Key Documents

Key documents on the country's cultural policy, as identified by the profile author, will be listed here.

Australian Government, Creative Nation.  Commonwealth Cultural Policy, October 1994 at

Australian Government, Creative Australia, March 2013 at

Bennett, T., Spearritt, P. and Throsby, D (eds), “Cultural Policy in Australia” in Culture & Policy vol.8, no.1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Craik, J.  Re-Visioning Arts and Cultural Policy (Australian National University E-Press, 2007) at

Craven, I. Australian Popular Culture (Cambridge, 1994)

Cunningham, S.  Framing Culture: Criticism and Policy in Australia (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1992)

Eltham, B.  and Westbury, M.  Cultural Policy in Australia, online forum at

Langton, M. Valuing Cultures: recognizing Indigenous Cultures as a valued part of Australian heritage (Canberra, 1994).

O’Connor, Justin with Stuart Cunningham and Luke Jaaniste, Arts and Creative Industries. An Australian Conversation, (Sydney: Australia Council for the Arts, 2011)

Schultz, Julianne (ed). People Like Us (Griffith University, 2005).

Stevenson, D.  Art and Organisation: Making Australian Cultural Policy (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2000)

Throsby, D.  Does Australia Need a Cultural Policy (Sydney: Currency House, 2006)

Throsby, D & Zednik, A, Do You Really Expect to Get Paid? An economic study of professional artists in Australia  (Sydney: Australia Council, 2010)

A range of publications on cultural policy issues may be found at the following sites:

Australia Council for the Arts:

ARC Centre for Creative Industries:

Media International Australia journal at the University of Queensland