Federal Government COVID-19 support for arts, screen and culture in Australia

The Australian Government has a number of COVID-19 support measures.


COVID-19 Disaster Payment

A support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order.

This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to COVID-19 state public health orders. This may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.

How much you can get will depend on your location and your individual circumstances. The type of payment you may be able to get depends on if you get an eligible Centrelink payment or not.

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Loan Guarantee Scheme

The Australian Government will guarantee 50% of the value of eligible business loans to small and medium enterprises impacted by COVID-19. Maximum loan value is $250,000 and there will be a repayment-free period of six months.

See Australian Banking Association and Treasury for more information.

Assistance for Indigenous Businesses

Indigenous Business Australia is offering an Indigenous business relief package for eligible Indigenous businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19, including Indigenous business which are not already IBA customers. This relief package has been designed in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency to respond to the immediate challenges Indigenous businesses are facing. This package includes Business Impact Assessment & Working capital assistance (up to $200,000).

COVID-19 Arts-Specific Australian Government Funding

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that in that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

 Arts Sustainability Fund

The Arts Sustainability Fund will support the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities with funding targeted towards significant Australian Government funded arts organisations to help them remain solvent. The program is intended to assist by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This will support the employment of workers and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

Location Incentive

On 17 July 2020, the Federal Government announced the Location Incentive to attract large budget international film and television productions to Australia over the next seven years. The Location Incentive complements the Location Offset. This will establish an ongoing pipeline of work for Australia’s screen production sector. More information is available at Screen Australia.


Page updated 28 September 2021. Please check the relevant Australian Government websites for updates on these initiatives.

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