VACS Major Commissioning Projects (Individuals and Groups)

This program funds new visual arts and craft commissions to be created for presentation nationally and internationally.

Installation view, ‘Jacobus Capone: Orisons’, UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 2022. Photography: Jacquie Manning. Courtesy of Moore Contemporary.

About the program

These grants deliver investment to individuals and groups as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy. Each year a designated number of grants are available to each state or territory reflecting the population spread of the country of which the Strategy is based.

Grants of $100,000 are available. The new commission proposed must be presented to audiences by 31 December 2024.

In 2023 the program will award grants to the following states and territories:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia.

The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory will both have grants awarded in 2024, alongside New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

Please note that successful recipients of Major Commissioning Projects grants in this round are not eligible to apply for this grant again until 2026. They are also not eligible to apply to the Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups grant category until the March closing date in 2025.

Please note: Your project must consider the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.

Please read through the following grant guidelines.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer

Who can apply

You can only submit one application to each closing date for Major Commissioning Projects.

You must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, and a practicing artist.

Only individuals and groups that have a confirmed invitation to present a new commission at an institution before 31 December 2024 may apply. The institution can be Australian or international. Institutions are defined as a galleries or organisations with a publicly accessible space for the presentation of visual arts and crafts.

You must reside in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria or Western Australia (the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory will be eligible in 2024, alongside New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.)

Please note: If you wish to apply to this program and have already received Australia Council funding for part of the proposed activity, your funding request must not support activity which has already taken place, or received prior investment.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for this grant if:

  • you have already applied to this closing date of Major Commissioning Projects
  • you have received a Major Commissioning Projects grant in the last four funding rounds
  • you have already applied to Australia Council for the proposed project
  • you have already received funding from the Australia Council for the proposed project
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are an organisation
  • you are an individual or a group from the Australia Capital Territory or Northern Territory.

What can be applied for

Investment to support the creation of new work or a new body of works.

Access costs are legitimate expenses and may be included in your application. We encourage applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Budgets may include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g., performances using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).

If you are a d/Deaf applicant, an applicant with disability, or are working with d/Deaf artists or artists with disability, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer, or support worker assistance.

Please contact Artists Services to discuss your specific needs.
 

What can’t be applied for 

You can’t apply for: 

  • projects or activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists 
  • projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component 
  • projects or activities that have already taken place 
  • activities that engage with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council’s First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols. 
  • funding to cover the artist fee or production fee that the institution pays the artist/s as part of their invitation to commission a new work or body of work for exhibition.  

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

You must address three assessment criteria in this category.

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what peers may consider when assessing your application. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

First criterion

Quality

Peers will assess the quality of the artistic and cultural activities at the centre of your proposal. They may consider:

  • vision, ideas, and artistic rationale
  • benefit and impact on career, artistic and cultural practice
  • level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking
  • rigour and clear articulation of creative, engagement or development processes
  • significance of the work within the relevant area of practice and/or community
  • contribution to diverse cultural expression
  • timeliness and relevance of work
  • quality of previous work
  • responses to previous work from artistic or cultural peers, or the public.

Second criterion

Viability

Peers will assess the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

  • capacity to deliver the proposed activities or services
  • relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • skills and ability of artists, arts professionals, collaborators, or partners involved, and their relevance to the activity
  • realistic and achievable planning and resource use, including contingency and COVID-safe plans for activities involving public presentations, national or international travel
  • appropriate payments to participating artists, arts professionals, collaborators, participants, or cultural consultants
  • the safety and wellbeing of people involved in the project
  • the role of partners or collaborators, including confirmation of involvement
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship, and in-kind contributions
  • where relevant to the project, evidence that the Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts has been adhered to
  • evidence of appropriate consultation with participants, audiences, or communities
  • where relevant, evidence that you have considered and addressed any access issues associated with your project
  • where relevant, evidence that you have addressed the environmental impact of your project.

Third criterion

Creation of new work

Peers will assess the contribution to the creation of new work. They may consider how the proposed activity will:

  • enable Australian artists to create new works
  • enable risk taking, experimentation and freedom of expression in the creation and realisation of new works
  • develop or extend the applicant’s creative practice
  • support a safe environment and wellbeing for people working in the arts
  • enable national or international opportunities for Australian artists and arts professionals
  • engage international audiences and communities with Australian work
  • develop strong partnerships and collaborations.

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • a title for your project
  • a summary of your project
  • a brief bio of the artist or group applying
  • an outline of your project and what you want to do
  • a timetable or itinerary for your activities
  • a description of the outcome your project delivers
  • a projected budget which details the expenses, income, and in-kind support for the project
  • supporting material as relevant to your project, including examples of your work, bios of additional artists, and letters of support or permission from participants, communities, First Nations Elders or organisations.

Required support material:

  1. Presenting partner confirmation

Your application must include a letter of support from your presenting partner, evidencing their invitation to create a new work for presentation and their financial commitments to the project. Including, but not limited to, the artist fee and production fee they are providing.

Additional support material:

You are encouraged to submit additional support material with your application as outlined below.  Peer assessors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online, or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artists Services.

There are four types of additional support material you may submit:

  1. Artistic support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic or cultural work.

Types of material we accept

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.

These URLs can include a total of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording
  • 10 images
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of literary writing).

Please note: Our peer assessors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

Other accepted file formats

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).
  1. Biographies and CVs

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project.

Brief bios or CV information should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.

  1. Letters of support

Please note: As mentioned above, your application must include a letter of support from your presenting partner, evidencing their invitation to create a new work for presentation and their financial commitments to the project.

In addition to the letter of support from your presenting partner, you can include up to four letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Individuals, groups, or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project or activity will benefit you, other artists or arts professionals, participants, or the broader community. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence consultation.

If relevant to your activity, letters of support must provide evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities, and Elders. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

  1. Travel risk management

Your project must consider the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.

If your application is successful, you will be responsible for your own COVID-19 safety planning and risk management.

If your project involves international travel, you must consider the costs and impact of quarantine and/or any additional travel and accommodation costs for all project participants. For the Australian Government’s latest travel advice, go to Smartraveller.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page risk management and/or COVID-safe plan (in any format) with your application if it involves travel. If you require a template, you can download one here.

Frequently asked questions

You can submit one application to each closing date for Major Commissioning Projects. You can’t apply if you have received a Major Commissioning Projects grant in the last four funding rounds. 

You will receive your grant payment within two weeks of accepting your funding agreement. Please note we pay our grants in the financial year which they are approved. We will not adjust payment timelines to the particular circumstances of individuals. 

The deadline for applications is at 3:00pm AET on the closing date. We strongly recommend submitting before this. Administrative and technical support is only available during office hours (Monday-Friday) 9am to 5 pm AET. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Please refer to the Languages Other Than English page. 

We do not accept applications submitted via post. Any material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact Artists Services. 

We do not amend, correct, update or change any part of your application once it has been submitted. However, if you receive additional confirmations for activities or artists after the closing date you may alert us to these, and we may bring them to the attention of peer assessors at the assessment meeting. These updates could include confirmation that a proposed activity will take place, a partnership has been secured, or funding from another source has been received. 

You can update us about such confirmations by contacting us. Briefly describe the nature of the confirmation and cite your application reference number.  You do not need to send us copies of confirmation emails from third parties – if we need to see evidence of the confirmation we will request it. 

If you wish to update your application once it has been submitted, but the closing date has not yet passed, you can submit a new, updated application and request to withdraw the original one by emailing operationsservicedesk@australiacouncil.gov.au 

Grant applications can be found and are submitted through our online system. If you are using the system for the first time you will need to register your details before filling out a grant application form. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. Please see the guidelines page for the grant category you are interested in for more details. 

We define a ‘group’ as two or more individuals who do not form a legally constituted organisation. This can include co-collaborators and collectives.   

If you are successful in receiving a Major Commissioning Projects grant in 2023 you will not be eligible to apply for: 

  • VACS Major Commissioning Projects until 2026 
  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups until the March closing date in 2025. 

The Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy invests in individuals and groups that are Australian citizens or permanent residents only. 

We provide funding to practising artists. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as a practising artist .  

No. If you have an overdue grant acquittal you will not be eligible to apply for any further grants. 

No. Only Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents may apply to the Australia Council for funding. Foreign nationals who are permitted to live and work in Australia by holding visas such as a Special Category visa or a Bridging visa are not eligible to apply. 

No. You must reside in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria or Western Australia to apply 

Yes. Early career artists are eligible to apply for funding through this category and a number of other opportunities listed on our website. 

Yes. If you have previously applied or received investment from the Australia Council for aspects or activities within the proposed project you are eligible to apply. You can’t be funded twice for activities that have already taken place.  

In 2023 the program will award one grant to a recipient in each of the following states and territories:  

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia.

Yes. Projects must start after 1 April 2023 and end by 31 December 2024.  

Only individuals and groups that have a confirmed invitation to present a new commission at an institution before 31 December 2024 may apply. The institution can be Australian or international. Institutions are defined as a galleries or organisations with a publicly accessible space for the presentation of visual arts and crafts. 

Australia Council staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the grant, application requirements, and submitting your application. Staff can assist over email, phone and using Microsoft Teams. We cannot review application drafts. 

Additional support can be discussed where needed. Where the additional support required is beyond the scope of what our staff can provide, we may recommend speaking to an appropriate organisation for further assistance. 

If you are applying as an unincorporated entity, unincorporated association, or partnership you do not need to have an administrator for your grant. However, you must be able to provide an ABN and bank account that are in the group’s name. If you cannot do this, you must nominate an administrator. For more information about this, please contact Artists Services. 

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an active Australian Business Number (ABN). Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor). 

 

The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account we pay the grant into. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant, you will need to nominate an administrator for your grant. 

For more information about this, please contact Artists Services. 

No. You can’t apply for funding to cover the artist fee or production fee that the institution pays the artist/s as part of their invitation to commission a new work or body of work for exhibition.   

Grants paid by the Australia Council may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66. 

If you are GST-registered when you receive an Australia Council grant, the Australia Council will pay the grant amount plus GST. The budget provided in your application should be exclusive of GST. 

We encourage our applicants to seek funding from other sources to cover the complete costs of their projects. While it does depend on the size of your grant request, we would expect that applicants with large requests would also secure funding from elsewhere to cover all costs associated with a large-scale project. 

It is important that your Letter of Support from your exhibiting partner outlines their financial investment in the project and that the gallery/institution understands that if you are successful in receiving a Major Commissioning Projects Grant that it will not cover any of their costs. 

Yes. In-kind support refers to resources, goods and services (for example, use of a venue, materials, and people’s time) provided by yourself or others either free of charge, or below market value. Detailing in-kind costs in the budget is important as it gives peers a full understanding of the viability of your project and levels of support you are receiving. In-kind costs are also an expense so, when you save your application, any in-kind income you included will auto-populate to the expenses side of the budget. 

Grants can be considered income by Centrelink. The amount is generally assessed as a lump sum and could affect your Centrelink payment for the financial year. Artists who are running a business (even on a small scale) may have their grant treated differently. It is possible to have your grant paid to an administering body if you wish. 

