Investing in our arts | Australian Greens

Investing in our arts

For a vibrant and independent Australian arts community

Valuing the arts & our artists

Australia is home to exceptional creative talent across diverse art forms. The Liberal government has decimated the arts sector by slashing arts funding and threatening its independence.

The Greens value the role of arts in our society and will properly fund an independent arts sector and support our artists. A vibrant, diverse and innovative arts sector is at the heart of any thriving society.  Strong creative industries not only enrich our community, they are also a significant and growing contributor to our economy and an important strong source of employment.

Australian artists regularly produce world-renowned works. However, the current Liberal government launched an unprecedented attack on the arts. Former Arts Minister George Brandis cut over a hundred million dollars in funding from the arts and plunged the sector into crisis by ripping money out of the respected and independent Australia Council of the Arts and pouring it into a body controlled by the Minister.

This has threatened the very independence of publicly funded arts and increased the administrative burden for artists and art organisations seeking public funding.

The Greens have a strong commitment to supporting and promoting an independent and thriving Australian arts sector through increased levels of public funding, returning funding from the Arts Department to the independent Australia Council and supporting targeted programs and incentives to enable the arts to grow.

Our plan

The Greens’ plan will comprehensively support artists and the arts sector.

  • Restoring the full amount of funding cut from the Australia Council, ensuring that more individual artists and small to medium arts organisations can access Australia Council grants and re-establishing programs that were cut
  • Providing an additional $3 million to the ArtStart program over the next four years
  • Doubling the funding (from 2013-14 levels) available for Australia Council Grants and Initiatives for small and medium organizations and individuals
  • Providing funding of $20 million over four years to pay artists when their works are publicly displayed
  • Increasing funding by $2 million per year for regional touring through Playing Australia until total funding reaches $10 million and then an indexed amount annually
  • Removing touring arts companies from the 'in Australia' rule from 1 July 2017 which would allow organisations to become tax exempt entities
  • Creating an Arts Research and Development grants program to encourage innovative arts projects with an initial funding allocation of $5 million over the next four years
  • Introducing an artist in residence program at Parliament House supported by funding of $1 million
  • Supporting national voices in the arts with a funding allocation of $1 million over the next four years
  • Providing $1 million to Tourism Australia to promote Australian art around the world and encourage visitors to engage with the arts in Australia
  • Establishing a National Arts Week by providing funding of $1 million over the next four years.

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Supporting artists

 Artists entertain, challenge and inspire us and are at the core of our cultural life, yet they often struggle to make a living. The Greens have a fully costed plan to support artists to secure a living wage while their income is low and to help them save and plan for their retirement.

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