The previous Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean released Creative Australia, the national cultural policy, on 13 March at the National Press Club in Canberra. It has been generally well received. Incoming Arts Minister Tony Burke has affirmed his commitment to Creative Australia.
Under the policy our member companies continue to have certainty of funding, and six majors that were previously under-funded have received a boost to base dollars. See our media releasehere. New legalisation for the Australia Council was tabled in House of Reps on 20 March 2013 can be found here. Simon Crean's speech can be foundhere.
The National Cultural Policy was first announced by the then Arts Minister, Peter Garrett, in November 2009. In August 2011 Arts Minister Simon Crean released a discussion paper which highlighted the creative industries' contribution to society, economy, education and international diplomacy. The discussion paper referenced AMPAG's Digital Scoping Paper, which was produced to highlight the challenges faced by performing arts companies in the rapidly evolving technological environment. The policy is the first national cultural policy since the Keating government released Creative Nation in 1994.
In our submission to the discussion paper we emphasised the importance of the major performing arts companies to the cultural fabric of Australia.
AMPAG's submission to the National Cultural Policy discussion paper, October 2011
AMPAG's Response to the discussion framework -Towards a national cultural policy, January 2010