The Council's new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) demonstrates its ongoing commitment to recognising, supporting and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Cultures into our organisation and encouraging this practice in the arts sector.
The Australia Council for the Arts vision for reconciliation is to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures are valued, respected and integral to our organisation.
The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to working in dialogue and partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts organisations, artists and communities to ensure we are a culturally aware, connected and responsive organisation.
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council operates at arm’s length from government with a guiding principle to support artistic excellence. The Australia Council delivers more than $160 million each year in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country. As part of our key functions we support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.
The Australia Council is a Commonwealth statutory authority under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act 1997). The Australia Council was originally established as an independent statutory authority through the Australia Council Act 1975. On 1 July 2013, the Australia Council Act 2013 commenced, updating the functions of the Australia Council.
The employees of the Australia Council share the values of cultural, community and individual difference in all its forms. The organisation’s full-time staff is approximately 120. Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples represent over four per cent of our workforce. The Australia Council is located in Sydney.