The Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) has agreed to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy in consultation with stakeholders. MCM is made up of the Australian Government and state and territory government cultural ministers.

How it works

Why we want your input
The goal of the National Arts and Disability Strategy is to maximise the opportunities for people with disability to experience full inclusion in cultural life. It aims to improve access to and participation in the arts by people with disability. Given the changes in both the arts and disability sector in the last 10 years, it is now timely to renew the original National Arts and Disability Strategy.
How can you tell your story
The consultation period has ended. You can get in touch with us at
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your views will help us collect ideas on what enables people to engage with the arts, what are the barriers to arts engagement, what are some examples of best practice and what needs to happen in the future.

Consultation Information

Consultation tabs

The Issue

It's important to hear the views of as many people as possible, including people with disability, arts and disability organisations, carers, families, and anyone with ideas on how to improve access to and participation in creative and cultural activities by people with disability.

The consultation period was from 24 September 2018 to 3 December 2018, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. There was an online survey, a submissions portal, and meetings in every state and territory.

This Auslan video gives you some information about the consultation.

There is a transcript of this Auslan video below.

Information on submissions

A list of written, video and phone submissions will be made available online in February 2019. If you have agreed to have your submission published, it will be available on the website. If you chose to be anonymous, we won't publish any of your personal details.

Information on face-to-face consultations

We visited locations in every state and territory for face to face meetings. The list of locations and times is in our Calendar of Events.

Relevant documentation

National Arts and Disability Strategy Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper asks questions about how people with disability practise as professional artists, express themselves through creative participation, and connect with the arts as audience members. It can help give you some ideas about what to tell us.

Research Overview of Arts and Disability in Australia

The Research Overview brings together data, research and case studies to build a national picture about arts and disability in Australia. It provides context for the consultation and identifies gaps in knowledge about arts and disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this document may include names and photographs of people who have died.

Transcript of Auslan video

This document is a transcript of the subtitles that appear in the video above.

Full list of questions from survey

This document provides a full list of the all the questions we asked across the three surveys.


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The following formal submissions have been made public.