New legislation introduced to Parliament will lay the foundation for revitalisation of Australia’s arts and culture.

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The Australian Government has introduced to Parliament the Creative Australia Bill 2023, the second piece of legislation to implement Revive, Australia’s new National Cultural Policy. The Bill establishes Creative Australia as the Government’s principal arts investment and advisory body and two new parts within Creative Australia to support contemporary music and safe creative workplaces.

Music Australia will deliver targeted support and investment to Australia’s contemporary music industry, backed by more than $69 million in funding over four years. It will grow the market for contemporary Australian music and deliver a range of initiatives to provide industry professionals, bands and artists with more opportunities to learn, develop their skills and perform.

Creative Workplaces will raise and set workplace standards across all art forms, with organisations seeking federal Government funding being expected to adhere to these standards. This will create better conditions and safer workplaces for workers in the sector.

The legislation also establishes the governing Board for Creative Australia, which will continue to be known as the Australia Council Board.

The Bill is now being considered by Parliament.

Future legislation will embed a First Nations led body within Creative Australia and also establish Writer’s Australia.

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Image: Cahli Blakers (Teenage Joans) performing at Bigsound Brisbane 2022. Photo by Will Johnstone.