Useful Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Page updated 16-9-2020


State-by-State Information


Find the most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 status and restrictions for your State:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia


Financial Support


We’ve created a summary of federal and state by state funding opportunities here:


Get in touch with your state-based arts agencies and review the latest information:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia


Federal Arts Sector Recovery Package


Minster Paul Fletcher has released the guidelines for the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund and COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund (Sustainability Fund). You can find a media release here, and full information on the guidelines here.


JobKeeper Information


Find the most up-to-date information on JobKeeper Payments on the ATO website here.

You can download the Treasury fact sheet here.


PAC Australia Guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres


The national guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres, prepared by PAC Australia, are now available.

You can download the document in full here and more information on the creation and context of the document is available here.

PAC Australia would like to acknowledge the contributions of Kim Tran (Live Performance Australia), Simon Hinton (Merrigong Theatre), Shauna Weekes and Glenn Hall (Perth Theatre Trust) and Ross Farnell (through his engagement with VAPAC to develop the VIC resources).


General Guidelines for Reopening


Some relevant resources from friends and members:


Resources for Venues & Orgs


National Gig-Ready Dashboard – 14 Aug 2020

The Australian Live Music Business Council have released their National Gig-Ready Dashboard. Although heavily skewed towards music venues, it is an excellent, live resource for monitoring recovery phases, physical distancing requirements and other COVID-19 related restrictions on a state by state basis.

Access the dashboard for free here.

Snapshot Of Current Presenter Intent For 2021/22

On 7/5/2020 PAC Australia polled our presenter members as to their current response to programming and plans moving forward.

You can view the results so far here.

PAC Australia Resources

If you’re looking for frameworks, metrics and useful language when quantifying your venue’s impact on and outcomes for your local community, be sure to reference our Performing Spaces guide. This guide was developed primarily for local government senior management, to assist them to grow community wellbeing through their performing arts centres and facilities.

Our most recent Economic Activity Report, which measures the scale of operations and economic activity of performing arts centres nationally may also be of use.

World Health Organisation – Advice & Downloads

Concise and up-to-date information on daily life during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here on the World Health Organisation’s website.

It includes an extensive library of downloads such as posters, flyers and fact sheets you might like to put up in your office or any public spaces.

Risk Management Plan – Example

Arts Centre Melbourne have generously shared a coronavirus inclusive Risk Management Plan, which you may also find useful. You can download it here.

Business Continuity Plan – Template

The Queensland Government has a helpful Business Continuity Plan template on their website.

Support Act Arts Wellbeing Collective

You can find the Arts Wellbeing Collective Helpline poster available to download here.

Additional Support Act resources, including additional signs and poster downloads, are available here.


Audience Outlook Monitor – Getting Audiences Back


Phase Two Results Available Now

Data collection for Phase 2 of the Audience Outlook Monitor took place between 8-12 July, and the results are now available.

Data will be collected from audiences again in September, as we follow the course of the pandemic and see how audiences respond to changing restrictions on arts and cultural events.


LPA Refunds & Exchanges Guidance


Live Performance Australia has developed guidance for ticket refunds and exchanges in a COVID-19 environment. You can download the guidance document here.


Music Licensing Update / Live-Streaming Performances


Arts Law Centre of Australia have put together this Fact Sheet regarding putting works online during this time.

In terms of licensing policies for streamed events, you can view the most up to date guidance from APRA here for Dramatic Context Events and Music Events. If you need specific advice or clarification, please email

One Music licences have been paused for businesses and organisations affected by COVID-19. We encourage you to contact OneMusic directly to confirm how this applies to you.


Senate Inquiry


On 8 April, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on COVID-19 to inquire into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PAC Australia has made a submission to the inquiry, primarily focussed on the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts venues and presenters and the ongoing viability issues that our sector will continue to face while the rest of the economy restarts. You can review the submission here. (Note: submissions closed on 28 May, but PAC Australia received an extension to submit by 11 June).


Look After Your Mental Health


Entertainment Assist have created a short series of free mental health webinars, in a program called Intermission. Topics include isolation, finance, healthy habits and sleep.

Beyond Blue have put together this excellent resource on how to look after your mental health during these strange and difficult times. We’re all in this together.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is also available if you need to brush up on some useful self-care techniques, or call their hotline if you need someone to talk to. The AWC has also collected a series of resources you might find useful which you can find right here.

You can find the Arts Wellbeing Collective Helpline poster available to download here.

Additional Support Act resources, including additional signs and poster downloads, are available here.