Applicants should contact Centrelink on 13 28 50 for advice. Additionally, Centrelink’s Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to everyone in the community and may be of benefit to applicants who also receive assistance through the social security system. To contact FIS phone 13 23 00. 

Four Year Investment for Organisations

Expressions of interest

Context for Expressions of Interest

Since the last cycle of four year investment was implemented, organisations in the arts and cultural sector were impacted by events that have significantly disrupted their operations and sustainability. The livelihood and well-being of artists, creatives and those working in the sector to support them were also impacted. The effects of this were experienced in different ways across the country.

The Australia Council acknowledges that the ramifications of these events are ongoing.

We anticipate that artists and creatives, management, and boards of organisations will develop artistic visions and plans that while forward looking, will take into account the very different operating environment likely to be experienced over the next few years.

We welcome and strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your EOI in the context of your particular circumstances.

We also offer the following additional resources to these guidelines:


Guidelines

Four Year Investment provides multi-year investment for arts and cultural organisations. This will enable organisations to plan with longer-term certainty and increase their capacity to leverage other support and collaborations.

Organisations must demonstrate a high degree of artistic achievement, along with a compelling four year vision for the period 2025-2028. To be competitive, organisations will also need to show they are well governed, effectively managed, and generate diverse income streams.

It is the intention of this category to invest in organisations that are part of the small to medium arts and cultural sector. Large, well-resourced organisations or institutions seeking investment in multi-year arts programs may not be considered a priority for investment in this category.

Four Year Investment for Organisations is a two-stage process. Stage one is an expression of interest (EOI). If an organisation is successful in its first stage EOI, it will be invited to make a full Stage 2 application for assessment.

Investment for organisations approved after Stage 2 assessment will support activities from 1 January 2025 to 31 December 2028.

The minimum eligible grant request for this program is $100,000 per year, over the four year investment period ($400,000 in total). The maximum eligible grant request is $520,000 per year over the four year investment period ($2,080,000 in total).

The revised cap of $520,000 per year acknowledges partial indexation that has been applied across the 2021-2024 investment cycle.

The application process for Four Year Investment for Organisations involves two stages.

Stage 1: Expression of interest (EOI)

  • EOIs open for submission in September 2022
  • EOIs close 3pm AEDT on Tuesday, 14 February 2023
  • applicants notified in June 2023.

Stage 2: Full application for organisations invited after EOI process

  • applications open from June 2023
  • applications close August 2023
  • applicants notified by December 2023.

Who can submit an EOI

We accept EOIs from organisations that develop, create and/or present artistic programs.

Organisations that deliver services as part of an artistic program may apply for Four Year Investment and will be assessed on the quality of their artistic program.

The Australia Council will also support services to the arts sector through a new stream of investment called Delivery Partners. Further information on this investment stream will be made available on our website in November.

The Australia Council requires that organisations be registered under Australian law (for example, incorporated association or company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority).

  • Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply.
  • Organisations that are registered as Trusts are not eligible to apply.

Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

It is the intention of this category to invest in organisations that are part of the small to medium arts and cultural sector. Large, well-resourced organisations or institutions seeking investment in multi-year arts programs may not be considered a priority for investment in this category.

Who can’t submit an EOI

You can’t submit an EOI if:

  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you have overdue Multi-Year Investment reporting
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • your organisation is not registered in Australia
  • you are an individual or group
  • your organisation is registered as a Trust.

What you can’t submit an EOI for

You can’t submit an EOI for the following activities:

  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, arts professionals, audiences or communities
  • activities that do not have a clearly defined arts or cultural component
  • activities that have already taken place
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

You will need to select under which arts practice area you wish to have your EOI reviewed:

  • Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Dance
  • Emerging and Experimental Arts
  • First Nations arts and culture *
  • Literature
  • Multi-art form
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts.

If you are unsure which arts practice area to choose, contact an Artists Services Officer.

*Only First Nations organisations with 51% or more First Nations representation in governance and key creatives at the time of submission, can choose to have their EOI reviewed under the First Nations arts practice area. However, First Nations organisations may alternatively choose to have their EOI reviewed under a different arts practice area.

Heads of Practice:

  • Community Arts and Cultural Development & Emerging and Experimental Arts – Zohar Spatz
  • Dance and Multi-art form – Sarah Greentree
  • First Nations arts & culture – Patricia Adjei
  • Literature – Wenona Byrne
  • Music – Kirsty Rivers
  • Theatre – Annette Madden
  • Visual Arts – Mikala Tai

EOIs are reviewed by expert industry representatives called Industry Advisors.

Industry Advisors are experts in their field with relevant experience and knowledge of an arts practice or sector. Industry Advisors will make recommendations for the Australia Council to consider when making the final decisions on which organisations to invite to make full applications and invest in for 2025-2028.

EOIs for Four Year Investment can be submitted through our application management system from September 2022.

Please note: any organisation seeking Four Year Investment must submit an EOI.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • the arts practice area under which you wish your EOI to be reviewed
  • a brief summary of your organisation, including an outline of your core activity and the role you play in the arts sector (approx. 750 words)
  • your organisation’s four year vision for the period 2025-2028 (approx. 500 words)
  • a brief summary of your organisation’s key activities over the last five years (approx. 500 words)
  • a description of how your organisation is addressing the different operating environment likely to be experienced in 2025-2028 after the disruption of the last 2 years (approx. 500 words)
  • a list of key staff in your organisation, with information on their roles
  • the members of your Board or governing committee (to whom the head of your organisation reports), with information on their length of service and the structure and composition of the Board
  • whether you report your financial information on a calendar or financial year basis
  • a summary of your audited financial information for each of the previous three years, including assets, liabilities, total income and total expenditure
  • investment you have received from sources other than the Australia Council in the past three years
  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next three years*
    • income should include government income (recurrent, project, other), contributed income (philanthropy, sponsorship), earned income (program, non-program related)
    • expenditure should include program costs (direct and non-direct), capital expenditure and salaries
    • the annual amount of investment you request from the Australia Council Four Year Investment program from 2025-2028.

*Organisations who report on a calendar year basis: 2023-2025. Organisations who report on a financial year basis: 2022/23-2024/25.

We will review your EOI against three assessment criteria listed below.

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what may be considered when assessing your EOI. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

1. Quality of artistic or cultural vision and achievements

We will review your organisation’s artistic achievements and artistic vision as described in your EOI. We may consider how your organisation’s track record and vision support:

  • the development of great art, artists and arts workers
  • engaging arts experiences
  • expanding access to arts experiences
  • activity that connects communities
  • creative work that reflects contemporary Australia
  • a dynamic sector that is diverse and inclusive
  • the progression of your artistic ambition over the four year cycle
  • enabling risk taking and experimentation in the realisation of works
  • a vibrant society and culture.

2. Organisational capacity

We will review your organisation’s track record of delivery, and capacity to deliver its vision. We may consider:

  • the experience of the people leading and governing your organisation
  • the financial health of your organisation, including the effective use of resources
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding you generate and receive
  • whether your work is supported by meaningful evaluation
  • how you demonstrate cultural competencies and adherence to relevant cultural protocols, particularly if your organisation works with diverse artists, audiences or communities. Where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to
  • factors that have impacted your organisation’s financial health, planning and priorities.

You may wish to refer to our guide on Essential Governance Practices.

3. Alignment with the Strategic Objectives of the Australia Council

We will review how your organisation’s vision aligns with one or more of the strategic objectives in the current Australia Council Corporate Plan 2022-2026. The objectives are:

  • Australians are transformed by arts and creativity – We will enable more opportunities for Australians to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing arts and culture.
  • Our arts reflect us – We will support equity of opportunity and access in our creative expression, workforce, leaders and audiences.
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished – We will build on our long term commitment to First Nations arts and culture, recognising the importance of First Nations peoples’ self-determination, cultural authority and leadership to our collective prosperity.
  • Arts and creativity are thriving – We will support the best circumstances for a thriving arts sector.
  • Arts and creativity are valued – We will increase awareness of the value of public investment in arts and creativity.

Stage 1 EOI

Based on the recommendations of Industry Advisors who will review EOIs in panels for each arts practice area, we will rank the EOIs from highest to lowest, based on how well each EOI meets the assessment criteria.

We will consider the arts practice context and analysis of the organisational and financial data provided in each EOI. Please note: if we have provided investment to your organisation previously, our review will also consider how well you have delivered the activity supported.

We may also consider the spread of organisations across arts practice genres, geography, and communities in prioritising how we rank organisations.

We will only invite organisations to make a full application where Industry Advisors have recommended that an EOI submitted meets the assessment criteria to a high degree.

A recommendation of the mix of organisations to be invited to submit full applications in Stage 2 will be presented to the Board of the Australia Council.

You will be notified of the outcome of your EOI in June 2023.

We expect a high volume of EOIs. Only a limited number of organisations will be invited to apply in Stage 2. Given this volume, we can only provide general feedback on EOIs rather than for each EOI submitted.

Stage 2 applications

If your EOI is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application for Four Year Investment. This includes:

  • projected financial information for the next three years (including the first year of Four Year Investment in 2025)
  • a Strategic Plan that covers 2025-2028 or a significant portion of that period
  • a detailed program of activities for the current or next year
  • a draft program of activities for the first year of Four Year Investment in 2025.

You may receive guidance from us on the level of investment you can request for your full application. This may vary from your request in the EOI.

You will be asked to provide the following support material:

  • up to three URLs (weblinks) that best demonstrate your organisation’s artistic output. These URLs may include video, audio, images or written material.
    Do not provide URLs that require the user to log in or sign up to a platform. Do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access. If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password.
  • the latest three years of your audited financial accounts or equivalent. Organisations who report on a calendar year basis: 2019, 2020 and 2021. Organisations who report on a financial year basis:  2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Reporting requirements for successful organisations

Organisations applying for Four Year Investment should be aware of the reporting requirements should an application be approved. These are not negotiable and be part of the conditions of the funding agreement, so be sure to include the resources required to do so in your future budget projections.

Organisations receiving Four Year Investment must provide the Australia Council with financial reporting three times a year, as well as annual reports on KPIs and statistical data to receive payments.

You must provide your organisation’s annual financial statements audited in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards by an Approved Auditor, and discloses separately the Four Year Investment funding as both income or unexpended grants. An Approved Auditor means a person who is: (a) registered as a company auditor under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or of CPA Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and (b) not a principal, member, shareholder, officer or employee of the Organisation or of a related body corporate as defined in Section 50 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

The data and outcomes reporting provides Council with valuable information to monitor the performance and activity of each organisation and ensures accountability for the investment of public funds. It also informs research and communication by Council, allowing us to demonstrate the impact of our funded organisations.

Remember: if you or someone you care about is in crisis or at immediate risk, dial 000.

You can also find support at a number of free helplines:

Frequently asked questions

Types of organisations we can support include incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

No, only organisations that are registered under Australian law can apply. Further detail on who can apply to the Four Year Investment program is available on our website.

