Australian Parliament House is open to the public.

State of the arts in 2020 and beyond: new inquiry

Issue date: Thursday, 27 August 2020

Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts will hear evidence on the benefits the arts bring to Australia, and the significant impacts that COVID-19 has had on this important industry.

Committee Chair, Dr David Gillespie MP, said ‘Australia’s cultural and creative industries are at a point of significant change as Australia adapts to life in a pandemic’.

‘Australia’s creative innovation economy has made us a major player in the international arts arena, delivering benefits to our economy and helping shape our national identity. It’s time to reflect on and re-think the way we create and interact with art, as we react to the pandemic and the challenges we need to overcome’.

‘We will take evidence on the terms of reference, and encourage anyone within the arts community to make a submission or participate in the online survey.’

The terms of reference are available from the inquiry webpage. Submissions can also be made through the webpage, or by email to until 22 October 2020.

Information about the Committee may be found on the Committee’s webpage.

Media inquiries

Robert Nardella, Office of Dr David Gillespie MP: 0433 141 433
Electorate Office: (02) 6586 4462
Parliament Office: (02) 6277 4960

For background information on the inquiry process

Committee Secretariat
(02) 6277 4386


We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images and voices of deceased people.