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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Literature Literature
All Australians are encouraged to stop what they are doing today, pick up a book and read—for just one hour.
Cultural heritage Cultural heritage
The Australian Government has returned a culturally significant ammonite fossil to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria...
Performing arts Performing arts
We take a look at the Australian National Academy of Music and how it nurtures some of the best musicians from around the...
The 2018 Meeting of Cultural Ministers was held in Canberra, ACT on 14 September 2018.
Cultural heritage Cultural heritage
The Australian Government has returned a culturally significant ammonite fossil to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria...

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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.

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