Tell Your Story about arts and disability. Your stories and ideas will inform a renewed National Arts and Disability Strategy.

The Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) has agreed to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy for 2019. 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
You can tell your story by completing the online survey or sending in a submission. Submissions and the survey close 5.00pm AEST 3 December 2018. You can also come to a meeting in your state or territory.
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 commences on 24 September 2018 and ends on 3 December 2018, International Day of Persons with Disabilities. You can complete the survey or make a submission, or attend a meeting. Submissions can be written, recorded or provided over the phone to a team member at the Department of Communications and the Arts. For more information about how to make a submission see Formal Submissions below.

There is a transcript of this Auslan video below.

Read the Discussion Paper

The Discussion Paper and Research Overview, available below, provide context and ask questions for things you might want to think about. They can give you ideas for what you want to tell us in the survey, in a submission or in person.

Complete a survey

Through the survey you can share your story or experiences by answering as many questions as you like. The only mandatory question is your State and Postcode, you can skip any other questions you don’t want to answer.

There are three surveys for different groups of people. You can answer more than one survey if it is relevant to you.

The three surveys are for:

If you want to read the survey questions before doing the survey, you can read them in this PDF.

Make a submission

You can write your stories and ideas and upload it on this webpage. You can make a video or audio recording and send it to us, or call us to tell your stories and ideas over the phone.

Scroll down to Formal Submissions find out how to make a written, video, audio or phone submission.

Come to a face-to-face consultation

We will visit locations in every state and territory for face to face meetings. If you would like to talk to us in person, the list of locations and times is in our Calendar of Events. If your accessibility requirements are not met by the documents below, please email Arts.Disability [at] or call 1800 185 693.

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 ask across the three surveys.


Started September 24, 2018 09:00 AEST
Ends December 03, 2018 17:00 AEDT
Days Remaining 15 of 70

Formal Submission

We invite you to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name (you can put ‘Anonymous’ if you want)
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • tell us if you would like your submission to be made public—published on our website—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

Please use the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your written submission in a PDF or Doc format.

Submissions will appear on the website after the consultation period has ended.

Step1: Your submission

The Published name below will appear with your submission on our website. This can be your name or an organisation name. You can also choose to remain anonymous or keep both your name and submission private.

Please select if you prefer your submission to remain anonymous. This means your submission will display on the website with the name Anonymous and your name and/or organisation will not appear anywhere on the website.
Please select if you prefer for your submission and/or any additional documents not to be displayed or made publicly available on the website. For more details please see our Privacy Policy.
Please leave a short submission comment no longer than 500 characters.
You can attach up to 4 submission files.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Step2: Contact details

Please enter an Australian landline or mobile phone number including area code.
e.g: 07 1234 5678 or 0414 1234 567

Publication, Confidentiality and Privacy of Submissions Instructions

We may use your details to contact you regarding your submission and we will never share any of your contact details or make your email, or phone number public abiding by our Privacy Policy. For more about Submitting, Confidentiality and Privacy of Submissions please see our Submissions Publications, Confidentiality and Privacy of Submissions Policy.

Alternatively please email your completed submission to Arts.Disability [at] (subject: National%20Arts%20and%20Disability%20Strategy%20Discussion%20Paper) or send it to:

National Arts and Disability Strategy
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601

You can also make a submission over the phone. Call the Department of Communications and the Arts on 1800 185 693. You can use the National Relay Service to call. Find out more at

Video or audio submissions

For recorded submissions, you may wish to use a third party cloud-based file transfer service, such as WeTransfer (, to send in large video and/or audio recording files.

WeTransfer, for example, allows you to send files between 10MB and 2GB. If you choose to use WeTransfer, it will ask for an email address to send your file to. Our email address is Arts.Disability [at]  Please include your name or your organisation’s name in your file name. In the ‘message’ box, please write your name and state. If you want your recording to be anonymous, let us know in the message box. If your recording is larger than 2GB, or you do not wish to use a third party file transfer service, please transfer it onto a USB stick and send it to the postal address listed above.

The Commonwealth does not have any control over information or data while it is in transfer that is uploaded to third party file transfer services, such as Wetransfer. Therefore, the Commonwealth disclaims all responsibility and all liability for the loss, destruction or misuse of information or data provided or uploaded through such third party services which may be lost, destroyed or misused. The Commonwealth does not endorse or recommend any particular third party file transfer service, product or application, and any use by you of such things is entirely at your own risk.



The survey does not ask for individual names. The survey asks you some questions about yourself, such as gender, age and postcode. We will use this information to understand how different groups have contributed. We may publish de-identified survey responses.

In person

At consultation events, there will be a sign-in sheet that we will ask everyone to complete that will ask for your postcode, age and gender.

You will also be asked to indicate whether you are an artist with disability, a person with disability, a carer and/or support person for a person with disability, a representative of an arts organisation, a representative of a creative business or the representative of a non-arts or creative organisation.

These details will help us understand who has participated in the consultation. It won’t be published on our website or in the final Strategy. We may publish de-identified contributions made at events.

Consultation events will be run by an independent consultant contracted by the Australian Government. The consultant will share information collected at events with the Australian Government.

Written, video or audio submissions

For submissions, we will ask for your name or the name of the organisation you are responding on behalf of. We will ask if you would like your submission to be published or not. If you would like your submission to be published it will be publically available on the MCM website. If you don’t want your submission to be public, we won’t publish it on the website.

We may choose not to publish submissions that contain defamatory material, personal information, or that are not relevant to the consultation. We may choose to redact any defamatory material, personal information or irrelevant information before publishing a submission on the website.

If you respond to the survey, come to a consultation event or make a submission, your contribution will be stored by the Australian Government. The Australian Government will share contributions with state and territory governments. The Australian Government will make sure that you can’t be identified in anything that it shares with state and territory governments.

If you want more information about privacy, go to our privacy policy.