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.





Princely prize for museum

Announced by the National Museum of Australia, the scholarships will allow young cultural researchers from rural and remote indigenous communities to take part in study programs at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the British Museum in



Australia Council for the Arts. APT8 QAGOMA Friday 20.11.2015 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) – International Visitors Program and First Nations Curators Exchange

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Thinking about touring? The Australia Council for the Arts Regional Performing Arts Touring program offers grants to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour, and there is no limit on the amount that can be requested! Applications clos...


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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.