The National Arts and Disability Strategy presents a vision for improving access and participation in artistic and cultural activities for people with disabilities.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy’s vision is for the artistic aspirations and achievements of people with a disability to be a valued and visible part of Australian culture.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is a framework for jurisdictions to assess and improve existing activities, consider new opportunities and directions, and identify new partnerships and initiatives.

The Strategy is the result of extensive consultation, including 115 submissions made in response to a discussion paper released in late 2008, targeted consultation with arts and disability peak bodies, and consultation with government agencies at all levels.

The Strategy has eight underlying principles that guide its implementation. These include the right of all Australians to access and participate in arts and cultural activities, and the need for people with a disability to be involved in decisions that affect them.

Ministers have agreed on four priority areas for action. These are:

  1. addressing barriers to access and participation
  2. supporting arts and cultural practice amongst people with a disability
  3. developing audiences for disability arts companies and individual artists, and
  4. improving policy development and planning within governments.

Read the National Arts and Disability Strategy

All Audio versions include transcripts.

National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation 2013-15

The Australian, state and territory governments report annually to the Meeting of Cultural Ministers on the implementation of the Strategy in each jurisdiction. Ministers also review the impact of the Strategy every three years, in consultation with the arts and disability sector. The second evaluation for the period 2013-15 will be released in 2017.

Read more about the National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation 2013-15.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy Evaluation Report 2009–2012

The first evaluation was completed in October 2013 and explores the Strategy's outcomes from October 2009 to December 2012. The Evaluation Report includes input from the Australian, state and territory governments, following targeted consultation with arts and disability stakeholders. The Evaluation Report was endorsed by cultural ministers in October 2014.

Contact us

You can contact us about the National Arts and Disability Strategy at arts.disability [at] arts.gov.au