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 Programme 2.1: Arts and cultural development

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The objective of this programme is to contribute to Outcome 2 by administering a range of activities which support excellence in the arts and culture, develop and promote access to cultural activities, support Australian screen production, and protect Australia's movable cultural heritage. Details of financial results for administered items are provided in Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Following the 2013 federal election, responsibility for cultural affairs and support for the arts and for management of government records were transferred to the Attorney-General's portfolio. This has led to the addition of a new Outcome 2 and new Programme 2.1.

Achievements contributing to programme deliverables

Australian Ballet School student residence

A grant of $1 million has been announced by the Australian Government to assist the Australian Ballet School to leverage private sector donations to help purchase a student residence in honour of the school's 50th anniversary. The one-off contribution will ensure the school can attract and support the most gifted young artists from interstate and regional areas by providing appropriate supervision, safety and care arrangements in Melbourne. On 24 May 2014, the school secured a property for its student residence.

Cultural Gifts Programme

The department made administrative changes to the Cultural Gifts Programme to simplify and improve assessment processes and reduce waiting times for applicants. The programme encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. Gifts can range from paintings, books, sculptures, manuscripts and personal papers to jewellery, ceramics—even entire technological, mechanical, scientific or social history collections. As a result of the changes, average waiting times have been reduced by half. In 2013–14 approximately 450 donations were endorsed, valued at approximately $30 million.

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Programme

In 2013–14, this programme provided approximately $2 million to support the touring of seven major exhibitions, enabling Australian audiences to access significant cultural material to which they would otherwise not have had access. These included:

  • Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia, hosted by the National Library of Australia
  • Italian Masterpieces: From Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado, hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Genius and Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts London 1768–1918, hosted by the Bendigo Art Gallery.

The programme provides funds to encourage the touring of major exhibitions, including works from international collections, to offset insurance costs for exhibition material with a minimum value of $50 million.

Indigenous repatriation

In partnership with the state and territory museums and the National Museum of Australia, the department supported the return and reburial of ancestral remains and the return of secret sacred objects to Indigenous communities including the Kamilaroi in Queensland, the Wadawurrung in Victoria, the Dongara and Bremer Bay communities in Western Australia, the Narungga and Nukunu communities in South Australia, and communities in Armidale, New South Wales. We coordinated and supported the Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation to undertake public consultation with Indigenous communities and stakeholders around Australia on the long-term care of ancestral remains that cannot be returned home because of a lack of information relating to their origin.

We commenced a Career Pathways project for Indigenous students working in the field of Indigenous repatriation. Initially hosted at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery the project aims to develop the capacity, technical skills and employability of students, to provide continuous education and training, and to place them in museum jobs that enable them to manage the return and care of Indigenous ancestral remains and secret sacred objects.

Results against key performance indicators

Table 14: Results against key performance indicators, Programme 2.1

Key performance indicators
Access to high-quality cultural experiences and skills development opportunities in regional and remote areas is maintained or increased as measured by the number of funded activities, performances and events reported by state/territory and regional/remote categories

2013–14: Achieved

2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Substantially achieved

In 2013–14, the Arts and Cultural Sector Indigenous Employment Initiative funded 585 positions in 147 regional and remote arts and cultural organisations, employing Indigenous people in jobs in the arts and cultural sectors.

The Indigenous Languages Support programme supported 131 activities across Australia in 2013–14. Sixty-three activities (48 per cent) predominantly serviced remote or very remote locations, 52 activities (40 per cent) serviced regional areas and 16 activities (12 per cent) occurred mainly in urban areas. The funding devoted to remote areas totalled approximately $7 million, to regional areas $5 million and to urban areas $1 million.

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support programme provided $11.9 million for 114 activities across Australia during the reporting period, with close to 90 per cent of the activities delivered across regional and remote Australia. Seventy-six activities (67 per cent) predominantly serviced remote or very remote locations, 25 activities (22 per cent) serviced regional areas. The funding devoted to remote areas totalled approximately $8 million and to regional areas $2.4 million.

The Indigenous Culture Support programme supported 136 activities across Australia in 2013–14, with a large proportion of funding provided for activities in rural and remote areas: 24 activities (18 per cent) in NT, 16 activities (12 per cent) in WA, 27 activities (20 per cent) in NSW, 26 activities (19 per cent) in QLD, 19 activities (14 per cent) in VIC, 5 activities (4 per cent) in TAS, and 18 activities (13 per cent) in SA.

Access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to high-quality cultural experiences is maintained or increased as measured by the number and range of projects supported and the level of achievement of projects against key delivery requirements and programme objectives 2013–14: Achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Achieved

In 2013–14, the Arts and Cultural Sector Indigenous Employment Initiative funded the employment of 585 Indigenous people in jobs such as arts workers and gallery assistants, broadcasting assistants and technicians, cultural administrators and support officers, and languages assistants and mentors. The Arts and Cultural Sector Indigenous Employment Initiative is having a positive impact on the lives of employees by engendering pride in themselves, their workplaces and their culture.

The Indigenous Languages Support programme assisted 131 activities across Australia in 2013–14. Funding supported community-based activities of diverse types, including audio-visual recording of speakers, linguistic analysis, production of new learning resources, training and professional development of Indigenous language workers, language camps, advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and innovative software developments that make the language work of communities faster and more effective.

In 2013–14, the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support programme assisted a network of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres and five industry service organisations. Funding facilitated the production and marketing of Indigenous art and the inter-generational transmission of stories of law and culture, as well as providing tailored training, and sustained economic development for Indigenous peoples.

The Indigenous Culture Support programme assisted 136 Art and Culture activities throughout Australia. As well as continuing the development, maintenance and transmission of contemporary Indigenous cultural expression, these activities provided opportunities to promote respect for cultural knowledge and for Indigenous artists to produce contemporary work.

Ninety-five per cent of public and educational lending right payments made to eligible claimants annually by 30 June 2013–14: Achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Achieved

In 2013–14 the Public Lending Right programme paid over $9.5 million to 7,852 eligible claimants. Under the Educational Lending Right programme 9,982 eligible claimants were paid more than $11.3 million. Overall, 98.9 per cent of eligible claimants received their lending rights payments by 30 June 2014.

Increased sales of Prime Minister's Literary Award shortlisted or winning titles 2013–14: Achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Substantially achieved

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards continue to provide positive support to Australian writers and contribute to the sales of Australian books. The combined sales of all shortlisted titles, including those that subsequently won the six award categories, increased by 106 per cent in the month immediately after the announcement of shortlisted titles. Sales of five of the six winning titles increased between 100 and over 800 per cent in the month after the announcement of the award winners. These results compare favourably with those of 2012–13.

Applications (with all supporting documentation provided) for the Location and Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offsets are assessed within 15 weeks 2013–14: Partially achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Achieved

In 2013–14, 19 final applications for the Location Offset and PDV Offset were assessed and issued final certificates by the Minister for the Arts. This was a 58 per cent increase in the number of final applications assessed. Thirty-two per cent of the 2013–14 applications were assessed within 15 weeks.

A factor that has contributed to the increase in the number of applications is that, in the 2010–11 Budget, the qualifying expenditure threshold for the PDV Offset was lowered from $5 million to $0.5 million.

One hundred per cent of applications 1or referrals considered under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 are processed and considered in accordance with the requirements of the Act 2013–14: Achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Achieved

In 2013–14, 97 applications for export permits were received by the department. Of these, 71 were finalised and 26 remain active as at 30 June 2014. This represents a decrease of 29 per cent in the number of applications received compared to 2012–13. In 2013–14, one export permit decision was reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT affirmed the decision of the minister's delegate in that case.

Seven requests regarding the importation of cultural heritage objects that were allegedly illegally exported from another country were received by the department in 2013–14. The department worked collaboratively with relevant foreign governments and other Australian agencies, such as customs and the Australian Federal Police, to consider and process these matters as appropriate.

The National Cultural Heritage Account was used to fund four acquisitions by four Australian institutions and organisations in 2013–14. Acquisitions and funding include: an 1880 Bechstein grand piano by the Powerhouse Museum, the painting Landing at Anzac (1915) by the Australian War Memorial, the John Fowler road locomotive 16161 by Canberra Museum and Gallery, and funding to digitise 6,000 glass-plate negatives from the Fairfax Archives in the National Library of Australia.

Arts training organisations provide access to high-quality elite-level performing arts training for emerging Australian artists, including performance, design and production, as measured by the number of participants and range of training provided 2013–14: Achieved


2012–13: Achieved

2011–12: Achieved

In 2013–14, the seven national performing arts training organisations received operational funding totalling $20.51 million. These organisations provided elite training in a wide range of specialisations, including performance, design and production. This training benefited 1,207 enrolled students and participants in the 2013 academic year and will benefit 1,224 enrolled students and participants in the 2014 academic year. Beyond their core training, these organisations provide extension courses and community programmes to more than 10,000 aspiring artists.

One of the seven organisations, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, received $1.685 million in annual capital works funding to improve the Australian Government-owned facility in which it operates. It also received $5.903 million in retained capital works funding from previous years' funds.

Provide access to a mix of school-based and full-time traineeships in the arts and its related industries to support students in finding employment opportunities, as measured by the number of participants 2013–14: Achieved—trend information is not available as this is a new key performance indicator set out in the Portfolio Budget Statements


The ArtsReady programme was developed to provide skills development in the arts and related industries as well as accredited vocational training pathways that support students to find employment opportunities. Australian Football League (AFL) SportsReady is delivering the programme, in partnership with the arts sector and related industries, with a particular focus on supporting early school leavers, at risk and disadvantaged students.

ArtsReady delivers both school-based (students still at school) and full-time on-the-job traineeships in a variety of technical, management and administrative roles that address existing skills gaps identified by the industry. In 2013–14, 35 participants commenced an ArtsReady traineeship, nine in school-based positions, six part-time and 20 full-time. ArtsReady initially set a target of 100 traineeships in 2013–14, however, this figure proved unrealistic in the first year of the programme.

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