Excellence in literary works by Australian authors warrants rewards, whether through literary prizes or practical steps to ensure writers and publishing houses can thrive. The Ministry for the Arts supports the literature sector's vitality and sustainability in various ways.
Inaugurated in 2008, the Prime Minister's Literary Awards recognise excellence and the contribution Australian authors make to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.
For the latest news on the Awards and details on how to apply, please visit the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Under the Australian Government's Lending Rights schemes, Australian creators and publishers are paid for books of theirs that are held in public and educational lending libraries.
If you are a book publisher or creator – author, compiler, editor, illustrator or a translator – you may be eligible for a payment under the Lending rights schemes.
For more information visit Lending rights.
The Australian Government also funds the Australia Council to deliver programs that support Australian writers and literature.