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

General
This month our Canberra office is relocating to the Nishi building in NewActon.
Museums, libraries and galleries
In need of some culture and creativity? Our national institutions have got you covered this August.
Indigenous arts and languages
In 2017-18, over 90 organisations will be funded through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program.
Indigenous arts and languages
The Government has announced more than $10 million to help keep Indigenous arts and languages alive.
Museums, libraries and galleries
In need of some culture and creativity? Our national institutions have got you covered this August.

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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