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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What's new

The Minister for the Arts has announced some changes to the Government’s support for the arts.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Winter is almost here, come out of the cold and see what’s on at our national institutions.
Cultural heritage
2017-18 Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund recipients announced
Museums, libraries and galleries
With Anzac Day just around the corner, we take a look at the important role newsmaps played for Australians during World War I.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Winter is almost here, come out of the cold and see what’s on at our national institutions.

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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