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.





Vale Betty Amsden, Arts Angel

The pioneering philanthropist, whose support for the arts assisted numerous organisations, has died aged 90. Betty Amsden Melbourne’s...

On the Couch with Craig Bary

Who is Craig Bary? Craig Bary is an independent choreographer, dancer and teacher. Originally from New Zealand, he has worked in Australia...

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

Find a Grant in 2017

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

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Stay in Touch

Stay up to date on Australia Council programs and projects. Click here to register.

Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2015-16

The 2015-16 Australia Council for the Arts Annual Report was tabled in the Federal Parliament on 18 October 2016.

Latest Research

Latest Research

Showcasing Creativity provides an opportunity and evidence base for the broader arts sector to examine decision making processes about programming, presenting and marketing First Nations works to Australian audiences.

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