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.


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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.