- THE FESTIVAL
International Artists and Presenters will need to submit an expression of interest on the Artists and Presenters page by the due date.
The festival is produced by the Queensland Folk Federation, an incorporated association that depends largely on the efforts of a minimal staff and hundreds of wonderful volunteers. As such, we cannot cover the costs associated with bringing an international touring act to Australia specifically for the festival.
We recommend that Artists/Presenters wanting to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, propose our festival as one date of a self organised and funded tour. We recommend that you seek an agent to represent you to achieve this outcome. A list of agents can be found at the Folk Alliance Australia (FAA) website. The assistance of an experienced agent can be extremely helpful when completing the complicated and timely application process required by the Australian Government.
The Woodford Folk Festival offers moderate fees. As is the norm for Australian Folk Festivals, we do not provide hospitality for performers. All performers are expected to cover the costs of getting to the festival, food, drink and accomodation whilst at the event. Discounted on-site tent hire is available to all Artists/Presenters and transfers to and from Brisbane airport can be arranged if required.
For more information see our General Information for Artists and Presenters page.
In preparation for entering Australia to perform, your main points of government contact are:
If you are being paid a fee for your performances, you are required to have an ABN (Australian Business Number).
Instructions and information can be found on the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website. The reason for applying for a TFN is "to obtain an ABN".
Download and complete the Non resident Tax File application Form (there are full instructions on the form). It is a good idea to have a lead time of 60 days as you cannot apply for an ABN until you have your Tax file number.
Note: Allow approx. 28 days to receive your TFN. This is also the same for the ABN.
Download and complete the ABN Registration Form. Click “Apply for Australian Business Number”
This application form should be used by a foreign resident payee (a foreign resident entity who receives a payment) to reduce their 'pay as you go' (PAYG) withholding rate for the year ending 30 June. This will also provide links to a full instruction booklet (on line) plus Phone number and email address. Download the FRWV Form here.
Note: this is helpful if it’s in place before your tour starts as you might be able to secure a 0 (zero) exemption through this application process.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website is a very informative site that should be read by all applicants. It provides a comprehensive overview of expectations of the Australian Government and DIAC. More information can be found on the FRWV Form.
This form is used to make an application for you to work in Australia as a performer (musician, dancer etc). Form 147
These forms need to be read thoroughly and printed out to be filled in. Also contact phones are available for assistance and input. Check with DIAC or your sponsor in regards to support documents needed.There are also phone numbers to be used for assistance and input during the completion of the form. If you have a sponsor, they will assist you. Generally they may include such items as:
Note: written union support may not be required if your sponsor is exempt.
Performers complete this form to inform DIAC that you have appointed anauthorised recipient, migration agent or exempt agent. It is usual for performers to have an 'authorised recipient'. This is usually someone who works for and is appointed by your sponsor. By completing this form you are giving the sponsor permission to act on your behalf. The sponsor submits to the Australian Department of Immigration, all your forms and documentation. Form 956
Note: The Sponsor could be your Australian tour manager or an arts organisation. They must be Australian citizens
This form is completed by your Australian sponsor. Form 148
For current fees go to the DIAC website.
This is to advise that this page is designed as a "General Information Page" only. Responsibility must lie with all performers to check thoroughly with each Department during the application process and take instruction from the appropriate Australian government sources.