In partnership with Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation ABF has established an emergency rescue fund to meet the demands of the Covid-19 epidemic.
We are in uncharted waters with the Covid-19 crisis throwing thousands of actors, creatives, technicians, stage managers, mechanists out of work. We know many of our colleagues are having difficulty surviving in what is now an open ended situation. Please be assured that Actors Benevolent Fund is there for you.
We have prepared a special quick turn around grant which offers a number of ways we can provide emergency help to get our colleagues through this difficult time. The COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE GRANT offers quick relief to meet bills such as medical (including mental health costs), pharmaceutical, household expenses such as registering cars or paying electricity accounts and providing vouchers for purchasing food and fuel. The application form is on the web site now and is open to all members of our industry of all ages and levels of experience.
There is government assistance available through the Jobseeker program and we ask that you make that your first option. We know this is probably not enough to survive on for the duration of this crisis and in some instances, not everyone is elligible. ABF is offering additional financial help in urgent situations.
We have sent an email to all agents and theatre companies with full details and have requested that it be passed on to their artists and technicians who are currently unemployed, to ensure that everyone is fully informed. Please note that all our current assistance programs are still available on our web site so please check them for the best to suit your situation.
Stay well and stay calm. We will get through this together.
Application for Emergency Assistance
Some useful advice about applying to Centrelink
- Do not go into offices if it can be avoided. Staffing has had to be reduced to accomodate social distancing measures.
- Use the http://my.gov.au/ website. It is currently processing 55,000 users at a time.
- If you cannot get on today, they will allow you to register an "intent to claim" that can be backdated to today.
- If you do not already have a CRN (customer reference number), you now DO NOT need to go to an office. They will make this available online and over the phone.
- Call centre hours increase to 8am to 8pm local
- 5000 staff are being recruited for call centres."
The Covid 19 Emergency Assistance is partnered by