Creative Australia invests more than $169 million in a multi-year boost for arts and culture

Funding-and-GrantsFrom 2025, Creative Australia will invest $42.4 million per annum in a range of arts and cultural organisations, providing employment pathways for creative workers and strengthening Australia’s arts and cultural sector.

159 organisations will benefit from Creative Australia’s multiyear investment from 2025-2028, an increase of 45 organisations compared to the previous (2021-2024) cycle. Among the outcomes, there is an increase in investment in First Nations, youth and disability led groups, and those based in regional Australia.

“From the cities and suburbs to regional and remote Australia, arts organisations make a vital contribution to Australian arts and culture. The strong competition for this investment highlights the immense talent and vision of our small to medium art sector,” said Creative Australia CEO, Adrian Collette AM.

“This investment will enable more organisations to plan with longer-term certainty, to realise their artistic programs and present Australian works that delight and challenge audiences and communities at home and internationally.”

The $42.4 million boost includes investments through Creative Australia’s Four Year Investment for Organisations program, Visual Arts Craft and Design Framework, and allocated investment in Delivery Partners – a new stream of investment to support services for the arts and cultural sector.

This investment supports the aims of the Australian Government’s cultural policy: Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place.

Creative Australia will support arts organisations across the country, including:

  • Inala Wangara – a First Nations owned community development organisation in Queensland.
  • Tutti Arts – a South Australian organisation where disabled and neuro-diverse artists explore various art forms.
  • Express Media – an Australian literary youth arts organisation based in Victoria.
  • Australasian Dance Collective – supporting Queensland’s dance sector with performance and development opportunities.
  • Cementa – a regionally-based artist run initiative in NSW.
  • Contemporary Asian Australian Performance – a NSW-based theatre company creating exceptional Asian Australian works for all.
  • Second Echo Ensemble – a Tasmanian based multi-arts organisation that challenges pre-conceived notions of ability through interdisciplinary works.
  • GUTS dance // Central Australia – a unique contemporary dance platform in Alice Springs/Mparntwe.
  • Through the Visual Arts Craft and Design Framework, investment was approved for artist run initiatives in every state and territory, supporting the grass roots of the visual art sector.

For more information and a full list of recipient organisations, visit: for details. Delivery Partners will be announced in 2024.