Yes, if you can demonstrate that:

  • the funding will support activities with a clearly defined arts component
  • there is a compelling financial rationale for subsidising these activities
  • none of the Australia Council funds will be distributed to shareholders.

Further detail on who can apply to the Four Year Investment program is available on our website.

It is the intention of this category to invest in organisations where the artistic activities funded through four year investment make up the majority of the organisation’s program. This is typically organisations that operate as small to medium enterprises. Large, well-resourced organisations or institutions seeking investment in multi-year arts programs may not be considered a priority for investment in this category.

  • As a FYIO you are not eligible to apply for the Arts Projects for Organisations category.
  • You are eligible to apply for government programs like Playing Australia, except if you are in receipt of Multi Year Playing Australia investment.
  • Other applications you submit to the Australia Council will need to demonstrate the activities are outside the scope of your Four Year Investment application or agreement.
  • Eligibility for other investment opportunities will be advised on a case by case basis as they arise.

Yes. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation generates diverse income streams; however, those income streams can come from any source.

Further details on who can apply to the Four Year Investment program is available on our website.

Trustee companies and Trusts are not eligible to apply.

We will accept your eligibility to submit an EOI based on your intention to change the company structure prior to receiving our investment.

If you have an overdue acquittal or outstanding Four Year Funding for Organisation reporting, you are ineligible to submit an EOI.

Yes, if your organisation is registered under, or by, Australian law. If you do not have a board or governing committee, you will need to explain what mechanisms you do have in place to oversee the effective management and sustainability of your organisation.

EOIs will open online in September 2022.

Information on the application process and key dates for the Four Year Investment program is available on our website.

Yes, you will need to select from the following arts practices:

Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; First Nations arts and culture; Literature; Multi-arts; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts.

Further detail on the EOI assessment process is available on our website.

The Australia Council expects to receive a high volume of submissions to the Four Year Investment program. The two-stage process aims to minimise the work required from organisations for the initial EOI stage. This is so that organisations that are not accepted through the EOI stage do not spend significant time and resources on the full application.

  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their EOI in June 2023
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their Stage 2 application by December 2023
  • Key dates for the Four Year Investment program are available on our website.

Strategic plans will form part the Stage 2 application, closing in August 2023.

Further detail on the application process is available on our website.

Yes, but you will need to tailor your EOI and support material to make the case for your organisation’s contribution to the area of arts practice. We do not recommend you submit more than two EOIs.

If you submit more than one EOI, and you are invited to submit a full application at Stage 2, you will be advised under which arts practice area we will accept the application. Only one invitation at Stage 2 will be offered

The Four Year Investment category will not have separate assessment criteria for service organisations as was previously the case. However, organisations that deliver an artistic program and offer some services as part of their activity will remain eligible to apply to the Four Year Investment category. But please note, applications will be assessed primarily on the quality of the artistic program outlined in the application.

Organisations that primarily provide services for the arts may be eligible for investment through a new program called Delivery Partners. Delivery Partners provide key services for the arts as a whole, or within a particular artform area.

Delivery Partners are still required to submit business plans and budgets as part of their proposal, which is also reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations to the Australia Council. If approved, the Delivery Partner will enter into a negotiated investment agreement with the Australia Council. This agreement will include key performance indicators that measure the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

The Australia Council will talk through investment options with service organisations that previously were funded through Four Year Funding.

We will provide further detail on Delivery Partners on our website in November 2022.

No, arts organisations do not need to have a national reach, they may work at any scale. However, arts organisations must be able demonstrate the quality of their artistic program and that their work is recognised nationally as an exemplar of its kind.

This means an organisation may present its artistic program for a local community or region but that the work is considered as being of high quality by peers in other parts of their arts sector or the broader community in Australia or internationally.

  • You can apply for a minimum of $100,000 per year ($400,000 over the four years) up to a maximum of $520,000 per year ($2,080,000 over the four years).
  • Further detail on program guidelines is available on the Australia Council website.
  • If your organisation is invited to submit a full application at Stage 2, you will receive guidance on the investment you may request. This may be higher or lower than the amount requested in your EOI.
  • Think carefully about the amount you request in your EOI. If the mismatch between your four year vision and the resources required is too great, this may affect the viability of your application.
  • Organisations that have applications approved at Stage 2, may also be offered an investment amount lower than was requested for the four years.
  • This is possible. However, the situation will be different for each artform given that the scale and diversity of organisations in each sector varies widely.
  • We encourage you to make realistic and well evidenced requests for funding in your EOI. The request should be informed by your current financial position and capacity, and your vision for Four Year Investment.
  • Further detail on the assessment process is available on the Australia Council website.

The level of funding for Four Year Investment and for Delivery Partners for services will remain at around $28 million per year. At this stage, we do not anticipate the overall budget allocation for Four Year Investment and Delivery Partners will change significantly.

  • There is no set amount to award by State or Territory.
  • The amount of funding available for each artform will be informed by an analysis of the funding requests for the Four Year Investment program and for the other investment programs we offer.
  • We aim to ensure Council’s investment reflects where each artform needs it most, whether that is for individuals and groups, or project/multi-year year funding for organisations.
  • Applications will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for Council to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations. The Industry Advisors will review applications under arts practice areas relevant to their knowledge and experience.
  • Industry Advisors will participate in both EOI and Stage 2 reviews.
  • The full list of industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification of the outcomes of Stage 2.

Further detail on Industry Advice is available in the guidelines on the Australia Council website.

  • To leverage our sector expertise and position as a national agency, a recalibration was needed of the Four Year Investment program to ensure effective, efficient, and impactful investment.
  • To ensure that our investment in the national landscape is distinct and strategic, we need to take into consideration a range of investments including state and territory investments, the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) and Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS).
  • We are moving to an Industry Advisor method of assessment so that we can take account of the recommendations of experts in the industry while also taking a strategic overview of the entire national landscape. Industry Advisors will make recommendations after reviewing applications within an arts practice area. The Australia Council will then consider their recommendations within the context of a national investment portfolio across all art forms.
  • Industry Advisors will be artists, arts/creative industries workers, arts administrators/managers or other people with relevant experience and knowledge of an arts practice or sector.
  • The Industry Advice method of assessment still involves a significant process of review, commentary, and deliberation by external experts. However, it also involves Australia Council staff allowing for greater strategic oversight and greater capacity to shape the investment portfolio to meet the strategic needs of the entire sector.
  • Importantly, this model of assessment and decision-making remains at arm’s length from government.
  • We expect a high volume of applications at the EOI stage.
  • Only the most competitive organisations will be invited to submit a full application. Therefore, we expect the success rate at the EOI stage to be low.
  • There will be a smaller number of organisations invited to submit a full application at Stage 2; so consequently, the success rate will be higher at this stage.
  • The success rate at each stage is dependent on the number of applications, the size of the grant requests, and the overall budget available.

Will the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy (VACS) be part of the FYI process?

VACS Leadership Organisations are assessed separately to the Four Year Investment process.

Your four year vision should ideally cover all (or a significant portion) of the period 2025–2028.

The EOI requires you to supply:

  • a summary of your audited or equivalent financial data for each of the previous three years, i.e., 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.
  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next three years, i.e., 2022/23, 2023/24, 2024/25
  • The latest three years of your audited accounts, i.e., 2018/19 2019/20 and 2020/21

The stage 2 application asks for the following information:

  • projected financial information for the next three years entered into a budget template, i.e., 2022/23, 2024/25, 2025/26.
  • your audited figures for 2021/22

The EOI requires you to supply:

  • a summary of your audited or equivalent financial data for each of the previous three years i.e., 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next three years, i.e., 2023, 2024, 2025
  • the latest three years of your audited accounts. i.e., 2019, 2020 and 2021

The stage 2 application asks for the following information:

  • projected financial information for the next three years entered into a budget template, I.e.,2024, 2025, 2026.
  • your audited figures for 2022.
  • Yes. However, to be competitive, you will need to demonstrate your organisational capacity and viability. Factors that will strengthen your organisation’s capacity and viability include confirmed future funding and the track record of your key staff and board.
  • Further detail on applications, support material and the assessment criteria is available on our website.
  • Yes, please be sure to include the relevant support material and data with your application, so Industry Advisors can assess your application
  • You can use the certified accounts that you do produce to complete the financial data in the EOI, and you can attach these accounts as support material.
  • If you are approved for Four Year Investment you will be required to provide us with audited accounts as part of your regular reporting, so be sure to include the resources required to do so your future budget projections.

Yes. Please provide your organisation’s audited or equivalent financial data, and the forward projections for your whole organisation.

  • This situation probably the case for larger institutions like universities, local governments, or major galleries. Please note also that under of new Four Year Investment guidelines our intention is to fund organisations that make up the small to medium arts sector. Applications from large, well-resourced organisations or institutions may not be a priority.
  • Please contact our enquiries team to discuss your situation, including what financial data you are able to access for your program or business unit.
  • You will need to provide past audited financial data and accounts for your whole organisation. However, we may give you an exemption to provide forward projections that relate to your program or business unit only.
  • No late support material may be submitted for the EOI.
  • The only support material we will accept after the Stage 2 closing date is audited accounts for the 2022 financial year.
  • If you need to submit these accounts after the closing date, please send them to myi@australiacouncil.gov.au. Be sure to include your application reference number in the email.

    Please note: late support material is not distributed to Industry Advisors with your application. We make a note of it on file and bring it to the attention of Industry Advisors at our discretion.

Although letters of support are not specifically asked for in the EOI guidelines, you may supply them if you wish. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

We encourage you to use one of the three URLs allocated for Artistic Support Material to supply letters of support, but if you prefer you can upload a PDF document in the ‘uploaded support material’ section of the online form instead.

  • You will not be penalised for providing additional support material beyond the recommended limit of 3 URLs, but we do advise against overwhelming the assessors with material. Make the selection that best demonstrates the quality of your organisation’s artistic output.

You need to provide:

  • a data summary of your balance sheet for the previous three years
  • a list of funding from sources other than the Australia Council in the previous three years.

Yes. All organisations, including those currently in receipt of Four Year Funding, will need to submit an EOI.

Find a list of the current Four Year Funded organisations here.

  • There will be no transitional funding offered to organisations currently in receipt of Four Year Funding if their request for investment in 2025-2028 is declined.
  • The two-stage process aims to maximise the notice period for all organisations. If you are declined at the EOI stage, we aim to give your organisation 18 months’ notice, and at least 12 months’ notice if you are declined at Stage 2.
  • The Australia Council is committed to working closely with organisations around the impact of the EOI/ Stage 2 outcomes. However, this does not include any transitional funding support.

The Australia Council will be in close contact with each State and Territory funding agency throughout the Four Year Investment process.

Yes, please be sure to include the relevant support material and data with your application, so Industry Advisors can review your application.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

Australia Council is supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course for small-to-medium organisations with less than $2M annual turnover.

Multi-year Investment organisations who are successful will be required to contribute 50% of the course cost ($1174.50). Multi-year Investment organisations have the option to apply for second, 50% subsidised place within the one application.

NPAPF organisations will receive one fully subsidised place and will be required to cover the full cost of an additional participant ($2349).

