Key Arts Organisation Funding Guidelines - part 7

Operations

Organisations need to consider their available resources when developing programs and services ensuring that these are deliverable and sustainable. KAOs should be mindful of expanding their programs and confirming funding/resources to support that activity before committing to that activity.

Particular attention should be given to core staff structure, hours and salaries that will attract and retain suitably qualified arts workers, and that appropriately support the programs or services of the organisation. KAOs should also include professional development for staff in their budgets.

All employers are required to observe the National Employment Standards under the Australian Government’s Fair Work Act 2009 and to provide a Fair Work Information Statement for staff. The Fair Work Ombudsman External Link site has information and resources for employers, including templates for engaging staff, keeping employee records and terminating employment.

Organisations must adhere to Work Health and Safety (WHS) practices under the ACT’s WHS legislation which require organisations that employ any paid workers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the physical and mental health and safety of all of its workers, including volunteers. 

Organisations are encouraged to seek independent legal and other relevant professional advice whenever developing or updating standard work contracts, policies and insurances.  

The ACT’s Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act aims to reduce the risk of harm or neglect to vulnerable people in the ACT and requires people who have contact with vulnerable people while engaging in regulated activities and services to register with the Office of Regulatory Services. For more information visit the Office of Regulatory Services External Link

Arts Facilities

A number of KAOs also manage ACT Government arts facilities which provide significant infrastructure for a range of arts activities, programs and services across the ACT. As such these organisations are a priority for the Government and will be considered as a priority in the assessment process. 

ACT Government arts facilities are an important part of the Government’s vision for creating arts hubs. Arts hubs add vibrancy to the ACT arts sector, increase critical mass for artists, arts organisations and community groups in accessing and developing the arts.

KAOs, in managing the facility on behalf of the Government, are responsible for ensuring the facility is managed in an efficient, effective and safe manner, are accessible and customer focused, within the available resources.

Given the significant government investment in arts facilities, arts organisations are also expected to maximise the opportunities afforded by the facility for the benefit of the whole community, particularly with regard to ongoing sector development, career pathways for artists and diverse access and participation opportunities for the broader ACT community.

Organisations must also consider potential revenue streams and artistic opportunities the facility can attract. 

Organisations that manage Government arts facilities are required to provide a comprehensive and strategic management plan for the facility with their application, as part of the business plan or as an annexure.