Have your say on a new national cultural policy

Image: Gwenneth Blitner at work (untitled work), acrylic on linen 2021. Image courtesy of Ngukurr Arts. © Gwenneth Blitner/Copyright Agency, 2022.

The Australian Government is developing a new national cultural policy to guide a diverse, vibrant and sustainable arts, entertainment and cultural sector into the future. The policy will be launched later this year.

NAVA has long been advocating for arts policy as a practical mechanism for the federal government to coordinate more consistent and effective strategies in arts and culture across the three tiers of government. 

It is time again for us to come out in numbers. Share our stories and make recommendations.

The consultation process is a critical opportunity for the voices and needs of the visual arts sector to be highly visible in the national conversation about the future of arts and culture. Submissions are now open until 22 August 2022.

As a starting-point, consultation will be shaped around the five goals of the Creative Australia policy launched in 2013, which have been distilled to the following pillars:

  • First Nations: recognising and respecting the crucial place of these stories at the centre of our arts and culture. 
  • A place for every story: reflecting the diversity of our stories and the contribution of all Australians as the creators of culture.
  • The centrality of the artist: supporting the artist as worker and celebrating their role as the creators of culture.
  • Strong institutions: providing support across the spectrum of institutions which sustain our arts and culture.
  • Reaching the audience: ensuring our stories reach the right people at home and abroad.

NAVA is hosting five free 1-hour Zoom workshops to amplify the voices of the visual arts, craft and design sector to the government’s National Cultural Policy consultation, 2 - 4 August 2022. 

Each workshop is centred on one of the five pillars of the government's cultural policy framework. 

You are invited to join as many of the following sessions as you’d like. 

Meeting notes from each session will be shared after the workshops to help you develop your submission to the consultation. 

Please register your interest using the links below.

How to have your say

The best way for you to inform the new National Cultural Policy is to make a submission. Read NAVA’s policy priorities to support what we have developed in recent discussions with the sector.

Please note: While it is important to support NAVA’s policy priorities, we encourage visual artists, arts workers and organisations to add their own recommendations.

Are we missing anything? If you can’t make the meeting, email NAVA with your insights and ideas for arts policy at nava@visualarts.net.au

Make a submission

Make a submission by either:

The deadline for submissions is 22 August 2022. 

Town Hall events

Town hall events are being held across the country. Details are available on the Australian Government website. Please try and get along if you can. Attendance is via ticketed entry. To express interest in attending the town hall event, please email culturalpolicy@arts.gov.au.