Creative Partnerships Australia joins the Australia Council

On 1 July 2023, the people and functions of Creative Partnerships Australia were welcomed into the Australia Council.

In the October 2022 Federal Budget the Minister for the Arts, The Hon Tony Burke MP, confirmed his election commitment to transfer the funding and functions of Creative Partnerships Australia to the Australia Council. This was reaffirmed in January 2023, with the release of the Australia Government’s National Cultural Policy: Revive. The Policy speaks to the importance of private sector support and philanthropy in assisting the arts to thrive.

Bringing the purpose and functions of Creative Partnerships Australia into the Australia Council, soon to be Creative Australia, will create synergies between public and private partnerships, as well as government and philanthropic investment.

In addition, the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) was also transferred into Australia Council. The ACF is a fee-free platform that supports and enables private giving to and through the arts. Through the ACF, artists upload their project, start their fundraising campaign and invite art lovers and supporters to donate with 100% of donations going directly towards artists’ creative projects.