Working with states, territories and local government
- Commonwealth,state and territory government and local government collaboration
- Meeting of Cultural Ministers
- Meeting of Cultural Ministers Working Groups
Commonwealth, state and territory, and local government collaboration
The National Arts and Culture Accord was signed on 12 April 2013 at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Hobart, Tasmania. The Accord is an agreement between the Australian Government, and state, territory and the Australian Local Government Association representing local governments to work together to support arts and culture, and sets out principles for ongoing cooperation. The Accord provides the framework for all levels of government collaborating on more complex cross-jurisdictional issues.
The Accord commits to the development of a triennial work plan which identifies key areas of focussed partnership. The triennial work plan will provide a clear framework to highlight existing areas of collaboration and new, targeted areas of action. An annual report on progress against the work plan will be provided to ministers.
Meeting of Cultural Ministers
The Meeting of Cultural Ministers was established in 2012 and comprises the Australian, state and territory government arts and culture ministers. The Australian Local Government Association, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Government of New Zealand are invited as observers.
Meetings are conducted annually and discussion encompasses areas of national significance and mutual interest, including the creative arts, performing arts, Indigenous culture, film and digital media, and collections.
At the end of each meeting the discussions and outcomes are summarised and made publicly available via communique.
Read the communiqués from:
Ministers responsible for arts and culture in each jurisdiction
|Australian Government||Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Minister for the Arts|
|Australian Capital Territory||The Hon Joy Burch MLA, Minister for the Arts|
|New South Wales||The Hon George Souris MP, Minister for the Arts|
|Northern Territory||The Hon Matthew Escott Conlan MLA, Minister for Arts and Museums|
|Queensland||The Hon Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts|
|Tasmania||The Hon Lara Giddings MP, Premier and Minister for the Arts|
|Victoria||The Hon Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts|
|Western Australia||The Hon John Day MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts|
Meeting of Cultural Ministers official working group
The cultural ministers are advised and supported by a working group of public sector officials. This group considers arts and culture issues of national significance that require a collaborative approach.
Current officials working group members:
- Australian Government
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory (Chair)
- South Australia
- Western Australia
Officials also coordinate other working groups which meet as necessary to progress key cross-jurisdictional priorities. A working group may include non-members from relevant disciplines.
Working groups are established to address matters of national significance requiring cross-jurisdictional collaboration, including:
- Statistics working group - Cultural Data Online
- National arts and disability strategy working group
- National Arts and Culture Accord working group, which includes the Australian Local Government Association
The Meeting of Cultural Ministers Secretariat has responsibility for hosting meetings of cultural ministers and officials, as well as provision of secretariat support. The secretariat role rotates among the jurisdictions, the current secretariat is the Northern Territory.
Department of Arts and Museums
Northern Territory Government
Phone: 08 8951 5228