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Australia Council is working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each Online facilitation session will be made available to Participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the three days of the online teaching and have capacity to undertake the pre-reading and preparation in the two months leading up to the course date.

During the three days of the online teaching the hours will be 11am – 5:30pm AEDT.

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au or call 02 9215 9024.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

Australia Council is supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course for small-to-medium organisations with less than $2M annual turnover.

Multi-year Investment organisations who are successful will be required to contribute 50% of the course cost ($1174.50). Multi-year Investment organisations have the option to apply for second, 50% subsidised place within the one application.

NPAPF organisations will receive one fully subsidised place and will be required to cover the full cost of an additional participant ($2349).

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Australia Council is working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each Online facilitation session will be made available to Participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the three days of the online teaching and have capacity to undertake the pre-reading and preparation in the two months leading up to the course date.

During the three days of the online teaching the hours will be 11am – 5:30pm AEDT.

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au or call 02 9215 9024.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

Australia Council is supporting a number of fully subsidised (free) places in this course for small-to-medium organisations with less than $2M annual turnover.

Multi-year Investment organisations who are successful will be required to contribute 50% of the course cost ($1174.50). Multi-year Investment organisations have the option to apply for second, 50% subsidised place within the one application.

NPAPF organisations will receive one fully subsidised place and will be required to cover the full cost of an additional participant ($2349).

Alternatively, organisations seeking to secure a place with arts and creative industries peers can cover the cost. For more information about paid places, please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Australia Council is working with the AICD’s Board Advance team to offer this course specifically for creative industries professionals.

Online. The Course will be delivered online utilising Zoom video conferencing technology and appropriate technology capabilities are required.

A link to access each Online facilitation session will be made available to Participants in the MyLearning “My Courses” page.

This course is digitally accessible. Please get in touch if you have any specific access requirements.

Applicants must be available for the three days of the online teaching and have capacity to undertake the pre-reading and preparation in the two months leading up to the course date.

During the three days of the online teaching the hours will be 11am – 5:30pm AEDT.

The course will be delivered by expert facilitators from the AICD faculty with directorship experience in a similar sector or industry.

The learning approach takes the form of a series of facilitated discussions and interactive case studies that consolidate understanding.

For any questions or further information please email leadershipprogram@australiacouncil.gov.au or call 02 9215 9024.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Additional information

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

After you submit your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.

Applications to the Australia Council Grant Programs are assessed by arts practice peer panels against the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 12 weeks after the published closing date for the applicable grant round.

Once all applications have been assessed, you will be contacted about the outcome of your application. If you have been successful, you will also be sent a funding agreement. This outlines the conditions of funding, how you will be paid and your grant reporting requirements. The following accordion items outline these stages in more detail.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email advising you a grant is offered. You must then agree to the conditions of your grant, which represents the Australia Council’s contract with you – this can be done online, by email or by letter. Payment of a grant will not be made until the grant conditions have been agreed and accepted by all the relevant parties.

You should not start a project that depends on a grant until all relevant parties have agreed and accepted the grant conditions and we have evidence of such acceptance on file.

Standard grant conditions require you to, among other things:

  • seek prior approval for making a change to a funded project (for example, changes in the activity budget; changes to key creative personnel; or changes to start or end dates)
  • respond to requests for information about the project or grant
  • satisfactorily account for how the grant is spent (if you do not you will be required to return all monies for which you cannot satisfactorily account)
  • comply with all applicable laws
  • acknowledge the Australia Council’s support in all promotional material associated with the project; this includes use of the Australia Council’s logo and a standard text of acknowledgement.
  • provide artistic and financial acquittal reports at the end of the project
  • return any unspent grant funds at the completion of your project or on notice from us to return such unspent funds.

Grant agreements must be signed by a legal entity – either a legally constituted organisation or an individual. For unincorporated groups, see the section on administered grants

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an ABN. Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor).

The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which we pay the funds. There are no exceptions to this rule. If applicants cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant’s name, they will need to nominate an administrator for their grant.

Groups/ensembles/collectives, unincorporated associations/ unincorporated entities and other bodies with no legal status do not need an administrator if they have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and bank account in their name. If they are unable to provide an active ABN and bank account that matches the name of the applicant, they must nominate an administrator. The name of the administrator must match the name of the ABN and bank account into which funds are paid if the application is successful.

If we approve your application you will need accept the conditions of the grant in a funding agreement.

After you accept your funding agreement online, we will automatically generate a payment for the grant on your behalf. You do not need to send us an invoice.

We will pay grant funds directly into your nominated bank account within two weeks after acceptance of the funding agreement. Grant payments cannot be postponed.

If you do not wish to have the grant funds paid directly into your bank account you can choose to have your grant administered by another individual or legally constituted organisation (Doesn’t apply to Arts Projects – Organisations).

When you apply, you will be asked to provide an active Australian Business Number or ‘ABN’. The ABN that you provide must correspond to the name of the applicant (or the administering body, if one has been nominated). When you accept your funding agreement, you will be asked to enter the details of the bank account you wish the grant to be paid into. The name associated with that bank account must correspond to the name in which the ABN has been registered.

Download the Australia Council for the Arts logo guidelines here.

Download the Major Festivals Initiative logo guidelines here.

Grant reports are required on completion of your project. Acquitting a grant means accurately reporting on the funded activities and the expenditure of Australia Council funding.

Please read your funding agreement to check details of the grant acquittal material you should provide.

The grant acquittal report is where you tell us:

  • how you spent your grant
  • what the artistic outcomes of your funded activity were.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report at the times and in the manner detailed in your funding agreement, the Australia Council will not make any further payments that may be due to you, and you will not be eligible  to apply for further grants.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report, the Australia Council may ask you to pay back all or part of the funding provided to you.

Grant reports are used by the Australia Council to fulfil obligations of accountability to the Australian Government. They are also essential to the development work of the Australia Council. The reports help us evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of grant categories and ensure our policy development is consistent with the experience of artists in the field.

Reporting for Multi-year Funded Organisations

Organisations in receipt of multi-year funding are required to submit financial, statistical, and artistic reporting on an annual basis.

All reporting is submitted online via the Australia Council’s arts organisations reporting system.

If you are not sure what reporting you need to submit as part of your annual reporting, or what information to provide, please get in touch with your Australia Council contact.

All recipients must acknowledge that the Australia Council provided funding for their activities. When you acquit your grant, we will ask you how you acknowledged the Australia Council.

For printed or online material use our logo and this phrase:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body OR The (company name) is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Logos for download and guidelines for the use of our logos.

Where projects do not have a public outcome, or do not produce any printed or online material, you will need to think about how best to acknowledge the Australia Council funding.

Frequently asked questions

You will receive your grant payment within two weeks of accepting your funding agreement. Please note we pay our grants in the financial year which they are approved. We will not adjust payment timelines to the particular circumstances of individuals. 

The deadline for applications is at 3:00pm AET on the closing date. We strongly recommend submitting before this. Administrative and technical support is only available during office hours (Monday-Friday) 9am to 5 pm AET. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Yes, if you have support materials such as letters from project partners, collaborators or participants that are in languages other than English (including Auslan), we can arrange translation or captioning. 

Please contact the Artists Services team at least four weeks before the closing date of the grant round to which you are intending to make an application. If you do not contact us at least four weeks before the closing date, we may not have sufficient time to meet your translation needs. 

Our online application form also has a checkbox at the top which you can tick if you have attached materials in a language other than English. This alerts the Artists Services team that you have submitted these materials. 

We do not accept applications submitted via post. Any material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact Artists Services. 

We do not amend, correct, update or change any part of your application once it has been submitted. However, if you receive additional confirmations for activities or artists after the closing date you may alert us to these, and we may bring them to the attention of peer assessors at the assessment meeting. These updates could include confirmation that a proposed activity will take place, a partnership has been secured, or funding from another source has been received. 

You can update us about such confirmations by contacting us. Briefly describe the nature of the confirmation and cite your application reference number.  You do not need to send us copies of confirmation emails from third parties – if we need to see evidence of the confirmation we will request it. 

If you wish to update your application once it has been submitted, but the closing date has not yet passed, you can submit a new, updated application and request to withdraw the original one by emailing operationsservicedesk@australiacouncil.gov.au 

Grant applications can be found and are submitted through our online system. If you are using the system for the first time you will need to register your details before filling out a grant application form. 

When will I be notified about the outcome of my application? 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. Please see the guidelines page for the grant category you are interested in for more details. 

Yes, however you must be the applicant. Contact us to discuss your proposal prior to submitting your application.

To apply for this category your project must be circus or physical theatre activity or proposing to support the Victorian circus and physical theatre sector.

This program supports circus and physical theatre practice, it does not extend to dance or dance-theatre. 

Following changes to the circus and physical theatre landscape in Victoria during 2021, the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria are jointly managing new investments to support the circus and physical theatre sector, guided by the principles of the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework. 

We define a ‘group’ as two or more individuals who do not form a legally constituted organisation.  This can include co-collaborators and collectives.  Groups are not eligible to apply to programs open only to organisations. 

An ‘organisation’ is a legally constituted organisation that is registered or created by law. For example, incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities are all defined as organisations. Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply for funding in grant categories that are open to organisations only. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.  Funding programs for organisations are not intended for sole traders or partnerships. 

No. 

Yes. However, the contact person for group applications must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. 

No, international organisations are not eligible to apply for this category.

We provide funding to practising artists or artsworkers. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as a practising artist or artsworker. This may include cultural practitioners, editors, producers, curators and arts managers. 

No. If you have an overdue grant acquittal you will not be eligible to apply for any further grants. 

No. Only Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents may apply to the Australia Council for funding. Foreign nationals who are permitted to live and work in Australia by holding visas such as a Special Category visa or a Bridging visa are not eligible to apply. 

Yes. Creative research and development is a key component of the creative process and can be funded through this category.

Yes. We accept applications in languages other than English, including Auslan. 

If any part of your application requires translation into English, please contact the Artists Services team at least four weeks before the closing date of the round to which you intend to apply. We will use our best and all reasonable endeavours to assist in having some or all of the material translated. However we reserve the right to refuse an application in a language other than English if we believe there is no genuine reason to accept such an application, or if the time-frame for translation precludes us from making the materials available for assessment in the round to which it was submitted.

If you wish to request an application form in a language other than English, please contact the Artists Services team at least 12 weeks before the closing date of the round to which you intend to apply.

We reserve the right to refuse an application form translation request if we believe there is no genuine reason for the request. We also reserve the right to refuse an application form translation if the time-frame for translation prevents us from providing a translated form in time for assessment in the round to which it was submitted. 

Where you have supplied creative content in a language other than English, we may engage an industry expert to provide the peers with an evaluation of the artistic merit of that creative content. 

You can speak with staff at the Australia Council in your first language. Please telephone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (local call anywhere in Australia) and ask to be connected with the Australia Council. 

Applications that focus solely on academic studies, or are for activities that are part of assessable coursework are unlikely to be successful with our assessment panels. Assessment panels are also unlikely to support applications requesting the costs of academic fees or courses. 

