2017 Australia Council Awards Nominations

The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution of the individual Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation.

The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2017 awards.
The closing date is Tuesday October 4.

These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. The Australia Council will announce and present the Awards to eight distinguished Australian artists in March 2017.

Past recipients include some of our most eminent artists. The 2016 Australia Council Award recipients are:–David Malouf AO (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature; Brett Dean (Vic) – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award; Richard Bell (Qld) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award; Kelli McCluskey (WA) – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award; Lucy Guerin (Vic) – Australia Council Dance Award; Yaron Lifschitz (Qld) – Australia Council Theatre Award; Lily Shearer (NSW) – Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development); Nathan Stoneham (Qld) – Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development).

The Australia Council is committed to supporting the artistic and cultural ambition embodied by this diverse and impressive group of individual artists.

About the Awards

Nominators must 

  • complete the nomination form
  • provide a CV for the nominee (max of 2 x A4 pages)

Nominators may 

  • provide a maximum of two letters of support for the nomination

Artists are not able to self-nominate. Individual artists may only be nominated.


Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature acknowledges the achievements of eminent literary writers 

  • over the age of 60 
  • who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian literature. 

Australia Council Don Banks Music Award is named in honour of Don Banks, an Australian composer, performer and the first Chair of the Music Board. The Award acknowledges the achievements of a distinguished artist 

  • aged over 50 
  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia. 

Australia Council Visual Arts Award acknowledges the achievements of an Australian artist 

  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian visual art. 

Australia Council Award for Emerging & Experimental Arts acknowledges the achievements of an Australian artist 

  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the practice of emerging and experimental art. 

Australia Council Award for Dance acknowledges the achievements of an Australian artist 

  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian dance. 

 Australia Council Award for Theatre acknowledges the achievements of an Australian artist 

  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Australian theatre. 

Ros Bower Award, is named in honour of Ros Bower, a journalist, television producer, community arts pioneer and founding Director of Council’s first Community Arts Board. The Award acknowledges the achievements of an Australian artist 

  • who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to community arts and cultural development. 

Kirk Robson Award was established in honour of Kirk Robson who tragically died in a car crash in 2005. Kirk received the Council’s Young and Emerging Artists Initiative and was the Artistic Director of The Torch Project. The Award recognises a young person working in community arts and cultural development

  • 30 years of age or under (at the time of nomination)
  • who demonstrates outstanding leadership

Nomination Form

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