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Returning First Nations ancestors back to Country

The Australian Government continues to secure the return of Aboriginal ancestors to their rightful custodians – with six ancestors to be repatriated to Australia from the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony in Germany.

17 November 2022

Media release

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors returned home from the United Kingdom

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to international repatriation, the remains of 18 First Nations ancestors from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum in the United Kingdom will…

10 November 2022

Media release

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists announced for 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, have today announced the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists.

07 November 2022

Media release

Experienced voices to safeguard our diverse national stories

The Australian Government has announced the appointment of Mr Benedict (Ben) Maguire as the Chair, and Professor Clare Wright OAM as a member, of the Council of the National Museum of Australia (Museum).

06 November 2022

Media release

Purrumpa address
SUBJECTS: First Nations arts and culture, National Cultural Policy

01 November 2022


Game on: Digital Games Tax Offset to transform Australian industry

The Albanese Labor Government is backing in the digital games sector by introducing legislation to establish a Digital Games Tax Offset in the coming months.

28 October 2022

Media release

Arts sector centre stage on Budget night

The Albanese Government is delivering on its commitment to a better future for Australia’s creative talent.

25 October 2022

Media release

Support for live Australian music festivals

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $20 million Live Music Australia program, with $2.5 million in targeted funding available to assist with the rising costs of organising and hosting music festivals in…

19 October 2022

Media release

Disney Studios Australia’s latest production, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, to support 400 local screen jobs

In a major boost to Australia’s screen sector, more than 400 local jobs will be supported by the latest blockbuster production attracted to Australia by the Federal Government’s Location Incentive.

10 October 2022

Media release

Touring performing arts to inspire regional and remote communities

The Albanese Labor Government is increasing arts access to regional and remote Australian communities, with eight performing arts tours to share in over $1.9 million under the latest round of the Australia Council’s Playing…

29 September 2022

Media release

Live Performance Support Fund

The Albanese Labor Government will establish a national COVID-19 Live Performance Support Fund for events such as plays, concerts and festivals.

27 September 2022

Media release

“Land of Bad” starring Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth generates 270 jobs for Australia’s screen sector

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to strengthening employment and development opportunities for Australia’s screen sector, over 270 jobs for local cast, crew and extras will be created through the latest film production attracted…

23 September 2022

Media release

Uncle Jack Charles

A trailblazer, a truth-teller and an incredible artist – today we’ve lost a great Australian.

A Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta man – Jack Charles

13 September 2022

Media release

National Cultural Policy takes shape

The Albanese Labor Government’s landmark National Cultural Policy is taking shape, with artists and entertainers all over the country having their say on the future of their industry.

26 August 2022

Media release

Treasures of the Tek Sing to return to Indonesia

More than 1,600 souls were lost when the Chinese trade ship Tek Sing ran aground on a reef and sank off the Indonesian coast in 1822.

So great was the loss of life, the shipwreck was later referred to as the “Titanic of the East.”

17 August 2022

Media release