We're developing a new cultural policy for the decade ahead to transform and safeguard a diverse, vibrant and sustainable arts, entertainment and cultural sector now and into the future.

The new National Cultural Policy will establish a comprehensive roadmap to guide the skills and resources required for this dynamic sector. Our starting point is Creative Australia, the national cultural policy launched by former Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard AC in 2013.


This new policy will be shaped by the diverse voices of the Australian arts, entertainment and cultural sector, and we are seeking input from the community to inform the policy.

There are two ways for you to have your say:

Advisory bodies to inform the development of the policy

The Government has established five Review Panels to review submissions during the consultation for the National Cultural Policy and provide advice to Minister for the Arts, the Hon Tony Burke MP, on key issues and themes.

News and updates

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1 July 2022
You are invited to take part in our consultation to inform a new National Cultural Policy.
An artist’s hands, holding a paint jar and painting tool, working on a colourful Indigenous artwork, which features yellow, blue, orange and red designs.
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2 August 2022
Expert advisory groups will support consultation on a new National Cultural Policy.
Synthony concert, Melbourne, 2021. Image courtesty of Duco Events. Woman singing.
Visual arts Visual arts
24 November 2021
'Licensing the Right Way' is an initiative assisting Indigenous artists to protect their work and livelihoods by securing better licensing outcomes.
A lawyer working with an artist at an Art Centre in Queensland.
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24 November 2021
The career pathways and opportunities for Indigenous arts workers are steadily on the rise.
Joann Russo with traditional Bagu
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21 October 2021
The National Indigenous Visual Arts Action Plan has been released, outlining the Australian Government’s support to grow the Aboriginal and Torres...
Artist wearing a hat working on a painting
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6 September 2021
The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program is open for applications.
Image by Grant Hancock—Tom Moore: Abundant Wonder, Jam Factory. Colourful art installation with a comic-style truck and leafless trees in the foreground and large building blocks in the background with creatures on top.
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29 September 2020
Apply now for the chance to secure a Recovery Grant through the Regional Arts Fund Recovery Boost support package.
Jasper Da Seymour
Visual arts Visual arts
2 September 2020
If you are involved with the Indigenous visual arts sector, we want to hear from you on ways to help the industry grow.
Image is of Ninuku Artists, Molly Miller, Samuel Miller and Monica Watson, painting on country at Tilun Tilun, photograph by Mel Henderson, image courtesy of Ku Arts, 2019. Text: Have your say. Growing the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry consultation pape
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13 August 2020
The search is on to find Australian arts organisations and individuals to represent us at the UK | Australia Season 2021-22.
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi © Tourism Australia
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7 August 2020
Artbank will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a spectacular acquisition.
Kate Scardifield with her artwork titled Canis Major. Image: Kate Scardifield in her studio, © Robin Hearfield