Working with other governments


Meetings of Cultural Ministers

The federal, state and territory and New Zealand ministers for arts and culture meet on a regular basis to collaborate on developing Australia’s arts and culture sector. Attendees include ministers responsible for arts and culture in each state and territory, the Federal Minister for the Arts and the New Zealand Minister for Culture and Heritage.

At the end of each meeting the discussions and outcomes are summarised and made publicly available. Communiqués from the meetings, as well as a full list of Ministers responsible for arts and culture in each jurisdiction are on the Meeting of Cultural Ministers website External Link. The ACT Government is represented at the Meetings of Cultural Ministers by the ACT Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events.

The cultural ministers are advised and supported by a working group of public sector officials. This group considers arts and culture issues of national significance that require a collaborative approach. The ACT Government is represented on the Officials Working Group by the Executive Branch Manager, artsACT.

These officials also coordinate other working groups which meet as necessary to progress key cross-jurisdictional priorities. A working group may include non-members from relevant disciplines.

Working groups are sometimes established with terms of reference and clear objectives to address matters of national significance requiring cross-jurisdictional collaboration.

Responsibility for hosting meetings of cultural ministers and officials and provision of secretariat support rotates among the jurisdictions.

Image of the 2018 Meeting of Cultural Ministers: The Hon Steven Marshall MP (SA); Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield (Australian Government); the Hon David Templeman MLA (WA); the Hon Elise Archer MP (TAS); Mr Gordon Ramsay MLA (ACT - Chair); the Hon Don Harwin MLC (NSW); the Hon Grant Robertson MP (NZ); Mayor Damien Ryan (Vice President, Australian Local Government Association).

Capital Cities Arts Network

The Capital Cities Arts Network is an informal Network that seeks to promote stronger cultural development practice in local government across Australia, by articulating and developing a national perspective.

The Cultural Forum meets twice a year, bringing together representatives from the eight Australian capital cities and the Cultural Development Network (CDN).