Strategic Plan and Corporate Plan

Australia Council Strategy 2020 - 2024 

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

The arts have immense public value – from the intrinsic value of human expression, through to broader social, economic and cultural impacts – they are vital for our individual and community well being. The arts contribute to our education, our health, our advancement and our international reputation. The arts give life meaning and Australians are proud of our artists.

The Australia Council is a champion for Australian arts both here and overseas. We invest in the arts by supporting all facets of the creative process, and we are committed to the arts being accessible to all Australians.

We achieve this through:

  • a peer assessed grants program, fellowships and awards
  • management of Government directed initiatives and frameworks
  • national and international strategic activity that develops sector capacity and increases markets and audiences for Australian work
  • research, evaluation and analysis
  • co-investment and strategic partnership development
  • advocacy for Australian arts and artists
  • providing advice to the Government on matters connected with the arts.

We are now working on our new strategy for 2020–2024. Our future strategic direction has been informed by a deep and rigorous body of evidence, consultation and analysis, and builds on the achievements of A Culturally Ambitious Nation. Together with the Australia Council’s knowledge base drawn from our programs and engagement with the arts, it draws on thousands of industry and public responses across a range of research and consultation including:

  • Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey (2017), the third edition of a longitudinal study on the evolving role of arts in Australians’ lives. The nationally representative sample was 7,500, and more than 13,500 members of the general public have been captured in the sample since 2009.
  • Making Art Work: An economic study of professional artists in Australia (2018), the latest iteration of a landmark longitudinal study spanning more than 30 years. It provides information about artists’ practice, earnings, career trajectories and broader lives. It continues to provide the most comprehensive picture available of professional artists in Australia.
  • The Australia Council Stakeholder Survey (2017), which sought feedback on a broad range of topics related to our strategic activities and priorities. It received 2,080 responses from a range of individuals and organisations including artists, arts organisations and representatives of state and territory arts funding agencies.
  • The Major Performing Arts (MPA) Framework, National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) and National Arts and Disability Strategy consultations (2018–2019).
  • Analysis of data provided by funded organisations and individuals. This includes Major Performing Arts companies, Four Year Funded organisations and grantees supported through Government directed initiatives and frameworks.
  • Targeted research capturing views and experiences on a range of subjects, including First Nations arts and culture, arts and disability, international arts tourism; and Arts Futures research exploring the rapidly evolving environment for the arts and society.

Collectively, these insights from the public, the arts industry, our partners, collaborators and our staff, have shaped our thinking as we consider how to best champion and invest in Australian arts over the next five years.

The Australia Council’s 2020–2024 Strategy will be released in late August 2019.

The discussion paper setting out our proposed strategic priorities for 2020 to 2024 can be found on the following links: [PDF 418 KB] [RTF 151 KB]



Strategic and Corporate Plans

We are pleased to present our Strategic Plan 2014-2019 and Corporate Plan 2015–2019, 2016-2020 and 2017-21 as required under section 35(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (the PGPA Act) and Section 45 of the Australia Council Act 2013 (the Act).

These plans seeks to articulate how, over the coming four-year period, we will strive to achieve our Vision of Australia being recognised as a culturally ambitious nation, and our Purpose, to champion and invest in Australian arts.


The Corporate Plan 2018-22 (PDF 1.2 MB) (RTF 139 KB)

The Corporate Plan 2017-21 (PDF 1.3 MB)

The Corporate Plan 2016-20 (PDF 2.7 MB) (RTF 184 KB)

The Corporate Plan 2015-19 (PDF 1.9 MB) (RTF 368 KB)

The Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (PDF 1.2 MB) (RTF 437 KB)

The Minister for the Arts' Statement of Expectations 2018-19 (PDF 131 KB) 

Australia Council Statement of Intent 2018-19 (PDF 3.6 MB) 

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