COVID-19 information for AMaGA members


AMaGA is concerned about the growing impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and it's potential impact to Australian cultural arts and heritage.

AMaGA will continue to monitor news and advice from government and world health sources with regards to these impacts, and will keep members up to date on key decisions.

This page will be updated regularly.

World Health and Government Resources

  • World Health Organisation - Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019
  • Australian Government - Department of Health -  resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, travel restrictions and resources and fact sheets for travellers, businesses, and others.  

State and Territory Health Department Information

Workplace and Business Continuity Resources

AMaGA's Response


  • The National Conference has been POSTPONED until 28 - 31 October. Get the latest details on the AMaGA2020 website.
  • Your first port of call for all information regarding COVID-19 is the Australian Government Department of Health website, and/or the equivalent in your state or territory
  • The National Awards (MAGNAs) remain open for entries until 10 August and the MAPDA entries have been extended until 31 July. We will decide on the best course of action whether it be a standalone event when it is safe to do so, or an alternative
  • State/Territory events will be cancelled as required - keep an eye out on your branch bulletins for more information
  • Our webinar series will go ahead as scheduled and continue to provide skills development which you can access from home
  • AMaGA will be sending out more information on the impact of COVID-19 in the sector as it becomes available
  • A survey will be sent to members which aims to collect information on the impact of the pandemic to cultural institutions and their activities. See the report here

COVID-19 Support and Funding


Advocacy and Sector Responses

Here are links to what our partner associations and cultural organisations are doing. We are working very closely with these organisations on coordinated responses on advocacy and actions.

Collection and Management Resources

What Museums and Galleries are Doing

Museums and galleries should refer to their state/territory directives regarding closures or restrictions. 

Museums and galleries are meeting places and, as such, have a high risk potential for spreading the virus and have therefore been directed by the Federal Government to close to the public.

Closures, both internationally and nationally, have however resulted in some innovative and creative ways of sharing collections, and even engaging the public, via digital pathways. Check back here, or follow us on Facebook, for our favourite programs from around the world. Hopefully you can use some of these as models for your own museum or gallery.

Upcoming Events

18 Apr
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House     , ACT

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