We’re developing a new cultural policy for the decade ahead. Anyone involved in or interested in our nation’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector is encouraged to have their say.

How it works

Why we want your input
The new cultural policy must be shaped by Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sectors. Have your say on how we can place arts at the centre of modern Australian life, including respecting and celebrating First Nations art and culture, and recognising artists as critical workers in our economy.
How you can voice your opinion
There are 2 ways for you to tell us what you think—make a submission or attend a town hall event. Further details are below.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your feedback will help inform a new National Cultural Policy for Australia.

Consultation Information

Consultation tabs

The Issue

A new National Cultural Policy is needed to establish a comprehensive roadmap to guide the skills and resources required to transform and safeguard a diverse, vibrant and sustainable arts, entertainment and cultural sector now and into the future.

Our starting point will be Creative Australia, the national cultural policy launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013.

This new policy will be shaped by the diverse voices of the Australian arts, entertainment and cultural sector around the 5 goals of Creative Australia which have been distilled to the following pillars:

  • First Nations: recognising and respecting the crucial place of these stories at the centre of our arts and culture.
  • A place for every story: reflecting the diversity of our stories and the contribution of all Australians as the creators of culture.
  • The centrality of the artist: supporting the artist as worker and celebrating their role as the creators of culture.
  • Strong institutions: providing support across the spectrum of institutions which sustain our arts and culture.
  • Reaching the audience: ensuring our stories reach the right people at home and abroad.

We are seeking views on these pillars.

How you can voice your opinion

There are 2 ways for you to tell us what you think:

  1. Making a submission
    1. Make a submission by filling in the National Cultural Policy submission template or preparing your submission in an alternative format.
      • To ensure timely processing of your submission, please limit your submission to no more than 3 pages or 5 minutes.
      • Please include:
          1. contact name
          2. organisation name, if applicable
          3. contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
          4. confirmation of whether or not your submission can be made public (published) or kept confidential.
        • All submissions need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility in order to be made public. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being published. Please ensure you do not include any personal information that you do not want to be published.
        • If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.
        • Upload your submission using the form below, or email your submission to culturalpolicy@arts.gov.au
  2. Attending a town hall event

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will help develop a renewed National Cultural Policy for Australia.

Relevant documentation

Confirmation of submission

You will receive an email confirming we have received your submission. Please email us at culturalpolicy@arts.gov.au if you do not receive an immediate confirmation email.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.


Started July 01, 2022 09:00 AEST
Ends August 22, 2022 23:45 AEST
Days Remaining 14 of 53
Submissions now public

Formal Submission

The following submissions have been produced by third parties and may not meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. If you require an accessible copy, please email culturalpolicy [at] arts.gov.au.

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.
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Files must be less than 5 MB.
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Step2: Contact details

Please enter an Australian landline or mobile phone number including area code.
e.g: 07 1234 5678 or 0414 123 456

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.

Privacy Notice

The department is collecting personal information for the purposes of national public consultation on a National Cultural Policy, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use your personal information for the purposes of accepting written submissions to inform a National Cultural Policy, and this information will be stored securely and only used to contact you if needed. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website or in the Government’s response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose information obtained through the consultation process within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary or if in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act, any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

If you do not provide all the information requested, you may miss the opportunity to submit a written submission for which the information was gathered.

The department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department. The privacy [at] infrastructure.gov.au (Privacy Officer) can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

The following formal submissions have been made public.


Craig Rossiter

Dr Ann Stephen

Eco.textile Studio

Evan Hadkins

H Lawrence Sumner

History Council of Victoria

Josephine Mead

Kimberley Arts Network