Creating Pathways: Insights on support for artists with disability

Artists with disability create great art that is being recognised, and agency and ownership are critical. This report brings together findings from a range of research undertaken by the Australia Council to inform the Council’s approach to future support for artists with disability. 

Disability and Accessibility

Our vision is to be a disability confident and competent organisation. 

The Australia Council for the Arts strives to be a leading innovator in the area of disability and accessibility. We are dedicated to supporting artists and arts workers with disability to access the full resources available through the Australia Council. We will implement innovative good practice in accessibility throughout our programs and initiatives.

Diversity and disability  

Disability is one of six priority areas of the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework (CEF), a mechanism to ensure that the Australia Council’s vision, priorities and processes recognise and reflect diversity.

Through our CEF we recognise the diversity in the experience of disability across Australia. We acknowledge the much higher instance of disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the cultural, geographic and other factors that compound barriers for people with disability in accessing their right to take part in cultural life.

Our DAP 2017-19 has been developed with reference to diversity, and a number of actions within of the DAP are designated ‘CEF-wide.’ We will also continue to include and consider disability as we develop Action Plans across our other CEF priority areas in 2017.

Disability Action Plan 2017—2019

The Australia Council’s Disability Action Plan 2017—19 builds on the achievements of our previous DAP and stretches us to deliver for people with disability across our three goals of accessibility, leadership and arts practice.

Download the Australia Council Disability Action Plan (DAP) 2017-19 is available for download in PDF and RTF format.

Evaluation of our DAP 2014-16

The Australia Council has recently conducted an evaluation of its previous Disability Action Plan 2014-2016. A summary can be viewed in a range of alternative formats, including:

The Disability Action Plan 2014-16 is available for download in PDFHTML and Audio formats.

Arts and disability funding

For the years 2015-2017, the Australia Council is offering and Arts and Disability Funding program for artists and groups who identify with disability. Further detail on this program can be found at Arts and Disability Funding.


The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring greater access to the arts for all Australians. This includes providing access to our programs and services for people with disability. For more information on accessibility, please visit our Accessibility page or contact us (insert link) if you would like request information in an alternative format.

DAP goals

The three goals of our DAP 2017-19 are:

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Artist Stories

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Learn more through viewing our list of useful links and resources about arts and disability.

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