The Office for the Arts maintains a register for those interested in being considered for appointment to statutory and non-statutory boards, councils and committees within the portfolio of the Minister for the Arts.

Expressions of interest are sought from suitably qualified people who would like to contribute to the dynamic and socially important work of Australia’s national arts and cultural organisations by serving on their boards. The Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy Revive: A Place for every story, a story for every place recognises that the entities steering our important national cultural institutions and agencies need to have individuals with the right mix of skills and experience, who represent a broad range of diverse groups reflective of contemporary Australia.

The register will assist in identifying interested candidates to help inform the appointments process for Arts portfolio boards. Further information about the relevant boards, the types of positions and FAQs about submitting an expression of interest can be found below.

If you have any questions please email or call 1800 935 919.

How to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

If you are interested in being considered for one or more of the boards listed below, please download and complete an EOI form and send it as an attachment to Alternatively, you can print out the completed form and send it to us by mail addressed to:

Arts Appointments Officer
Office for the Arts
GPO Box 594 Canberra
ACT 2601

We will confirm receipt of your form using the contact details you provide.

List of Arts portfolio boards, councils and committees

The links below provide information on the boards, councils and committees in the Arts portfolio, including their functions, responsibilities, organisational structures, annual and corporate reports, enabling legislation and current members.

About the positions

Positions on the boards are generally part‑time and for individual terms not exceeding three or four years. Reappointments may be possible depending on the relevant legislative requirements of each entity. Individuals already serving on boards are not required to submit expressions of interest to be reappointed.

Many of the positions are remunerated, with remuneration set by the Remuneration Tribunal. Appointees are not expected to relocate. Reasonable travel expenses are met by the relevant agency, and provisions are made for online participation.

The register will be consulted as and when vacancies arise. Not all those who submit an EOI form will be considered for appointments.

Who we are looking for

Expressions of interest are sought from people with a broad mix of skills and experience representing all forms of diversity within the Australian community.

Requirements for appointments are generally outlined in the individual legislation or governance documentation of the organisation, including in some cases, the skills, knowledge and experience required. Some positions require specific knowledge or experience including, but not limited to, the relevant arts industry, academic specialty or a professional field such as business, finance, law, information technology, marketing. Arts expertise, senior management or previous board experience will be advantageous but are not mandatory requirements for expressing your interest in serving on a board.


I have accessibility needs. Are there alternative ways to express my interest?

Yes. If you have accessibility needs, you or your representative can contact us to discuss how we can assist you to complete an expression of interest by emailing, phoning 1800 935 919, or writing to us at:

Arts Appointments Officer
Office for the Arts
GPO Box 594 Canberra
ACT 2601

Please note that we will endeavor to respond to email queries within 3 business days. Calls will be answered during normal business hours, subject to call volume. You are welcome to leave a message and your contact information to allow a departmental representative to get back to you via phone or email.  

What if I am having difficulties accessing or submitting the form?

If you encounter issues with the form please contacts us at or on 1800 935 919.

Will I get an acknowledgement that my EOI has been received?

We will contact you to confirm receipt of your EOI using the contact details you provide. This may take several business days depending on the volume of applications being managed.

What do I need to do if my details change?

If your details change or you wish to update the information you have submitted, please contact us at or on 1800 935 919 or submit a revised EOI form.

Do I need to have previous experience on a private sector or government board to register my interest? Are there any other specific eligibility requirements?

No. The Government is looking for candidates with a wide variety of experience and skills which would be relevant to the work on a government board. For general information on the responsibilities of Commonwealth board members please see General duties of officials (RMG 203) | Department of Finance. For background on the functions of specific boards, please see the links provided above under ‘List of Arts portfolio boards, councils and committees’.

What type of information is required for the EOI?

The EOI form asks for all the information required to have your name entered on the register. Please read the instructions carefully and provide only the information requested. If you are being considered for a position, you may be contacted to provide specified pieces of additional information.

Can I express my interest to be on multiple boards and demonstrate I have a variety of skills and experience?

Yes. The expression of interest form allows you to signify your interest in multiple boards.

Is there a timeframe for the applications?

No. The register will remain open indefinitely and the register will be consulted when vacancies arise. You will be prompted to update your application every 12 months. You can also withdraw your application at any time by contacting us at or on 1800 935 919.

Can I get feedback on my application?

No. The expression of interest is not an application for a standard recruitment process and no feedback on EOIs will be provided.