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 winners of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been announced!
Museums, libraries and galleries
The Government has appointed two new members to the Old Parliament House (OPH) Board.
General
From 1 January 2019, new terms of copyright protection will apply to creative works, dependent upon whether the material has...
Indigenous arts and languages
The first National Indigenous Languages Convention will be held on the Gold Coast on 23 February 2018.
Museums, libraries and galleries
The Government has appointed two new members to the Old Parliament House (OPH) Board.

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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 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