If you wish to apply for study costs, explain to the panel how your project extends, or supplements, the course’s standard curriculum requirements. Also, bear in mind that your project will be assessed on artistic merit of the work. 

If you are applying for funding to complete a training program, course, workshop or diploma, explain how doing so will impact positively on your career or practice. 

Do you fund feature film, television or documentary? 

While we can support screen-based art, we do not generally support activities associated with feature film, television or documentary. See Screen Australia, the Federal Government’s primary agency for production of Australian screen activity. https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/  

No, we do not offer quick response grants. Outside of our regular grants program, we do offer a number of other grants and opportunities. 

Yes. Early career artists are eligible to apply for funding through this category.  

Yes. Organisations can propose a program of projects and/or activities. This could be an organisation’s full artistic program for a given calendar year, for example.

We encourage applicants to be mindful of the following considerations: 

The activities should each contribute toward a clear, unifying overall objective –  for example,  the organisation’s artistic vision. It is important to demonstrate the rationale for the inclusion of these activities and how the overall program will align with the organisation’s vision.

In proposing a program consisting of multiple projects or activities, it is possible that some individual projects may be less compelling than others. If you are submitting an application proposing multiple activities or projects, we encourage you to ensure that a similar level of consideration, planning, and artistic merit is common to each to avoid one component of your program potentially letting down the others. 

You may wish to consider using one of the 3 URLs you can provide as support material to link to a document that provides more detail about each individual project or activity in your program. 

As a national arts funding body, all Australia Council grant rounds are competitive. Success rates are usually between 15% and 20%. Success rate for this category may be higher depending on demand.

Yes. Projects must have a start date that falls after we notify you of the outcome of your application, and no later than one year from that date. We will notify you of the outcome of your application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. 

No. However, applications involving venues and partners are likely to be more competitive if their involvement is confirmed. 

Australia Council staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the grant, application requirements, and submitting your application. Staff can assist over email, phone and using Skype. We cannot review application drafts. 

Additional support can be discussed where needed. Where the additional support required is beyond the scope of what our staff can provide, we may recommend speaking to an appropriate organisation for further assistance. 

The best applications are those where the voice of the artist comes through. Where possible you, ‘the artist’, should write your application. Your manager may administer the grant on your behalf to undertake the financial and reporting requirements. 

If you are applying as an unincorporated entity, unincorporated association or partnership you do not need to have an administrator for your grant. However, you must be able to provide an ABN and bank account that are in the group’s name. If you cannot do this you must nominate an administrator. For more information about this, please contact us. 

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an active Australian Business Number (ABN). Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor). 

Furthermore, the name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which we pay the funds. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant, you will need to nominate an administrator for your grant. 

For more information about this, please contact us.

Grants can be considered income by Centrelink. The amount is generally assessed as a lump sum and could affect your Centrelink payment for the financial year. Artists who are running a business (even on a small scale) may have their grant treated differently. It is possible to have your grant paid to an administering body if you wish. 

Applicants should contact Centrelink on 13 28 50 for advice. Additionally, Centrelink’s Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to everyone in the community and may be of benefit to applicants who also receive assistance through the social security system. To contact FIS phone 13 23 00. 

Yes.  The Australia Council expects that artists professionally employed or engaged on Australia Council-funded activities will be remunerated for their work in line with industry standards. Payment of artist fees should be reflected in your application budget. 

For more information, see our Payment of Artists page. 

Our grants program is primarily designed to support projects that have a defined start and end date, rather than ongoing organisational administration costs. Project budgets that include a high proportion of administration costs may be less competitive. However, if you do need funding to cover administration costs directly related to the delivery of your project, you can include them in your grant request. 

Grants paid by the Australia Council may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66. 

No. The Australia Council encourages applicants whose projects will take place in regional and remote locations to budget accurately and realistically, as it is recognised that costs may differ between regions and major cities. 

If you are GST-registered when you receive an Australia Council grant, the Australia Council will pay the grant amount plus GST. The budget provided in your application should be exclusive of GST. 

Yes. The Australia Council recognises that funding may be required for access costs incurred by applicants with disability, or for costs associated with working with artists with disability – who may have particular access needs (e.g. use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, support worker/carer assistance). Access costs are viewed as legitimate expenses and may be included in an applicant’s budget. The Australia Council encourages applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Therefore, budgets may also include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. performances using Auslan, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, materials in other formats such as Braille or CD). 

The application form calculates your grant request as the difference between your total cash income, and your total cash costs. The gap between these two numbers is the grant request. In-kind contributions are not included in this calculation. 

Total cash costs – total cash income = grant request 

For example – 

$50,000 cash costs – $30,000 cash income = $20,000 Australia Council grant request. 

Yes. The Australia Council recognises that childcare needs may impede access to employment in the arts. Accordingly, childcare is a legitimate expense to include in an applicant’s budget. 

We encourage our applicants to seek funding from other sources to cover the complete costs of their projects. While it does depend on the size of your grant request to us, we would expect that applicants with large grant requests would also secure funding from elsewhere to cover all costs associated with a large-scale project. 

Yes. Out-of-pocket expenses such as telephone calls or petrol for travel, are recognised as legitimate expenses and may be included in an applicant’s budget. 

Yes. In-kind support refers to resources, goods and services (for example, use of a venue, materials, and/or people’s time) provided by yourself or others either free of charge, or below market value. Detailing in-kind costs in the budget is important as it gives peers a full understanding of the viability of your project and levels of support you are receiving. In-kind costs are also an expense so, when you save your application, any in-kind income you included will auto-populate to the expenses side of the budget. 

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Artists working across any artform (community engaged practice, dance, digital arts, film and radio, literature, music, multi arts, theatre and visual arts) are eligible to apply.

The program is designed for artists within their first five years of digital practice.

Applications open on Monday 29 August 2022 and close on Tuesday 11 October 2022, 3pm AEDT.

The program runs from January – June 2023, with a combination of one in-person residential, online gathering sessions, 1-1 sessions and self-directed learning and development.

The in-person residential will take place over three days on 2-4 February 2023. All travel will be covered as part of the program.

The online gathering sessions will be delivered online on 6 April 2023 and 25 May 2023.

There is no cost for selected participants to join the program.

It is a condition of the program that participants must be available to attend the in-person residential, both online gathering sessions, and mentoring sessions.

Participants are also required to provide an acquittal of funding on completion of the program.

Applications will be assessed by internal assessors and industry advisors, in both Australia and New Zealand.

Selection criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s development.
  • An active and open approach to creative digital practice
  • Ability to engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others.
  • Alignment to the strategic priorities identified in the Australia Council Digital Culture Strategy 2021-2024 and Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Strategy 2018-2023.

Applicants may be invited to an online interview following the submission of an application.

Individuals can apply via our online application system. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

Written response questions

  1. Introduce yourself and why are you interested in participating in this program 

Provide a brief introduction to yourself and your work, and why this program is relevant to you at this time. What has led you to apply for this program? What is your motivation for participating? How can the program support you to advance your practice towards an exciting future?

In this question we want to know how this program connects to your creative practice development.

You can choose to upload a 3-minute video in response to this question or answer in writing.

  1. Tell us about your digital practice. What motivates and interests you?

We use the term ‘digital’ broadly. Digital includes both online platforms and technologies that extend or impact on the creation, presentation and distribution of creative content. Importantly, we refer to digital as a way of doing things and a way of thinking: a digital mindset.

We think of digital as an:

  • Enabler
  • Practice
  • Mindset
  • Platform
  • Industry

For Pacific arts, we think of digital as it relates to:

  • Va – the space in between.  Meaningful spaces between people, places, cultures, time and dimensions, tangible and intangible.  A space that connects rather than separates.
  • Digital Moana – meaningful connections across Aotearoa, Oceania, and globally, to ensure arts are further enriched through new tools and technologies.
  • Moana, Te Moana-nui-a-Kiva, the ocean homeland of Pasifika peoples that is the fluid bridge between Aotearoa New Zealand, other lands and opportunities.

In this question we are interested in understanding your approach to digital practice.

  1. Tell us about a time that you worked collectively with others.

Our programs bring together artists and practitioners from a diversity of artforms, cultural backgrounds and geographical locations. We create safe spaces to encourage open, generous, and collaborative approaches to learning, experimentation and digital creativity.

In this question, share your experience of a relationship or exchange that has been an important moment for you in your creative digital practice.

Frequently asked questions

The fellowship program involves a three day in-person residential, two x one day online gathering sessions, regular 1-1 mentoring sessions and a financial investment in the development, creation and/or presentation of new digital work.

In person residential

The in-person residential will allow the group, facilitators and guest speakers to come together and connect on Country and exchange knowledge and support.

The residential will take place over three days at a location to be announced shortly. This cross-country opportunity enable participants to experience local culture and digital work, engage in workshops with guest speakers, exchange ideas, create community within the group and network with the wider sector.

Online gathering sessions

These online sessions are an opportunity for group learning and knowledge sharing, supported by core facilitators and informed by expert guest speakers and presenters.

These online gatherings will be delivered over two one-day sessions and provide time and space for participants to develop skills, knowledges, and networks around digital practice. The gatherings are a space for peer learning, and curated expert led sessions with industry leaders.

Topics and themes may be covered in the online gatherings include:

  • Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in the digital space
  • New platforms and technologies for artists and creative organisations
  • Experimentation, collaboration and digital engagement
  • Accessibility in the digital space
  • Decolonisation of digital futures

Mentoring

Each participant will be matched with a mentor, and have six 1-1 sessions throughout the program.  The mentor will provide support and guidance with the development and creation of new work and project proposals in line with the participants’ practice. Participants may be matched with a mentor based in Australia or New Zealand.

Investment

Participants will receive a grant of $10,000 (AUD) to support the development and creation of new work throughout the fellowship program. The funding must be directed towards new work, collaborations and/or presentations developed over the course of the program. Mentors may support the development of this work. Participants will receive the funding on commencement of the program in January 2023.

There will be two lead facilitators for the fellowship program, one based in Australia and one in New Zealand. There will also be a range of guest speakers, case studies and experts who will join throughout the program.

A pool of mentors will be developed in collaboration with Australia Council and Creative NZ, and participants will be matched with a suitable mentor based on their goals and objectives. Participants may be matched with a mentor in either Australia or New Zealand.

Participants must be available for the in-person residential, online gathering sessions and mentoring sessions over the six-month program. These are compulsory activities as part of the Fellowship.

It is encouraged that participants dedicate time and space to the development of new work and ideas throughout the program.

This program will be delivered in-person, online, and involve hybrid programming where possible.

For any questions or further information about the Digital Fellowship please email j.gillis@australiacouncil.gov.au or call 02 9215 9040

New Zealand applicants can also call Catherine George at Creative New Zealand +64 27 807 4221.

Meet the past participants

James Albert, Australia

James Albert, Australia

A multi disciplinary artist, Jimblah is a producer, vocalist, songwriter, & film maker hailing from Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory. An important and powerful voice, Jimblah’s music speaks to decolonisation and healing from on-going trauma, challenging listeners to consider their responsibilities within the colonial context and to move forward in a manner that is rooted in a deep compassion, and a willingness to listen and experience what First Peoples are going up against, daily.

