Transfer FAQs

In the October 2022 Budget, Minister Burke confirmed his election commitment to transfer the funding and functions of Creative Partnerships Australia to the Australia Council for the Arts, which will be renamed Creative Australia. This was reconfirmed in the National Cultural Policy and will take effect from 1 July 2023.

The Australia Council for the Arts, which will be renamed Creative Australia, will continue the programs run by Creative Partnerships Australia and hopes to build on them over time. In the meantime, Creative Partnerships Australia will continue to deliver its suite of programs and services until 30 June 2023. 

Staff of both organisations look forward to continuing to work with the cultural sector and other stakeholders to foster a culture of private sector support for the arts in Australia. 

Please note: these FAQs are a work in progress. Check back for updates or send your questions to 


Latest Updates

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You can download a PDF of the National Cultural Policy: Revive via There is a summary of the policy and an overview of the key pillars and principles.

All functions of Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA) will transfer to Australia Council for the Arts, which will be renamed Creative Australia.

CPA invests in the professional and business development of the arts and cultural sector to maximise partnership potential and long-term growth. CPA works with philanthropists and businesses to facilitate and champion arts partnerships and investment; and provides matched funding programs for artists and arts organisations. All functions, staff, and assets will transfer.

The National Cultural Policy: Revive transfers the functions of CPA with a commitment to continue to deliver existing activities, including the Australian Cultural Fund, Programs, Awards, Capacity Building, Research, and the network of State Managers.  

We are very much looking forward to transitioning and excited to continue fostering private sector support for the arts, as CPA has done over this past decade. 

Staff of CPA who have now moved into the Australia Council for the Arts, will mostly be based in Melbourne, and the Australia Council also has an office in Sydney.

There are also State Managers based in the following locations: 

  • Brisbane (QLD office) 
  • Sydney (NSW and ACT office) 
  • Melbourne (VIC and TAS office) 
  • Perth (WA office) 
  • Adelaide (SA and NT office) 

All the useful resources and content on the CPA website will remain as they are for the moment.

You can visit this page on the Creative Australia website, where you can attend or watch webinars that go into more depth or read beyond the transition to Creative Australia and establishing First Nations First, Music Australia, Creative Workplaces, and Writers Australia.    

These two functions will run the same as they have previously with CPA. The next round of the Plus1 and MATCH Lab are now open. Learn more here. 

Your account won’t change. Your login details will remain the same, it will now just be a function of the Australia Council.  

  • SmartyGrants will continue to be the portal for you to submit your acquittal and any other reporting requirements.   
  • Your existing reporting obligations will not change with the transfer to the Australia Council.   
  • You will notice that it will be rebranded from Creative Partnerships Australia to the new entity the Australia Council.  
  • Your log-in will not change, if you have any issues logging into your account, please contact

Knowledge Series will continue and you can purchase past online 90-minute recordings here. 

Creative Australia will maintain Creative Partnerships Australia’s network of State Managers, currently based in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Northern Territory, South Australia and Brisbane, providing fundraising coaching and advice nationally.  

Administration of the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) is transferred to Creative Australia and the ACF will continue without interruption. ACF will remain the same with its functions. 

Donors will be able to claim a tax deduction on donations made through the Australian Cultural Fund. 

The Australian Cultural Fund website will remain the same, and from 1 July, you’ll be able to access it via

All your donations will still go towards your preferred project. 

Your receipts are still valid after 1 July 2023. You will have no issues with your tax receipts.