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 our respect to the Elders both past and present.






Tè - Andrew Brooks / Kynan Tan (Sydney) + Ivan Mrsic

Tè is the interdisciplinary art duo of Kynan Tan and Andrew Brooks. Collaboratively they create works in the format of performances, installations, kinetic sculptures, recordings, writings and thought experiments, each using sound as a departure point. The...

Thomas Keneally awarded for lifetime achievement in literatu...

Thomas Keneally awarded for lifetime achievement in literature by Australia Council http://t.co/COThWBKK2z The author of Schindler’s Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith joins nine other Australians to be recognised by the council at 2015 awards

Spyglass Gypsies at the Illawarra Folk Festival

Counting down to the start of our 2015 NT & WA tour: April 12 - Darwin Railway Sports and Social Club April 15 - Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre April 17 - Tennant Creek Memorial Club April 18 - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs April 21...


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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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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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Strategic plan

The Strategic Plan reflects an ambitious vision for the arts in Australia and is comprised of four goals.