Following the release of his proclaimed albums Face The Fire and Pheonix which quickly stormed to #1 on the ARIA charts and was nominated for Australian Music Prize award, Jimblah was confronted with the weight of responsibilities he faced as a First Nations artist. Taking some time out and finding a sanctuary in producing music with Homewardbound. Jimblah now returns to his solo project with more conviction than ever before. 2019 was a big year for Jimblah with the release of praised singles “No Clapstick”, “Black Paint”, “House N***er” and “Black Life Matters”  all capturing a pivotal view on the deep unrest between Blak and White Australia and adding to the loud story that exists, which ultimately gave way to one of the most moving like a versions ever witnessed, followed closely by the most breaking release of 2020 – “About These Demons”.

Taking a step back from releasing his solo music, Jimblah now shifts his attention to building a new way of building with Blak artists, and a new way of engaging & activating the wider community with a new movement, space, & family that is BLKMPIRE.

If the future is for those who have the courage to create it, Jimblah is a visionary who will constantly transform the hearts and minds of all who bare witness to his commitment, resilience, artistry and grace.

Mi-kaisha Masella, Australia

Mi-kaisha Masella, Australia

R&B soul artist, Mi-kaisha, grew up on the streets of Sydney’s music scene. The soundtrack of her childhood included soulful tunes from the 90s and island tunes from her father’s Koori Radio Hip-Hop show ‘Island Hopping’. She is a ‘city girl through and through’ and her artistry represents hard-hitting, often political messages about being a young Aboriginal & Tongan woman in Australia. Her contagious R&B Soul, pop melodies and layers of harmonies points towards the vibrant palette of sonics in her back pocket and her intuition to create with versatility.

She explains, “My existence is super political, but my music totally doesn’t seem so at first glance. And I think there’s power in that, in the sense that people will just be listening to my music and be like, cool. It’s a vibe. And then I’ll be like, yeah, cool. That’s Indigenous music you’re listening to.”  As an artist, entrepreneur, and storyteller, she is also an advocate with a “responsibility in every space I’m in to make sure I’m actively supporting my communities, and working against the systems that have perpetually oppressed First Nations Peoples and Pacifika Peoples in Australia, and now in New York as well.” So much of Mi-kaisha’s performance experience growing up was within the Aboriginal community, gigging and performing at community events. She is the woman she is today, because of the strong women in her community who have raised her to be unapologetic in everything she is and does.

With a chameleon voice that’s as massively powerful as it is shiveringly delicate, a deep-rooted purpose and message to share: it is no question that Mi-kaisha is a generational talent.

Mi-kaisha is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU and is the first Indigenous Australian student to be accepted into the program. Splitting her time between Warang (Sydney) and Lenapehoking (New York City), the singer/songwriter/musician just released her first single, Brand New, and has music in the works to be released in early 2022.

April Phillips, Australia

April Phillips, Australia

April Phillips is a Wiradjuri-Scottish woman of the Galari peoples. Her arts practice is cemented in digital arts; illustration, VR + AR research and in her role as a peer mentor for the next generation of artists. April leans into character design as a narrative tool to explore empathy, fun and form. Her use of vivid colour and unlikely digital processes celebrates the potential of computer art for a new world.

Victoria Chiu, Australia

Victoria Chiu, Australia

VICTORIA CHIU trained at the VCA, Melbourne, Australia. Chiu’s practice investigates physicalising concepts in relation to histories of self, peoples and place and she works at intersections of dance, screen and technology. Chiu’s work is culturally significant and will continue giving voice to diverse bodies as they contribute to today’s global movement landscape. Chiu has collaborated, performed and toured extensively with European, Australian, Singaporean, Chinese and New Zealand companies and artists including Cie Gilles Jobin, Micha Purucker, Cie Nomades, Jozsef Trefeli, Roland Cox, RDYSTDY, Rudi Van Der Merwe, Kristina Chan, Candy Bowers, Linda Sastradipradja, Fiona Malone, Amelia McQueen, Gabrielle Nankivell, Bernadette Walong, Australian Dance Theatre for Superstars of Dance, Liu Ya Nan, Arts Fission, Yinan Liu, Mindy Meng Wang, Nebahat Erpolat, Ma Haiping and Cate Consandine. Collectively her choreographic work including The Ballad of Herbie Cox, Floored, Do You Speak Chinese?, Fire Monkey, Grotto, Viral, What Happened In Shanghai, Genetrix and Soursweet have been presented in Europe, North America, China and Australia.

Roshelle Fong, Australia

Roshelle Fong, Australia

Roshelle Fong is a Hong Kong Australian multidisciplinary artist who wrote, directed and produced the Melbourne Fringe award-winning immersive show ‘nomnomnom’ (2018) which she adapted in East Iceland, Shanghai and Sydney as part of Kings Cross Hotel’s Vivid programming. In 2020 Roshelle wrote and performed in the live-streamed interactive show ‘Thirsty!’ for Griffin Theatre’s ‘Griffin Lock-in’ and Google Creative Lab’s ‘Theatre, made for the internet’. She was also in Democracy in Colour’s Create Change Fellowship, co-created an online anti-racism card game for schools ‘Zoophobia’ and was a lead artist on Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) and Virtual School Victoria’s ‘In and Out of Worlds’ online theatre program with Yr8 Drama students. In 2021 the interactive theatre show ‘Poona’ which Roshelle co-created with Keziah Warner premiered at the Chinese Museum as part of Next Wave Festival, and she joined MTC’s First Stage writers’ program. She was also an artist-in-residence for Regional Arts Victoria’s Creative Workers in Schools program and wrote and performed in ‘Ruthless World’ which won the Melbourne Fringe Headroom Award supported by RISING. In 2022 Roshelle will commence a Master of Theatre (Writing) at Victorian College of the Arts and join the creative team of MTC’s ‘Laurinda’ as Assistant Director, working with an AV focus.

Emele Ugavule. Australia

Emele Ugavule. Australia

Emele Ugavule is a Tokelauan Fijian storyteller. Her research and practice area of interest is Oceanic Indigenous-led storytelling, working across live performance, screen & digital media as a writer, director, orator, creative producer, performer, educator and mentor. Her work explores creative processes and outcomes grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, and nurturing the vā where embodiment, cultural expression, digitisation and neuroscience intersect.

A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, she has worked with various artists and organisations across Australia and the Pacific including Warner Music, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Netflix ANZ & Mad Ones Films, Playwriting Australia, La Boite Theatre Co, Belvoir St, Sydney Theatre Co, Arts Centre Melbourne, Art Gallery of NSW, Soul Alphabet, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies.

In her commitment to community-led creativity, Emele has produced storytelling projects forPerth Institute of Contemporary Art, Community Arts Network x Lotterywest, Black Birds, Half the Sky and Q Theatre (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). She is an active member of the Tokelauan and Fijian communities across Whadjuk, Bindjareb and Wardandi Nyoongar Country.

Alongside her collective focused practice, Emele has also worked with musicians such as Ngaiire, Thelma Plum and Solange Knowles.

Emele is a sessional lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Lead Editor of Talanoa and the founder and director of Studio Kiin.

Michel Mulipola, New Zealand

Michel Mulipola, New Zealand

Michel Mulipola is a Sāmoan professional comic book artist, professional wrestler and professional gamer. He has illustrated work for WWE, Marvel, 2KANZ, Comedy Central, NZ School Journals and more. Not content with excelling with his art, Michel is also a former Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Heavyweight Champion, a well known Tekken personality in the Oceania region and newly appointed Logitech NZ Ambassador.

Comics, wrestling and video games – all the things Michel enjoyed as a kid, he now makes money from as an adult.

Sione Faletau, New Zealand

Sione Faletau, New Zealand

Sione Faletau is a multidisciplinary artist born in Auckland with Tongan heritage. He has links to the villages of Taunga, Vava’u and Lakepa, Tongatapu.  Utilizing art as a vehicle to explore his Tongan heritage has led him to undertake Doctoral research at University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts. His research was based on Tongan masculinity from an Indigenous perspective. As of late, his interest has been in creating digital kupesi (patterns) through manipulation of the extracted audio wave spectrum from songs, audio recordings and field recordings of environments. This digital data gives him a range of frequencies of high, medium, and low. This ultimately becomes his material that can be manipulated and created into kupesi. This innovative way of creating has opened a new language and a different way of seeing and engaging with kupesi in the contemporary realm.

Link to Sione Faletau art channel on YouTube:

Sione Faletau Artist https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbn33a0ockUrRl_8KJoCbvQ

 Social media – Instagram handle:

https://www.instagram.com/sionefaletauartist/

George Turner, New Zealand

George Turner, New Zealand

Extended throughout a multitude of practices, Turner’s work has consistently traversed a settler–colonialism narrative with the desire of unpacking aspects of the trauma still rooted in Aotearoa and to openly look at the scale of mass extinction now occurring. From large scale projections, Virtual Reality, and across all of the digital disciplines, their work presents a digital analysis of the contemporary world.

Rosanna Raymond, New Zealand

Rosanna Raymond, New Zealand

Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond, an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene as a long-standing member of the art collective the Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Raymond has achieved international renown for her performances, installations, body adornment, and spoken word. A published writer and poet, her works are held by museums and private collectors throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  A former Chesterdale Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Raymond was the Pacific Artist in Residence at Government House in 2017 and is currently the Creative Director for the Pacific Sisters new project Te Pū a Te Wheke for the Honolulu Triennale 2022.

Jamie Berry, New Zealand

Jamie Berry, New Zealand

Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi Jamie Berry is a Multidisciplinary Artist who creates multimedia work that explore Aotearoa histories while reflecting on identity and whakapapa.

Originally from Tūranganui-a-kiwa and resides in Pōneke. Jamie’s practice is based on her whakapapa, past, present and future focused. Reimagining these stories through digital content, DNA soundscape and moving images. Jamie is currently working on a collaboration project with Uku Artist Stevei Houkāmau, an installation work for Pōneke Fringe festival 2022, a work for Circuit, and an installation work for Māori Moving Image 2022.

Her work ‘Whakapapa/Algorithms’ has been selected to show at the Beijing International Art Biennale and will premiere at the Oberhausen Film festival 2022.

Katrina Iosia, New Zealand

Katrina Iosia, New Zealand

Katrina Iosia is a Multidisciplinary artist, of Niuean descent, born and raised in Waitakere, Auckland New Zealand. She has a Bachelor Visual Arts and Design (Unitec), Post graduate diploma in Secondary Education (UoA) and Post Graduate in Design (AUT).

As a practitioner she began her creative journey as a contemporary sculptor and has continued to weave materiality, throughout her creative process, currently pushing the boundaries of storytelling through materialism using technological mediums of augmented reality (AR) and virtual realities (VR). Her work uniquely interweaves the knowledge of her past, present and future works, inspired by coral ecology and the landscapes of Niue island. She has evolved and integrated her physical works, developing expertise in 3D modeling, sculpting and animation, developing her own AR designs creating dialogues for shared and immersive experiences. As an AR designer and developer, she has become New Zealand’s first and only Verified Lens Creator, Creator Network member with Snapchat and recently an AR designer for Spectacles (AR powered glasses) in addition releasing her first project in a paid partnership. Iosia’s AR design ‘The Shapeshifter’ was nominated for an award for Lens fest 2021, a global virtual event exploring the current lenscape for augmented reality that celebrates the Lens Creator community.

