March updates

  • Ausdance National rep’s Julie and Paul are attending the Australia Council, Arts Ministry, Treasury & Peak Orgs Roundtable teleconference happening weekly
  • The network  (including Ausdance Vic and National) is communicating daily with other peak bodies and government
  • The City of Sydney and the City of Melbourne have drawn on our document to frame their packages, as has Victoria;
  • Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke is drawing on our document to frame their policy response;
  • There has been a lengthy response from Anthony Albanese, Leader of the Opposition, the full statement below.
  • We refer people to Paul Fletcher’s latest Media Release in response to the sector letter signed by more than 130 organisations
  • Jordin Steele, National Dance Sector Survey designer is attending the Australia Council Research work party with 9 others. So far responses to our survey design have been excellent – rich data that speaks directly the impact in qualitative ways. 
  • There is no need for a second dance sector survey to capture more data, unlike other sectors.
  • Ausdance supports the introduction of the JobKeeper scheme and changes to the JobSeeker eligibility requirements which will make it easier for dancers and dance – workers to access it
  • Ausdance notes MEAA’s concerns that the 12-month requirement for casuals to be employed means that many seasonal workers in the arts will be unable to access payment
  • Letter to the Prime Minister, March 26th, 2020 : Ausdance National signed a joint submission from 40 other organisations coordinated by NAVA to the Prime Minister released today.
  • Ausdance National represented dancers and the sector at Tony Burke’ MP national roundtable and joined the discussions hosted by NAVA and AMPAG.
  • Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, The Greens arts spokesperson has responded to the national statement.  
  • Mental health is emerging as a major concern for dancers and the sector as preliminary findings from the survey emerge. NSW, MVIC and NT have had the most drastic impact on artist wages with the NT moving to zero income for the artists who responded since the health crisis.
  • More than 50% of dancers and sector professionals who freelance  have no other sources of income
  • Ausdance notes the impact of the health crisis on Australian Indigenous people and communities who are most at risk affecting the continuation of knowledge. Response and relief for this specific need is urgent.     
  • There continues to be a need for an arts specific relief package
  • Ausdance identifies the need for additional grant and income to assist the arts and dance sector at this time. It should not be drawn from existing or redirected funds
  • More advice is needed to ensure that freelancers, sole traders and people whose partner’s incomes are on the lowest end of the social security bracket can access the stimulus packages
  • Ausdance noted that dance studios were part of the shutdown of businesses across the country. More advice is pending in terms of the impact these closures will have on the sector as primary teaching and training spaces for emerging professionals and recreational participants in the dance community.