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.





Australian Pavilion

Drama in the Giardini: A dark and mysterious pavilion—the first new arrival in two decades—shakes up the

Windmill Theatre Bringing GRUG to Shanghai

South Australian Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling this morning announced that Windmill Theatre is to tour its international award- winning work Grug to Shanghai for four weeks in


Focus on Leadership: Lucy Simpson | Australia Council

"Anything is possible if you believe in it and are prepared to work hard to achieve it." Lucy Simpson of contemporary design business Gaawaa Miyay Designs shares her ACCELERATE experiences and thoughts on leadership with the Australia Council for the Arts....

Festival of Slow Music 2015 - 22-30 Aug, Ballarat

The Festival of Slow Music is entering into its third year and it will again run over 9 days from 22- 30 August in Ballarat, with dozens of musicians presenting over 40 different performances. The distinguishing feature of the festival is still that the co...

We are proud to present to you this outstanding, painting b......

We are proud to present to you this outstanding, painting by the legendary Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi!!! It is entitled “Grandmother's Country” This lady’s life and works are just so impressive. It is 90cm x 150cm Acrylic on Canvas – For info on this magn...


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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.

Artistic Vibrancy

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.

2015-16 Budget Update

2015-16 Budget Update

The 2015-16 budget measures will have a significant impact and the Australia Council will be working closely with the Ministry for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia to avoid duplication and offer support to the sector that is complementary.