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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Eight of Australia’s leading artists and arts workers have been recognised in the annual Australia Council Awards for their...
Regional arts
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Museums, libraries and galleries
Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Heritage Grants Program.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Our latest video celebrates 20 years of the National Portrait Gallery.
Regional arts
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2019 Graduate Program

We offer a unique graduate program experience for high-performing graduates, including both recent uni-leavers and post-uni professionals.

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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 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

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

Current consultations