Our structure

The Australia Council for the Arts comprises the office of the chief executive and five divisions.

The organisation’s full-time staff of approximately 120 is located in Sydney.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible to the Council for the conduct of its affairs and, in conjunction with the Council chairperson, liaises with the Ministry for the Arts concerning government arts policies and the Australia Council’s budget, statutory powers and functions.

The Office of the CEO includes Artsupport Australia, an Australia Council initiative to grow cultural philanthropy, secretariat, legal and compliance and public affairs.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts supports the development and promotion of traditional arts practices and new forms of artistic expression among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban and regional areas, and in all artforms.

Arts Development is responsible for the Australia Council’s work in the areas of audience and market development, arts marketing, skills development, international marketing and promotion, research and analysis, and business services. It also manages council's marketing and communication initiatives.

Arts Funding supports the excellence and diversity of arts practice through its grant categories, strategic initiatives and multi-arts projects. The division comprises seven artform sections. Senior officers manage grant assessment processes and artform development for the dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts boards, and for the community partnerships section and inter-arts office.

Arts Organisations aims to ensure Australia has an artistically vibrant, financially viable and broadly accessible arts sector by supporting the nation's arts organisations. The Major Performing Arts Panel is responsible for oversight of the operations of 28 Major Performing Arts companies throughout Australia, as joint and equal partners with state government funding agencies. The Key Organisations section is responsible for managing relationships with triennially funded arts organisations.

Corporate Resources provides the Australia Council’s human resources, financial services, information technology and office services functions. This includes supporting the organisation in its business planning and budgeting activities. The operations section provides support to the arts funding division and other areas of the Australia Council.

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