On 19 December 2011 Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a review of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding agency.
The purpose of the Review was to ensure that funding opportunities offered by the Australia Council reflect the diversity, innovation and excellence of Australia’s contemporary arts and cultural sector and that the Australia Council is well placed to support the goals of the National Cultural Policy.
In line with the terms of reference, the Review considered whether the Australia Council’s legislative purpose remains relevant, and whether the Council’s administrative and governance structures facilitate the delivery of robust outcomes to Australia’s contemporary arts and cultural sector.
Review co-chairs Ms Gabrielle Trainor and Mr Angus James provided Review findings to the Arts Minister in May 2012. The Australian Government response will form part of the development of the National Cultural Policy due for release later in 2012.