery. It will seek to influence aspects of steps 2 and 3 that impact the viability and real recovery of the industry. The focus will be on steps 4 and 5; offering conditions under which arts and cultural activity is both possible, and viable, for the industry to move from responding to thriving. The Australia Council is working with peak bodies, jurisdictions, health and other stakeholders in the development of this work expecting to be complete and available by mid-June.

    Additionally, they 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. They will be announcing 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.

    For more information and regular updates visit: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/programs-and-resources/Re-activate/

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