The Australian Government and state and territory governments have released a consultation paper on potential enhancements to the Major Performing Arts (MPA) Framework.

How it works

Why we want your input
Arts and Cultural Ministers from across the country agreed at this year’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers to a national consultation on enhancements to the MPA Framework. You can provide feedback in response to a paper which is available on the Australia Council’s website. The paper incorporates findings from a preliminary phase of consultation, which included a survey and engagement with the MPA companies and representative bodies.
How you can voice your opinion
The consultation paper and information on how to contribute your views are available on the Australia Council’s website . You can have your say until 26 November 2018, 5:00pm AEDST.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Following this consultation process, Arts and Cultural Ministers will consider proposed enhancements to the Framework in early 2019.

Consultation Information

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The Issue

At this year’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers, Arts and Cultural Ministers agreed to a national consultation process on enhancements to the MPA Framework.

That process is occurring through the release of a consultation paper, which is hosted on the Australia Council’s website.

The paper has been prepared following preliminary consultation on opportunities to strengthen the Framework, including meetings with MPA companies and representative bodies and a public online survey.

We are encouraging stakeholders and all interested parties to respond to the potential changes proposed in the paper.

Once this consultation process has concluded, ministers will consider enhancements to the MPA Framework in early 2019.

The MPA sector is an important part of Australia's arts and culture. The MPA sector comprises 28 leading performing arts companies in the fields of dance, theatre, circus, opera, orchestral and chamber music.

In 2019 it will be 20 years since the 1999 Major Performing Arts Inquiry was established, which outlined criteria for how the MPA companies should be funded. The adjustments to these arrangements agreed to in 2011 by the Australian Government and state governments were reflected in the National Framework for Governments' Support of the Major Performing Arts Sector (the MPA Framework).

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You are invited to have your say on this issue by making a formal submission via the Australia Council’s website.


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