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.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and pays its respect to their Elders past and present.





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AGNSW loses another Deputy Director Today’s leaked news that Deputy Director of the AGNSW, Suhanya Raffel will leave the gallery for a museum in Asia has come as a shock.


Australia-Japan Foundation

Snuff Puppets had such an amazing time in Japan last year thanks to the Australia-Japan Foundation, Asialink Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Embassy Tokyo. Only 6 weeks until the Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Round for 2016-1...

Contemporary Touring Initiative | Australia Council

FUNDING: Applications now open for the Contemporary Touring Initiative, which supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communit...

Promoting Diversity of Cultural Expression in Arts in Austra...

#Australia became a signatory in 2009 to UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression and the Australia Council for the Arts published this report to contribute to the understanding and debate of its impl...


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Barney McAll, Peggy Glanville Hicks Resident 2015 Credit: Australia Council

Find a Grant 2016

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

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Artistic Vibrancy

The Artistic Vibrancy framework is a way for organisations to talk about their artistic impact in an holistic manner.

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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 up to date on Australia Council programs and projects. 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.

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Register to be a Peer

Join your peers in supporting Australia's great arts and artists. Register to be a Peer Assessor.​

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