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Our employees are passionate about Australian arts and creativity. It’s part of our culture.

We are pleased to celebrate the collaboration between Creative Australia, its staff and Australian artists in our 2024 Workplace Giving initiative.

We are proud of the growing number of employees who have decided to participate in this program, by making regular gifts directly from their pre-tax salaries in support of a thriving Australian arts sector.

Creative Australia matches employee contributions, raising up to $20,000 per annum to provide important investment in the early careers of Australian artists.

In 2023, Creative Australia and its employees supported two First Nations Emerging Career Development Awards, awarded to Dean Brady and Emily Wells.

In 2024, Creative Australia and its employees will support the creation of a second National Arts and Disability Early Career Artist Award, to be announced later in the year.

This generous group of employees join a national community who deeply appreciate the transformational role of both artists and of philanthropy to affect positive social change. We are grateful for the collective support in this philanthropic endeavour, driven by our Workplace Giving participants’ desire for impact.

We thank all employees who generously contribute to Workplace Giving at Creative Australia in support of a thriving arts and cultural sector.

2024 donor honour roll

Tim Blackwell

James Boyd

Michelle Boyle

Michelle Brown

Judith Butler

Tammy Close

Adrian Collette AM

Christen Cornell

Diego Cruz

Matthew Higgins

Nick Jarvis

Darren Kirwood

Hannah Kothe

Jayne Lovelock

Yvette Menezes

Gillian Mercer

Matt Morse

Alice Nash

Kate Schaffner

Mikala Tai

Mick Walsh

Workplace Giving is a great way to support Australian artists. Please contact our Co-investment team if you’d like to hear more.

‘Music and art have always been important to me, so I was happy to donate to workplace giving to help the career of an artist.’
Workplace donor Diego Cruz, Marketing Manager.

2020 First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

About the 2020 recipients 

Jazz Money is an award-winning poet, filmmaker and educator of Wiradjuri heritage currently based on the beautiful land of the Gundungurra and Darug nations. Her poetry has been published widely, and reimagined as murals, installation and film.  Jazz is the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award from the State Library of Queensland, and her first collection of poetry to be published by UQP in 2021.

Justin Grant is a proud Walrpiri / Jawoyn man and a film director. His career in the film industry began over 13 years ago; initially as an actor with a Diploma of Theatre Performing Arts from Victoria University, followed by becoming a skilled writer and progressed into completing a Masters Degree of Film and T.V. at the Victorian College of the Arts – Melb Uni. Justin graduated in 2018 with Honour Marks and won a Special Recognition Award for his graduating film – A Piece of Us; he was also nominated for a Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award in 2013 for Dingos Baby.


2019 First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

About the 2019 recipient
The successful recipient is Rhyan Clapham, better known as the acclaimed rapper, musician and composer Dobby. Dobby proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician. His family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. The 2018 release of his self-titled ‘Dobby’ EP was written and produced by him, leading to a highly successful tour which included performances at BIGSOUND, Sydney Opera House, Surry Hills Festival, OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, Australian Music Week and No Place Like Home.

About the award
The Australia Council launched the First Nations Emerging Career Development Award in 2019. These $10,000 awards have been established to help further the career of emerging First Nations artists or arts workers aged between 18-30 years old, living in Australia or overseas. The award is open to all arts disciplines including dance, literature, poetry, visual arts, theatre, community arts and music, and can fund a wide variety of career development opportunities including study, course work and masterclasses.