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National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (Partnership Framework)

About the partnership framework

In June 2021, the Australian Government announced eight new organisations will join the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework, as part of the Government’s investment in building a vibrant performing arts ecology.

The National Performing Arts Partnership Framework provides significant investment in Australian performing arts for the benefit of Australian audiences.

The Framework is administered by Creative Australia, in partnership with all states and the Northern Territory. With the new entrants joining, the investment provides ongoing support to 37 companies.

The Framework was launched by the Australian and all state and territory governments in October 2019 to provide a cohesive and collaborative national approach to sustainable arts funding into the future and to guide effective decision making for the sector.

Organisations funded under the Framework will benefit from the stability of up to eight years funding. The Framework provides:

  • a clear approach to prioritising outcomes for the Australian performing arts sector, audiences and communities, such as growing First Nations arts;
  • a pathway to expand the number of funded companies through a two-stage invitation and assessment process;
  • stability of funding balanced with flexibility so governments can jointly respond to changing priorities;
  • increased transparency and accountability through enhanced reporting; and
  • a new approach to rewarding artistic and organisational excellence.

The eight new entrants to the Framework include the first organisation from the Northern Territory and the first regional organisations from Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. The new entrants are:

Read the media release from the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announcing the new entrants to the National Partnership Framework.

Read more about the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework PDF | RTF | DOCX 

Company Artform Creative Australia Investment State
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $7,976,807 SA
Artback NT Cross-Artform $595,268 NT
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Music $858,435 NSW
Australian Chamber Orchestra Music $2,196,419 NSW
Back to Back Theatre Theatre $537,798 VIC
Bangarra Dance Theatre Dance $2,832,807 NSW
Bell Shakespeare Company Theatre $777,257 NSW
Belvoir Theatre $1,184,056 NSW
Black Swan State Theatre Company Theatre $723,105 WA
Circa Theatre $764,962 QLD
Dancenorth Australia Dance $537,798 QLD
Griffin Theatre Company Theatre $537,798 NSW
ILBIJERRI Theatre Company Theatre $537,798 VIC
Malthouse Theatre Theatre $1,555,031 VIC
Marrugeku Inc Dance $537,798 WA
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $12,414,470 VIC
Melbourne Theatre Company Theatre $2,536,823 VIC
Musica Viva Australia Music $1,969,858 NSW
Opera Australia Opera $23,881,026 NSW
Opera Queensland Opera $754,337 QLD
Orchestra Victoria Orchestra $6,857,554 VIC
Queensland Ballet Dance $848,002 QLD
Queensland Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $8,872,827 QLD
Queensland Theatre Theatre $948,120 QLD
State Opera of South Australia Opera $1,742,797 SA
State Theatre Company of South Australia Theatre $695,446 SA
Sydney Dance Company Dance $3,031,160 NSW
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $12,964,088 NSW
Sydney Theatre Company Theatre $2,578,068 NSW
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $7,517,354 TAS
Terrapin Puppet Theatre Theatre $537,796 TAS
The Australian Ballet Dance $6,816,568 VIC
Victorian Opera Opera $717,278 VIC
West Australian Ballet Dance $883,950 WA
West Australian Opera Opera $546,095 WA
West Australian Symphony Orchestra Orchestra $8,196,543 WA
Windmill Theatre Co Theatre $537,798 SA

Meet the new organisations joining the partnership framework

Credits from left to right and top to bottom:

  • Rachael Wallis, Artback NT Indigenous Artist in Residence, Taiwan, June – July 2018. Photographer: Remix Beauty and Image Studio.
  • The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, Carriageworks, Back to Back Theatre, Image Zan Wimberley 2019.
  • Tectonic – Credit Amber Haines.
  • Sandy Greenwood, Dogged, 2021 – By Brett Boardman.
  • Conversations with the Dead by Richard Frankland. Photographer: Jeff Busby.
  • Eric Avery, Miranda Wheen, Josh Mu, Ngaire Pigram, Edwin Mulligan & Dalisa Pigram in Cut the Sky (Marrugeku). Photographer: Jon Green, 2015.
  • A Not So Traditional Story 2018. Photographer: Bryony Jackson.
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Windmill Theatre Company. Photographer: The Other Richard.