please CHECK YOUR EMAIL and text messages on your phone regularly FOR THE LATEST COVID19 AND STUDIO PROGRAM UPDATES FROM ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA
Thank you for your consideration during this difficult time.
Please contact us to let us know on 9482 4484 or use the contact link supplied.
Artists are invoiced in advance of each term. If you have an enquiry about your account, please phone Sandy (Operations Manager) on 9482 4484, or email [email protected].
REMOTE STUDIO PROGRAM
A word from James McDonald, Studio Manager
Big congratulations to all the artists and staff involved in our new Remote Studio Program. Over the last couple of weeks, and despite some early teething problems, the program has really gathered momentum. As we all grow more comfortable with the technology, art is starting to take centre stage once again, with some terrific work being produced by our dedicated and talented artists.
The Remote Studio Program offers artists the opportunity to connect with each other online, on platforms such as Zoom, through computers, tablets and smartphones. Artists can get involved in a range of creative activities including, painting, drawing, digital art, printmaking, group projects, virtual exhibitions and artists talks. We’ve loved seeing the beautiful and interesting work that’s being produced.
If you are an Arts Project artist and would like to get involved in the Remote Studio Program, please contact us and we will assist you to join in. The program is flexible and is designed to allow artists to participate in a variety of ways.
NEED HELP SETTING UP ZOOM?
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to meet with people online – either by video or audio-only or both, all while participating in live chats. The staff and artists have been using Zoom to catch up for their studio sessions and other meetings. It’s a great way to see each other, share artwork and make-work together in a social way. We can help you set up an account, so get in touch and we can go through the process with you.
DELIVERING ART IN YOUR AREA NOW!
Over the last few weeks, we have been delivering art supplies to artists so they can make artwork at home. We will continue to do this until all materials requests have been filled. We will also endeavour to collect completed work, such as ceramics pieces ready to be fired or printmaking plates ready for printing.
NOW THERE IS FLEXIBILITY TO BUY SMART DEVICES & TECHNOLOGY
Existing NDIS funding can now be used flexibly to purchase smart devices and Assistive Technology. To assist participants to continue to receive supports during the COVID period, the NDIA has temporarily broadened the flexible approach to the purchase of low-cost assistive technology items. Artists may be able to claim items such as smart devices and fitness equipment if:
- it will maintain funded supports like a program or therapy (e.g. physiotherapy or Auslan interpreting provided via video conferencing); and
- the provider has confirmed in writing the device is necessary to continue supports while maintaining physical distancing requirements; and
- it is the lowest specification that will maintain funded supports; and
- they do not already have the item, another suitable one or access to it; and
- the item has not been funded by another service system; and
- the item or circumstances are not specifically excluded.
If these conditions are met, any participant can spend up to $1500 on low-cost assistive technology items from their existing budget but should not spend more than $750 on electronic devices, if required. A systems update will occur on 9 May to ensure this new flexibility is available to all participants (even when they currently do not have funding in their core budget for consumables).
This increased flexibility will be in place until September 2020. Participants and providers are urged to read the NDIA’s advice carefully to understand the parameters of this new, temporary, flexibility.
Arts Project can provide a support letter explaining the need to purchase new or updated technology or devices in order for artists to claim payment or reimbursement back for their device purchase if they need it. Families or support workers can contact Allison directly at [email protected] or call her on her mobile on 0413 489 892.
REMOTE STUDIO PROGRAM
For those artists who have chosen to participate in the Remote Studio Program, it has been wonderful to connect with you throughout this period and we hope you are finding this rewarding as well. As this is a whole new way of delivering our Studio Program, there have been a few changes made by the NDIS and your funding to assist both you and providers throughout this period. As always, you will only be invoiced for the time that you are in direct contact with us, and this may be in a group or 1:1 setting. We are logging each contact we make with you and invoices will be sent to your regular channels of payment such as NDIS Direct, your Plan Manager or you if you are self-managing.
On the 20 April, we emailed you an addendum to your current NDIS Service Agreement with Arts Project Australia. For those yet to reply, we do need you do need to read the addendum and send a return email to [email protected] acknowledging that you agree to these new terms and conditions. This Service Agreement addendum will only be applicable while we are running the program remotely and your standard Service Agreement will resume once we all return to Arts Project.
If you have any questions about this or require further explanation, please feel free to contact Allison via email or 0413 489 892.
STUDIO TERM STRUCTURE
Arts Project Australia operates on a Victorian school term system for our artists. During the term break, staff undertake artwork reviews and future planning.
TERM DATES 2020
> Including online delivery programs for artists in Term 2 until further notice
- Term 2: Tuesday 14 April to Saturday 27 June 2020 (virtual delivery)
- Term 3: Monday 13 July to Saturday 19 September 2020 (delivery to be advised)
- Term 4: Monday 5 October to Thursday 17 December 2020 (delivery to be advised)
> Arts Project Australia is CURRENTLY CLOSED until further notice
- Artists can participate in virtual sessions through ‘Zoom’. If you have a phone with a camera or an iPad or computer at home and are interested in participating in this program, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]. Feel free to contact the studio if you have any other questions about alterations to the studio program during COVID19 restrictions.
- Arts Project Australia is closed all Victorian public holidays.
- Australia Day observed Monday 27 January 2020
- Labour Day Monday 9 March 2020
- Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020
- Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April 2020
- Easter Monday Monday 13 April 2020
- Anzac Day Saturday 25 April 2020
- Queens’s Birthday Monday 8 June 2020
- AFL Grand Final Friday Friday 25 September 2020
- Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 3 November 2020
COMPLAINTS AND TO REPORT ABUSE
If you wish to complain about disability services that you are receiving, please contact the appropriate complaints line listed below:
- Complaints Resolution and Referral Service (CRRS) – 1800 880 052 (free call from land lines) Contact the CRRS with complaints about the compliance of DES providers, Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) and Advocacy Services with the National Standards for Disability Services;
- National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Hotline) – 1800 880 052 (free call from land lines) Contact the Hotline to report cases of physical, sexual, psychological, legal and civil abuse, restraint and restrictive practices, or financial abuse.
- Department of Social Services (DSS) Complaints – 1800 634 035 Contact DSS with complaints that cannot be investigated by the NCSL or CRRS, as well as complaints about either of those services or JobAccess.
- National Customer Service Line (NCSL) – 1800 805 260 (free call from land lines) Contact the NCSL with complaints about Disability Employment Services (DES) providers, or to request a transfer to another provider.
For a full list of contacts and/or for more information on how to register a complaint and who to contact, please refer to the Australian Government Job Access website https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/complaints.
In case of life-threatening situations call 000 for attendance by Ambulance, Fire or Police services. If you think a crime has been or is being committed, contact your local police.