Travel Fund for Literature

Australia Council Response Package

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

With immediate effect, we have suspended many of our investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate our efforts on responding to the crisis situation faced by our artists and arts organisations.

If you have submitted an application we will be in touch in the coming days.

About the fund

Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas. The proposal should include a program of activities designed to engage international readers and literary audiences.

This funding may assist with international air fares and other travel costs associated with participation in literary festivals, book tours or other promotional events.

Who may apply:

  • Published Australian authors and illustrators of literary works.
  • International literary organisations including festivals and publishers.

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • quality of the work
  • timeliness of the opportunity
  • significance and range of activities planned
  • the likely impact of the proposed activities on the author or illustrator’s career
  • the level of publisher or international literary organisation’s support

Applications will be assessed by Australia Council staff.

The following support material is required:

  • a letter of invitation from the literary organisation
  • a biography of the author
  • up to 10 pages of your work, preferably from the work/s to be internationally promoted/published

Travel Fund FAQs

Applications should be for a suite of activities rather than a single event. Applications which include a program of activities rather than a single event will be more competitive.

Yes. It would also be advisable for the international publisher or organisation to outline their financial contribution or other support.


No. This fund exists to support activities associated with international trade publication.

The purpose of the fund is to enable an author to travel to support the international publication of their work. A strong proposal will have either an international publisher in place, or will clearly demonstrate that the travel will assist in securing one. A proposal may also demonstrate that the activity will increase international attention and demand for writing by unique Australian voices such as works by Australian First Nations writers.