What We Do

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

The Australia Council was originally established as an independent statutory authority through the Australia Council Act 1975. On 1 July 2013, the Australia Council Act 2013 commenced, updating the functions of the Australia Council. The Australia Council is accountable to the Australian Parliament and to the Government through the Minister for the Arts.

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

Click here to view the Australia Council Act 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and pays our respect to the Elders both past and present.


Useful Links

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

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Find a Grant 2015

The Australia Council new funding model is focused on making it easier and simpler to apply for grants.

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

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News and Events

For the latest news about the Australia Council and the arts sector, please click here.

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Artist Stories

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