A modernised Australia Council and a bold new chapter for arts and creativity, a new First Nations-led Board, Music Australia, Writers Australia, and Creative Workplaces.
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You can download a PDF of the National Cultural Policy: Revive via arts.gov.au. There is also a summary of the policy and an overview of the key pillars and principles.
The National Cultural Policy signals a bold new era for the Australia Council. In becoming Creative Australia, we will become a larger, modernised, creative investment and development agency, with a stronger focus on building public and private partnerships for maximum impact.
Our objective is clear: With artists at the heart of what we do, Creative Australia will connect Australian stories with audiences and build the marketplace for those stories to be shared on a national and international scale – enhancing our reputation and bringing our rich culture to the world.
In March 2023 the first tranche of legislation to establish Creative Australia, the Australia Council (Creative Australia) Amendment Act 2023, successfully passed through the Australian Parliament. This provides for the transfer arrangements for Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA) functions and staff, which took practical effect on Monday 3 July 2023.
CPA invests in the professional and business development of the arts and cultural sector to maximise partnership potential and long-term growth. CPA works with philanthropists and businesses to facilitate and champion arts partnerships and investment, and provides matched funding programs for artists and arts organisations. All functions, staff, and assets will transfer.
The second tranche of legislation, the Creative Australia Act 2023 and the Creative Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2023, passed the Australian Parliament on Friday 16 June 2023. These Acts establish Creative Australia and the governance arrangements for Music Australia and Creative Workplaces.
On Thursday 24 August 2023 the Australia Council became Creative Australia.
As set out in the Creative Australia Act 2023, the Minister appoints the governing Board for Creative Australia, which will continue to be known as the Australia Council Board, and appoints the Councils of Music Australia and Creative Workplaces.
- Music Australia: will be informed by a Council of artists and industry expertise and will use the best possible industry advice to ensure strategic investment, whether in talent, in skills, in touring, or in export sales and building international markets.
- Creative Workplaces: will promote fair, safe, and respectful workplaces for Australian artists, people employed, or engaged, by organisations that are engaged in, or supported by, Australian arts practice, people involved in Australian arts practice, and provide information and advice about fair, safe, and respectful workplaces.
In 2024 the following will occur:
Subject to legislation being introduced and funding received in 2024, a new First Nations-led Board will be established within Creative Australia. The First Nations-led Board will be established to invest in, create, and produce First Nations works of scale, with priorities and funding decisions determined by First Nations leaders. It will develop a First Nations Creative Workforce Development Strategy, and promote best practice cultural protocols, self-determination, and cultural safety training across arts and cultural organisations.
In 2025 the following will occur:
Subject to legislation being introduced and funding received on Tuesday 1 July 2025, Writers Australia will be established within Creative Australia. Informed by a Council of writers and industry expertise, Writers Australia will advise on how best to invest in supporting the creation, publication, promotion and sharing of Australian stories. It will also establish a Poet Laureate for Australia.
Creative Australia will be a bigger and bolder champion and investor in Australian arts and creativity. We’ll become a creative investment and development agency, with a stronger focus on building public and private partnerships for maximum impact.
Given the scale of the new investments and functions of Creative Australia the Government has allowed for additional resourcing to deliver our objectives. These will be phased in over the coming years as we build Creative Australia and its new functions.
We are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, cultural and regional communities, and people with disability.
You can find our current vacancies on our Careers page.
As it grows, Creative Australia will continue to have investment in and through artists as its focus. We will, as ever, be guided by artform and industry experts. The National Cultural Policy investments are staged incrementally, allowing Creative Australia to build new processes and respond to needs as they surface.
This investment will enable us to effectively support the sector through our existing programs to deliver greater impact in areas including youth and community arts.
Amongst the people who come to us for funding, we see significant numbers of wonderful projects of real value that we have been unable to support within our current budget.
The investment will flow from this year as we launch and build Creative Australia and there are staged investments to dedicated initiatives over the next three years.
We will draw from the best expertise from across the public, private and commercial sectors to ensure the maximum impact and return on investment of public money.
We know there is enormous return on even modest investment in arts and culture, and this additional funding provides the opportunity to invest in more projects of real value, for the benefit of all Australians.
The National Cultural Policy transfers the functions of Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA) into Creative Australia. We have made a commitment to continue to deliver existing activities, including the Australian Cultural Fund, Plus 1, Awards, Capacity Building, and Research.
We are very much looking forward to taking on the functions of Creative Partnerships Australia. We recognise the excellent work that has been achieved in fostering private sector support for the arts over this past decade and welcome our CPA colleagues and the expertise they bring with them.
We are excited to continue this work and to explore new initiatives that will further attract and recognise public, and private sector partnerships in support of artists, cultural organisations, and the benefit of all Australians.
Creative Australia will continue to have an office premise in Sydney, and we’ll also have premises in Melbourne following the transfer of Creative Partnerships Australia. However, our staff work from a number of locations around the country and are not only Sydney/Melbourne based.
We’re committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, cultural and regional communities, and people with disability.
You can find our current vacancies on our Careers page.
You can find our tenders and opportunities open for proposals on our Procurement page.
Watch our webinars
Creative Australia – sector briefing
Music Australia briefing
Writers Australia briefing
Creative Workplaces briefing
National Cultural Policy & Creative Australia: First Nations First briefing