Mar 17, 2020

AMaGA Victoria COVID-19 Response

Dear Members and Colleagues,

No doubt you have been receiving a lot of information about the health threat posed by COVID-19 and how best to respond to this unprecedented event. As a membership organisation we want to let you know about the steps AMaGA Victoria is taking to navigate the risk to our staff, our members and our community.

From today, AMaGA Victoria staff will be working from home and our office based at Melbourne Museum, Carlton will be closed until 13 April 2020.  This date will be reviewed regularly based on advice from State or Federal authorities and may change as new information is made available.

To help protect our team and the community our events and training programs are now unfortunately on hold, in alignment with our office closure. We will explore opportunities for events to be moved online or postponed until later date in the year. Our staff will contact you directly regarding any existing bookings that you may have for any of our events and workshops that fall within that period. 

We are still readily available via email or phone, and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. Throughout March and April, we encourage all enquiries to be made via email rather than by phone, so that we’re best placed to respond when working remotely. You can also connect with us via our social media channels and by visiting our website for updates.

We remain in ongoing contact with state government departments, as well as our State and National colleagues, partners and organisations, to ensure that the impacts on our sector and the wider community are minimised.

In these trying circumstances it’s important that we support each other, and out hearts go out to all working across the creative industries, and in hospitality and travel, and to all who have been struck down or affected by the virus.

There are numerous channels to get reliable information, resources and seek help.

For information and guidance about the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit:  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Creative Victoria are continuing to update their website with new information about COVID-19, which you can read here: https://creative.vic.gov.au/news/2020/coronavirus-update 

The Australia Council for the Arts has also prepared this resource page: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/about/covid-19/

During these difficult times, it is important that we remain connected as a community. If you are able to work remotely or are required to remain at home for a period of time, we encourage you to continue engagement with our wider sector through online opportunities. We will be sharing innovative projects from around the world via social media and other platforms. It is also a timely opportunity to master the art of video conferencing with colleagues, family and friends.

Stay strong and safe, and please reach out if you need our help and support.

AMaGA Victoria Team