Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is posing significant challenges for MEAA members in all industries.

At this stage in the health emergency, MEAA’s message to all members is one of harm minimisation: protecting the health of those working in our industries; and helping rather than penalising those impacted by the virus.

We remind all employers and contracting parties of their clear responsibilities to provide safe and healthy working environments for those working on their premises or in their name. MEAA will step up its monitoring of workplaces potentially affected by the virus as this health emergency unfolds. Our priority is our ...

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is posing significant challenges for MEAA members in all industries.

At this stage in the health emergency, MEAA’s message to all members is one of harm minimisation: protecting the health of those working in our industries; and helping rather than penalising those impacted by the virus.

We remind all employers and contracting parties of their clear responsibilities to provide safe and healthy working environments for those working on their premises or in their name. MEAA will step up its monitoring of workplaces potentially affected by the virus as this health emergency unfolds. Our priority is our members’ personal health and wellbeing.

On this page you will find a package of resources to help MEAA members during the health crisis.

MEAA members seeking more information, advice or assistance about coronavirus should contact MEAA Member Central on 1300 656 513.

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Contact your MP

Use this simple tool to locate and contact your federal MP and Senators calling for Parliament to ensure all freelancers and casuals are eligible for the JobKeeper income subsidy scheme. Customise your email with some details about yourself (see the tips below).

Compose your email

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You are encouraged to edit and personalise the letter template as much as possible.

At the start, describe your primary role in the industry (eg. front of house, camera operator, musician, actor). You can add where you work or the most recent production you worked on.

Also describe in one or two sentences what the impact of COVID-19 has been on you (eg. “I lost all my shifts for the rest of the year’; I lost a gig that was worth $40,000”; “I realised I don’t know how I will pay my rent next month”.)