Co-investing with the Australia Council

The Australia Council has a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to co-invest in the arts. Together we have realised unforgettable creative experiences, and supported the talents of extraordinary artists who have enriched the lives of Australians everywhere. The Council is growing public, private and philanthropic investment in the arts, assisting others to support the arts and creating new opportunities through strategic partnerships. 

In 2018 we were delighted to work with co-investment partners Perpetual, PPCA, Harding Miller Foundation, University of Melbourne, Maddocks, Tata Consulting Services, Macquarie Group, the Myer Foundation, the Mordant Family, The Pratt Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, The Sid and Fiona Myer Foundation, Neilson Foundation, UKARIA, and hundreds of individuals and families who value the arts and the Australia Council.

Our co-investment strategy builds on the Council’s trusted brand, our relationships and our wealth of experience which underpins innovative approaches to arts investment.

Co-investment opportunities open for applications

The Marten Bequest

The Marten Bequest

Dal Stivens Award

Dal Stivens Award

Kathleen Mitchell Award

Kathleen Mitchell Award

The Harding Miller Award

The Harding Miller Foundation 

Maddocks Art Prize

The Maddocks Art Prize 

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Mordant Family/Australia Council
Affiliated Fellowship 

Applications have now closed.  

Supporting the arts through the Australia Council

The Australia Council is committed to growing the private, public and philanthropic funds available to support the arts.

To make this possible we are listed on the Registrar of Cultural Organisations and operate the Australia Council Donations Fund, which has endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) confirmed by the ATO. This means that by donating through the Fund you can be confident that 100% of your donation will support Australian arts and that every donation of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.

Every year hundreds of donors, including individuals and trusts, foundations and corporations, have co-invested with us to support our vision for a world where Australian arts lead. We hope you will join us.

We have the experience and the expertise that creates opportunities in the arts. 



To discuss these opportunities further or to donate now, please contact Enid Charlton +61 2 9215 9067 or

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The Australia Council is committed to growing the private, public and philanthropic funds available to support the arts. 

Australian Venice Biennale Pavilion

Venice Biennale 2019

 The Venice Biennale 2019 sees artistic team, Angelica Mesiti and Juliana Engberg representing Australia at our pavilion in the Giardini.

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

Find a Grant in 2018

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

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Annual Report 2017-18

The arts matter. They are intrinsic to the individual lives of all Australians, our communities, our society, our futures. 10,101 new artworks were created and 609 organisations were funded through the Australia Council in 2017–18. 

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