Arts Hub, Richard Watts
18 June 2021
“The news has been welcomed – with reservations – by representatives of the Victorian sector.
Nicole Beyer, Executive Director of Theatre Network Australia (TNA) said: ‘TNA welcomes the new package, and is particularly pleased that the impact of shutdowns on independent artists has been recognised through the supplier program, although it is quite a small amount. However, we do still need an ongoing solution for future outbreaks, to ensure that artists and companies regain confidence in planning events.
‘A business interruption fund such as the programs in Western Australia and Tasmania would be a sensible idea. TNA would want to see such a fund include a provision for independents operating as sole traders, regardless of whether they are registered for GST or not,’ she said.”