A profile of Australian cultural policies

15 September 2011

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The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts are pleased to publish Cultural policies in Australia.

Cultural policies in Australia offers an invaluable profile of arts and cultural polices across all spheres of government. It charts the development of federal and state cultural agencies, policy relating to all artforms, public and commercial media, Indigenous affairs, heritage, education, training and economic policy.

As well as being an important stand-alone document, the Australian cultural policy profile will also become part of WorldCP, a central, web-based database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies, modeled on the highly regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe (www.culturalpolicies.net) which contains policy profiles of 41 European countries and Canada.

WorldCP is being developed by IFACCA and will be launched at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture, to be co-hosted by IFACCA and the Australia Council, with the support of Arts Victoria, in Melbourne in October 2011.

“The Australian policy profile is one of the first from non-European countries to be added to the international database during its pilot phase in 2011,” says Sarah Gardner, Executive Director of IFACCA. “With so many international guests coming to Australia for the World Summit, it’s wonderful to have the profile available now. It will help delegates to understand the historical development of, and current status of, cultural policies in Australia,” says Sarah.

The Australian profile is authored by highly regarded arts administrator and academic, Professor Margaret Seares AO. Professor Seares’ experience and knowledge of arts and cultural policy is extensive having been a member of a wide range of boards and councils in the government, not-for-profit, and arts sectors including the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Arts Advisory Committee. She was Chair of the Australia Council for a four year term, concluding in 2001.

Kathy Keele, CEO of the Australia Council says, “This profile of Australia’s cultural policies gives us a clear and detailed picture of how cultural policy in Australia has evolved. This is a really important resource to have, particularly as we look to the future and discuss the National Cultural Policy.”

IFACCA is now working on adding similar profiles to WorldCP for Asian, African and Arab countries, with longer term plans for profiles of Pacific and Latin American countries.

“The capacity to monitor and analyse global trends in key aspects of cultural policies will be an invaluable tool for policymakers, researchers, advocates, civil society and the global community,” says Kathy. “I wish IFACCA well for the development of their visionary international project, and look forward to the continued sharing of cultural policies around the world.”



This media release can also be viewed in an emdedded frame below, on the Australia Council's Scribd account or downloaded as a PDF (88.5 KB).


More information

Cultural policies in Australia is available from www.australiacouncil.gov.au/culturalpolicies

WorldCP will be launched at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Melbourne in October 2011.



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