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.





Rabbits hop to it at Helpmanns

Perth International Arts Festival has pulled more rabbits out of its hat with the children’s opera The Rabbits winning all four Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated at a gala event at Sydney’s Capitol


Applications are now open for the AIR 2016 artist in residen...

Applications are now open for the AIR 2016 artist in residence program. There is an opportunity for 7 artists to move their studio practice into colleges around the state in 2016. The program is a fantastic professional development opportunity for artists ...

Expressions of Interest | Australia Council

Are you an artist or arts worker, who has something to share with the sector at the first ever Arts Learning Forum? The Arts Learning Forum is now accepting expressions of interest for ideas and/or proposals for the inaugural event to be held 25-27 Novembe...

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Arts Developmen...

All Arts SA grants are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) artists, arts workers and arts and cultural groups based in South Australia. ATSI arts and cultures are defined as art and arts projects produced by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Isl...


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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.

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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.