Make a submission to the Senate Inquiry


Information forwarded from the NAVA website.

Senate Inquiry investigating the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts

Last week, ArtsPeak (the confederation of national peak arts organisations) was informed that its call for a Senate Inquiry into the last two federal arts budgets was successful. This was warmly welcomed across the arts sector.

Click here for details on how to make a submission, examples of submissions, and contact information. 

The submission deadline is 17 July 2015
The committee reporting date is 15 September 2015.

Everyone is invited to make a submission to this Inquiry. The more submissions the Inquiry receives, the greater the impact it will have.

Although the Inquiry cannot make any legislative changes, it is a means by which the arts sector and any other interested people can get their views heard and provide a full picture of what is at stake to politicians at all levels of government, the public and the media.

However a Senate Inquiry can add fuel to the call for change to be made to the recent federal arts Budget decisions as has happened in other contentious cases.

You are strongly encouraged to take action.


On the 16 June 2015 the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

a.    the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts; and
b.    the suitability and appropriateness of the establishment of a
National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, to be administered by the
Ministry for the Arts, with particular reference to:
i. the effect on funding arrangements for:
A. small to medium arts organisations,
B. individual artists,
C. young and emerging artists,
D. the Australia Council,
E. private sector funding of the arts, and
F. state and territory programs of support to the arts,

ii.   protection of freedom of artistic expression and prevention of political
iii.  access to a diversity of quality arts and cultural experiences,
iv. the funding criteria and implementation processes to be applied to the
v.  implications of any duplication of administration and resourcing, and
vi.  any related matter.


You can ask to speak at or attend the Senate Inquiry Committee public hearings.
The dates and locations for these hearings will be confirmed shortly.


For further actions please visit NAVA’s website or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

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