"The scariest part of this lies in the threat to the small to medium sector where I base my career," says Bek Berger, a Melbourne-based creative producer who was this week running the Convergence forum for independent artists.
"Convergence was dreamed up five months ago. We were meant to be talking about practice, philosophy, ideology and the importance of independence - not talking about money or funding. At 5-o-clock Thursday night, the rug was pulled out from under us and a lot of people in the room have been spending weeks preparing for their applications," she told BuzzFeed News.
"We're going to see projects falling down because of the June grant round not happening, timelines being affected and dreams and plans having to be redefined."
Berger told BuzzFeed News that the types of arts organisations that would be hit hardest by the funding changes, are the experimental companies who put on the most challenging work and the ones who put on interactive artworks and theatre productions for children.