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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Australian and Children’s Content Review

The Government is undertaking a review to determine if existing support and regulatory measures remain fit for purpose in the digital era.

What's new

Cultural heritage
Three new members have been appointed to the Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation for three years.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Digitising is integral for archiving and the protection of our cultural heritage.
A new report has been released on cultural funding by government in 2015-16.
Performing arts
In our latest video, we take a look behind the scenes of a world-class international opera performance by musicians from...
Museums, libraries and galleries
Digitising is integral for archiving and the protection of our cultural heritage.

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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