On 19 December 2011 Arts Minister Simon Crean announced a review of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding agency.

The purpose of the Review was to ensure that funding opportunities offered by the Australia Council reflect the diversity, innovation and excellence of Australia’s contemporary arts and cultural sector and that the Australia Council is well placed to support the goals of the National Cultural Policy.

In line with the terms of reference, the Review considered whether the Australia Council’s legislative purpose remains relevant, and whether the Council’s administrative and governance structures facilitate the delivery of robust outcomes to Australia’s contemporary arts and cultural sector.

Review co-chairs Ms Gabrielle Trainor and Mr Angus James provided Review findings to the Arts Minister in May 2012. The Australian Government response to the Review was released as part of Creative Australia, the national cultural policy on 13 March 2013

Government response to the Australia Council review

See the government response to the Australia Council review in Appendix B of Creative Australia.

2012 Australia Council Review Report

Australia Council Review survey

As part of the review process an online survey was conducted to ensure a wide range of stakeholder views were considered. The survey ran from 23 February to 9 March 2012.

Survey outcomes

  • The survey outcomes are available at appendix three of the Review of the Australia Council report.
  • The Chairs of the Review also considered responses to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper in the Review of the Australia Council.

Media releases

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outline the scope and purpose of the review.