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

The 2017 Meeting of Cultural Ministers was held in Brisbane, Queensland, on 22 September 2017.
Performing arts
The Government has released its full response to the recommendations of the National Opera Review Final Report.
Cultural heritage
The Queensland Museum will receive $50,000 to assist with the purchase of a rare meteorite.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM has been reappointed as Director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).
Performing arts
The Government has released its full response to the recommendations of the National Opera Review Final Report.

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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