We develop Australian Government policies and deliver programs that encourage excellence in the arts, help to protect our cultural heritage and support public access to and participation in, arts and culture in Australia.
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The 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced.
The Australian, state and territory governments have released a consultation paper on potential enhancements to the Major...
Museums, libraries and galleries Museums, libraries and galleries
The school holidays have come around again and our National Cultural institutions have you covered, from films, to dancing and...
Performing arts Performing arts
Challenging the mind and body – academic studies at the National Institute of Circus Arts are as rigorous as the physical...
The Australian, state and territory governments have released a consultation paper on potential enhancements to the Major...

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Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

Funding programs

Our Work

Artbank
Artbank

Artbank is a one of a kind, Australian Government support program that acquires the work of living, Australian contemporary artists – making the collection available to the general public through a leasing program.

National Cultural Heritage Account

The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford.

Meeting of Cultural Ministers
Meeting of Cultural Ministers

The Meeting of Cultural Ministers comprises the Australian, state and territory government arts and culture ministers.

Current consultations