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 its respect to their Elders past and present.





QTC sets up national team to power State's theatre

New Artistic Director of QTC Sam Strong is opening the doors. Photo by Gina Milicia. ​Queensland Theatre Company’s (QTC) new Artistic Director Sam Strong ​is clearly determined the company will draw on leadership far beyond the sunshine state.


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Got a great idea or music plan that needs some funding? Applications are open for the Australia Council for the Arts Feb Grant Round. It includes funds for touring, project development and more. Check it out! And remember MusicNT is here to help with your ...

2016 National Calendar of Indigenous Arts Events | Australia...

2016 national calendar of Aboriginal arts events The Australia Council for the Arts has just published the 2016 calendar of Aboriginal arts events. The second half is still sparse, but I expect it to be updated as time goes by. A good page to bookmark. “Th...

Australia Council grants support innovation and diversity | ...

We've seen and supported a few of these projects and are excited to watch them grow even more! You'll be able to catch 'Vis and Ramin' at Metro Arts in May this year. You'll also see in the article that we're known by another name - Brisbane Community Arts...


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Barney McAll, Peggy Glanville Hicks Resident 2015 Credit: Australia Council

Find a Grant 2016

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.

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