What We Do

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

Our focus is on increasing the visibility of Australia's vibrant arts and culture, and recognising the evolving way that Australians make and experience art.  Our role is to support the unimagined along with the reimagined, the unknown and experimental along with the keenly anticipated.  We are a champion for Australian arts both here and overseas. We invest in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process, and are committed to the arts being accessible to all Australians. 

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

Click here to view the Australia Council Act 

Acknowledgement of Country

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


Stella Young memorial broadcast

A service to honour the life of journalist, comedian and activist Stella Young will be broadcast on ABC Local Radio, Digital

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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Stay in touch

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

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Strategic plan

The Strategic Plan reflects an ambitious vision for the arts in Australia and is comprised of four goals:
Goal One:   Australian arts are without borders
Goal Two:   Australia is known for its great art and artists
Goal Three: The arts enrich daily life for all
Goal Four:   Australians cherish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture