Australia/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.3 Status and partnerships of public cultural institutions

Australia’s major national public cultural institutions include:

The National Library of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia

The National Museum of Australia

Australian National Maritime Museum

National Archives of Australia

National Film and Sound Archive.

The National Portrait Gallery

The Australian War Memorial

Bundanon Trust 

Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House

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All of these institutions receive their core funding from the Commonwealth Government and, while all have philanthropic programs in operation, the patterns of giving in Australia to cultural institutions, at both the federal and state levels, tend to focus on the donation of art or artefacts , or the funding of individual galleries/recital rooms and the like within the buildings, usually in exchange for naming rights.  There is a continuing belief in Australia that it is the role of governments to fund capital infrastructure and core running costs for cultural institutions and, while governments speak increasingly of the importance of private philanthropy and corporate support for culture and arts, there is no evidence that the community at large has taken up the notion with any force of conviction.

Chapter published: 27-12-2013