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.






Grants, moguldom & our beloved readers | The Canary Press

This blog post from literary magazine Canary Press shows just how tough many small publishers are doing it - and how important Australia Council grants are. The Canary Press has been running for more than two years, without government funding or financial ...

Apply :: Australian Performing Arts Market

The countdown is well and truly on with Program Applications for #APAM2016 closing on Wednesday 01 July! http://performingartsmarket.com.au/apply BRISBANE POWERHOUSE Australia Council for the Arts Arts Queensland

Massive congratulations to DCM, shortlisted for the World A......

Massive congratulations to DCM, shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards for Australia's new pavilion in Venice. A great new building for Australia's art and architecture. #wafawards #australianarchitecture #ausatvenice #thepoolvenice (Image ...


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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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Stay in touch

Stay in touch with the Australia Council, receive updates and our latest e newsletters and publications. Click here to register.

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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 measures will have a significant impact and the Australia Council will be working closely with the Ministry for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia to avoid duplication and offer support to the sector that is complementary.