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
There is now a better way to manage your lending rights claims online.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Looking for some culture this summer? Check out our list of what’s on in January 2017.
Screen
The next DC superhero movie Aquaman is set to be filmed in Australia in 2017.
Museums, libraries and galleries
The National Gallery of Australia’s Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition is now open, showcasing treasures from...
Museums, libraries and galleries
Looking for some culture this summer? Check out our list of what’s on in January 2017.

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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