The Australian Government's National Cultural Polic—Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place, is a 5-year plan to renew and revive Australia's arts, entertainment and cultural sector. Information about the consultation, development, and implementation of Revive is available at: National Cultural Policy—Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place.
Revive is structured around five interconnected pillars:
- First Nations First: Recognising and respecting the crucial place of First Nations stories at the centre of Australia's arts and culture.
- A Place for Every Story: Reflecting the breadth of our stories and the contribution of all Australians as the creators of culture.
- Centrality of the Artist: Supporting the artist as worker and celebrating artists as creators.
- Strong Cultural Infrastructure: Providing support across the spectrum of institutions which sustain our arts, culture and heritage.
- Engaging the Audience: Making sure our stories connect with people at home and abroad.
As Revive items are delivered, they will be listed on this page, including where actions are ongoing programs and initiatives.
First Nations First
- $5.0 million provided to upgrade training facilities at NAISDA Dance College's Kariong campus.
- Voices of Country—Australia's Action Plan for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022–2032 was launched on 23 August 2023 and provides a framework to guide Australia's participation in the Decade. The Action Plan was co-authored in partnership between the First Nations members of the Directions Group and the Australian Government.
- Continuing to provide support for First Nations peoples to express, conserve and maintain their culture through languages and the arts, under the Indigenous Languages and Arts program. More information on this program, including funding recipients is available at: Indigenous Languages and Arts program.
- Continuing to invest in First Nations art centres, as well as pivotal sector organisations, through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program to benefit First Nations communities. More information on this program, including funding recipients, is available at: Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.
- Continuing to seek the voluntary and unconditional return of First Nations ancestors and cultural heritage material held overseas and domestically, the return of First Nations ancestors and secret sacred objects held in eight major museums. More information on the programs is available at: Indigenous Repatriation and Return of Cultural Heritage | AIATSIS.
A Place for Every Story
- The Australian Government increased support for regional arts and culture through an increase to the Regional Arts Fund of $8.5 million over four years from 2023-24, and continuation of the Festivals Australia program. Learn more about the Regional Arts Fund and Festivals Australia at Regional arts.
- $48m over 5 years was committed in the May 2023 budget to protect and conserve Australia's natural, historic and First Nations heritage places for future generations. $5.3m per annum has also been provided in Australian Heritage Grants. $14.7m over 4 years from 2022–23 supported the progression of World Heritage List nominations and the protection of cultural heritage. Places are listed for natural, historic and/or Indigenous values. There are now almost 400 Australian places on the Commonwealth Heritage List, 120 places on the National Heritage List and 20 Australian properties on the World Heritage List.
- Encourage visual arts infrastructure to partner with National Collecting Institutions to display works from the national collection (also see "Strong Cultural Infrastructure Pillar").
Progress towards an action
- Invest in cultural infrastructure:
- Supported the Bundanon Trust with $2.4 million in the 2022–23 Budget to support its expanded operations in the Shoalhaven region. More information is available at: Arts sector centre stage on Budget night | Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure.
Centrality of the Artist
- Endorsed the voluntary Code of Practice for Visual Arts, Craft and Design through the release of Revive.
- Developed information about the support available for artists to be looking for work or working in the creative arts sector, and to have this recognised as part of their mutual obligation requirements for unemployment payments. More information is available at: Workforce Australia supports creative and freelance workers—Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government (dewr.gov.au).
- Extended the Public and Educational Lending Right Schemes to include digital content for the first time in 2023-24 meaning that Australian authors and publishers will be eligible to receive funding from June 2024 for free use of their ebooks and audiobooks as well as print books. This is the first stage of modernisation of the Schemes. More information is available at: Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR/PLR).
- Continued to support creative practice in the classroom through the five arts subjects (dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts) under the Australian Curriculum: The Arts. On 1 April 2022, all elements of the revised Australian Curriculum Version 9.0 were formally endorsed by all state and territory education ministers. Further information is available at v9.australiancurriculum.edu.au.
- Continuing to promote the Self-Employment Assistance program to the arts community, including to First Nations peoples, to encourage new and existing arts businesses to access free business mentoring and support to develop business plans and strategies that more effectively monetise their cultural contributions to Australia. More information is available at:
- Self-Employment Assistance—Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government (dewr.gov.au)
- Reaching new heights with the help of Self-Employment Assistance—Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government (dewr.gov.au)
- Workforce Australia Self-Employment Assistance making musical dreams come true—Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government (dewr.gov.au).
- Established Creative Workplaces, within the newly established Creative Australia, to provide advice on issues of pay, safety and welfare in the arts and entertainment sector, refer matters to the relevant authorities and develop codes of conduct and resources for the sector.
- Supported the ongoing financial sustainability of the seven national performing arts training organisations, including through removal of the efficiency dividend and $5 million in additional assistance to the National Institute of Dramatic Art as announced in the October 2022–23 Budget. More information is available at: National training organisations in the performing arts.
Progress towards an action
- Fully implement the Respect@Work Report
- Expressly prohibited sexual harassment in the Fair Work Act 2009. More information is available at: New workplace sexual harassment laws—Fair Work Ombudsman
- Established a new sexual harassment jurisdiction in the Fair Work Commission. Workers now have a choice whether to make complaints about workplace sexual harassment to the Fair Work Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission. More information is available at: Sexual harassment | Fair Work Commission (fwc.gov.au).
- Introduced a positive duty in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 that requires employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate certain forms of unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, as far as possible. More information is available at: New positive duty on employers to prevent workplace sexual harassment, sex discrimination and victimisation | Respect@Work (respectatwork.gov.au).
Strong Cultural Infrastructure
- Re-established Ministerial-level meetings between Commonwealth, state and territory cultural ministers, and the Australian Local Government Association. At a meeting in October 2022, Ministers agreed to meet approximately twice a year. Cultural Ministers last met on 9 June 2023.
- The functions of Creative Partnerships Australia have been transferred to the newly established Creative Australia. This aims to create synergies between public and private partnerships, as well as government and philanthropic investment.
- Provided $11.8 million-dollars over the next four years to establish the National Gallery of Australia's Sharing the National Collective Initiative, supporting the long-term loan of works to regional and suburban cultural institutions across Australia. Expressions of interest for the program opened in July 2023 with the unveiling in November 2023 of the inaugural loan of Claude Monet's Meules, milieu du jour [Haystacks, midday], 1890 to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre.
- The Government has streamlined programs that incentivise philanthropic support for the arts, by transferring administrative responsibility for assessing Deductible Gift Recipient status for Cultural Organisations (formerly the Register of Cultural Organisations) from the Office for the Arts to the Australian Tax Office. This will assist cultural organisations to attract donations from businesses and individuals.
Progress towards an action
- The Australian Government has restored $44.0 million in previous funding cuts to the Australia Council for the Arts (now Creative Australia) to address underfunded areas like youth arts and expand its functions to establish the new landmark body for the arts, Creative Australia.
- Introduced the Creative Australia Bill which was passed by the Parliament, establishing the centrepiece of Revive, a restored and modernised Australia Council for the Arts, to deliver increased investment and better support for the Australian cultural and creative sector.
- Established Music Australia backed with a commitment of $69.4 million over four years, to support the Australian music industry to grow, including through strategic initiatives and industry partnerships, research, skills development and export promotion.
- Established Creative Workplaces (see also "Centrality of the Artist pillar").
Other work delivered to support strong cultural infrastructure
- Supporting the nine National Collecting Institutions in the Arts portfolio so that they are able to operate sustainably with increased core ongoing funding and one-off funding to deliver building repairs and replace assets that are at end-of-life at seven National Collecting Institutions. More information is available at: Major funding boost for National Collecting Institutions in 2023–24 Federal Budget.
- Providing ongoing funding for the National Library of Australia's Trove platform—a core piece of Australia's cultural infrastructure. More information is available at: Trove funding secured in 2023–24 Federal Budget.
Engaging the Audience
- The Australian Government has awarded the Alannah and Madeline Foundation $6 million to deliver digital and media literacy programs in schools. The programs will empower Australian children and young people to become critical, responsive and active citizens online.
- Continuing to support activities and programs that support live performance, festivals and touring, including in regional areas. More information is available at:
- Provided $12.0 million over next four years to increase investment to support digital games developers and small and medium independent games studios through Screen Australia. Funding opportunities will be announced at: Production—Online—Funding and Support—Screen Australia.
- To create new opportunities for Australian artists and developers through growing Australia's games industry, legislation to effect the Digital Games Tax Offset passed through both Houses of Parliament on 21 June 2023. Members were appointed to the Digital Games Tax Offset Advisory Board on 12 September 2023. The Digital Games Tax Offset is live and accepting applications. For more information visit: Digital games.
- The Australian Government supported digital and international market development for Australian artists by increasing funding for Sounds Australia to build on the growth achieved to date and to expand into new markets. Funding will be provided through Creative Australia, beginning 2023–24.
- Continuing to use Australia's Nation Brand to tell uniquely Australian stories, and demonstrate Australian capabilities through our First Nations cultures and storytelling. More information is available at: Home | Australia's Nation Brand (brandaustralia.com).
Progress towards an action
- First Nations and International policy:
- Appointed Mr Justin Mohamed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for First Nations People. Ambassador Mohamed is working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, advocates and leaders to embed First Nations voices, perspectives and experiences into Australia's foreign policy, and help grow First Nations' trade and investment.