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About the Consultation Forums

The Major Performing Arts (MPA) sector forms an important part of Australia’s arts ecology contributing to the development of arts in Australia. The MPA sector comprises leading performing arts companies in the fields of dance, theatre, circus, opera, orchestral and chamber music.  Funding support for MPA companies is provided by the Australian and State Governments under the National Framework for Governments’ Support of the Major Performing Arts Sector (the MPA Framework).

Preliminary consultation with stakeholders, including the MPA companies, the broader arts sector and the general public, identified a range of perspectives on, and issues with the MPA Framework.

The second phase of Major Performing Arts Framework consultation sought responses to the Consultation Paper via a national process administered online through the Australia Council website. This was supported by a series of national public forums in each state and territory. Commencing on 15 October 2018, the consultation ran for six weeks. Ministers agreed that, following conclusion of consultations, they will consider proposed enhancements to the MPA Framework out of session by early 2019.

This consultation process was open to everyone.

Discussing the Consultation Paper

The consultation forums will provide an opportunity to discuss key areas listed in the Consultation Paper.

Attendees include:

  • Lissa Twomey, Executive Director MPA and Artistic Development, Australia Council
  • Malcolm Gillies AM, assisting the Australia Council in the national consultation process
  • Representatives from the Department of Communications and the Arts, and state and territory arts funding agencies

The Australia Council is committed to providing access for all to our programs and services. Please contact us and we will endeavour to assist in meeting your access needs.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us on:


Phone: 02 9215 9000

Toll free: 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677

The National Relay Service offer a range of ways of making a call, all of which are welcome. Visit the NRS

Canberra- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2018

Venue: The Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

Address: 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612

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Brisbane- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm 

Date: Thursday 25 October 2018

Venue:  Auditorium 1, Level 2 Main Library Building, State Library of Queensland

Address: Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank Brisbane, Queensland 4101

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Melbourne- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018

Venue: Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery of Victoria

Address: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC

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Hobart- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00 pm

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Venue: Gretel Room, Hobart Function and Conference Centre

Address: 1 Elizabeth Street, Pier, Hobart, TAS 7000

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Adelaide- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018

Venue: The Radford Auditorium, The Art Gallery of South Australia.

Address: The Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.

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Perth- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

Date: Friday 9 November 2018

Venue: Theatrette, The Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Address: Perth Cultural Centre, Roe St, Perth WA 6000. Enter via James Street Mall entrance. The nearest cross street is Beaufort Street.  

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Sydney- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm 

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018

Venue: Warrane Theatre, Museum of Sydney

Address: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney

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Darwin- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm 

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018

Venue: Arts NT conference room.

Address: Level 1,  Art NT, 911 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT.

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Live Webcast- MPA Consultation Forum

Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Access: This webcast will be live captioned

We invite everyone to join this conversation.

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