Her work has continued to be exhibited in New Zealand and internationally, she has an amazing line up for 2022, which includes a collaboration with the Vancouver Mural Festival 2022, combining her love for both sculpture and AR. She is passionately pioneering storytelling using creative technology, she reimagines vibrant and playful animated works into our everyday environments, combining the real world and digital.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Frequently asked questions

The fellowship program involves a three day in-person residential, two x one day online gathering sessions, regular 1-1 mentoring sessions and a financial investment in the development, creation and/or presentation of new digital work.

In person residential

The in-person residential will allow the group, facilitators and guest speakers to come together and connect on Country and exchange knowledge and support.

The residential will take place over three days at a location to be announced shortly. This cross-country opportunity enable participants to experience local culture and digital work, engage in workshops with guest speakers, exchange ideas, create community within the group and network with the wider sector.

Online gathering sessions

These online sessions are an opportunity for group learning and knowledge sharing, supported by core facilitators and informed by expert guest speakers and presenters.

These online gatherings will be delivered over two one-day sessions and provide time and space for participants to develop skills, knowledges, and networks around digital practice. The gatherings are a space for peer learning, and curated expert led sessions with industry leaders.

Topics and themes may be covered in the online gatherings include:

  • Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property in the digital space
  • New platforms and technologies for artists and creative organisations
  • Experimentation, collaboration and digital engagement
  • Accessibility in the digital space
  • Decolonisation of digital futures

Mentoring

Each participant will be matched with a mentor, and have six 1-1 sessions throughout the program.  The mentor will provide support and guidance with the development and creation of new work and project proposals in line with the participants’ practice. Participants may be matched with a mentor based in Australia or New Zealand.

Investment

Participants will receive a grant of $10,000 (AUD) to support the development and creation of new work throughout the fellowship program. The funding must be directed towards new work, collaborations and/or presentations developed over the course of the program. Mentors may support the development of this work. Participants will receive the funding on commencement of the program in January 2023.

There will be two lead facilitators for the fellowship program, one based in Australia and one in New Zealand. There will also be a range of guest speakers, case studies and experts who will join throughout the program.

A pool of mentors will be developed in collaboration with Australia Council and Creative NZ, and participants will be matched with a suitable mentor based on their goals and objectives. Participants may be matched with a mentor in either Australia or New Zealand.

Participants must be available for the in-person residential, online gathering sessions and mentoring sessions over the six-month program. These are compulsory activities as part of the Fellowship.

It is encouraged that participants dedicate time and space to the development of new work and ideas throughout the program.

This program will be delivered in-person, online, and involve hybrid programming where possible.

For any questions or further information about the Digital Fellowship please email j.gillis@australiacouncil.gov.au or call 02 9215 9040

New Zealand applicants can also call Catherine George at Creative New Zealand +64 27 807 4221.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Additional information

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

After you submit your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.

Applications to the Australia Council Grant Programs are assessed by arts practice peer panels against the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 12 weeks after the published closing date for the applicable grant round.

Once all applications have been assessed, you will be contacted about the outcome of your application. If you have been successful, you will also be sent a funding agreement. This outlines the conditions of funding, how you will be paid and your grant reporting requirements. The following accordion items outline these stages in more detail.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email advising you a grant is offered. You must then agree to the conditions of your grant, which represents the Australia Council’s contract with you – this can be done online, by email or by letter. Payment of a grant will not be made until the grant conditions have been agreed and accepted by all the relevant parties.

You should not start a project that depends on a grant until all relevant parties have agreed and accepted the grant conditions and we have evidence of such acceptance on file.

Standard grant conditions require you to, among other things:

  • seek prior approval for making a change to a funded project (for example, changes in the activity budget; changes to key creative personnel; or changes to start or end dates)
  • respond to requests for information about the project or grant
  • satisfactorily account for how the grant is spent (if you do not you will be required to return all monies for which you cannot satisfactorily account)
  • comply with all applicable laws
  • acknowledge the Australia Council’s support in all promotional material associated with the project; this includes use of the Australia Council’s logo and a standard text of acknowledgement.
  • provide artistic and financial acquittal reports at the end of the project
  • return any unspent grant funds at the completion of your project or on notice from us to return such unspent funds.

Grant agreements must be signed by a legal entity – either a legally constituted organisation or an individual. For unincorporated groups, see the section on administered grants

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an ABN. Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor).

The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which we pay the funds. There are no exceptions to this rule. If applicants cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant’s name, they will need to nominate an administrator for their grant.

Groups/ensembles/collectives, unincorporated associations/ unincorporated entities and other bodies with no legal status do not need an administrator if they have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and bank account in their name. If they are unable to provide an active ABN and bank account that matches the name of the applicant, they must nominate an administrator. The name of the administrator must match the name of the ABN and bank account into which funds are paid if the application is successful.

If we approve your application you will need accept the conditions of the grant in a funding agreement.

After you accept your funding agreement online, we will automatically generate a payment for the grant on your behalf. You do not need to send us an invoice.

We will pay grant funds directly into your nominated bank account within two weeks after acceptance of the funding agreement. Grant payments cannot be postponed.

If you do not wish to have the grant funds paid directly into your bank account you can choose to have your grant administered by another individual or legally constituted organisation (Doesn’t apply to Arts Projects – Organisations).

When you apply, you will be asked to provide an active Australian Business Number or ‘ABN’. The ABN that you provide must correspond to the name of the applicant (or the administering body, if one has been nominated). When you accept your funding agreement, you will be asked to enter the details of the bank account you wish the grant to be paid into. The name associated with that bank account must correspond to the name in which the ABN has been registered.

Download the Australia Council for the Arts logo guidelines here.

Download the Major Festivals Initiative logo guidelines here.

Grant reports are required on completion of your project. Acquitting a grant means accurately reporting on the funded activities and the expenditure of Australia Council funding.

Please read your funding agreement to check details of the grant acquittal material you should provide.

The grant acquittal report is where you tell us:

  • how you spent your grant
  • what the artistic outcomes of your funded activity were.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report at the times and in the manner detailed in your funding agreement, the Australia Council will not make any further payments that may be due to you, and you will not be eligible  to apply for further grants.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report, the Australia Council may ask you to pay back all or part of the funding provided to you.

Grant reports are used by the Australia Council to fulfil obligations of accountability to the Australian Government. They are also essential to the development work of the Australia Council. The reports help us evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of grant categories and ensure our policy development is consistent with the experience of artists in the field.

Reporting for Multi-year Funded Organisations

Organisations in receipt of multi-year funding are required to submit financial, statistical, and artistic reporting on an annual basis.

All reporting is submitted online via the Australia Council’s arts organisations reporting system.

If you are not sure what reporting you need to submit as part of your annual reporting, or what information to provide, please get in touch with your Australia Council contact.

All recipients must acknowledge that the Australia Council provided funding for their activities. When you acquit your grant, we will ask you how you acknowledged the Australia Council.

For printed or online material use our logo and this phrase:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body OR The (company name) is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Logos for download and guidelines for the use of our logos.

Where projects do not have a public outcome, or do not produce any printed or online material, you will need to think about how best to acknowledge the Australia Council funding.

Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment FAQ’s

Under this fund a national tour is three or more locations outside of your home state. A break in the middle of a consecutive schedule of locations is possible if there is a compelling reason and the impact on the funding request is minimal. 

A professional production is one where the performers and artistic personnel are paid at the appropriate recognised industry level.

To be eligible for this investment, the work/s needs to be produced by an Australian company or produced by an artist or collective of artists who are Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. The content of the work, the writer, composer or choreographer are not required to be Australian. An eligible work could also include a percentage of international performers as part of an Australian co-production.

We welcome national touring applications from all forms of professionally produced live performance across theatre, dance and music.

The Australia Council also offers the Contemporary Music Touring Program. If you are interested in touring music nationally please contact an Artists Services Officer to determine which category is most suitable for your tour.

This Australia Council, as do many government departments and agencies, uses the ARIA (Accessibility Remoteness Index of Australia) to determine the regional and remote classification for each town. The ARIA considers a range of factors, including distance to services, to group all locations in Australia into 5 ARIA Code areas. To find out if your project meets the eligible criteria (i.e. inclusion of venues with an ARIA rating of 1-4) and search for the relevant ARIA codes, please download this form.

Yes, provided you meet the eligibility requirement of including regional and or remote locations in your itinerary. Please note there is no quota or ratio required for regional and remote versus metropolitan locations. However, applicants must note that the purpose of the program is to support regional and remote access.

Yes, your itinerary can include activities that offer additional opportunities for the community to engage with the performers or art, which reflect the engagement strategy provided in your application. As the focus of this fund is performances, additional activities should be scheduled in an efficient way within the itinerary.

Depending on prevailing COVID-19 conditions  engagement strategies should consider COVIDSafe delivery requirements.

  • interstate net touring costs and tour coordination fees. Applicants should research the net touring costs based on current prices and add a reasonable contingency to each item
  • budgets may include a portion of costs associated with a remount of an existing production. In your application and budget please ensure you clearly outline the costs involved, ensuring they are eligible.
  • Where appropriate, please show how presenter fees have been reduced to provide them with relief on this expense. Be sure to show what costs the presenter will be liable for (this could include venue costs, marketing, a proportion of wages for the touring party, and any in-kind costs).
  • carbon offsets or other similar programs to reduce carbon emissions, or other activity which reduces the environmental impact of the tour
  • wellbeing programs (i.e. Employment Assistance Programs) or other activity which provides support for the company whilst on tour.

Depending on prevailing COVID-19 conditions applicants may request a contribution towards for costs associated with CovidSafe delivery of touring:

  • additional cleaning costs
  • touring costs for understudies or additional crew in the touring party (travel, accommodation, allowances) to mitigate against risk of illness within the touring party
  • costs for Personal Protective Equipment or other safety equipment.
  • accommodation, travel fares and transport costs for the touring party
  • relevant industrial award rates for travel allowances for the touring party
  • freight costs for the set and production elements.

The ‘touring party’ is defined as the performers, crew and other personnel required to stage the show.  In the application outline the members of your touring party.

This fund provides support to cover travel allowances at the rate set by the appropriate industry award plus contingency for scheduled increases. Productions that pay above the award rate or have their own certified agreement will need to find alternative sources to cover the difference.

The tour coordination fees support the cost of managing the tour logistics and travel bookings, providing a contribution towards those costs at a set rate of $550 per venue. The rate is automatically provided in the budget form and applicants are eligible to receive the tour coordination fee for venues outside of their home state.

You are required to provide a budget and itinerary for the first year of touring (2023). If you are successful in receiving Playing Australia Multi Year Investment you will be required to submit annually, a budget and itinerary for the following year (for 2024 – 2025). This material will be reviewed for eligibility based on the published guidelines and criteria, before the next instalment of investment is paid.

