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Community Arts and Culture Government Policy

Government Policy

Federal Government

National Arts and Culture Accord

Following the launch of Creative Australia, the Australian Local Government Association signed the first National Arts and Culture Accord outlining the roles and responsibilities of each level of national government in relation to the provision of services for the arts.  The Accord, underpinned by a three-year work plan, encourages all levels of government to deliver stronger and more coordinated arts and cultural services. For more information about Federal policies and programs visit Ministry for the Arts.

Queensland Government

Arts for All Queenslanders

The Arts for all Queenslanders strategy 2014-2018, released 18 December 2013, seeks to grow the arts and cultural sector and strengthen the community of arts in Queensland.

It is pleasing that local people and communities are at the very heart of the Queensland State Government's new arts and cultural strategy. In a state as big as Queensland, local arts and culture is paramount; arts and cultural events and experiences which are rooted in local needs and aspirations shape ‘who and what we are' as individuals and as communities and contribute to positive social and economic outcomes.  

As the sphere of government closest to the people, Queensland local governments value and invest in arts and culture, providing infrastructure, services, events and experiences which support the development of a vibrant, sustainable arts and cultural sector. In particular, local governments develop, fund and support local institutions such as libraries, galleries, visitor information services and performing arts venues.

Local government is recognised as being efficient and effective in the allocation of resources at the local level, and is best positioned to make decisions about arts and culture which meet the needs of their unique and diverse communities.

You can view the Strategy and consultation data on the Arts Queensland website.

Local Government

Creative Cultural Development

LGAQ's Arts and Culture Policy – Creative Cultural Development strives for a greater cultural ecology and creative economy for Queensland.

Protocol between State and local government in relation to arts and culture in Queensland

Queensland has a long history of partnership, communication, funding and information sharing between state and local government in the area of arts and culture.

In 2002 the relationship was formally acknowledged through the execution of a Protocol between Arts Queensland and Local Government in Relation to Arts and Cultural Development.

One decade on, the need to review and update the agreement was recognised and Queensland councils passed a resolution to do so at the Local Government Association of Queensland Annual Conference in 2012 - see discussion paper.

Arts Queensland, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and the Local Government Arts and Culture Reference Group are working together to finalise this revised Protocol which will operate in line with the Arts for all Queenslanders strategy from 2014–2018.

Partners in Government Agreement

In July 2012 the Partners in Government Agreement was signed by the Premier, Hon. Campbell Newman MP, Minister for Local Government, Hon. David Crisafulli MP, LGAQ President, Paul Bell AM and CEO, Greg Hallam PSM.

As signatories to the Agreement, State Government and LGAQ commit to developing and maintaining a process of negotiation and engagement based on:

  • a set of principles, including mutual respect and cooperation, which underpins the relationship between State Government and local governments;
  • open and timely communication and consultation; and
  • an understanding of each other's roles and responsibilities in situations where they may overlap.

The Agreement also contains various reporting and accountability mechanisms which place responsibilities on both parties to regularly review progress on priorities.