Funding and support

The Australian Government provides funding and support to arts and cultural organisations and individual artists. We encourage excellence and innovation in art, support cultural expression,  professional and sector development, and increase access to the arts for all Australians. 

  • Anzac Centenary

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    Worldwide commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War will start on 4 August 2014 and continue until 2018. For Australians, the 'Anzac Centenary' will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place in the lives of current generations.

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  • Artbank

    Supporting and promoting Australian contemporary art through the collecting, commissioning, curating and leasing of art.

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  • Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund

    Catalyst provides grants for a wide range of projects by arts organisations.

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  • Festivals Australia

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    Festivals Australia supports the presentation of arts and cultural heritage projects that will enable community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or attend an arts driven experience at a festival, or significant one-off community celebration.

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  • Film & television

    Australia's iconic film and television industry contributes a great deal to our nation's cultural life and helps develop our national identity.

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  • Lending rights programs

    Our lending rights programs support Australian writing by paying eligible creators and publishers who lose income through the free use of their books in lending libraries.

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  • Indigenous arts, languages and repatriation

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    Indigenous arts, culture and languages area unique part of Australia's cultural landscape. The Australian Government is committed to supporting and strengthening these sectors.

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  • Music

    Contemporary music is central to Australian culture. The federal government supports the development of this industry through a number of programs and initiatives.

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  • National Cultural Heritage Account

    The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian cultural organisations acquire Australian protected objects.

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  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards

    Excellence in literary works by Australian authors warrants rewards, whether through literary prizes or practical steps to ensure writers and publishing houses can thrive. The Department supports the literature sector's vitality and sustainability in various ways.

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  • Regional Arts

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    Government funding is available to take drama, circus, contemporary music and cultural exhibitions to audiences throughout Australia.

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  • Resale Royalty Scheme

    The Australian Government values artists and their contribution to culture and the economy. The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists ensures that, following certain commercial resales, Australian visual artists receive a direct financial benefit as their work increases in market value.

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  • Support for artists

    The Australian Government supports our nation’s valued artists through initiatives such as the resale royalty scheme.

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  • Support for collecting institutions

    The Ministry for the Arts delivers several programs and initiatives to support and develop quality national and regional collections in Australia.

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  • Tax incentives

    Tax incentives assist arts organisations to attract private investment in the arts and encourage business to engage with the arts sector to support important cultural activities.

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  • Visions of Australia

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    The Visions of Australia regional exhibitions touring program (Visions of Australia) provides support for the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material originating or created in Australia, as well as cultural material originating from elsewhere that is held in Australian collections.

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  • Other government support for the Arts

    The Australian Government provides funding and grants to arts and cultural organisations and individual artists from across Australia to advance our rich cultural industries.

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