On the 16 June 2015 the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:
- the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts; and
- 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:
- the effect on funding arrangements for:
- small to medium arts organisations,
- individual artists,
- young and emerging artists,
- the Australia Council,
- private sector funding of the arts, and
- state and territory programs of support to the arts,
- protection of freedom of artistic expression and prevention of political influence,
- access to a diversity of quality arts and cultural experiences,
- the funding criteria and implementation processes to be applied to the program,
- implications of any duplication of administration and resourcing, and
- any related matter.
On 10 November 2015, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 2 December 2015.
The publication of submissions is not an automated process and there can be a delay of several days between a submission being provided and it being published. Once a submission is accepted and approved for publication, the submitter is sent an acknowledgement letter advising of such. A large volume of submissions have been received to the inquiry into Commonwealth arts funding; the secretariat thanks you for your patience in this matter.
The committee’s report is expected to be tabled in the Senate after 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 2 December 2015. Only after the report has been tabled will it be made available on the webpage (due to IT/web publishing processes, there may be some delay between the report’s tabling and it being available on the website).