Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian arts

What is Arts Nation?

Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts is a new report which provides evidence as a catalyst for informed discussion about arts and culture in Australia. It will be an evolving report which fills a critical gap by creating and interpreting a set of national indicators to increase our understanding of the Australian arts industry.

What is in the report?

This first report delivers a selected set of initial indicators that enrich the existing evidence base for the arts. It builds on key data collections and research undertaken by over 100 arts and research organisations across Australia.

Eight leaders from across the arts sector shared their personal experiences and insights for Talking Points articles on the topics of Diversity and International.

The report also includes analysis on the arts and subjective wellbeing to measure the impact of the arts on personal satisfaction levels and more broadly on society.

What is in the Technical Appendix?

The Technical Appendix provides further information about the underlying methodology, data and trends of the Arts Nation indicators and measures. It includes data tables and sources. It also provides additional contextual information on similar measures internationally or in different sectors.


You can access the Arts Nation report in PDFe-book or accessible version. Updated October 2015.

You can access the Arts Nation Technical Appendix in PDF. An attachment to the Technical Appendix is the ABS 2014 Arts Satellite Account Customised Report .

We have created an Overview fact sheet and fact sheets for each report theme:

The Media Release can be found here.

Tell us what you think

Arts Nation aims to promote sector feedback to ensure the report becomes more relevant over time.
To give feedback please use this online form.

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