Valuing the Arts

Australia has a shared and agreed recognition and understanding of the value of culture and the arts. The value of culture and the arts is evidenced and reinforced by robust debate, research and data.

Recent updates:

  • The value of cultural and creative activity has grown from $86 billion in 2008–09 to $111.7 billion in 2016–17, representing a 30% increase over that time – Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), ‘Cultural and creative activity in Australia 2008-09 to 2016-17’, Department of Communications and the Arts.

  • The Australia Council for the Arts has published interactive tools that visualise arts participation and cultural and creative employment data by electorate – ‘Electoral Profiles’, Australia Council for the Arts.