What we do
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. We support Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.
We collaborate to build new audiences, foster philanthropic support and deepen our understanding of the arts through research.
Each year, we deliver more than $160 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country.
Who we are
Chief Executive Officer
Tony's career in arts management began with a new school and a tuba.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
Lydia has over 20 years experience in the arts sector.
Rose learnt in museums how the arts can build communities.
Libby was MD of the Sydney Symphony before joining us in 2009.
How we work
Want to know how the Australia Council functions?
Here we introduce our teams and share how each of them contributes to supporting Australian arts. Find out more
The Australia Council has a set of Strategic Priorities to focus our efforts on critical areas for the arts in Australia and our capacity to support the sector into the future. These are reviewed every year by the governing council and maintained or altered depending on ever-changing needs across the arts sector and council’s ongoing research. Read more
Cultural Engagement Framework
The Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework helps ensure all our strategies and programs support artistic excellence across the diversity of Australian society and provide opportunities for all Australians to participate in and enjoy the arts. Read more