The VABT assists Victorian artists and crew experiencing ill health or a medical crisis with emergency financial assistance.

The following organisations and resources may offer additional assistance beyond the scope of the VABT.

OTHER BENEVOLENT FUNDS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

NEW SOUTH WALES
Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW
www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au
(02) 93330915
info@actorsbenevolentfund.org.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Performers Support Fund of South Australia
www.psfsa.org.au
assistance@psfsa.org.au

QUEENSLAND
Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund of Queensland Inc.
www.abfqld.com.au
(07) 3846 0044
info@abfqld.com.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Artist Relief Fund WA
www.artistreliefwa.org.au
apply@artistreliefwa.org.au

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Actors Benevolent Fund
www.nzabf.org.nz
nzactorsbenevolentfund@gmail.com

 

ASSISTANCE FOR MUSICIANS

SUPPORT ACT
www.supportact.org.au
Support Act is an Australian charity delivering crisis relief services to those who work within Australia’s music industry.

 

INDUSTRY ADVOCACY

MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS ALLIANCE (MEAA)
www.meaa.org
MEAA is the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals.

THEATRE NETWORK AUSTRALIA
www.tna.org.au
The leading industry development organisation for the performing arts in Australia, providing resources and targeted support online.

 

COUNSELLING AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

SUPPORT ACT WELLBEING HELPLINE
1800 959 500
www.supportact.org.au/wellbeinghelpline

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in Australian music or the arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.

The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

MEAA EQUITY WELLNESS
www.meaa.org/campaigns/equity-wellness
Online resources, including a national database of GPs, psychologists, and other mental health professionals for performers and crew.

ENTERTAINMENT ASSIST
www.entertainmentassist.org.au
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian Entertainment Industry by raising awareness and providing targeted resources.

BEYOND BLUE
1300 244 636
beyondblue.org.au
Providing information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

LIFELINE
13 11 14
www.lifeline.org.au
A national charity providing all Australians with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

HEAD TO HEALTH
headtohealth.gov.au
An extensive online collection of digital mental health services, including apps, online programs, online forums, phone services and a range of digital information resources. Head to Health is collated by the Australian Department of Health.

SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE
1300 659 467
suicidecallbackservice.org.au
A national service that provides 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

LIFE SUPPORTS
1300 735 030
lifesupportscounselling.com.au
A network of counsellors and psychologists, providing professional, affordable and client-centred counselling. Medicare or Private Health rebates may be available. Appointments can be facilitated in person, via phone or Skype and in languages other than English. Accredited counsellors and psychologists offer support across a range of issues including (but not limited to) Anxiety, Grief, LGBTQI+, Relationships and Family.

 

MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLANS

A mental health care plan is provided by a GP and provides access to Medicare rebates for selected allied mental health services, helping to alleviate the financial burden and make seeking assistance more accessible. If you have a mental health care plan, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual and 10 group appointments with selected psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers within one year. Speak to your local GP to determine if a mental health care plan is appropriate for your situation. Further information is available at www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-care-plan

If you or someone you know is in immediate risk, contact Emergency Services on 000

 

MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS

AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR PERFORMING ARTS HEALTHCARE (ASPAH)
aspah.org.au
The ASPAH Member Directory lists details of member Healthcare Providers offering services to improve the health and wellbeing of performing artists across Australia.

HEALTHDIRECT AUSTRALIA
healthdirect.gov.au
1800 022 222
A national, government-owned, not-for-profit organisation supporting Australians in managing their own health and wellbeing through a range of information and advice services. Includes an online search function to help find health services (GPs, dentists, pharmacists and more) in your area, as well as an online symptom checker.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

If you or someone you know is in immediate risk, contact Emergency Services on 000

SEXUAL ASSAULT & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE NATIONAL HELP LINE
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
www.1800respect.org.au

SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS LINE (VICTORIA)
1800 806 292
www.sacl.com.au

 

ADDICTION

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
1300 222 222
aa.org.au

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (AA)
1300 652 820
na.org.au

GAMBLER’S HELP
1800 858 858
gamblershelp.com.au

COUNSELLING ONLINE
counsellingonline.org.au
Free Drug & Alcohol counselling provided 24/7

 

LGBTQI+

Q LIFE
qlife.org.au
1800 184 527
Anonymous and free LGBTQI+ peer support and referral for Australians wishing to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

VICTORIA PRIDE CENTRE
pridecentre.org.au
Celebrating, bolstering and protecting equality, diversity and inclusion. The Victorian Pride Centre’s online presence includes a directory of Victorian LGBTQI+ friendly counselling, clinics, practitioners, services, resources and more.

 

GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL

SERVICES AUSTRALIA including CENTRELINK, MEDICARE and CHILD SUPPORT
servicesaustralia.gov.au
Services Australia delivers government payments and services including Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support.

VICTORIA LEGAL AID
legalaid.vic.gov.au
Providing free legal information and education to all Victorians, with a focus on prevention and early resolution of legal problems.

ARTS LAW
artslaw.com.au
A community legal centre providing a number of legal advice services to artists and arts organisations within Australia.

 

FINANCIAL COUNSELLING

NATIONAL DEBT HELPLINE
1800 007 007
ndh.org.au