You may carry forward unspent funds into 2024 and 2025, though at the conclusion of the project and following the final acquittal, you will be required to return any unspent funds.

Some projects might have performers based in various states or perhaps the tour is managed by a tour coordinator from a different state or territory. For the purposes of this fund one ‘home state’ needs to be nominated to calculate the interstate versus intrastate costs. Generally, the ‘home state’ will be the street address of the production company. However, all applicants with different state or territory involvement should discuss with an Artists Services Officer to confirm the appropriate ‘home’ base for their application.

Depending on prevailing COVID-19 conditions, shorter tours which target a particular state or region are appropriate. In your application you should address the overall rationale of your tour itinerary in the context of COVID-19. Tours must still include 3 or more venues, including locations outside of metropolitan areas.

We will continue to work with clients whose touring activity is impacted by COVID-19 on an individual basis.

Governance Training for Organisations (3-day course)

Foundations of Directorship™ online course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Perth leadership exchange.

About the opportunity

Australia Council for the Arts is delighted to offer world-class governance training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) for organisations via the Foundations of Directorship™ Course.

This course has a length of 11 weeks, including pre-reading, three facilitator-led virtual classrooms and (optional) assessment time. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the main components of directorship – governance, risk, strategy and finance – Directors participating in Foundations of Directorship will begin to establish a new director-oriented outlook that will prepare them for a successful director career.

The opportunity is open to CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff member acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations. See eligibility guidelines for full details.

  • Identify the duties and responsibilities of a director.
  • Outline governance and board meeting processes.
  • Outline the director’s role in evaluating financial statements.
  • Recognise the link between corporate strategy and financial performance.
  • Identify the director’s role in formulating and monitoring strategy, and identifying and assessing risk.

The program has a standard duration of 11 weeks, including 2 weeks of pre-reading, 3 in-classroom (online) sessions, and an optional 6-week assessment period.

The program consists of three courses:

  • Governance for Directors
  • Risk and Strategy for Directors
  • Finance for Directors.

On completion of the third online classroom session, participants will be provided with an opportunity to complete a 90 minute, 30 question multiple choice quiz covering content from all three days.

This opportunity is only open to:

  • CEOs, Executive Directors and General Managers or those in an equivalent role (as well as staff acting as the Board secretariat) from arts organisations
  • small-to-medium arts organisations, Multi-Year Investment organisations and National Performing Arts Partnership Framework organisations with less than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council  .

Only organisations may apply for this opportunity. You must be an Australian based organisation.

You can’t apply if:

  • you are an individual
  • you are an NPAPF organisation in receipt of more than $800,000 in annual funding from Australia Council.
  • you have undertaken previous training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors or equivalent training
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are applying as a group.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by Australia Council staff. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection Criteria:

  • Timeliness and relevance of the training opportunity to your organisation.
  • The impact the proposed activity will have on your organisation.
  • Commitment to implementing learnings for the sustainability of the arts sector.

Additional information

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of your application.

After you submit your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 4 weeks after the published closing.

For FAQ’s relating to the grants model, please click here.

Please contact the Artists Services team.

Once all applications have been assessed, you will be contacted about the outcome of your application. If you have been successful, you will also be sent an agreement.

Frequently asked questions

Over a three month period, the program is delivered in three phases. Your organisation will work with the strategist to complete the following:

  • Assess: the strategist will take the organisation through the Digital Culture Compass, an online tool that will help identify the organisation’s current level of digital maturity.
  • Develop: a process of ideation and investigation to identify digital challenges and opportunities for your organisation. This phase involves feasibility research to refine and resolve potential initiatives.
  • Draft: collate your work into a digital strategy (and/or implementation plan) document that aligns with your existing strategic/business plan.

Our digital strategists are a diverse group of creative technologists and digital consultants with a broad range of experience across digital technologies, capacities and roles. Strategists will be located across Australia and are selected based on their:

  • experience with digital transformation
  • knowledge of the arts and creative industry
  • commitment to digital inclusion, cultural competency and accessibility.

Organisations will be matched with strategists based on the individual needs and priority areas.

The digital strategist will be available for twelve days across the twelve-week residency.

There will be a combination of contact and non-contact hours with your organisation for between 2-4 team members.

There will also be three compulsory online sessions with the cohort of participating organisations to provide an opportunity to connect and share experiences and knowledge and hear from industry experts.

This residency is designed to be delivered online with potential for hybrid delivery, involving a combination of in-person and online sessions with your strategist via negotiation.

To apply please answer the following questions

  • What is the main practice area of your organisation/group?
  • Please select any other areas of practice that are relevant to your organisation/group. You may select as many areas as are relevant.
  • Introduce your organisation and why you do what you do. Limit your response to 2000 characters
  • How has your organisation explored and managed digital so far? Limit your response to 2000 characters
  • Why is the program relevant for your organisation at this time? Limit your response to 2000 characters
  • What does digital leadership in the sector look like to you? Limit your response to 2000 characters:
  • What tools and processes do you have in place to facilitate collaboration between your team members? Limit your response to 2000 characters.
  • What are the names and roles of Digital Champions (Note: at least one champion should be in a leadership position and both should be current members of your organisation available 1 day a week)
  • Any relevant support material for your application that demonstrates your organisation’s openness, motivation and commitment to digital innovation. (one attachment only).
  • Your organisation’s strategic/business plan (as a PDF).

This opportunity is open to organisations.

An ‘organisation’ is a legally constituted organisation that is registered or created by law. For example, incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities are all defined as organisations.

Your application will be assessed as per the selection criteria. The program is designed to bring together a diverse range of applicants from organisations around the country and we work to ensure a balance between geographic locations and artforms. This will be considered in the assessment process.

The program requires your organisation to identify a minimum of two digital champions (one in a leadership position) from your organisation to lead the residency. Consider who has the ability to lead your team and enact the recommendations or opportunities that may arise. It is important to get organisation buy-in, so consider representatives from different teams.

Please send an email to digitalarts@australiacouncil.gov.au if you would like to discuss your eligibility.

Australia Council can support a number of fully subsidised (free) positions each round through this application process. Alternatively, organisations can choose to start the program immediately and cover the cost of the strategist. For more information about the paid residencies available, please email digitalarts@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Future Form: Transforming Arts Business Models

An opportunity for small to medium arts organisations

Future Form is an opportunity for small to medium arts organisations to transform and innovate their core business model.

In a supported environment, led by industry experts, up to 24 participants from 12 organisations will be guided through a four-phase process to:

  • discover
  • ideate
  • experiment
  • evolve.

Future Form provides time and space for participants to reimagine and respond to the future.

Participants will use a range of design techniques to interrogate the value proposition of their organisation; and identify practical solutions and next steps. The program includes a range of activities including online learning sessions, intensive residential labs, individual coaching sessions and peer support.

For more details about the program, including key dates and requirements, please see our FAQ section.

Future Form is for small to medium arts organisations from around Australia. Two representatives from each organisation will participate in the program and only one application per organisation is required. Future Form is also open to groups or collectives who are planning to form an organisation.

We strongly encourage organisations affected by the recent bushfires to apply for this program, and these applications will be prioritised. 

For more details about the eligibility requirements of participants and their organisations, please see our FAQ section.

Organisations can apply via our online application system. The application includes a short introductory video, written responses to four questions that address the selection criteria and optional support material.

Each organisation must nominate two participants. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

  • Why is the program relevant for your organisation at this time?
  • How has your organisation explored and managed change so far?
  • As the representatives from your organisation, how will you embrace the learning opportunity provided by Future Form, working together and with other participants to make the most of the program? One response for each participant.
  • How does your organisation see its role as champions in transforming the sustainability of our sector?
  • A three-minute video to introduce your organisation, what it does and why.
  • LinkedIn URLs for each individual participant.
  • Any relevant support material for your application that demonstrates your organisation’s openness, motivation and commitment to innovation. One attachment only and support material is optional.

Successful organisations pay an administration fee of $1,500. This fee is based on an investment by Australia Council of over $15,000 per organisation throughout the program. Please contact us for financial support if required, as no organisation is discouraged from applying due to financial reasons.

Please see our FAQ section for more information about the application process, the video component and support material.

Applications will be reviewed internally and alongside external advisors. Your application will be based on merit, response to the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Selection criteria

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to your organisation’s development.
  • An active and open approach to organisational change management.
  • Drive and motivation of each participant to collaborate and experiment with diverse ways of learning and connecting.
  • Commitment to exploring and implementing solutions for the sustainability of the arts sector.

We are looking for applications from a range of art forms from across Australia. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

For more details about the application and selection process, please see our FAQ section.


Diversity and access: Leadership Program

The Australia Council encourages applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability and people living in regional and remote areas.

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further.

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Future Form is presented nationally
with our delivery partner, the Australian,

Future Form coach: Tony Shannon

Tony Shannon is a specialist in operating and growing businesses in the creative sector. Originally studying writing, Tony worked for 20+ years in senior management roles in digital and creative businesses, particularly print, then digital and mobile publishing. He was part of the management team for the successful IPO of HWW Limited in Dotcom ’99 and a director of the ASX-listed entity until its sale to ninemsn in 2006. He was also a founder and CEO of Australian Property Monitors, a joint-venture between HWW and Fairfax Media.

Tony is a specialist in the 21st century business environment – for digital, non-digital and creative businesses. 

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Lydia Fairhall 

Lydia Fairhall is a singer/songwriter, festival curator, theatre and film producer, freelance writer and artistic director with over twenty years of experience across remote and urban communities. 

Working across a wide range of disciplines, her work history includes Executive Producer/Co CEO  for ILBIJERRI Company Theatre, where she designed and delivered Jack Charles V The Crown (New Zealand and Japan tours), Which Way Home (national tour), the development of major scale works, Black Ties and Bagurrk and seeded several artist and sector development programs including Blackwrights, the ILBIJERRI Ensemble and the Executive Mentorship Program. Previously Lydia was a Producer for Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Head of Programming for Footscray Community Arts Centre, producing shows such as Stradbroke Dreamtime (Out of the Box/Queensland Theatre), The Hamburg Season (Hamburg Orchestra, Opera and Ballet) Bloodland (Bangarra Dance Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company) and My Lovers Bones (Melbourne Festival). She was also the Creative Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s annual and much loved Wominjeka Festival, 2014-2018.

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Future Form facilitator: Tarra van Amerongen

Tarra van Amerongen is the Managing Director of ustwo design studio in Sydney whose clients include Qantas, Google and CBA. Her team works with corporates and startups alike to bring new value propositions to market by combining design, technology and data.

Tarra was previously at ANZi, a venturing unit at ANZ Bank where she was the Director of Strategic Design, responsible for setting up the design capability for start-ups being built across Australia and developing the methodology for venturing. Before this she was the Group Director for the Fjord Sydney and Canberra studios, accountable for managing client relationships, finance and commercials, people, creative outputs, and operations for both studios as well as running the Business Design practice across Australia and New Zealand.

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