Major Performing Arts Framework

The National Performing Arts Partnership Framework

The Australian Government is proud to support Australia’s performing arts sector through the new National Performing Arts Partnership Framework.

The new Framework responds to the recommendations of the nationwide consultation process in 2018, which included 8,026 survey responses, 370 formal submissions and 15 forums across the country.

The Framework provides:

  • a clear approach to prioritising outcomes for the Australian performing arts sector, audiences and communities, such as growing First Nations arts
  • a pathway to expand the number of funded companies through a two stage invitation and assessment process
  • stability of funding through 4 + 4 year contracts, balanced with flexibility so governments can jointly respond to changing priorities
  • increased transparency and accountability through enhanced reporting
  • a new approach to rewarding artistic and organisational excellence.

The joint agreement between the Australian, state and territory governments will deliver sustainable arts funding into the future.

Find out more about the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework:

Find out more about the first and second phase of the consultation process


Major Performing Arts Companies Overview

Major Performing Arts Companies Background

List of Major Performing Arts Companies

Major Performing Arts Collaborative Arts Projects 

MPA Panel Biographies




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