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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

New triennial funding for indigenous arts and culture programs

15 December 2008

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett and Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin today said from 2009/10 Indigenous arts and cultural organisations would be eligible for the first time ever to apply for three yearly funding allocations.

The Ministers said the availability of three year funding would give organisations greater certainty and an opportunity to develop and build long-term strategies and partnerships.

"The Indigenous culture programs managed by my Department support Indigenous arts, culture, languages and broadcasting activities in communities right across Australia," Mr Garrett said.

"Almost 250 organisations in urban, regional and remote areas benefit from these funds including cultural festivals, music, dance and theatre, multimedia workshops with young people, professional visual arts practice and networks of language centres and community radio stations."

"These arts and culture programs are important in supporting Indigenous arts, culture, languages and broadcasting and significantly contribute to the nation's cultural life while playing an integral role in maintaining the sustainability, vitality and strength of Indigenous communities," Ms Macklin said.

To receive triennial funding organisations will need to demonstrate a strong track record of achievement. Annual funding will still continue to be available to other organisations and to those seeking support through the Indigenous Heritage Program.

Guidelines for the following programs are available from  and applications are due on Friday 20 February 2009:

Support is also available on an annual basis through this funding round from the Indigenous Heritage Program which supports the identification, conservation and promotion of Indigenous heritage. Guidelines available at

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