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
Celebrating another year of great Australian literature.
Performing arts
To celebrate World Circus Day, we speak to National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) student Lyndon Johnson about his experience.
Indigenous arts and languages
Applications are now open for the 2018-19 Indigenous Languages and Arts grants program.
Museums, libraries and galleries
Explore Australia’s arts and culture activities this April! Experience music festivals, exhibitions, screenings and much more.
Performing arts
To celebrate World Circus Day, we speak to National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) student Lyndon Johnson about his experience.

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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