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. 

  • Through our grants we fund a range of arts activities including the creation of new work, collaborations, touring, productions, exhibitions, performances, publishing, recording, promotion, market development and audience engagement.
  • We provide multi-year funding to arts organisations that create and present work and service the arts and artists.
  • Through targeted programs and strategic initiatives we support the arts sector and lead change where needed.
  • We advocate for the arts sector and deliver original research and analysis to inform policy and strengthen the arts industry.

Click here to view the Australia Council Act 

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.


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THE AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS WINNERS Dan Sultan and Courtney Barnett scored two awards each at The Age Music Victoria Awards

2014 J Award winners announced

Chet Faker leads the winners of this year's J Awards, decorated with the Australian Album of the Year for his long-awaited

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For all funding up to 31 December 2014 return to the current Australia Council Funding Guide

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

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