What We Do

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

Our focus is on increasing the visibility of Australia's vibrant arts and culture, and recognising the evolving way that Australians make and experience art.  Our role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and experimental along with the keenly anticipated.  We are a champion for Australian arts both here and overseas. We invest in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process, and are committed to the arts being accessible to all Australians.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and pays our respect to the Elders both past and present.





The Medics' Kahl Wallis Wins $20,000 National Indigenous Dreaming Award

You'd be hard pressed to find someone who could honestly deny that The Medics frontman Kahl Wallis is a deeply talented guy, but if there's anyone out there who still needs proof, then they can find it in his being awarded this year's Dreaming Award at the National Indigenous Arts Awards


What Can Art Institutions Do? Lecture by Charles Esche

Don't miss Charles Esche's talk at 6pm tonight! Esche has been a leading voice in curatorial practice for two decades, and has been directing the Van Abbemuseum since 2004. In 2014, he was awarded Bard Colleges Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence....

Meet 2015 ISPA Fellow Simeon Moran, Executive Producer at I......

Meet 2015 ISPA Fellow Simeon Moran, Executive Producer at Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Australias leading and longest running Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theater company! It was at the 2006 Melbourne Festival where he watched the life-changing liv...


The inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival Parramatta City Council has now finished {sob}! If you came to see a show at the festival, we'd love to get your thoughts at the link. Thank you to everyone who came to see a show and to the incredible people who pre...


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Find a Grant 2015

The Australia Council new funding model is focused on making it easier and simpler to apply for grants.

Artistic Vibrancy

Artistic Vibrancy

The Artistic Vibrancy Framework is a way for organisations to talk about their artistic impact in an holistic manner.

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For FAQ's relating to the new funding model, please click here. 

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News and Events

For the latest news about the Australia Council and the arts sector, please click here.

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Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan reflects an ambitious vision for the arts in Australia and is comprised of four goals.

2015-16 Budget Update

2015-16 Budget Update

The 2015-16 Budget announcement last night included a number of significant budget measures relating the Australia Council, and the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to be administered through the Ministry for the Arts.