Government aid to the arts

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2018

Funding support for the Major Performing Arts companies (MPA companies) is provided by the Australian and state governments under the MPA Framework. This paper proposes a range of features to strengthen those arrangements, which will provide an opportunity to create an enhanced framework that is...


5 Sep 2018

A parliamentary inquiry seems to be carefully avoiding the real challenge for Australia’s national museums, archives and libraries, writes David Stephens.


5 Jul 2018

The Australia Council's submission to the Closing the Gap Refresh advocates for increased investment in First Nations arts and cultural expression, cultural maintenance, and First Nations-led culturally based solutions across portfolios.


15 Mar 2018

This paper is intended to serve as a prompt for Arts Council England’s consultation activity over the forthcoming months, with the intent of provoking a conversation with arts and cultural organisations about the changing context for their work.


6 Dec 2017

Industry assistance schemes are seen sceptically in New Zealand policy circles but the NZIER modelling shows that the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, as the price of admission to international screen productions, positively influences the wider economy.


13 Nov 2017

In this companion report, the Australia Council has placed the key survey findingsalongside other literature and analysis to highlight and contextualise emerging trends,and to discuss what they mean for Australian artists into the future.



22 Sep 2017

This evaluation report argues that there is a need to refresh the National Arts and Disability Strategy, to reflect the impact of and opportunities presented by the NDIS.


28 Feb 2017

Based on a survey conducted in 2016, the data in this study reveals that the small-to-medium (S2M) visual arts sector employs over 2,000 people, puts $100 million into the economy and produces 26,000 new art works each year - with a budget worth just 0.03%...


15 Dec 2016

Each year through this publication CEDA delivers for members a reflection on the most influential and interesting speeches on the CEDA stage.

With a Federal Election here in Australia, and unexpected international events, from the Brexit result to the election of Donald Trump as...


2 Nov 2016

The Drama Report 2015/16 covers the production of feature films and TV drama programs (mini-series, telemovies and series/serials) by financial year.

It reports on the operation of the Producer Offset tax rebate for domestic Australian projects and official co-productions, incorporating data gathered through surveys...


1 Sep 2016

First Nations performing arts are unique, contemporary and diverse expressions of the world’s longest continuously living cultures. They embody a proud tradition of telling stories to connect generations and communities.

The Australia Council’s national Arts Participation Survey found that nine in ten Australians (92%)...


31 Aug 2016

The Corporate Plan 2016–20 sets our course for the future, identifying our purpose, values, operating environment, strategic priorities, capability and risk oversight and management.


4 May 2016


On 16 June 2015, the Senate referred the matter of the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the arts to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 15 September 2015. In August 2015, the Senate...


1 Jan 2016

The City of Sydney is committed to the development of a tolerant, diverse, prosperous and sustainable city which values its rich natural, cultural and urban heritage. Art and culture make a city stimulating and memorable and create a flourishing and outward-looking environment of which its...


2 Dec 2015

On the 16 June 2015 the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts; and

the suitability and appropriateness of the establishment...

Discussion paper


31 Jul 2015

DASSH supports the Program’s objectives set out on page 3 of the guidelines, especially in regard to the creation of “a wide range of quality arts and cultural experiences” as well as the focus on developing arts and cultural initiatives and on ensuring access to...


17 Jul 2015

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts,...


15 May 2015

Peak agencies have received $39.5 million in funding from State, Territory and Federal Government sources in the decade from 2003/04 to 2012/13. This is around 24% of total funding to the sector. Peak agencies auspice funding on behalf of art centres; outside of these auspiced...


An evidence review
15 Mar 2014

The value of arts and culture to people and society outlines the existing evidence on the impact of arts and culture on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education.



25 Nov 2013

There’s plenty of discussion about arts funding in Australia – but are we ready to tackle tough questions around the 'value' of the arts? That’s a challenge that will involve scrutinising the 'benefits' delivered by arts programs and rethinking some of our ideas about impact....



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