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.
Image: Jakob Owens on Unsplash.

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 OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts