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

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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

2014-15 funding for Indigenous languages, visual arts, culture and employment

Funding arrangements for the Australian Government’s Indigenous languages, visual arts, culture and employment programs have changed for 2014-15 while the Ministry for the Arts assesses the programs to ensure they align with the Australian Government’s arts and culture priorities and Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

While the assessment is underway, funding has been extended without an application process to minimise the impact on Indigenous organisations supported by these programs, and to ensure that they can continue to operate after 30 June 2014.

For information about 2014-15 funding recipients, please visit the program pages.

Organisations delivering activities in regional areas may also wish to apply for funding through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund or the Australia Council’s regional touring programs.

National Keeping Place consultation

The Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation (ACIR), with the assistance of the Australian Government has completed consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and other interested stakeholders on establishing a National Keeping Place for ancestral remains that cannot be returned home because of a lack of information about where they come from.

Further information on this nationally significant process can be found on the National Keeping Place consultation webpage.

Indigenous languages, visual arts, culture and employment funding administered by the Ministry of the Arts

Related policies, programs and initiatives

  • Indigenous languages—a national approach
    The Australian Government's National Indigenous Languages Policy is a commitment to bring attention to Australia's Indigenous languages, reinforce their use and use language to strengthen identity and pride in culture.
  • Indigenous Art Code
    An industry-led voluntary code of conduct that aims to ensure fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.
  • Resale Royalty Scheme
    Established under the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009, the Scheme commenced on 9 June 2010. Under the Scheme, artists are eligible to receive five per cent of the sale price when their original works are resold commercially for $1000 or more.

Related programs administered by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Related programs administered by the Department of Environment


For information on the Ministry for the Arts' Indigenous languages, visual arts and culture programs contact 1800 006 992.