COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR AWG MEMBERS
As we continue to learn more about the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on everyday life, we recognise that members are concerned about their long and short-term work, health, and financial security.
We’ve compiled the following resources to help you find the most relevant information. We will continue to update this list as more is made available.
AWG Industrial Services
While COVID-19 presents unique challenges to our industry, this doesn’t change the fact that all writers should continue to receive fair remuneration for their work.
AWG members can access our full range of industrial resources, including rates and contracts, via the membership portal on our website, and our Industrial team continue to work normal hours remotely to offer industrial advice. Industrial can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest AWG updates:
For information on health and COVID-19:
For mental health and wellbeing resources:
- Head to Health have a directory of websites and resources available to all Australians with mental health concerns or looking to manage anxiety around COVID-19.
- Beyond Blue have posted a guide to looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mindspot have a dedicated page with resources.
- Ben Steel talks to Screen Australia about mental health in the entertainment industry and isolation.
- Support Act is a free wellbeing helpline available to all artists and arts workers across Australia. Call #1800 959 500 to discuss any aspect of your mental health or wellbeing with qualified clinicians who understand the particular challenges of a career in the arts, especially during these difficult times.
For screen and stage industry updates:
For information on finances:
- For information on COVID-19 and travel, head to Smart Traveller. As of 25 March 2020, the Australian Government has placed a ban on international travel. For those already overseas and wishing to return to Australia, it is recommended that you do so as soon as possible.
- Student Members are advised to check in with their places of learning and follow their recommended practices regarding class attendance, study and assessments.