Indigenous arts, languages and repatriation

The Ministry for the Arts administers Australian Government funding that supports Indigenous languages, visual arts and culture.

Indigenous arts and languages funding

The Ministry for the Arts has streamlined how we deliver funding for Indigenous arts and languages in line with the Australian Government’s Indigenous Affairs priorities.

In 2015-16, the Government will provide more than $43 million to support Indigenous arts and languages through these programs. The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS), Indigenous Culture Support (ICS), Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) programs, and the Indigenous Employment Initiative (IEI) have been consolidated into two programs: Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) and Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support. In 2015-16, the Government will provide more than $43 million to support Indigenous arts and languages through these programs.

Read the full Improvements to Indigenous Arts, Languages and Culture Funding Programs media release from the Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis, announcing the new approach to funding Indigenous arts and languages.

The Indigenous Languages and Arts (Projects) funding round is now open and the new program guidelines are available on the Indigenous Languages and Arts page.

The new Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program guidelines are available now.

Joint Press Statement on the repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains

On 19 November 2014, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia and Mr Fran├žois Hollande, President of the French Republic announced the issue of a Joint Statement on the Repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains.

The joint statement signals the commitment of both governments to increase efforts to work cooperatively and it sets in place a framework for a government-to-government approach to the repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains.

Specifically, this announcement represents a commitment by both governments towards repatriation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains known to be held in French institutions to communities of origin.
Joint Press Statement on the repatriation of Indigenous ancestral remains

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Contacts

For more information on the Ministry for the Arts' Indigenous arts and languages programs call 1800 006 992.

Previous funding recipients

To review past recipient of funding please visit the AGD Grants Register. The grant register is a list of all grants made by the Department, including the Ministry for the Arts. Grants are listed on the register in order of funding program.