Sculpting a National Cultural Plan

On Thursday, 25 November 2021 the House agreed to a corrigendum on the final report for the Sculpting a National Cultural Plan: Igniting a post-COVID economy for the arts: Inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions. To view the corrigendum, visit the corrigendum webpage.

October 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76092-226-9

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Chair's Foreword


Terms of Reference

List of Recommendations


1. Introduction

  The Arts Beyond 2020: A Cultural Plan
  About the Inquiry
  Inquiry Conduct
  Report Structure

2. Australia's Creative and Cultural Industries and Institutions

  Major Arts Domains in Australia
  Commonwealth Government Support
  Coordination Between Layers of Government
  Concluding Comments

3. The Value of the Arts

  Economic Benefits of the Creative Economy (Prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency)
  Non-Economic Benefits
  Concluding Comment

4. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts

  Artists’ Lived Experience of the Pandemic
  Commonwealth Government Support
  Crisis Relief and Mental Health Support Services
  Changing Models of Delivery: a Digital Focus
  Concluding Comments


  Snapshot of Australia’s Arts Education Landscape
  Turning STEM into STEAM
  Concluding Comment

6. Next Steps

  Importance of Arts Recognition
  Expanded Data Collection
  Digital Platforms
  Responsiveness to Restrictions
  Sustainability of the Arts Industry
  Attracting Major Creative and Cultural Events
  Concluding Comment

A. Submissions

B. Exhibits

C. Public hearings and witnesses

D. Survey summary


E. Commonwealth Government funding response to COVID-19

F. Labor members - additional comments


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