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:

  1. First Nations First: Recognising and respecting the crucial place of First Nations stories at the centre of Australia's arts and culture.
  2. A Place for Every Story: Reflecting the breadth of our stories and the contribution of all Australians as the creators of culture.
  3. Centrality of the Artist: Supporting the artist as worker and celebrating artists as creators.
  4. Strong Cultural Infrastructure: Providing support across the spectrum of institutions which sustain our arts, culture and heritage.
  5. 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

Delivered actions

  • $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

Delivered actions

  • 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

Centrality of the Artist

Delivered actions

Progress towards an action

Strong Cultural Infrastructure

Delivered actions

  • 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

Engaging the Audience

Delivered actions

  • 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.