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.

The VABT is not a medical institution and is therefore unable to provide direct guidance on mental or physical health concerns or provide referrals or recommendations on individual treatment. Instead, the VABT provides these resources to enable and facilitate  professional assistance being sought.

Financial Support options

The following resources may be able to provide financial grants or support.

COVID-19 Disaster Payments

SERVICES AUSTRALIA – COVID-19 DISASTER PAYMENTS
www.servicesaustralia.gov.au

Lump-sum payments may be available for individuals who have lost work and income due to a COVID-19 public health order.

Support Act COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants

SUPPORT ACT
www.supportact.org.au

With continued funding support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act is offering cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 to families with dependent children) to music and performing arts workers called COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants (formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper).

These grants are not a wage subsidy but a one-off payment to help pay the rent/mortgage, put food on the table, keep connected by paying power or phone bills, registering or servicing the car, paying medical expenses and so on.

Other Performing Arts 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

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

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

States and Territories without a dedicated Performing Arts Benevolent Fund

For more information on the Alliance of Australasian Performing Arts Benevolent Funds (AAPABF), click here

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Through their membership in the Australasian Alliance of Performing Arts Benevolent Funds, the Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW may be able to assist those based in the ACT.

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Through their membership in the Australasian Alliance of Performing Arts Benevolent Funds, the Performers Support Fund of South Australia may be able to assist those based in the Northern Territory.

TASMANIA
Through our membership in the Australasian Alliance of Performing Arts Benevolent Funds, the VABT is providing tailored support to performers, creatives and crew based in Tasmania. Currently, assistance for Tasmanian-based performing arts workers is available through the VABT’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund.

The VABT is actively looking to engage with the Tasmanian performing arts community. If you can assist, please contact us for more information.

APPLY FOR COVID-19 ASSISTANCECONTACT US

Other avenues of financial assistance for Artists

THEATRE NETWORK AUSTRALIA – 1000 x 1000 CRISIS CASH
www.tna.org.au/1000-x-1000-crisis-cash-for-indies/
A one-off emergency payment to support Independent Artists / Production Crew / Producers in the Performing Arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net.

Assistance for Musicians and Music Industry Crew and Support Workers

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.

Assistance for Visual Artists

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS (NAVA)
visualarts.net.au/nava-grants/
NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of professional practitioners.

Assistance for International Students

FOODBANK INTERNATIONAL STUDENT POP-UP STORE
www.foodbank.org.au/students/?state=vic
The Pop-Up Store is located at Aurora Melbourne Central, 230 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne, and is open 10am – 2pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public holidays).

Non-financial Support options

The following resources may be able to assist beyond specific financial grants

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

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

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

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

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

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 (NA)
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

The VABT provides emergency financial assistance to members of our community who have suffered a health crisis or medical emergency.

In addition, we recognise and understand the devastating impact that the coronavirus and subsequent government restrictions and shut downs have had on the performing arts industry. As such, we are temporarily broadening our reach to provide additional support to even more members of our community.

For more information on the assistance available through the VABT click here

Note: the VABT offers the above links to enable professional assistance to be sought beyond the scope of the VABT. The VABT is not responsible for any advice or guidance offered by any of the above services, nor any views or information expressed by any of the above services.