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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Cultural heritage
The Government has provided $200,000 to help the National Motor Museum purchase the Chamberlain 8 “Australian Special” race car...
Indigenous arts and languages
Australia’s oldest continuously operating Indigenous art centre, Ernabella Arts, turns 70 this year and has revisited an...
Cultural heritage
The Government has returned four decorated ancestral skulls to the Ambassador of Indonesia, at an event at the Embassy of the...
Indigenous arts and languages
The recipients of the 2018 National Indigenous Arts Awards have been announced.
Indigenous arts and languages
Australia’s oldest continuously operating Indigenous art centre, Ernabella Arts, turns 70 this year and has revisited an...

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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.

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