Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the arts: Inquiry report

Arts Cultural policy Arts funding Australia
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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 of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to be administered by the Ministry for the Arts, with particular reference to:the effect on funding arrangements for:

  • small to medium arts organisations,
  • individual artists,
  • young and emerging artists,
  • the Australia Council,
  • private sector funding of the arts, and
  • state and territory programs of support to the arts,
  • protection of freedom of artistic expression and prevention of political influence,
  • access to a diversity of quality arts and cultural experiences,
  • the funding criteria and implementation processes to be applied to the program,
  • implications of any duplication of administration and resourcing, and
  • any related matter. 

On 10 November 2015, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 2 December 2015.

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