Indigenous arts, languages and culture

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

A new approach to Indigenous arts and languages funding

On 31 March 2015 the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, announced the Government’s new approach to funding Indigenous arts and languages.

The Australian Government is streamlining how it delivers funding to achieve its Indigenous Affairs priorities and in line with this the Ministry for the Arts has streamlined how we deliver funding for Indigenous arts and languages.

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.

Improvements to Indigenous Arts, Languages and Culture Funding Programs media release

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 François 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

Closing the Gap: Indigenous arts, languages and culture

The rich cultural practices, knowledge systems and cultural expressions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are a source of great strength, resilience and pride. Strong cultural identity is fundamental to Indigenous health and social and emotional wellbeing. Initiatives that strengthen Indigenous culture are therefore essential to the Closing the Gap agenda, which is a commitment by all Australian governments to work together to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to provide a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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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.