SPA welcomes $50M support package extension

In December SPA urged the government to extend the Temporary Interruption Fund into 2022. As COVID impacts linger, the call has been heard.
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On 12 January the Morrison Government extended the $50 million Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) for six months, to assist rehabilitation in the screen sector and acknowledge the ongoing effects of COVID-19. TIF coverage is now available for productions commencing principle photograph on or prior to 30 June 2022.

The fund established in mid-2020 created a safety net for local productions, allowing them to secure funding in the face of COVID-19 roadblocks and allow cast, crew and associated businesses to continue to work.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_