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. Town hall events were held across the country for stakeholders and community members to convey their views. There was also a public submissions process which has now closed. If you have any questions about other ways to share your views, please email culturalpolicy [at] arts.gov.au.

Advisory bodies to inform the development of the policy

The Government has established five Review Panels and a Policy Advisory Group to inform 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

30 August 2022
The meetings focused on enabling employment opportunities in the arts.
Theatre performers in a human pyramid with two people looking on from a distance.
26 August 2022
Some of Australia’s leading creatives will play a key role in shaping our new National Cultural Policy.
Dancers spin each other on stage
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.
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.