2019 Australia Council Awards

The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation. These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance.

To find out who will be acknowledged for their contribution to Australian culture through the 2019 awards, tune in to the live stream from 7pm on 4 March. The ceremony will also include performances, readings, addresses from Australia Council’s leadership and more. 


The Awards

  • Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 
  • Australia Council Don Banks Music Award 
  • Australia Council Visual Arts Award 
  • Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts 
  • Australia Council Award for Dance 
  • Australia Council Award for Theatre 
  • Ros Bower Award
  • Kirk Robson Award 

The Awards' value

Recipients of an Australia Council Award will be awarded $25,000

The recipient of the Kirk Robson Award will be awarded $10,000


2018 Recipients

  • Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature
  •  Liza Lim (VIC) – Don Banks Music Award
  •  Phillip Adams (VIC) – Australia Council Dance Award
  •  Nigel Helyer (WA) – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award
  •  Pat Brassington (TAS) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award
  •  Liz Jones AO (VIC) – Australia Council Theatre Award
  •  Christian (Bong) Ramilo (NT) – Ros Bower CACD Award
  •  Edwin Kemp Attrill (SA) – Kirk Robson CACD Award.


2019 Awards streaming live from 7pm on 4 March.

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