Arts Leaders program

Tell me more about the Arts Leaders Program

Applications open: 8 September - 29 October, 2021

The Australia Council Arts Leaders Program is dedicated to transforming our sector’s knowledge, skills and capabilities by supporting established arts leaders of diverse art forms from around Australia and the Indo-Pacific. 

The Arts Leaders Program is designed to transform our sector’s knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our established practitioners. The program brings together a range of practitioners to engage with and develop the future of the arts. The Arts Leaders Program is a personal and professional development opportunity – it will enhance your skills and capabilities, develop your networks and provide a platform for growth.


6-10 May 2021 
14-18 October 2021 
24-28 March 2022 


Financial support for
ongoing collaborations
between participants

For more details about the program, including key dates and requirements, please see our FAQ.

Read our FAQ's


The Arts Leaders Program is for mid-career to established arts leaders with over ten years’ experience in the sector. The program is open to arts leaders working within an organisation, independently or in community. We are looking for applications from a range of art forms from across Australia and selected countries in the Indo-Pacific region. 

How to submit an application

You can submit your application via our online application system. If you have access requirements, please get in touch so we can assist you.

Your application should include a short introductory video, four questions responding to the selection criteria as well as your CV as support material. Please refer to our FAQ section to determine if your video submission is mandatory. 

  • Introduce yourself and tell us why you do what you do (3-minute video)
  • Why this program and why now?
  • How have you explored and developed your leadership so far?
  • How do you engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others?
  • How do you see your role as an advocate for the arts?

Selection process

Applications will be reviewed internally and alongside industry advisors. Your application will be based on merit, response the selection criteria below, and in line with Australia Council’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

  • Timeliness and relevance of the program to the applicant’s development.
  • An active and reflective approach to leadership development.
  • Ability to engage with diverse ways of learning and connecting with others.
  • Commitment to advocacy and improving the sustainability and wellbeing of the arts sector.

For more details about the application and selection process, please see our FAQ section. 

Diversity and access: Leadership program

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

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss further. Learn more about diversity in leadership.

Easy English
We have developed an Easy English Guide for our leadership programs. Easy English combines text and images to convey information simply and directly, supporting people who have difficulty reading and understanding English.
Download the Easy English Guide. 


For questions about the program, including costs, travel requirements, eligibility and our international program, please see our FAQ.

If you can’t find an answer, please send us an email at or call us on 02 9215 9058, 02 9215 9036 or 02 9215 9024.

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