Budget 2023-24: What’s in it for Australian screen and the arts?

Nearly $960 million is being directed towards Australia’s cultural sector, including support for arts education and training, and the screen sector.

Significant new investments in the screen sector, including the national broadcasters, as well as in arts education and training, are among the highlights of the 2023-2024 Budget, delivered in Parliament on Tuesday night (9 May) by Labor Treasurer Jim Chalmers.

In total, the Budget invests nearly $960 million in the cultural sector, though much of the funding is directed towards projects that have already been announced, including ongoing support for the National Library’s Trove database and urgently-needed funding for Australia’s national cultural and collecting institutions, such as the National Gallery and National Museum.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts