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.

To discuss these opportunities further or to donate now, please contact Enid Charlton +61 2 9215 9067 or e.charlton@australiacouncil.gov.au

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Co-investing with the Australia Council for the Arts

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.


The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of two literary awards

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of two literary awards funded through our co-investment program.

The Dal Stivens Award, presented biennially to an author aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit has been awarded to Jonathan Dunk for his essay Park.

On receiving the award Dunk said, “This award represents a deeply satisfying personal and professional recognition, and a deep encouragement to myself and others to continue unsettling the assumptions and conventions of Australian culture and history.”

The Kathleen Mitchell Award, presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella has been awarded to Holden Sheppard for his novel Invisible Boys.

On receiving the award Sheppard said, “I am absolutely stoked to be the recipient of the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award. This award has gone to some incredible writers in past years – among them, the iconic Markus Zusak – so I’m a bit in awe at the calibre of fellow award winners I am now among.

“Writing isn’t an easy road, especially being a young author from a working-class background. I’ve put myself under major financial strain in order to write my first two novels, so winning this award will enable me to reduce my hours at my day job. I’ll be able to focus more on writing my third book without having to worry about how I’m going to pay the bills each fortnight or fix my car when it breaks down. This is a dream come true for any writer, and I’m seriously so grateful that the judges thought Invisible Boys was worthy.”

Dal Stivens was a mutli-award winning Australian author and the Foundation President of the Australian Society of Authors and was instrumental in establishing the rights of Australian authors within the commercial sphere. This award in his name was established in the will of Juanita Cragen in 2007.

Established in 1996 by the will of the late Kathleen Adele Mitchell, the Kathleen Mitchell Award aims to encourage the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature, and to provide emerging writers with funding to further their practice. 

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 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. 

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