International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund

Key dates

Application closing dates:

Round 8 - Midnight, Tuesday 17 September 2019

Round 9 - Midnight, Tuesday 19 November 2019

Round 10 - Midnight, Tuesday 21 January 2020

Round 11 - Midnight, Tuesday 17 March 2020

Round 12 - Midnight, Tuesday 19 May 2020

Amount:  $5,000 - $30,000

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You will be notified of the result of your application within 4 weeks of the closing date.

About the opportunity

The International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund supports opportunities that directly arise from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council in the target international regions under the International Arts Strategy: Europe, North America, North Asia, South and South East Asia. The Fund also supports opportunities that arise from the International Leadership Program (Asia Pacific) that have received seed funding through the Leadership Program Alumni Collaborations Fund. The fund prioritises outcomes that directly involve and benefit Australian artists, for example tours, presentations, exhibitions and translations of Australian work. 


You may apply for outcomes arising from your participation in one of the international strategic initiatives listed below from 1 January 2016.

We accept submissions from individuals, groups and organisations. The fund is open to those who have been funded by the Australia Council or who have self-funded to participate in these events or platforms.


Art form area

Outcomes supported

Events and platforms

Literature (Including Community Arts and Cultural Development)

Translation/publication  costs

International collaborations

Author promotional tours including festival appearances

China/Korea Publishers’ Visit 2017

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF) 2018

India Literature Exploratory 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Leadership Program Alumni Collaborations.

New York Publishers’ Visit 2018

Visiting International Publishers’ Program (VIPs) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Invitation only initiatives brokered by the Council’s International Development Managers

Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Music). It includes Community Arts and Cultural Development.


Showcasing and festival appearances


International collaborations

Asia Discovers Asia Meeting (ADAM) 2017, 2018

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2016, 2018

Borak Arts Series 2018

China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) 2016, 2017, 2018

CINARS Biennial 2016, 2018

Dance Massive 2017, 2019

December Dance 2018

Platform at Freespace Festival, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority 2017

IETM Plenary Meetings 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (Spring)

In Between Time Festival 2017

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) 2016, 2017, 2018

International Tanzmesse NRW 2016, 2018

Leadership Program Alumni Collaborations.

New York in January performing arts events 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017

PuSh Festival Assembly 2018

Australian showcase platforms at Brighton Festival 2017 and Theater der Welt 2017

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017

Liveworks 2018

Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) 2016

Performing Arts Meeting Yokohama (TPAM) 2016, 2018, 2019

Invitation only initiatives brokered by the Council’s International Development Managers

China Professional Arts Placements:

The A.S.K (Art Space for Kids), Shanghai 2018

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (SDAC) 2017

Shanghai International Dance Centre (SIDC) 2017

Split Works 2017

 Visual Arts (Including Community Arts and Cultural Development) Exhibitions


International collaborations

Dhaka Art Summit 2018

India Art Fair/Kochi Muziris Biennale Curator Program 2017

Tri Nation Curators Exchange 2015-2018

Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, 2017

Invitation only initiatives brokered by the Council’s International Development Managers

Leadership Program Alumni Collaborations.

Visiting International Curators Program 2018, 2019

Independent Art Spaces Beijing 2019

You cannot apply for:

  • activity that is not a direct outcome from one of the Council’s international strategic initiatives delivered under our International Arts Strategy
  • outcomes arising from participation in international strategic initiatives that pre-date 1 January 2016
  • professional development, for example artists’ practice or market-based research
  • further market development, for example attendance at arts markets and fairs
  • activity that takes place outside of the Council’s target international regions under the International Arts Strategy:  Europe, North America, North Asia, South and South East Asia
  • activity that has already been funded through the Council’s Grants Program
  • any activity that does not meet the Council’s general eligibility requirements.

For all other international activity, please refer to the Grants Program for funding.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are required to respond to the following selection criteria:

  1. Impact
      • How will this project help develop an international market for your work? 
      • How will it enhance your international networks and profile?
  2. Partnerships
      • Who are the international partners you are working with? 
      • How are they supporting this project? 
      • We will consider the commitment of the partners to pay a reasonable fee and/or to support the project through cash or in-kind support.
  3. Timeliness
      • Why is this a timely opportunity for your work? 
      • Please provide details on your ability to deliver projects on time and within budget.

  4. Connection to the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy
      • How did this opportunity come about, and what is the connection between this project and the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy?

Supporting material

The following support material must be submitted with your proposal:

  1. Copies of any confirmations from international partners, including fee confirmation, collated into one file
  2. A URL link to relevant partner websites

Selection process

Your application will be reviewed by Australia Council staff. We may seek industry advice on your proposal before making our decision.

In considering your application we will take into account Council’s strategic goals, international strategy and specific international strategic activity.

Diversity and Access

The Australia Council encourages applications from applicants who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people living in regional and remote areas. 

The Australia Council’s programs and processes are designed for accessibility and best use by a diverse demographic. We work with individual applicants to find the best approach to accommodating access, childcare, carer and other support needs. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the closing date to discuss your access and support requirements.

Changes to payments

The way Australia Council payments are made has changed. Effective immediately, payment recipients will no longer send an invoice for payment. Instead, after you accept our offer of funding we will make payment to your nominated bank account and send you a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI).

Important information for administered funding

If you plan to have your funding administered by a third party, applicants will now need to ensure that the administrator is registered on the Australia Council online system before you begin your application. This means you cannot complete or submit an application if your administrator is not registered.

Registering for the first time?

Please click on the "Apply now" button below, and then click on the "Create an Account" button to register for access to our Application Management System (AMS). 

If your registration is approved, you will receive an Australia Council email containing your login information. This will give you access to our AMS. 

Make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

Contact us at if you are unsure if you should register as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

Please make sure you have entered accurate registration information (e.g. legal name, email address), as you will not be able to edit these details after submission.

How to submit an application

Click on the ‘Apply now' button below. Applications must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. 

Note, applications to International Development funding opportunities do not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

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To discuss your application, please contact our International Market Adviser for the region of your activity:

Europe: Ellen Dwyer, +61 02 9215 9051 or

North America: Karen Le Roy, +61 2 9215 9054 or

North Asia: Joanna Bayndrian, +61 2 9215 9152 or

South and South East Asia: Nithya Nagarajan, +61 2 9215 9324 or 

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