We are a diverse community of identities, faiths, individual differences and pursuits, yet we have many shared values and our sense of nation is strong.

A culturally ambitious nation draws strength from these diversities. It utilises them to expand the dimensions of our creativity. A culturally ambitious nation acknowledges that music, books, theatre, film, paintings, sculpture, dance and a myriad of other art forms are central to our lives. It cherishes its great artists from all regions, and across all practices.

We take great pride in our artists’ achievements – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. In a culturally ambitious nation Australians demand opportunities to gain access to and participate in the arts, be it as consumers or creators.

Creativity starts with childhood curiosity. It continues through our lives. A culturally ambitious nation embraces the arts in everyday life – at home, in kindergartens, schools and universities, in shopping centres and office blocks, at sporting venues, in the media. We want to be a nation where artistic enterprise and respect for culture are entrenched.

In Australia, we expect and anticipate that our artists will exercise our freedom of expression and be fearless, take risks, and develop and present inspiring work across national and international borders. A culturally ambitious nation is confident and constantly striving.

At the Australia Council, artists are our heroes. In our culturally ambitious nation, they take their places amongst the nation’s heroes.

Sam Walsh AO, Chair      Adrian Collette AM, CEO

Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.

Creativity Connects Us: Corporate Plan (2020-24)

Our strategy continues our long term commitment to enabling artists and cultural organisations to reach audiences, while realising their creative potential and our commitment to First Nations arts and cultures. It emphasises access and equity, advocacy for the vital role of arts and culture, and investing in arts and creativity that reflects and connects the many communities that make up contemporary Australia.

The publication of the Australia Council’s 2020-2024 Corporate Plan was deferred due to COVID-19.

Our strategic objectives

The Council’s performance aligns to five strategic objectives:

  • Australians are transformed by arts and creativity
  • Our arts reflect us
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished
  • Arts and creativity are thriving
  • Arts and creativity are valued.

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The 2020-24 Corporate Plan is the second plan to be prepared under the Council’s five year strategy Creativity Connects Us, which was released in August 2019.

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