How to apply for sick pay as a creative

Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee has finally expanded to include artist and creative workers, with the pilot extended until March 2025.
Sick pay for artists and arts workers. Image is an illustration of a person with a purple jumper in bed holding their head and a thermometer under their arm. A table has a glass of water and a tablet on it and there is a calendar on the wall. Also some coins are hovering in the image.

In 2022, the Victorian Government announced a two-year pilot scheme that guarantees five days of paid carer’s or sick leave to casual and self-employed Victorians. The catch? It didn’t include artists.

That all changed in August this year, however, following an announcement that the scheme has now expanded to include artists and creative workers, and will also be extended until March 2025.

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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. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_