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

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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.

2013–14 Indigenous Culture, Languages and Visual Arts program funding round

The 2013–14 Indigenous Culture, Languages and Visual Arts program funding round has closed.

Future rounds of this program will be announced here and potential applicants are encouraged to monitor this website for information on subsequent funding rounds.

For information on the Indigenous Broadcasting Program see the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

For additional information or assistance, please phone 1800 006 992.

Eligibility for funding is outlined in the Funding for Indigenous Culture, Languages and Visual Arts 2013–14 Guidelines.

Indigenous culture, languages, repatriation and visual arts funding administered by the Ministry for the Arts

Other policies, programs and initiatives supporting Indigenous arts and culture

  • 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 Contemporary Music Action Plan 
    Australian and New Zealand Cultural Ministers have adopted the Plan to encourage governments to help the Indigenous contemporary music sector achieve its full potential.
  • 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, 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 through the art market 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 arts, culture and languages programs contact the National Network on 1800 006 992.