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Sustaining Creative Workers

Sustaining Creative Workers delivers quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

It will support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets.

The program will be delivered state-wide and in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.

Applications will be accepted for requests:

  • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers
  • Up to $10,000 for collectives, micro-organisations and businesses*
  • Up to $2,500 in additional access funding for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers and disability-led organisations/businesses

* Micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff.

Sustaining Creative Workers has four streams:

  • Stream 1: First Peoples creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
  • Stream 2: Metro and Outer Metro Melbourne creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
  • Stream 3: Deaf and Disabled creatives/artists and arts workers or disability-led micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria.
  • Stream 4: Regional Victorian creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses (with the exception of the groups above) with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.

Applications opened 30 April 2020 and can be made anytime up to 1 June 2020.

Find more information on the Creative Victoria website

JobKeeper Payment for sole traders and other entities

Sole traders and other entities may be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment if:

  • you have a turnover under $1 billion and have had at least a 30 per cent fall in revenue
  • you have a turnover over $1 billion and have had at least a 50 per cent fall in revenue.

Following registration by the eligible business, the Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight per eligible employee until 27 September 2020.

Visit the ATO website for further information

Early access to superannuation

Eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are able to apply to access up to:

  • $10,000 of their super until 30 June 2020
  • a further $10,000 from 1 July 2020 until 24 September 2020.

As a sole trader, you will be elibigle for earrly access to superannuation if on or after 1 January 2020 your business was suspended or there was a reduction in your turnover of 20 per cent or more.

Visit the ATO website for details

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