Through our arts programs, the Australian Government funds the national training organisations in the performing arts, which support Australia's thriving creative economy.

The Australian Government has provided operational funding to national performing arts training organisations for more than 30 years. The organisations' training programs promote artistic and cultural excellence.

Together with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, these organisations comprise ARTS8: the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.

Australian Ballet School

The Australian Ballet School provides full-time training of the highest standard for young people seeking a career in classical dance.

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Australia Film Television and Radio School

The Australia Film Television and Radio School was established in 1973 and is a portfolio agency of the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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Australia National Academy of Music

The Australian National Academy of Music provides young musicians aspiring to national and international careers (particularly as solo artists) with performance training at the highest level.

Australian Youth Orchestra

The Australian Youth Orchestra has a long history of training exceptionally gifted and dedicated young musicians from their early secondary years up to their early twenties.

Flying Fruit Fly Circus

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus provides high quality circus training for primary and secondary school students. It also tours professional standard contemporary circus performances.

NAISDA Dance College

The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College provides Indigenous youth with the opportunity to train in contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance.

National Institute of Circus Arts

The National Institute of Circus Art delivers innovative and high quality training that prepares students for national and international careers in the circus arts and physical theatre industry.

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National Institute of Dramatic Art

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) trains exceptionally gifted young people for careers in theatre, film and television as actors, directors, designers, and as production and technical staff.

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ARTS8 collaborating

The Australian Government funds the eight national performing arts training organisations known as the ARTS8 collaborating.