Australia 2018 report

Policies and Measures
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
Protecting, Preserving and Celebrating Indigenous Languages and Arts of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples National legislative, financial
National Museum of Australia's Indigenous Cultural Rights and Engagement Policy Local, Regional, National, International institutional
Support for Australia’s Public Service and Community Broadcasters Local, Regional, National, International legislative, financial, institutional
Creative Partnerships Australia National financial, institutional
Sounds Australia International institutional
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
Australia Council’s First Nations Market Development Strategies National, International institutional
Australian Government Bilateral Cultural Agreements International financial, institutional
International Repatriation of Indigenous Ancestral Remains International institutional
Australia’s International Co-Production Program International legislative, financial
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade International Cultural Cooperation (through the Foundations, Councils and Institutes Grants and the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program) International financial, institutional
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
International Network of Library Innovators (INELI) Oceania International institutional
National Film and Sound Archive Pacific Engagement Project International institutional
Australia-Papua New Guinea Network International financial, institutional
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program National financial, institutional
National Arts and Disability Strategy National financial, institutional
Regional Arts Fund National financial
Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program 2014-18 International financial
National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Dementia Program Local, Regional, National institutional
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
Australia's Contribution to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity International financial
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Indigenous Peoples Strategy International institutional
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
National Broadcasters’ Provision of Digital Services National institutional
National Library of Australia Trove: Indigenous Cultural Heritage National Discovery Service National institutional
Passage of the Copyright (Online Infringement) Act 2015 and the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 National legislative
Community Broadcasters’ Provision of Services National financial, institutional
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
Screen Australia's Gender Matters National financial, institutional
Australia Council’s Investment in Female Artists Local, Regional, National financial
YOUTH
Name of the measure Alcance de la medida Nature
National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College National financial, institutional
Australia Council’s Investment in Young Artists National financial, institutional
ArtsReady National financial, institutional
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National Museum of Australia's Indigenous Cultural Rights and Engagement Policy

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The objective of the Museum’s Policy is to recognise that Indigenous stakeholders have rights to their cultural heritage.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Policy sets out the principles that guide how the Museum engages with Indigenous stakeholders about their rights to access, control and maintain their cultural heritage in the range of the Museum’s activities, including acquisitions, exhibitions, research, education and other programs.

Cultural heritage incorporates all aspects of knowledge (e.g. sciences, plant and animal knowledge, stories, designs and symbols, ritual knowledge), artefacts (e.g. arts, crafts, weapons, and tools), performances (including ceremonies, dance and song), human remains, and includes the secret and sacred.

Further, the Museum aims to:

  • Meaningfully engage with Indigenous people, their cultural heritage and associated rights, including through appropriate interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage within the Museum
  • Give public acknowledgement to the value of Indigenous cultural heritage and to reinforce its support for the recognition of Indigenous stakeholders’ rights to their cultural heritage, and
  • Establish a transparent feedback and complaints process regarding its engagement with Indigenous people.

The Museum’s primary engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and with Indigenous cultural material relates to the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.

The Policy was developed in response to the Museum’s commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people’s rights to their cultural heritage.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results include, but are not limited to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be involved in the use and interpretation of their cultural heritage, in relation to materials in the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs, through the implementation of this policy.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Museum of Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$9,680 on in 2016-17
  • A$25,400 in 2014-15
  • A$10,080 in 2013-14
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Terri Janke and Company
Type of Entity: 
Private company
Type of Involvement: 

Consultancy

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Support for Australia’s Public Service and Community Broadcasters

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The purpose of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as set out in the ABC Charter is to provide broadcasting and digital media services that, among other things, contribute to a sense of national identity, inform and entertain, and reflect Australia’s cultural diversity and multicultural society.

The purpose of the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society.

The Australian Government supports community broadcasting through the Community Broadcasting Program. Community radio provides a valuable service to interest groups not specifically served by commercial, subscription or national broadcasters and contributes to the overall diversity of the broadcasting sector.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The ABC and the SBS are two of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. These public broadcasters promote the diversity of cultural expressions in Australia through offering a wide range of content that reflects Australia’s diverse society.

As the primary national broadcaster in Australia, the ABC reflects Australia’s national identity and cultural diversity, educates and informs, facilitates public debate and fosters the performing arts. The ABC plays a significant role in the lives of all Australians, not only though the broadcasting and digital media services it delivers, but also through direct engagement with local communities around the country. The ABC showcases various art forms, such as film, music, performing arts, literature and visual arts, to a wide audience throughout its various broadcasting and digital media services.

SBS is set apart from broadcasters in Australia and around the world through its offering of multilingual and multicultural television, radio and digital media services. SBS celebrates Australia’s rich diversity and common threads in Australian society. It commissions and creates content that promotes the diversity of cultural expressions within Australia and around the world.

National Indigenous Television (NITV), part of SBS, is an important platform for the celebration of the unique languages and culture of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NITV’s content is produced by people who identify as Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, creating opportunities for the diversity of artistic and cultural expressions for this social group.

The Australian Government supports community broadcasting through the Community Broadcasting Program. This funding helps to support training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian content and music. It also includes targeted funding for Indigenous, ethnic and radio for the print handicapped services.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

In the case of the ABC, all Australians will have access to content and programming via a number of platforms that promote national identity. Content will inform, entertain and educate the Australian community, reflecting our cultural diversity. Australians will enjoy access to musical, dramatic and other performing arts as well as the news and current affairs of other countries.

In relation to SBS, Australians will have access to a range of content and programming over a number of platforms that reflect a multilingual and multicultural nature, that inform, educate, and entertain, while promoting Australia’s multicultural society.

In relation to the Community Broadcasting Program, the expected results include greater diversity in the content and control of radio broadcasting services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Special Broadcasting Service, Community Broadcasting Foundation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The ABC and SBS are funded on a triennium basis. The current triennium was announced in the 2016-17 Budget and the ABC received base funding of A$3.1 billion over three years to 2018-19. In addition, the Government provided the ABC with A$41.4 million over three years to sustain local news and current affairs services, particularly those located outside the capital cities and delivery of news content across its digital and mobile platforms.

In the 2016-17 Budget, SBS received base funding of A$814.2 million over three years to 2018-19. The Government also provided SBS with an additional A$8.3 million over three years to continue its commitment to multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous media services. The next triennium funding round will commence in the 2019-20 Budget process.

The Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support community radio broadcasting, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio. This funding will help support content development, training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian music as well as targeted funding for indigenous, ethnic and radio for the print handicapped services.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

The Community Broadcasting Program funding is administered by the not for profit CBF, which allocates individual grants to the community broadcasting sector.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Public and Community Broadcasting measures are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure they are delivering the intended outcomes.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has also delivered against funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Performance indicators are outlined in each of the ABC and SBS corporate plans and under each organisation’s funding agreement with the Australian Government. These organisations are assessed against these performance measures.

The CBF strategic plan sets out its goals and deliverables, and reports against these annually.

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Creative Partnerships Australia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government funds Creative Partnerships Australia, a government agency operating nationally, to deliver programs and services that encourage giving and partnerships between the cultural sector, supporters and investors.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government is committed to supporting a more vibrant and robust cultural sector. As part of this, the Government works to encourage greater support for the arts from the private sector to provide diversity in income sources and greater financial sustainability for artists and arts organisations.

Creative Partnerships Australia is a government agency established with the express purpose of encouraging and facilitating philanthropy, sponsorship and social investment for the arts in Australia. It does this through a range of mentoring, training and direct funding programs.

Since its establishment in 2013, Creative Partnerships Australia has developed the capacity and confidence of artists and arts organisations to build strong partnerships with supporters in the private sector, resulting in a greater range of cultural activities being available to the Australian public. More information is available at www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results are creating linkages between the arts and cultural sector and private sector to provide diversity in income sources and greater long-term financial sustainability for artists and arts organisations.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Creative Partnerships Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$6.2 million in 2013-14
  • A$5.4 million in 2014-15
  • A$4.4 million in 2015-16
  • A$4.4 million in 2016-17
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Creative Partnerships Australia reports on the achievement of its strategic objectives in the organisation’s annual report. Creative Partnerships Australia is meeting its objectives by fostering a culture of private giving to the arts in Australia and contributing to the growth of a more sustainable, vibrant and ambitious cultural sector.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Performance indicators are outlined in Creative Partnerships’ Corporate Plan and under its funding agreement with the Australian Government. These indicators provide a benchmark to assess Creative Partnerships’ performance in meeting its purpose.

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Sounds Australia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Sounds Australia’s key objective is to provide the best possible environment for Australian artists at international events, offering additional exposure to industry and fans. It also provides valuable networking and considered business matching opportunities for artists in the international music market.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Sounds Australia is Australia’s export music market development initiative, established to provide a cohesive and strategic platform to assist the Australian music industry access international business opportunities. Sounds Australia delivers a range of high-quality events and associated promotion through a range of marketing platforms at key international music markets to showcase and build the profile of Australian artists and the music industry. Sounds Australia demonstrates the diversity of creative expressions of Australian artists and promotes Australia as a country of creative excellence internationally.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results include an increase in the number and profile of Australian artists showcasing at international events as well as developing and delivering networking events that connect international buyers with Australian industry.

Sounds Australia also provide export training, resources and strategic market knowledge for artists and their representatives.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Australia Council (in partnership with the Australian Performing Right Association Ltd (APRA) Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS))
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A total of A$1.16 million Australian Government funding from 2016-17 to 2019-20. This includes funding provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Funding is also provided by some state governments and the music industry.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd (APRA) Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Sounds Australia is located within the APRA AMCOS head office. APRA AMCOS contributes funding and in-kind support, in the form of management, strategic, communications and administrative support. APRA AMCOS also administers funding for Sounds Australia from federal, state and other peak industry bodies to serve as the ‘public face’ of Australian music export.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Sounds Australia has consistently meet funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 
  • Enhance the opportunities for Australian artists at international contemporary music markets.
  • Strengthen Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated and artistic nation with a confident, outward-focused arts sector.
  • Nurture leadership and innovation in the contemporary music sector.
  • Expand and deepen existing international music market strategies for Australian artists promoting participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture.
  • Represent Australia as cultural ambassadors.
  • Explore and develop new business models to support the long term sustainability of Sounds Australia beyond Australian Government funding.
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Protecting, Preserving and Celebrating Indigenous Languages and Arts of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government acknowledges the intrinsic value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for all Australians and Australia as a nation. Language and art form a large part of culture and are essential to the wellbeing and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They play an integral role in maintaining the sustainability, vitality and strength of Indigenous communities. The Department of Communications and the Arts works with Indigenous communities, arts and languages centres to protect, preserve and celebrate the languages of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Under the Indigenous Languages and Arts grant program, over A$20 million is invested annually in activities assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to express, preserve, maintain and celebrate their cultures through languages and arts. A key component of the language activity is a network of 22 community-based Indigenous Language Centres working on 165 languages. Funding directed to arts activities supports a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts projects.

In addition, the Australian Government committed A$10 million over four years from 2016-17 to protect, preserve and celebrate our Indigenous languages. This measure supports innovative digital solutions to capture and teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, digital skills capability in communities and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers and linguists. Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to working in collaboration with Indigenous Australians, the implementation of Australia’s Indigenous languages policies continues to be informed by ongoing discussion and collaboration with communities. A demonstration of this collaboration was a National Indigenous Languages Convention held in February 2018, with over 150 delegates attending from Indigenous Language Centres, governments, industry, peak organisations, education and community. This was the first event of its kind in Australia hosted by the Australian Government.

Further, the Department of Communications and the Arts is working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, the Australian National University and an Indigenous social research company to develop an Indigenous languages report, to represent the current status of Indigenous languages in Australia and articulate the opportunities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures offer. The report will be published in 2019, the United Nations International Year of Indigenous languages.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will continue to be able to express, preserve, maintain and celebrate their culture through language and art
  • Indigenous languages that are endangered will be revived and maintained.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Over A$20 million per annum for the Indigenous Languages and Arts program
  • An additional A$10 million over four years from 2016-2020 to protect, preserve and celebrate Indigenous languages
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Network of 22 community-based Indigenous Language Centres
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Delivery of program at community level

 

Further detail on these Indigenous Language Centres is available here: www.arts.gov.au/documents/indigenous-languages-and-arts-program-language-centres

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Individual grants distributed under the measure are regularly evaluated against milestones and activity performance as outlined in the funding agreements. This includes financial reporting for all funded projects. 

The diverse range of projects funded under this measure were found to have contributed towards the following project objectives:

  • Preserve, revive and maintain Indigenous languages by:
    • facilitating activities that capture and preserve Indigenous language
    • promoting participation in Indigenous language teaching and learning
    • developing Indigenous language resources, including utilising digital technology in an innovative and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts.
  • Support new and innovative forms of Indigenous expression through art.
  • Support the transmission and development of Indigenous cultural heritage and knowledge through languages and arts projects.
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Indicators for the impact of grants under the program are based on program indicators included in individual grant agreements.

Further information on this program is available at: www.arts.gov.au/ila and www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/indigenous-arts-and-languages/protect-preserve-and-celebrate-indigenous-languages.

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International Repatriation of Indigenous Ancestral Remains

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government recognises that repatriation helps promote healing and reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and, through the Indigenous Repatriation Program, provides funding to facilitate the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from overseas collecting institutions and private collectors.

The Department negotiates directly with foreign governments, collecting institutions and private holders, for the unconditional return of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains held in overseas collections.

Australian museums return ancestral remains and objects of significance in response to requests from foreign government or community of origin. Where a museum does not have a specific policy on this, it is guided by the Australian Government’s policy on Indigenous repatriation and Articles 11 and 12 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Separately, Australian museums have repatriated to, or are in negotiations with, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, India, Canada, the United States of America and Japan.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government supports Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People which states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to … the repatriation of their human remains; and that States shall seek to enable the access and/or repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains in their possession through fair, transparent and effective mechanisms developed in conjunction with Indigenous peoples concerned.”

International repatriation activities relating to the return of Indigenous Australian ancestral remains are managed by the Department of Communications and the Arts and involve collaborative, sensitive and complex processes. The Department works closely with Australian Indigenous communities and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its overseas missions throughout the repatriation process.

The total number of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains held overseas is unknown. It is understood that many overseas collectors hold remains, including some located in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Many Australian Embassies and High Commissions in these countries have included Indigenous Repatriation in their Cultural Diplomacy plans.

Since 2014, the Department has facilitated the return of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from the United States (1), Canada (1), Germany (48) and the United Kingdom (14).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results are that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains held by overseas governments, institutions and private holders are repatriated to the community of origin if known. When ancestral remains cannot be identified to a community, it is the view of Australia’s Indigenous peoples that ancestral remains are to be returned to Australia to be cared for.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Funding to support international repatriation is provided by the Australian Government through an annual indexed appropriation.

  • In 2017-18 this was A$659,000
  • In 2016-17 this was A$650,000
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Consistent with best practice for program management, the Indigenous Repatriation Program (domestic and international) was evaluated in late 2016 to determine whether the program met the objectives of the Australian Government’s Policy on Indigenous Repatriation.

The evaluation was conducted internally by the Department and incorporated feedback from consultations with state and territory museums and the Australian Government’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation. The report delivered a number of key findings and included options for change across the domestic and international elements of the program.

Overall, the evaluation concluded that the program was strongly aligned to achieve the outcomes set by the policy but with challenges. Incremental changes to improve the effectiveness of the program are being implemented in stages to ensure a smooth transition.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Assessment was made against the objectives set out by the policy.

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Australia’s International Co-Production Program

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The objective of audio-visual co-production treaties and less-than-treaty arrangements is to foster projects that are truly international in terms of storytelling, budget ranges and the audiences to which they appeal. Co-productions provide an important mechanism for creative exchange and the development of screen projects of cultural significance to the partner countries. In allowing two or more international producers to come together to make a screen project, a project can be treated as a national project of those countries and therefore access all relevant film production benefits offered by each partner country.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Department of Communications and the Arts assesses potential co-production partner countries and negotiates treaties and less-than-treaty arrangements in consultation with government and industry stakeholders under the International Co-production Program guidelines for entering into audio-visual co-production arrangements. The program is administered by Screen Australia.

Under the International Co-production Program, Australia has entered into film and audio-visual co-production agreements with twelve countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results include that the co-production will provide co-production partners with a greater pool of resources by automatically allowing the producers to access two markets in terms of creativity, finance and audience reach. This is also expected to improve the diversity of cultural expression through screen production activities.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Screen Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Productions made under an international agreement through the International Co-Production Program are able to access various avenues for funding support. The financial support delivered through the program fluctuates from year to year.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The International Co-Production Program is continually monitored to ensure it is delivering the intended outcomes to Australia’s screen industry. Ongoing evaluations find the International Co-Production Program is an important mechanism in facilitating the development and production of projects that are culturally significant and foster creative exchange and provides access to resources that assist in producing projects that enable each Party to compete in the global marketplace.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The number of co-productions undertaken and feedback from the Australian screen sector and international film industries.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade International Cultural Cooperation (through the Foundations, Councils and Institutes Grants and the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program)

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper (2017 p.114) recognises that cultural engagement helps build partnerships and creates shared understanding internationally. The Australian Government supports the promotion of Australia’s excellence in culture and the arts to establish networks and exchanges between Australian artists and arts organisations and their international partners.

Two flexible activities through which the department manages international cultural cooperation are:

1. The Foundations, Council and Institutes (FCIs): Australia-Japan Foundation (established 1976), Australia-China Council (established 1978), Australia-Indonesia Institute (established 1978), Australia-Korea Foundation (established 1992), Australia-India Council (established 2002), Council for Australian-Arab Relations (established 2003), Council on Australia Latin America Relations (established 2003), Australia-ASEAN Council (established 2015)

2. The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP).

All those above are competitive grants programs administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The International Cultural Cooperation activities receive an annual allocation of A$6.75 million. Competitive annual grants are awarded to support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners in areas of shared interest including the arts, media, sport, business, education, innovation, science and technology.

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) focus is on activities that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign and trade policy priorities, particularly in the department’s four priority regions (Asia; South Pacific; Americas and Western Europe; and the Middle East and Africa). The ACDGP supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives that promote our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Over the past nearly 40 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils, foundations and institutes (FCIs) supporting people-to-people links in our key bilateral and regional relationships. Eminent Australian business and community leaders are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to the management of the FCIs.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results include that the work by the ACDGP and cultural councils will strengthen Australia’s linkages with other countries and regions, and promote culturally diverse expressions through its supported projects.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2017-18
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2016-17
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2015-16
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Various institutions and professional and community entities, including cultural councils, foundations and institutes.
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

A Coordinator role was placed in the Soft Power, Communications and Scholarships Division to streamline processes and improve impact of the Department’s International Cultural Cooperation.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The grants rounds funding is currently being evaluated by the Internal Audit branch of DFAT. Processes and adherence to regulation are being reviewed as well as the purpose of the program. The FCIs have also been reviewed in the most recent staffing review (2017’s Full Time Equivalent Review) and in a 2016 Departmental Functional Efficiency Review (FER). The FER looked at functional efficiency: value for money and fitness to purpose.

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Australia Council’s First Nations Market Development Strategies

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council (Council), the Australian Government’s principal arts funding body, supports a number of First Nations market development strategies to enable the arts sector to provide local First Nations arts, performing arts and crafts to local, national and international markets.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

These market development strategies include Council’s tri-nations exchange for First Nations artists and arts mediators, delivered in partnership with Creative New Zealand and the Canada Council for the Arts. This exchange brings together First Nations curators and performers to share knowledge, cultural practice and networks at significant international arts platforms such as the Venice Biennale, Australian Performing Arts Market and Documenta.

Council’s research program includes reports on audiences and markets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, including the 2015 Building Audiences: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts report and the 2016 Showcasing Creativity: Programming and Presenting First Nations Performing Arts report. In 2017 Council has commenced the next research project Creating Art, which will examine the volume of art created and presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The results expected were potential future exhibition collaborations, cultural exchanges, expanding networks and the sharing of knowledge between First Nations curators and performing arts practitioners. Many of the First Nations curators were able to share similarities in their work environment and devise solutions to overcome barriers to particular issues. The First Nations curators are also working on a proposal of a collaborative publication that highlights the history of First Nations curating in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The First Nations performing arts practitioners have established strong international networks and collaborations amounting to showcases at 2017 YIRRAMBOI festival in Melbourne and then the Original Peoples’ party spotlight event and First Nations pitching sessions at the 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market. There is also an ongoing discussion about a global First Nations strategy to support First Nations American performing arts sector in New York and the broader USA market.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Approximately A$110,000 per annum from 2015-2017
  • Approximately A$110,000 for Venice First Nations curatorial exchange 2017
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The First Nations curators want to see this exchange program continued for another 3 years so this exchange, networking and collaborations can continue between Australian, New Zealander and Canadian First Nations curators. Similarly, the First Nations performing arts practitioners wish to continue these collaborative exchanges as they help to strengthen the First Nations arts sector and foster strong relationships to improve showcasing works nationally and internationally.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The participants were asked what were the benefits, outcomes, successes and challenges of the program that they were involved in.

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Australian Government Bilateral Cultural Agreements

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government enters into bilateral cultural agreements with other nations to:

  • strengthen bilateral cultural cooperation and partnerships
  • promote mutual understanding
  • build diplomatic relationships, institutional and people-to-people links
  • promote cultural exchange and engagement
  • promote mutual national interests
  • promote Australia's reputation of excellence in arts and culture and raise Australia's broader profile internationally, and
  • provide new opportunities and markets for the Australian arts and culture sector.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government has over 40 bilateral cultural agreements. Since November 2014, Australia has entered into or updated agreements with India, Italy, Belarus, Singapore, China and France. Australia is committed to finalising a new Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia in the field of the creative economy in 2018.

These agreements recognise culture’s unique role in fostering mutual understanding and building relationships. They facilitate collaborative and reciprocal partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society, strengthen bilateral relationships and promote long-term sustained engagement between nations.

These agreements also recognise the important social and economic role of the arts, culture and creative industries for all nations and the benefits of international engagement and exchange in enabling new employment, market development, professional skills and partnership opportunities, and cultural diversity.

Underpinned by our bilateral relationships, international cooperation initiatives undertaken in recent years include:

  • The Australia Singapore Arts Group was established in 2016 by the Australian and Singapore Governments to provide strategic advice over a period of five years to build on the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture between Australia and Singapore (2015).
  • The Australia-China Cultural Co-operation Agreement (1981) Fourteenth Implementation Program for Cultural Exchanges between China and Australia (2016-2019) establishes a framework to encourage exchanges across all art forms, such as the Australia-China Cultural Dialogue held in Australia in 2016 with representatives from key Australian and Chinese government and cultural institutions.
  • Australia-India Cultural Co-operation, formalised through the 1971 Cultural Agreement and the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding, supports initiatives such as the Confluence: Festival of India in Australia and Australia Fest in India to showcase a diverse program of arts and culture every two years to Australian and Indian audiences.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Cultural exchange and partnerships
  • Enhanced international relations and cultural diplomacy
  • Protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In addition to funded measures administered by other Australian Government agencies that contribute to the fulfilment of these agreements, the Department of Communications and the Arts has provided over A$12.6 million in funding for international arts and culture activities, including A$2.9 million since 2015-16 through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund that supports the implementation of bilateral cultural agreements.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Bilateral Agreements are periodically reviewed and updated subject to the mutual interests of both countries. The mechanism for review may vary in accordance with each Agreement.

Indicators vary in accordance with the frameworks set out under each Agreement.

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International Network of Library Innovators (INELI) Oceania

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia prioritises capacity development in the Indo-Pacific through programs such as the INELI. The primary objectives of the INELI are to:

  • Identify, nurture, and develop innovative emerging leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific through an online learning program and network opportunities.
  • Foster partnerships and collaboration of stakeholders in the region.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

INELI Oceania is a leadership program aimed at developing innovative emerging leaders in public libraries throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. It is part of a network, being one of seven such programs offered around the world.

The program commenced in 2014 funded by the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To date emerging leaders from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu have undertaken the online learning modules.

The National Library of Australia is one of nine Australian and New Zealand partners providing additional support to the program and contributing to individual leadership development and strengthened relationships between individuals and agencies across the Pacific and beyond.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The creation of a regional network of emerging library innovators and to foster collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders in the region. The INELI Oceania program outcomes will include:

  • Participation in an online learning community around a suite of modules on topics such as Innovation, Risk Management, Change Management, Communication Skills, Advocacy and Conflict Management, with an assigned professional development team and mentor to assist them develop the skills and attitudes needed to be effective innovators and leaders.
  • Participation in two gatherings, during which they visit innovative libraries, share information about their learning projects and hear from innovative librarians from across the region.
  • Identifying an individual learning project related to innovation and growth in the public library context and seen to be of benefit by their employer.
  • Gaining an understanding of issues facing public libraries in the region.
  • Actively engaging in national or international library organisations.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Library of Australia (in partnership with Library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria, Yarra Plenty Regional Library and Auckland Libraries).
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant of A$520,821 in 2013.
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Global Libraries Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

funding

Name: 
ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

funding/grant recipient

Name: 
LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

Name: 
NSLA (National and State Libraries of Australasia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

Name: 
PLVN (Public Libraries Victoria Network)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

INELi Oceania engaged participants from across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea over the last four years in two separate cohorts of two years each. The learning journey aimed to develop a network of innovative library leaders across the Pacific who were skilled in various aspects of leadership. Underpinning the capability development was the development of trusted, supportive and collaborative people from the various library settings.

A final report using a compilation of the four years of data collection showed a number of powerful impacts of the learning experience and that INELi Oceania has provided a good basis for capability development for library leaders and a strong network of supportive people with enduring relationships.

As anticipated with a learning journey, capabilities developed in different ways and at different points of time in the journey. This was so for both individuals and the cohorts as a group, due to individual differences in circumstances and personalities.

Participants became more confident in being innovative. They were able to take responsibility for leading innovation and embraced the notion of thinking differently. They learnt the importance of influencing as a leadership skill and recognised the need for resilience as leaders.

Based on the follow up of Cohort 1 two years after the completion of the program, it was found that capabilities are still being developed and evolving. How these develop varies with individuals. The development of collaborative relationships was strong amongst the participants. Their understanding and application of collaboration focussed on idea sharing, having conversations, providing support and working together.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Through participation in online learning modules, convenings, professional development teams, online sharing forums and a process of mentoring it was anticipated that participants would develop their skills and collaborative relationships.

The evaluation was commissioned and undertaken by Complexability using an innovative method of data capture and emergent insights. At varying intervals reports were produced to understand the progress of learning and the impact the learning on the development of the participants as leaders.

The methodology used narrative collection through SenseMaker™ and, where necessary, workshops to better understand the emerging insights. This methodology was chosen because it enables progressive monitoring of the impacts of the program through insights directly gathered from the participants. The approach engaged the participants in reflective practice and learning, in sharing experiences, and in doing and thinking differently. It offered participants the opportunity to continue doing what is working and to improve areas that need strengthening.

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National Film and Sound Archive Pacific Engagement Project

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia prioritises capacity development in the Indo-Pacific through programs such as the NFSA’s Pacific Engagement Project. The aims of the Pacific Engagement Project are to assess the preservation needs of audio-visual collections across the Pacific region and provide basic training to audio-visual technicians in the Pacific region.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) has a strong regional interest exemplified by its involvement with the South East Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

In 2015 the NFSA completed a UNESCO funded project to assess the preservation needs of audiovisual collections across the Pacific region. The survey was conducted by an NFSA staff member who travelled to as many places with known collections as possible, visiting collection stewards and completing written surveys on needs for preservation and assessing the greatest risks and training needs.

Places visited were:

  • Fiji:National Archives, Ministry of Itaukei Affairs (Indigenous Affairs) Fiji Museum, Ministry of Information
  • Samoa: National Archives and Records Authority of Samoa, Department of Health, Secretariat of the Pacific
  • Tonga: Tonga Broadcasting Commission
  • New Caledonia: Bernheim Library, Archives of New Caledonia, Tjibaou Cultural Centre
  • Vanuatu: National Archives of Vanuatu
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Pacific Region audio-visual collections are identified for preservation
  • Risk and training gaps identified
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Film and Sound Archive
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In 2015 NFSA was awarded a grant of A$10,000 by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO to conduct the National Film and Sound Archive Pacific Engagement Project.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Australia-Papua New Guinea Network

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Network is an initiative to build stronger people-to-people links between Australia and Papua New Guinea and raise awareness of the relationship between the two countries. The Network aims to strengthen existing connections across areas as diverse as arts, culture, business, civil society, sport, education, media, religion, and development. It also provides a point of contact for individuals and organisations wanting to learn about operating in either country, generating opportunities or simply wanting to find out more about Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Network is run by the Lowy Institute and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Network has been created to bring together as many different organisations interested in Australia and Papua New Guinea as possible. It can assist organisations and individuals to promote their work, connect with partners in Australia or Papua New Guinea and increase understanding of and interest in the relationship in both countries. The Network does this through a series of events, website and related social media platforms.

Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts

As part of the Australia-PNG Network program, the Lowy Institute hosted a workshop to strengthen ties between Indigenous artists in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The workshop brought together 20 participants from major cultural organisations, community organisations, art dealers, administrators, artists, and curators from both countries to explore co-operation in the arts sector in three main discussion sessions:

  • Links between the two countries
  • Experiences of Australian Indigenous artists and models that could be applied in PNG, including the protection of Indigenous artists’ intellectual and cultural property, and
  • Measures to promote interest in PNG’s arts and culture and the need to protect traditional culture in PNG.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Building people-to-people linkages
  • Education and public awareness
  • Promotion of international cooperation
  • Enhancing cultural awareness
  • Cultural sector development (specific to the Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts example).
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$1 million (2017-2020) for the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Lowy Institute
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The first phase of the program (2014-16) was evaluated in mid-2016 in order to provide input into the design of the second stage. The evaluation was an internal evaluation drawing on stakeholder reports of their engagement with the Network.

The main conclusions were that the Network was performing well, but that there would be more value in increasing the number and range of face-to-face events. There were also suggestions about improving the website, which resulted in a review and redesign of the website by Lowy.

With regard to the Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts workshop, participants committed to ongoing networking and communication to develop some of the ideas discussed. The ideas included how the indigenous arts centre model in Australia might be applied or supported in PNG, identifying and fostering arts administration and skills in PNG, increasing engagement in arts festivals and events in both countries, and the potential for exchanges or visits to build the links between artists and administrators.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

See above.

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Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government’s Department of Communications and the Arts’ Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program’s objectives are to support a professional, viable and ethical industry that features strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the continued exhibition, critique and collection of Indigenous visual art nationally and internationally. This measure aligns with the Australian Government’s Closing the Gap strategy, which aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ensure that all Australians have access to the same opportunities.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Some of Australia’s most dynamic and critically-acclaimed visual art is produced in Indigenous-owned and governed art centres. These centres provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain, safeguard and develop their cultural expressions, develop professional practices and skills, engage in the nation’s economy and be part of the internationally-renowned Indigenous visual arts movement. Such art centres are often at the heart of community life, and can be central to the social and economic wellbeing of remote communities.

In 2017-18, the IVAIS program provided around A$20 million to 91 organisations across seven of Australia’s states and territories, including to around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres.

Art centres provide the infrastructure and relationships that allow artists to create new art, generate income, develop professional skills and connect to the commercial art market through partnerships with dealers and galleries, online sales and marketing strategies.

As community-owned organisations, art centres are responsive to local needs. While their primary purpose is to support professional art practice, they also play an important role in enhancing social cohesion, promoting respect for traditional knowledge, ensuring the transmission of culture, and providing economic and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More information is available at www.arts.gov.au/ivais.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected outcomes through the implementation of the IVAIS program are:

  • A professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The continued exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art nationally and internationally.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$20 million annually

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
91 organisations across seven of Australia’s states and territories, including around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres.
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The measure was implemented in 1992 and evaluation is ongoing. The IVAIS program is meeting its objectives by supporting a critically acclaimed Indigenous visual arts industry that has high-levels of participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. IVAIS funding contributes to the operations of more than 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, as well as a number of service organisations, marketing events and regional hubs. Of the 91 IVAIS-funded organisations, 78 are Indigenous owned and governed. At a national level, IVAIS supports around 7,000 artists and provides professional opportunities for over 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders arts workers.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Data analysis based on program indicators included in IVAIS grant agreements and provided in annual reporting.

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National Arts and Disability Strategy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The National Arts and Disability Strategy (the Strategy) sets out a framework for the Australian Government and state and territory governments to support and encourage people with disability to participate fully in the arts and cultural life of Australia. The Strategy commenced in 2009, following Australia’s commitment to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, with a vision for the artistic aspirations and achievements of people with disability to be a valued and visible part of Australian culture. The Strategy is included as a commitment in the National Disability Strategy, which the Australian, state and territory governments endorsed in 2010.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Strategy is captured under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, which provides the overarching policy framework for disability reform in Australia.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is a framework for jurisdictions to assess and improve existing activities, consider new opportunities and directions, and identify new partnerships and initiatives. The Strategy has four priority areas for action. These are:

  • Access and participation – to address barriers as audience members and active participants
  • Arts and cultural practice – to address barriers to professional practice as artists and arts workers
  • Audience development – to develop and grow audiences for work by artists with disability
  • Strategic development – strategies at policy level to improve coordination and collaboration across all levels of government, and empower people with disability to have a stronger voice in policy development and planning.

Each priority area includes a number of goals, which governments work towards through the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (an annual meeting of the Australian, state and territory cultural ministers).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • People with disability participate fully in the arts and cultural life of Australia
  • The artistic aspirations and achievements of people with disability are a valued and visible part of Australian culture.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australian Government (represented by Department of Communications and the Arts), state and territory governments, arts and cultural agencies.
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In 2018, the Australian Government and state and territory governments collectively committed A$250,000 to fund the roll out of ARTfinder National, an online portal with information about disability-inclusive arts activities, cultural institutions and events.

The Australian Government has committed close to A$80,000 to support the expansion of a program called Art + You, which supports people with disability and people experiencing mental illness to self-advocate for the inclusion of arts and cultural activities through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (https://ndis.gov.au/index.html).

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Arts Access Victoria
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Administering roll out of ARTfinder National in partnership with Access2Arts to deliver the Art + You pilot program in South Australia.

Name: 
Access2Arts
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Partnering with Arts Access Victoria to deliver the Art + You pilot program in South Australia

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Two evaluations have been undertaken. On 22 September 2017, the Australian, state and territory cultural ministers endorsed the findings of the second evaluation of the outcomes under the Strategy for the period 2013-15. Broadly, the evaluation found that the cultural participation of people with disability has improved in Australia. The final report is now available publicly at https://www.arts.gov.au/mcm/work-mcm/national-arts-and-disability-strategy.

There were three recommendations arising from the review of the Strategy, all of which were accepted by governments and which have begun to be implemented. The first recommendation was to develop an information hub for the arts and disability sector, which is beginning to be met by the rollout of ARTfinder National. The second recommendation was to facilitate greater linkages and collaboration between the Australian Government and state and territory arts agencies and national level disability support agencies such as the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the National Disability Insurance Agency. Conversations about future opportunities to work together are ongoing. The third recommendation was to revisit and renew the Strategy. The Australian Government is taking the lead to develop a revised strategy, in partnership with the state and territory governments and in consultation with sector stakeholders.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The 2013-15 Evaluation of the Strategy included a survey that asked individuals and organisations to rate improvements on a range of measures such as accessibility, audience development and strategic direction regarding arts and disability. It also asked respondents to rate the significance of barriers, such as ticket prices. The Evaluation broadly found that there were improvements in access to and participation in the arts by people with disability during the Evaluation period, but some barriers remain, such as professional opportunities for people with disability in the mainstream arts sector, ticket prices, and physical access in regional and remote areas and to heritage buildings.

The Evaluation also found that the broader disability policy and service context in Australia had profoundly altered since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and that these changes should one of the topics looked at in the work to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

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Regional Arts Fund

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The RAF provides A$3.4 million per year in funding for people living in regional, remote and very remote communities to undertake arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and strategic projects. The RAF supports projects that target a range of disadvantaged demographics including people with disability, young people, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and older Australians.

As an example, in 2017 the Australian Government committed A$153,810 to a project that provided strategic direction and vision for youth engagement in the arts across the state of South Australia. The aim of the project was to build the confidence and skill sets of young, regional South Australians, and to discover and support new participants and future leaders in the regional arts sector. It also provided professional opportunities for young people living in regional areas and delivered economic benefits to the small-to-medium arts sector in regional South Australia.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Increase participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts.
The Regional Arts Fund is delivered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia nationally and at a state or territory level by regional arts organisations or government arts agencies.
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$3.4 million annually

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Regional Arts Australia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF nationally

Name: 
Regional Arts NSW
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in New South Wales

Name: 
Regional Arts Victoria
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in Victoria

Name: 
Country Arts WA
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in Western Australia

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

RAF runs on a four year funding cycle. The program was reviewed in 2015-16 with changes implemented for the 2016-2020 funding cycle.

The previous design of the program was administratively complex, needlessly bureaucratic and did not respond to the changing needs of the arts sector as the detailed prescriptive guidelines were set once every four years.

As a result, the program was streamlined and the new guidelines allow greater flexibility for each jurisdiction to customise delivery of the program to meet the needs of the regional arts sector in that jurisdiction.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The review was focused on administration of the program rather than wider impact.

❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program 2014-18

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The purpose of the grants program is to fund projects that will contribute to UNESCO’s broad strategic objectives. Grants funding cultural activities support the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and align to the UNESCO goals of:

  •  supporting inclusive social development
  • fostering intercultural dialogue for the rapprochement of cultures and promoting ethical principles
  • protecting, promoting and transmitting heritage
  • fostering creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions
  • promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The grant scheme invites applications from the Australian community for grants of up to A$20,000 for activities to support UNESCO priorities and objectives set out in UNESCO's approved Programme and Budget for 2014-17 (37 C/5) and Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-21 (37 C/4).

In the last four years, more than twenty grants were awarded from over 100 grant applications. The applications were assessed by a selection committee, which included members and ex-officio members of Australia’s National Commission for UNESCO.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program include inclusive social development; intercultural dialogue; the protection, promotion and transmission of heritage; the promotion of creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions.

Examples of projects that have received grants include:

  • The Spoken Word Poetry as a Practice, a Process, and a Product project that fosters intercultural dialogue and social transformation, drawing on sociocultural theory and international research that demonstrates poetry has multiple emotional and social benefits.
  • The Benchmarking Diversity project that measures cultural diversity in Australia’s mainstream arts sector.
  • The Words and Pictures project that involves global participation of children in developing their own children’s books on themes of the sea and environment. Children in the Solomon Islands will illustrate the book and children in Australia will write the story.
  • The Building Capacity For Fijian Disaster Reliance project that develops Fijian women community leaders’ capacity in disaster risk assessment, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • The Ngala Wongga Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields project that examines the interconnectedness of people with the land and seeks to preserve endangered languages.
  • The Changing Lives One Degree at a Time Digital Narrative Video project that explores refugee students’ higher education experiences, challenges and opportunities.
  • The Digital Preservation and Documentation of Australia’s Migrant Cultural Heritage Research project that will develop a prototype for a national linked data repository for preserving and documenting Australian migrant heritage.
  • The Mother Tongues First Languages Poetry project led by Aboriginal poets and artists to foster intercultural dialogue and preserve knowledge of languages and culture.
 
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$78,000 each financial year 2014-15 to 2017-18

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
University of Melbourne
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
University of Sydney
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
University of Newcastle
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
The University of New South Wales
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
Edith Cowan University
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
The Red Room Company
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient) 

Name: 
Gallery Sunshine Everywhere
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
Kultour
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL

National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Dementia Program

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

People living with dementia often become isolated. The main aims of the measure are to:

  • Promote wellbeing and quality of life through engagement with the visual arts
  • Provide intellectual stimulation in a socially inclusive environment
  • Reconnect people living with dementia to their sense of identity
  • Build community arts and health partnerships to improve the care for people living with dementia
  • Raise awareness of and reduce the social stigma associated with dementia.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The National Gallery of Australia runs the Art and Dementia program, which provides people living with dementia with an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and
life-enhancing ways.

A discussion-based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion. Participants are able to contribute knowledge, engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories. Participation can lead to an increase in wellbeing and quality of life.

Established in 2007, the Art and Alzheimer's program at the National Gallery of Australia was renamed in 2015 to reflect the many types of dementia. The Art and Dementia program includes a variety of tours to suit people with different living arrangements and capabilities. The Gallery works closely with community-based health professionals, residential care providers and directly with people living with dementia in the community to provide the program.

The National Gallery of Australia developed the Art and Dementia Outreach Program in 2009. The Outreach program delivers a two-day training workshop for arts and health professionals in communities across Australia to assist regional galleries to devise sustainable and appropriate Art and Dementia programs for the community.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Increased well-being and quality of life
  • Increased confidence in residual intellectual capacity and ability to engage with works of art
  • Increased sense of self through opportunity to learn and reflect on knowledge and experience
  • Sustainable and supportive community arts and health partnerships
  • Increased emphasis on human rights and needs of people living with dementia
  • Normalising of people living with dementia
  • Increase in local, regional and national galleries and museums with art and dementia programs
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Gallery of Australia (in partnership with regional and state galleries engaged in implementation)
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In total A$875,000 (between 2007-2017) has been allocated to implement the measure made up of funding from a mix of government and private sources.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Dementia Australia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

partner organisation  

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The 2007 Pilot program was evaluated by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Mike Bird, and published in the journal Aging and Mental Health Vol. 13 No 5, September 2009, 744-752 An Art Gallery Access Program for people with dementia: ‘You do it for the moment’.

The Outreach Program is evaluated through a written process and through three national seminars, the onsite program is evaluated by partner organisations and through interviews with participants and carers.

The main conclusions were participating in visual arts based activities reduces agitation and anxiety and increases feelings of wellbeing and the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Based on anecdotal evidence, including positive stakeholder feedback and uptake of the core and outreach program, the Art and Dementia program is meeting its key social and cultural objectives. The National Gallery is currently working on a new qualitative evaluation methodology in order to better measure impact of programs including Art and Dementia.

❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Australia's Contribution to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) supports the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions and fostering the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries through activities such as the sustainable development and implementation of cultural policies, capacity-building for cultural entrepreneurs, the mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models. Australia has made voluntary contributions to the IFCD so that it can continue to support these activities that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Australia has made a total voluntary contribution of A$354,025 to the IFCD since 2011 (A$80,000 in 2011, A$80,000 in 2013, A$88,692 in 2016 and A$105,333 in 2018).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results of this measure include:

  • Fostering the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries.
  • Supporting the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
  • Meeting Australia’s international obligations under Article 18 of the Convention.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$354,025 from 2011-2018

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Indigenous Peoples Strategy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

To provide opportunities to assist indigenous peoples in Australia and overseas to overcome social and economic disadvantages.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has developed a five-year Indigenous Peoples Strategy (from 2015) to align its work on issues affecting indigenous peoples across the foreign policy, aid, trade and corporate objectives for the department. The Indigenous Peoples Strategy provides a framework for DFAT to work with its partners to advance and promote the wellbeing of indigenous people around the world, in line with Australia’s national interest.

The strategy will be guided by four pillars to achieve this vision:

  • DFAT will work with its partners to influence international policy to advance the interests of indigenous peoples in the international community.
  • DFAT will strive to deliver international programs that improve outcomes for indigenous peoples.
  • DFAT will encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for DFAT-funded opportunities to engage in and develop people-to-people links with the international community.
  • DFAT will ensure an inclusive workplace culture across the department.

DFAT intends to use the strategy to manage for positive results and continual improvement in its work on issues affecting indigenous peoples. DFAT will assess and disseminate lessons from its work to contribute towards evidence and debate about issues affecting indigenous peoples, both in Australia and overseas.

The IPS itself is targeted at all DFAT employees with the aim of seeking to improve opportunities, including with respect to cultural expressions for Indigenous people.

DFAT is committed to ensuring that all indigenous people benefit from its work.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Interests of indigenous people in the international community will be advanced.
  • International programs will deliver improved outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
  • An increased number of Indigenous Australians will participate in DFAT-funded opportunities to engage in and develop people-to-people links with the international community.
  • DFAT’s inclusive workplace culture will be augmented to the benefit of Indigenous employees.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

To be implemented out of DFAT’s existing departmental budget.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The IPS is currently undergoing a mid-term review which will be completed by November 2018. Conclusions have not yet been drawn. The evaluation is being conducted at the Departmental-level, led by DFAT First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division. The review will be submitted to the department’s Indigenous Taskforce, chaired by Deputy Secretary Penny Williams.

❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

National Broadcasters’ Provision of Digital Services

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

To provide digital media services

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Under their respective Charters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) are required to provide digital media services. The provision of digital services allow for access to diverse content through broadband and mobile platforms, including ABC iView and SBS On Demand, which allow for the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of culturally diverse material, including content created specifically for those platforms.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

That Australians have access to diversity of content and services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Special Broadcasting Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

While the Australian Government funds the national broadcasters on a triennium basis, they are independent in operational and programming decisions. The Government has no role in how the ABC and SBS allocates funding.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Public Broadcasting measures are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure they are delivering the intended outcomes.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Programs are assessed against performance measures set out in the corporate plan.

❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

National Library of Australia Trove: Indigenous Cultural Heritage National Discovery Service

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 
  • To connect Indigenous Australians to their history and heritage by digitising collections.
  • To provide access to, and engagement with Indigenous cultural heritage through the Trove national discovery service.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Trove is a national discovery service, managed and maintained by the National Library of Australia, and providing a single point of access to a wide range of traditional and digital content held by Australian libraries, cultural heritage and research organisations.

In Australia there are over 770 Indigenous groups, each with their own cultural practices and beliefs. Trove helps bring together diverse collections relating to Indigenous culture and heritage.

One example involves the National Library of Australia sharing the work of contemporary Indigenous Australian photographers through Trove. This includes documentary photographers such as Mervyn Bishop, Tracey Moffatt, Ricky Maynard, Destiny Deacon, Michael Riley, and Brenda L Croft. The work of these photographers leads the way in Indigenous self-representation and highlights the social and political climate of Australian history.

This contemporary art incorporates humour, satire and serious reflection on the past treatment and representations of Indigenous Australians. By digitising and providing access to these collections, Trove allows Indigenous communities to reconnect with their past and engage with their present.

Over the past few decades, institutions with collections of Indigenous items in Australia have developed guidelines to ensure cultural sensitivities are met regarding access to these materials. The reasoning behind this is to share knowledge ethically (especially considering issues around provenance of some collection items), but most importantly to ensure cultural safety for Indigenous people accessing materials.

Trove is providing access to collections that help Indigenous Australians learn more about their history, families and heritage.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Increased access to important Australian documentary and cultural heritage.
  • Increased and improved engagement between Indigenous Australians and their cultural heritage.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Library of Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

Passage of the Copyright (Online Infringement) Act 2015 and the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The amendments to the Copyright Act 1969 introduce measures to:

  • help reduce and disrupt large-scale online copyright infringement by websites operating outside of Australia
  • enhance access to copyright material for people with disability, harmonise terms of copyright for published and unpublished materials and allow greater access to and use of culturally valuable materials.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Tackling online copyright infringement

The Copyright (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (the Online Infringement Act) introduced measures that enable copyright owners to apply to the Federal Court of Australia to require internet service providers to block access to an online location meeting certain conditions. The location must be operated outside Australia and have the primary purpose of infringing (or facilitating infringement of) copyright content. The amendments were designed to provide copyright owners with a targeted mechanism to help reduce online infringement.

Streamlining access to copyright material

The passage of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 (the DAOM Act) is another important step in bringing Australia's copyright laws into the digital age and address challenges of digital disruption. These important reforms will improve access to copyright materials for Australians with a vision, hearing or intellectual disability, as well as providing confidence to educational facilities, libraries and archives that deal with copyright materials. They simplify and improve copyright licensing provisions for the nation's collecting societies and educational institutions, and allow educators to use copyright materials more easily in the digital education environment. Libraries, archives and key cultural institutions will now have greater flexibility in preserving copyright materials and, by setting a term of protection for unpublished materials, have greater access to historic and culturally valuable materials.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Case law and survey data suggests that the Online Infringement Act has enabled copyright owners to work with providers of internet services to reduce large-scale online copyright infringement.

The DAOM Act has made it easier for a wide variety of people to more easily access culturally valuable copyright material, and therefore participate more fully in cultural life.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Nil

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

In March 2018 the Australian Government commenced a review of the effectiveness of the Online Infringement Act. The Department for Communications and the Arts released a consultation paper inviting submissions and held targeted meetings with key stakeholders. The Government is considering the outcomes of the Department’s review.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Since 2015, the Australian Government annually commissions an online infringement survey. The survey seeks to understand Australian consumption trends across music, movies, video games and TV programs, and the attitudes that drive copyright infringement. The 2018 results show an increase in the consumption of lawful content across music, movies, video games and TV programs collectively.

❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

Community Broadcasters’ Provision of Services

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australian Government funding under the Community Broadcasting Program includes support from:

  • national, state and regional development of community broadcasting including support for national associations of community broadcasters
  • funding for information and community technology initiatives to benefit the community broadcasting sector
  • a national training program for the community television/radio sector
  • the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project to promote contemporary Australian music through the community broadcasting sector
  • support for online community television content production and distribution for the benefit of the general community
  • Indigenous community broadcasting
  • radio for the print handicapped
  • ethnic community broadcasting
  • digital community radio broadcasting.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Community Broadcasting Program supports community broadcasting (including television and radio) and their related online activities, including the provision of digital community radio broadcasting.

The Australian Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support the Program, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio. This funding will help support content development, training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian music as well as targeted funding for Indigenous, ethnic and Radio for the Print Handicapped services.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Greater diversity in the content and control of broadcasting services available to Australians, including in online platforms.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The Australian Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support community radio broadcasting, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

The Community Broadcasting Foundation administers Commonwealth of Australia funding for the Community Broadcasting Program.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has delivered against funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The measure has been regularly evaluated against milestones and activity performance as outlined in the funding deed. This includes financial reporting.

❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Screen Australia's Gender Matters

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Gender Matters is a suite of initiatives that addresses the identified gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The key performance indicator is that by the end of 2018-19, half of the projects that receive Screen Australia production funding will have women occupying at least 50 per cent of key creative roles (reported as a three-year average across 2016-17 – 2018-19).

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Announced 7 December 2015, Gender Matters is a five point, A$5 million dollar plan over three years with a suite of initiatives to address the gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The five points include: Brilliant Stories, Brilliant Careers, Better Deals (distribution), Attachments for Women, and assessment criteria changes.

This measure, specific to the screen industry, reflects the aim of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 5.c – adopting sound policies for the empowerment of women and girls.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Screen Australia wants to create sustainable and self-generating careers that will be used to support women to build a range and breadth of skills in this industry for the long term.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Screen Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$5 million over three years from 2015-16

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

While not yet at the end of the key performance indicator reporting period of 2018-19, Screen Australia announced on 6 August 2017 that 47 per cent of successful production funding applications had female-led creative teams across a two-year average (2015-16 to 2016-17 inclusive).

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

See above

❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Australia Council’s Investment in Female Artists

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council invests in female artists to undertake a wide range of artistic, skills and career development activities that supported their direct participation and engagement in cultural life.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested just under A$14 million in grants to female artists, arts workers and cultural professionals. The success rates for women and men applying to the Council’s grants programs are broadly comparable, suggesting that female artists are not disadvantaged in relation to funding opportunities.

However, in November 2017 the Australia Council released the results of Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia by David Throsby and Katya Peteskaya at Macquarie University, the sixth in a series tracking trends in the lives and working conditions of practising professional artists. The study identified that female artists in Australia continue to earn less overall than their male counterparts. While the earnings gap between the genders has narrowed since the previous survey (2009), at 25 per cent it is significantly more than the gender pay gap of 16 per cent across the Australian workforce. The Australia Council’s own grants data suggests that male applicants tend to request higher amounts than female applicants when making grant applications. The Australia Council will explore the implications of these findings in further detail in 2018-19.

Recent research also indicates that in the Australian arts sector, women continue to be under-represented in leadership roles in some art forms (particularly music). Applications to the Australia Council’s Leadership programs consistently indicate a higher proportion of women applying to and participating, suggesting that the Council’s investment in arts leaders has the potential contribute over time to these disparities.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results through the implementation of this strategic goal and measure include:

  • Higher representation of women in leadership roles in the arts and cultural sector
  • Higher participation of women in art forms where they are under-represented.

     

    An evaluation of the Australia Council’s grants programs is in planning for 2018-19. 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Financial resources are allocated within existing budget. Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested just under A$14 million in grants to female artists, arts workers and cultural professionals.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College (NAISDA) delivers vocational training in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance to talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking careers in dance and arts.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

NAISDA is one of the seven national elite performing arts training organisations funded through the Australian Government Arts and Cultural Development Program. In 2017-18, the Program provided over A$21 million to support these seven organisations to operate as national centres of excellence in elite training in the performing arts and benefiting over 1,000 elite performing arts students.

The Australian Government is proud to provide core funding to support NAISDA Dance College’s important work in producing empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural workers.

NAISDA has received operational support through the Australian Government arts portfolio since 1995-96. NAISDA also receives support from the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Centrelink (ABSTUDY).

There is a sexennial Funding Agreement in place between the Australian Government and NAISDA for A$1.4 million from 2016-22, indexed and ongoing.

This support for NAISDA is in the spirit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4.4:  increasing the number of youth and adults that have the relevant skills for employment and decent jobs.

In 2018, the Australian Government provided an additional A$114,536 to the NAISDA Dance College to deliver a new Collaborative Series project to the seven national elite Arts Training Organisations. The project will deliver a collaborative series over two years (2019-20) for Indigenous students and will develop a cross art form performance. The aim of the project is to promote stronger ties between the students, and to support Indigenous students with the goal of increasing student retention.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Delivery of elite education and training through Certificate to Diploma level courses.
  • Provision of the best possible learning environment for students including excellent facilities and Information Technology fit for purpose.
  • Engagement and retention of high-quality staff including the provision of ongoing professional development and employment conditions through the Enterprise Agreement.
  • Attraction and retention of the best students through a merit-based audition program and provision of best practice training and education. Provision of pastoral care, accommodation, life skill education and career pathways are key elements of the educational experience.
  • Growth of its resources including the development of the new Naya Wa Yugali facility, NAISDA Foundation and diversification of the income base through sponsorship opportunities. This also encompasses capitalising on the assets to develop income-generating programs and fee-for-service courses.
  • Development of productive partnerships with peak bodies, arts and training organisation and other relevant bodies. This includes the development of the cultural residency program.
  • Ongoing promotion and marketing activities to maintain the profile among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and raise the awareness with external stakeholders.
  • Continue to develop the Alumni Ambassador Program.
  • Development and implementation of a state and national community engagement strategy including fostering the Barang partnership.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$11.4 million over six years
  • Additional funding of A$114,536 in 2018 for the Collaborative Series project
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association
Type of Entity: 
Private company
Type of Involvement: 

vocational training organisation

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

NAISDA consistently achieves its strategic goals. Performance is reported on a quarterly basis with verbal reports given monthly.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

A key indicator is the number of students graduating accredited Dance Career and Professional Performance courses at a Certificate and Diploma level, providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to experience artistic and creative excellence in performance and pursue careers and ambitions in the field.

❭ YOUTH

Australia Council’s Investment in Young Artists

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council is the Australian Government's principal arts funding body. In its Corporate Plan 2017-2021, the Australia Council outlines its goal for the arts to enrich daily life for all Australians. This includes supporting ‘a new generation’ of young people to participate and experience arts and culture. Through investment in young artists, the Australia Council will:

  • Strengthen artistic experiences by, with and for children and young people
  • Continue to award more than 30 per cent of funding allocated through our grant programs to projects with, by and for young people
  • Assist Australia’s Major Performing Arts companies to deliver programs for young people
  • Include young people and those with youth arts experience in its pool of peer assessors.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested over A$500,000 in grants directly to artists, arts workers and cultural professionals aged 24 and under. In addition, almost A$15 million of funding was invested in organisations, groups and individuals to undertake arts and cultural activities providing opportunities for children and young people to engage in the arts, including as creators and active participants.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Australia Council’s investment in young artists enables the next generation of artists to emerge. Council’s investment in young artists meets its strategic goal of strengthening the capacity of artists to make excellent work at all stages of their career, including early career; fostering experimentation and risk-taking across art forms, including in emerging and experimental practice, and fuelling diverse practice from artists of many backgrounds. Council’s investment in programs aimed at children and young people, including as creators and active participants in the arts, will ensure all Australians are able to experience the arts.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The relevant key performance indicator states a minimum of 30 per cent of Australia Council funding is directed to projects with, by and for young people (approximately A$15.5 million over three years).

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The performance of the Australia Council in achieving its strategic goals is reported in the organisation’s annual report.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The relevant indicator states a minimum of 30 per cent of Australia Council funding is directed to projects with, by and for young people.

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ArtsReady

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

ArtsReady aims to provide training and employment opportunities for young people in the creative sector.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

ArtsReady is delivered by AFL SportsReady and was established in 2013-14 to provide workplace training for young people to develop skills in the creative sector. The Australian Government provided A$3.4 million over four years in 2013-14 to establish the program. This program resulted in training and employment opportunities for around 400 young people. The provision of appropriate pastoral care and support for young people and enhanced Indigenous cultural awareness for employers were important elements of this project.

In 2018, the Australian Government is providing an additional A$200,000 to AFL SportsReady to deliver a new Indigenous Pathways Pilot utilising its existing infrastructure and networks through the ArtsReady program. The Pilot is designed to promote the attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to the eight National Elite Performing Arts Training Bodies (ARTS8). This will be delivered across two designated areas Australian states (New South Wales and Victoria) to promote the interest and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in pursuing a pathway into the ARTS8. This includes face-to-face Cultural Awareness Training delivered to ARTS8 senior staff to support the pilot. This will be a merit-based audition program with provision of best practice training and education.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • The provision of training and increased employment opportunities for young people in the creative sector.
  • Enhanced cultural awareness of employers.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • The Australian Government provided A$3.4 million over four years in 2013-14 to establish the ArtsReady program.
  • In 2018, the Australian Government provided a further A$200,000 for the Indigenous Pathways Pilot.
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
AFL SportsReady Limited
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

vocational training organisation delivering the ArtsReady program

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Reporting on performance was provided by AFL SportsReady Limited on an annual basis for assessment by the Department of Communications and the Arts. The program delivered strongly against the objectives, and whilst the uptake of traineeships was initially slow, this accelerated over time. The Program is now approaching engagement of 400th trainee, which is a remarkable achievement. The program is now self-funding and will continue without Australian Government funding into the future.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The number of training and employment placement opportunities for young people in the creative sector.

Name of the designated official signing the report
Title:
Ms
Family Name:
Antone
Nombre:
Rachel
Position:
Assistant Secretary / Arts Development and Investment Branch
Organization:
Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Sounds Australia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Sounds Australia’s key objective is to provide the best possible environment for Australian artists at international events, offering additional exposure to industry and fans. It also provides valuable networking and considered business matching opportunities for artists in the international music market.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Sounds Australia is Australia’s export music market development initiative, established to provide a cohesive and strategic platform to assist the Australian music industry access international business opportunities. Sounds Australia delivers a range of high-quality events and associated promotion through a range of marketing platforms at key international music markets to showcase and build the profile of Australian artists and the music industry. Sounds Australia demonstrates the diversity of creative expressions of Australian artists and promotes Australia as a country of creative excellence internationally.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results include an increase in the number and profile of Australian artists showcasing at international events as well as developing and delivering networking events that connect international buyers with Australian industry.

Sounds Australia also provide export training, resources and strategic market knowledge for artists and their representatives.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Australia Council (in partnership with the Australian Performing Right Association Ltd (APRA) Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS))
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A total of A$1.16 million Australian Government funding from 2016-17 to 2019-20. This includes funding provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Funding is also provided by some state governments and the music industry.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd (APRA) Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Sounds Australia is located within the APRA AMCOS head office. APRA AMCOS contributes funding and in-kind support, in the form of management, strategic, communications and administrative support. APRA AMCOS also administers funding for Sounds Australia from federal, state and other peak industry bodies to serve as the ‘public face’ of Australian music export.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Sounds Australia has consistently meet funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 
  • Enhance the opportunities for Australian artists at international contemporary music markets.
  • Strengthen Australia’s reputation as a sophisticated and artistic nation with a confident, outward-focused arts sector.
  • Nurture leadership and innovation in the contemporary music sector.
  • Expand and deepen existing international music market strategies for Australian artists promoting participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture.
  • Represent Australia as cultural ambassadors.
  • Explore and develop new business models to support the long term sustainability of Sounds Australia beyond Australian Government funding.
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Protecting, Preserving and Celebrating Indigenous Languages and Arts of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government acknowledges the intrinsic value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for all Australians and Australia as a nation. Language and art form a large part of culture and are essential to the wellbeing and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They play an integral role in maintaining the sustainability, vitality and strength of Indigenous communities. The Department of Communications and the Arts works with Indigenous communities, arts and languages centres to protect, preserve and celebrate the languages of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Under the Indigenous Languages and Arts grant program, over A$20 million is invested annually in activities assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to express, preserve, maintain and celebrate their cultures through languages and arts. A key component of the language activity is a network of 22 community-based Indigenous Language Centres working on 165 languages. Funding directed to arts activities supports a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts projects.

In addition, the Australian Government committed A$10 million over four years from 2016-17 to protect, preserve and celebrate our Indigenous languages. This measure supports innovative digital solutions to capture and teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, digital skills capability in communities and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers and linguists. Consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to working in collaboration with Indigenous Australians, the implementation of Australia’s Indigenous languages policies continues to be informed by ongoing discussion and collaboration with communities. A demonstration of this collaboration was a National Indigenous Languages Convention held in February 2018, with over 150 delegates attending from Indigenous Language Centres, governments, industry, peak organisations, education and community. This was the first event of its kind in Australia hosted by the Australian Government.

Further, the Department of Communications and the Arts is working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, the Australian National University and an Indigenous social research company to develop an Indigenous languages report, to represent the current status of Indigenous languages in Australia and articulate the opportunities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures offer. The report will be published in 2019, the United Nations International Year of Indigenous languages.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will continue to be able to express, preserve, maintain and celebrate their culture through language and art
  • Indigenous languages that are endangered will be revived and maintained.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Over A$20 million per annum for the Indigenous Languages and Arts program
  • An additional A$10 million over four years from 2016-2020 to protect, preserve and celebrate Indigenous languages
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Network of 22 community-based Indigenous Language Centres
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Delivery of program at community level

 

Further detail on these Indigenous Language Centres is available here: www.arts.gov.au/documents/indigenous-languages-and-arts-program-language-centres

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Individual grants distributed under the measure are regularly evaluated against milestones and activity performance as outlined in the funding agreements. This includes financial reporting for all funded projects. 

The diverse range of projects funded under this measure were found to have contributed towards the following project objectives:

  • Preserve, revive and maintain Indigenous languages by:
    • facilitating activities that capture and preserve Indigenous language
    • promoting participation in Indigenous language teaching and learning
    • developing Indigenous language resources, including utilising digital technology in an innovative and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform a diverse range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous arts.
  • Support new and innovative forms of Indigenous expression through art.
  • Support the transmission and development of Indigenous cultural heritage and knowledge through languages and arts projects.
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Indicators for the impact of grants under the program are based on program indicators included in individual grant agreements.

Further information on this program is available at: www.arts.gov.au/ila and www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/indigenous-arts-and-languages/protect-preserve-and-celebrate-indigenous-languages.

❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

National Museum of Australia's Indigenous Cultural Rights and Engagement Policy

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The objective of the Museum’s Policy is to recognise that Indigenous stakeholders have rights to their cultural heritage.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Policy sets out the principles that guide how the Museum engages with Indigenous stakeholders about their rights to access, control and maintain their cultural heritage in the range of the Museum’s activities, including acquisitions, exhibitions, research, education and other programs.

Cultural heritage incorporates all aspects of knowledge (e.g. sciences, plant and animal knowledge, stories, designs and symbols, ritual knowledge), artefacts (e.g. arts, crafts, weapons, and tools), performances (including ceremonies, dance and song), human remains, and includes the secret and sacred.

Further, the Museum aims to:

  • Meaningfully engage with Indigenous people, their cultural heritage and associated rights, including through appropriate interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage within the Museum
  • Give public acknowledgement to the value of Indigenous cultural heritage and to reinforce its support for the recognition of Indigenous stakeholders’ rights to their cultural heritage, and
  • Establish a transparent feedback and complaints process regarding its engagement with Indigenous people.

The Museum’s primary engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and with Indigenous cultural material relates to the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.

The Policy was developed in response to the Museum’s commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and recognition of Australia’s Indigenous people’s rights to their cultural heritage.

 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results include, but are not limited to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be involved in the use and interpretation of their cultural heritage, in relation to materials in the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs, through the implementation of this policy.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Museum of Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$9,680 on in 2016-17
  • A$25,400 in 2014-15
  • A$10,080 in 2013-14
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Terri Janke and Company
Type of Entity: 
Private company
Type of Involvement: 

Consultancy

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Support for Australia’s Public Service and Community Broadcasters

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The purpose of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as set out in the ABC Charter is to provide broadcasting and digital media services that, among other things, contribute to a sense of national identity, inform and entertain, and reflect Australia’s cultural diversity and multicultural society.

The purpose of the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS) is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society.

The Australian Government supports community broadcasting through the Community Broadcasting Program. Community radio provides a valuable service to interest groups not specifically served by commercial, subscription or national broadcasters and contributes to the overall diversity of the broadcasting sector.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The ABC and the SBS are two of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. These public broadcasters promote the diversity of cultural expressions in Australia through offering a wide range of content that reflects Australia’s diverse society.

As the primary national broadcaster in Australia, the ABC reflects Australia’s national identity and cultural diversity, educates and informs, facilitates public debate and fosters the performing arts. The ABC plays a significant role in the lives of all Australians, not only though the broadcasting and digital media services it delivers, but also through direct engagement with local communities around the country. The ABC showcases various art forms, such as film, music, performing arts, literature and visual arts, to a wide audience throughout its various broadcasting and digital media services.

SBS is set apart from broadcasters in Australia and around the world through its offering of multilingual and multicultural television, radio and digital media services. SBS celebrates Australia’s rich diversity and common threads in Australian society. It commissions and creates content that promotes the diversity of cultural expressions within Australia and around the world.

National Indigenous Television (NITV), part of SBS, is an important platform for the celebration of the unique languages and culture of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NITV’s content is produced by people who identify as Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, creating opportunities for the diversity of artistic and cultural expressions for this social group.

The Australian Government supports community broadcasting through the Community Broadcasting Program. This funding helps to support training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian content and music. It also includes targeted funding for Indigenous, ethnic and radio for the print handicapped services.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

In the case of the ABC, all Australians will have access to content and programming via a number of platforms that promote national identity. Content will inform, entertain and educate the Australian community, reflecting our cultural diversity. Australians will enjoy access to musical, dramatic and other performing arts as well as the news and current affairs of other countries.

In relation to SBS, Australians will have access to a range of content and programming over a number of platforms that reflect a multilingual and multicultural nature, that inform, educate, and entertain, while promoting Australia’s multicultural society.

In relation to the Community Broadcasting Program, the expected results include greater diversity in the content and control of radio broadcasting services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Special Broadcasting Service, Community Broadcasting Foundation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The ABC and SBS are funded on a triennium basis. The current triennium was announced in the 2016-17 Budget and the ABC received base funding of A$3.1 billion over three years to 2018-19. In addition, the Government provided the ABC with A$41.4 million over three years to sustain local news and current affairs services, particularly those located outside the capital cities and delivery of news content across its digital and mobile platforms.

In the 2016-17 Budget, SBS received base funding of A$814.2 million over three years to 2018-19. The Government also provided SBS with an additional A$8.3 million over three years to continue its commitment to multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous media services. The next triennium funding round will commence in the 2019-20 Budget process.

The Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support community radio broadcasting, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio. This funding will help support content development, training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian music as well as targeted funding for indigenous, ethnic and radio for the print handicapped services.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

The Community Broadcasting Program funding is administered by the not for profit CBF, which allocates individual grants to the community broadcasting sector.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Public and Community Broadcasting measures are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure they are delivering the intended outcomes.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has also delivered against funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Performance indicators are outlined in each of the ABC and SBS corporate plans and under each organisation’s funding agreement with the Australian Government. These organisations are assessed against these performance measures.

The CBF strategic plan sets out its goals and deliverables, and reports against these annually.

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Creative Partnerships Australia

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government funds Creative Partnerships Australia, a government agency operating nationally, to deliver programs and services that encourage giving and partnerships between the cultural sector, supporters and investors.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government is committed to supporting a more vibrant and robust cultural sector. As part of this, the Government works to encourage greater support for the arts from the private sector to provide diversity in income sources and greater financial sustainability for artists and arts organisations.

Creative Partnerships Australia is a government agency established with the express purpose of encouraging and facilitating philanthropy, sponsorship and social investment for the arts in Australia. It does this through a range of mentoring, training and direct funding programs.

Since its establishment in 2013, Creative Partnerships Australia has developed the capacity and confidence of artists and arts organisations to build strong partnerships with supporters in the private sector, resulting in a greater range of cultural activities being available to the Australian public. More information is available at www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results are creating linkages between the arts and cultural sector and private sector to provide diversity in income sources and greater long-term financial sustainability for artists and arts organisations.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Creative Partnerships Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$6.2 million in 2013-14
  • A$5.4 million in 2014-15
  • A$4.4 million in 2015-16
  • A$4.4 million in 2016-17
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Creative Partnerships Australia reports on the achievement of its strategic objectives in the organisation’s annual report. Creative Partnerships Australia is meeting its objectives by fostering a culture of private giving to the arts in Australia and contributing to the growth of a more sustainable, vibrant and ambitious cultural sector.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Performance indicators are outlined in Creative Partnerships’ Corporate Plan and under its funding agreement with the Australian Government. These indicators provide a benchmark to assess Creative Partnerships’ performance in meeting its purpose.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

International Repatriation of Indigenous Ancestral Remains

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government recognises that repatriation helps promote healing and reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and, through the Indigenous Repatriation Program, provides funding to facilitate the repatriation of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from overseas collecting institutions and private collectors.

The Department negotiates directly with foreign governments, collecting institutions and private holders, for the unconditional return of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains held in overseas collections.

Australian museums return ancestral remains and objects of significance in response to requests from foreign government or community of origin. Where a museum does not have a specific policy on this, it is guided by the Australian Government’s policy on Indigenous repatriation and Articles 11 and 12 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Separately, Australian museums have repatriated to, or are in negotiations with, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, India, Canada, the United States of America and Japan.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government supports Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People which states that “Indigenous peoples have the right to … the repatriation of their human remains; and that States shall seek to enable the access and/or repatriation of ceremonial objects and human remains in their possession through fair, transparent and effective mechanisms developed in conjunction with Indigenous peoples concerned.”

International repatriation activities relating to the return of Indigenous Australian ancestral remains are managed by the Department of Communications and the Arts and involve collaborative, sensitive and complex processes. The Department works closely with Australian Indigenous communities and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through its overseas missions throughout the repatriation process.

The total number of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains held overseas is unknown. It is understood that many overseas collectors hold remains, including some located in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Many Australian Embassies and High Commissions in these countries have included Indigenous Repatriation in their Cultural Diplomacy plans.

Since 2014, the Department has facilitated the return of Australian Indigenous ancestral remains from the United States (1), Canada (1), Germany (48) and the United Kingdom (14).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results are that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains held by overseas governments, institutions and private holders are repatriated to the community of origin if known. When ancestral remains cannot be identified to a community, it is the view of Australia’s Indigenous peoples that ancestral remains are to be returned to Australia to be cared for.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Funding to support international repatriation is provided by the Australian Government through an annual indexed appropriation.

  • In 2017-18 this was A$659,000
  • In 2016-17 this was A$650,000
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Consistent with best practice for program management, the Indigenous Repatriation Program (domestic and international) was evaluated in late 2016 to determine whether the program met the objectives of the Australian Government’s Policy on Indigenous Repatriation.

The evaluation was conducted internally by the Department and incorporated feedback from consultations with state and territory museums and the Australian Government’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation. The report delivered a number of key findings and included options for change across the domestic and international elements of the program.

Overall, the evaluation concluded that the program was strongly aligned to achieve the outcomes set by the policy but with challenges. Incremental changes to improve the effectiveness of the program are being implemented in stages to ensure a smooth transition.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Assessment was made against the objectives set out by the policy.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Australia’s International Co-Production Program

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The objective of audio-visual co-production treaties and less-than-treaty arrangements is to foster projects that are truly international in terms of storytelling, budget ranges and the audiences to which they appeal. Co-productions provide an important mechanism for creative exchange and the development of screen projects of cultural significance to the partner countries. In allowing two or more international producers to come together to make a screen project, a project can be treated as a national project of those countries and therefore access all relevant film production benefits offered by each partner country.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Department of Communications and the Arts assesses potential co-production partner countries and negotiates treaties and less-than-treaty arrangements in consultation with government and industry stakeholders under the International Co-production Program guidelines for entering into audio-visual co-production arrangements. The program is administered by Screen Australia.

Under the International Co-production Program, Australia has entered into film and audio-visual co-production agreements with twelve countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Ireland, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results include that the co-production will provide co-production partners with a greater pool of resources by automatically allowing the producers to access two markets in terms of creativity, finance and audience reach. This is also expected to improve the diversity of cultural expression through screen production activities.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Screen Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Productions made under an international agreement through the International Co-Production Program are able to access various avenues for funding support. The financial support delivered through the program fluctuates from year to year.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The International Co-Production Program is continually monitored to ensure it is delivering the intended outcomes to Australia’s screen industry. Ongoing evaluations find the International Co-Production Program is an important mechanism in facilitating the development and production of projects that are culturally significant and foster creative exchange and provides access to resources that assist in producing projects that enable each Party to compete in the global marketplace.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The number of co-productions undertaken and feedback from the Australian screen sector and international film industries.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade International Cultural Cooperation (through the Foundations, Councils and Institutes Grants and the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program)

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper (2017 p.114) recognises that cultural engagement helps build partnerships and creates shared understanding internationally. The Australian Government supports the promotion of Australia’s excellence in culture and the arts to establish networks and exchanges between Australian artists and arts organisations and their international partners.

Two flexible activities through which the department manages international cultural cooperation are:

1. The Foundations, Council and Institutes (FCIs): Australia-Japan Foundation (established 1976), Australia-China Council (established 1978), Australia-Indonesia Institute (established 1978), Australia-Korea Foundation (established 1992), Australia-India Council (established 2002), Council for Australian-Arab Relations (established 2003), Council on Australia Latin America Relations (established 2003), Australia-ASEAN Council (established 2015)

2. The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP).

All those above are competitive grants programs administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The International Cultural Cooperation activities receive an annual allocation of A$6.75 million. Competitive annual grants are awarded to support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners in areas of shared interest including the arts, media, sport, business, education, innovation, science and technology.

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) focus is on activities that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign and trade policy priorities, particularly in the department’s four priority regions (Asia; South Pacific; Americas and Western Europe; and the Middle East and Africa). The ACDGP supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives that promote our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Over the past nearly 40 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils, foundations and institutes (FCIs) supporting people-to-people links in our key bilateral and regional relationships. Eminent Australian business and community leaders are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to the management of the FCIs.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results include that the work by the ACDGP and cultural councils will strengthen Australia’s linkages with other countries and regions, and promote culturally diverse expressions through its supported projects.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2017-18
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2016-17
  • Approximately A$6.75 million in 2015-16
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Various institutions and professional and community entities, including cultural councils, foundations and institutes.
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

A Coordinator role was placed in the Soft Power, Communications and Scholarships Division to streamline processes and improve impact of the Department’s International Cultural Cooperation.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The grants rounds funding is currently being evaluated by the Internal Audit branch of DFAT. Processes and adherence to regulation are being reviewed as well as the purpose of the program. The FCIs have also been reviewed in the most recent staffing review (2017’s Full Time Equivalent Review) and in a 2016 Departmental Functional Efficiency Review (FER). The FER looked at functional efficiency: value for money and fitness to purpose.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Australia Council’s First Nations Market Development Strategies

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council (Council), the Australian Government’s principal arts funding body, supports a number of First Nations market development strategies to enable the arts sector to provide local First Nations arts, performing arts and crafts to local, national and international markets.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

These market development strategies include Council’s tri-nations exchange for First Nations artists and arts mediators, delivered in partnership with Creative New Zealand and the Canada Council for the Arts. This exchange brings together First Nations curators and performers to share knowledge, cultural practice and networks at significant international arts platforms such as the Venice Biennale, Australian Performing Arts Market and Documenta.

Council’s research program includes reports on audiences and markets for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, including the 2015 Building Audiences: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts report and the 2016 Showcasing Creativity: Programming and Presenting First Nations Performing Arts report. In 2017 Council has commenced the next research project Creating Art, which will examine the volume of art created and presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The results expected were potential future exhibition collaborations, cultural exchanges, expanding networks and the sharing of knowledge between First Nations curators and performing arts practitioners. Many of the First Nations curators were able to share similarities in their work environment and devise solutions to overcome barriers to particular issues. The First Nations curators are also working on a proposal of a collaborative publication that highlights the history of First Nations curating in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The First Nations performing arts practitioners have established strong international networks and collaborations amounting to showcases at 2017 YIRRAMBOI festival in Melbourne and then the Original Peoples’ party spotlight event and First Nations pitching sessions at the 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market. There is also an ongoing discussion about a global First Nations strategy to support First Nations American performing arts sector in New York and the broader USA market.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Approximately A$110,000 per annum from 2015-2017
  • Approximately A$110,000 for Venice First Nations curatorial exchange 2017
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The First Nations curators want to see this exchange program continued for another 3 years so this exchange, networking and collaborations can continue between Australian, New Zealander and Canadian First Nations curators. Similarly, the First Nations performing arts practitioners wish to continue these collaborative exchanges as they help to strengthen the First Nations arts sector and foster strong relationships to improve showcasing works nationally and internationally.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The participants were asked what were the benefits, outcomes, successes and challenges of the program that they were involved in.

❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Australian Government Bilateral Cultural Agreements

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government enters into bilateral cultural agreements with other nations to:

  • strengthen bilateral cultural cooperation and partnerships
  • promote mutual understanding
  • build diplomatic relationships, institutional and people-to-people links
  • promote cultural exchange and engagement
  • promote mutual national interests
  • promote Australia's reputation of excellence in arts and culture and raise Australia's broader profile internationally, and
  • provide new opportunities and markets for the Australian arts and culture sector.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Australian Government has over 40 bilateral cultural agreements. Since November 2014, Australia has entered into or updated agreements with India, Italy, Belarus, Singapore, China and France. Australia is committed to finalising a new Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia in the field of the creative economy in 2018.

These agreements recognise culture’s unique role in fostering mutual understanding and building relationships. They facilitate collaborative and reciprocal partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society, strengthen bilateral relationships and promote long-term sustained engagement between nations.

These agreements also recognise the important social and economic role of the arts, culture and creative industries for all nations and the benefits of international engagement and exchange in enabling new employment, market development, professional skills and partnership opportunities, and cultural diversity.

Underpinned by our bilateral relationships, international cooperation initiatives undertaken in recent years include:

  • The Australia Singapore Arts Group was established in 2016 by the Australian and Singapore Governments to provide strategic advice over a period of five years to build on the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Arts and Culture between Australia and Singapore (2015).
  • The Australia-China Cultural Co-operation Agreement (1981) Fourteenth Implementation Program for Cultural Exchanges between China and Australia (2016-2019) establishes a framework to encourage exchanges across all art forms, such as the Australia-China Cultural Dialogue held in Australia in 2016 with representatives from key Australian and Chinese government and cultural institutions.
  • Australia-India Cultural Co-operation, formalised through the 1971 Cultural Agreement and the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding, supports initiatives such as the Confluence: Festival of India in Australia and Australia Fest in India to showcase a diverse program of arts and culture every two years to Australian and Indian audiences.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Cultural exchange and partnerships
  • Enhanced international relations and cultural diplomacy
  • Protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In addition to funded measures administered by other Australian Government agencies that contribute to the fulfilment of these agreements, the Department of Communications and the Arts has provided over A$12.6 million in funding for international arts and culture activities, including A$2.9 million since 2015-16 through the International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund that supports the implementation of bilateral cultural agreements.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Bilateral Agreements are periodically reviewed and updated subject to the mutual interests of both countries. The mechanism for review may vary in accordance with each Agreement.

Indicators vary in accordance with the frameworks set out under each Agreement.

❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

International Network of Library Innovators (INELI) Oceania

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia prioritises capacity development in the Indo-Pacific through programs such as the INELI. The primary objectives of the INELI are to:

  • Identify, nurture, and develop innovative emerging leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific through an online learning program and network opportunities.
  • Foster partnerships and collaboration of stakeholders in the region.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

INELI Oceania is a leadership program aimed at developing innovative emerging leaders in public libraries throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. It is part of a network, being one of seven such programs offered around the world.

The program commenced in 2014 funded by the Global Libraries initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To date emerging leaders from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu have undertaken the online learning modules.

The National Library of Australia is one of nine Australian and New Zealand partners providing additional support to the program and contributing to individual leadership development and strengthened relationships between individuals and agencies across the Pacific and beyond.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The creation of a regional network of emerging library innovators and to foster collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders in the region. The INELI Oceania program outcomes will include:

  • Participation in an online learning community around a suite of modules on topics such as Innovation, Risk Management, Change Management, Communication Skills, Advocacy and Conflict Management, with an assigned professional development team and mentor to assist them develop the skills and attitudes needed to be effective innovators and leaders.
  • Participation in two gatherings, during which they visit innovative libraries, share information about their learning projects and hear from innovative librarians from across the region.
  • Identifying an individual learning project related to innovation and growth in the public library context and seen to be of benefit by their employer.
  • Gaining an understanding of issues facing public libraries in the region.
  • Actively engaging in national or international library organisations.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Library of Australia (in partnership with Library of Queensland, State Library of Victoria, Yarra Plenty Regional Library and Auckland Libraries).
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) grant of A$520,821 in 2013.
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Global Libraries Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

funding

Name: 
ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

funding/grant recipient

Name: 
LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

Name: 
NSLA (National and State Libraries of Australasia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

Name: 
PLVN (Public Libraries Victoria Network)
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

program partner

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

INELi Oceania engaged participants from across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea over the last four years in two separate cohorts of two years each. The learning journey aimed to develop a network of innovative library leaders across the Pacific who were skilled in various aspects of leadership. Underpinning the capability development was the development of trusted, supportive and collaborative people from the various library settings.

A final report using a compilation of the four years of data collection showed a number of powerful impacts of the learning experience and that INELi Oceania has provided a good basis for capability development for library leaders and a strong network of supportive people with enduring relationships.

As anticipated with a learning journey, capabilities developed in different ways and at different points of time in the journey. This was so for both individuals and the cohorts as a group, due to individual differences in circumstances and personalities.

Participants became more confident in being innovative. They were able to take responsibility for leading innovation and embraced the notion of thinking differently. They learnt the importance of influencing as a leadership skill and recognised the need for resilience as leaders.

Based on the follow up of Cohort 1 two years after the completion of the program, it was found that capabilities are still being developed and evolving. How these develop varies with individuals. The development of collaborative relationships was strong amongst the participants. Their understanding and application of collaboration focussed on idea sharing, having conversations, providing support and working together.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Through participation in online learning modules, convenings, professional development teams, online sharing forums and a process of mentoring it was anticipated that participants would develop their skills and collaborative relationships.

The evaluation was commissioned and undertaken by Complexability using an innovative method of data capture and emergent insights. At varying intervals reports were produced to understand the progress of learning and the impact the learning on the development of the participants as leaders.

The methodology used narrative collection through SenseMaker™ and, where necessary, workshops to better understand the emerging insights. This methodology was chosen because it enables progressive monitoring of the impacts of the program through insights directly gathered from the participants. The approach engaged the participants in reflective practice and learning, in sharing experiences, and in doing and thinking differently. It offered participants the opportunity to continue doing what is working and to improve areas that need strengthening.

❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

National Film and Sound Archive Pacific Engagement Project

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australia prioritises capacity development in the Indo-Pacific through programs such as the NFSA’s Pacific Engagement Project. The aims of the Pacific Engagement Project are to assess the preservation needs of audio-visual collections across the Pacific region and provide basic training to audio-visual technicians in the Pacific region.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) has a strong regional interest exemplified by its involvement with the South East Asia-Pacific AudioVisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

In 2015 the NFSA completed a UNESCO funded project to assess the preservation needs of audiovisual collections across the Pacific region. The survey was conducted by an NFSA staff member who travelled to as many places with known collections as possible, visiting collection stewards and completing written surveys on needs for preservation and assessing the greatest risks and training needs.

Places visited were:

  • Fiji:National Archives, Ministry of Itaukei Affairs (Indigenous Affairs) Fiji Museum, Ministry of Information
  • Samoa: National Archives and Records Authority of Samoa, Department of Health, Secretariat of the Pacific
  • Tonga: Tonga Broadcasting Commission
  • New Caledonia: Bernheim Library, Archives of New Caledonia, Tjibaou Cultural Centre
  • Vanuatu: National Archives of Vanuatu
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Pacific Region audio-visual collections are identified for preservation
  • Risk and training gaps identified
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Film and Sound Archive
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In 2015 NFSA was awarded a grant of A$10,000 by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO to conduct the National Film and Sound Archive Pacific Engagement Project.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT

Australia-Papua New Guinea Network

Context of the measure: 
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia-Papua New Guinea Network is an initiative to build stronger people-to-people links between Australia and Papua New Guinea and raise awareness of the relationship between the two countries. The Network aims to strengthen existing connections across areas as diverse as arts, culture, business, civil society, sport, education, media, religion, and development. It also provides a point of contact for individuals and organisations wanting to learn about operating in either country, generating opportunities or simply wanting to find out more about Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Network is run by the Lowy Institute and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Network has been created to bring together as many different organisations interested in Australia and Papua New Guinea as possible. It can assist organisations and individuals to promote their work, connect with partners in Australia or Papua New Guinea and increase understanding of and interest in the relationship in both countries. The Network does this through a series of events, website and related social media platforms.

Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts

As part of the Australia-PNG Network program, the Lowy Institute hosted a workshop to strengthen ties between Indigenous artists in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The workshop brought together 20 participants from major cultural organisations, community organisations, art dealers, administrators, artists, and curators from both countries to explore co-operation in the arts sector in three main discussion sessions:

  • Links between the two countries
  • Experiences of Australian Indigenous artists and models that could be applied in PNG, including the protection of Indigenous artists’ intellectual and cultural property, and
  • Measures to promote interest in PNG’s arts and culture and the need to protect traditional culture in PNG.
d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Building people-to-people linkages
  • Education and public awareness
  • Promotion of international cooperation
  • Enhancing cultural awareness
  • Cultural sector development (specific to the Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts example).
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$1 million (2017-2020) for the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Lowy Institute
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
International
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The first phase of the program (2014-16) was evaluated in mid-2016 in order to provide input into the design of the second stage. The evaluation was an internal evaluation drawing on stakeholder reports of their engagement with the Network.

The main conclusions were that the Network was performing well, but that there would be more value in increasing the number and range of face-to-face events. There were also suggestions about improving the website, which resulted in a review and redesign of the website by Lowy.

With regard to the Connecting Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Arts workshop, participants committed to ongoing networking and communication to develop some of the ideas discussed. The ideas included how the indigenous arts centre model in Australia might be applied or supported in PNG, identifying and fostering arts administration and skills in PNG, increasing engagement in arts festivals and events in both countries, and the potential for exchanges or visits to build the links between artists and administrators.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

See above.

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Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australian Government’s Department of Communications and the Arts’ Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program’s objectives are to support a professional, viable and ethical industry that features strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the continued exhibition, critique and collection of Indigenous visual art nationally and internationally. This measure aligns with the Australian Government’s Closing the Gap strategy, which aims to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and ensure that all Australians have access to the same opportunities.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Some of Australia’s most dynamic and critically-acclaimed visual art is produced in Indigenous-owned and governed art centres. These centres provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain, safeguard and develop their cultural expressions, develop professional practices and skills, engage in the nation’s economy and be part of the internationally-renowned Indigenous visual arts movement. Such art centres are often at the heart of community life, and can be central to the social and economic wellbeing of remote communities.

In 2017-18, the IVAIS program provided around A$20 million to 91 organisations across seven of Australia’s states and territories, including to around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres.

Art centres provide the infrastructure and relationships that allow artists to create new art, generate income, develop professional skills and connect to the commercial art market through partnerships with dealers and galleries, online sales and marketing strategies.

As community-owned organisations, art centres are responsive to local needs. While their primary purpose is to support professional art practice, they also play an important role in enhancing social cohesion, promoting respect for traditional knowledge, ensuring the transmission of culture, and providing economic and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. More information is available at www.arts.gov.au/ivais.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected outcomes through the implementation of the IVAIS program are:

  • A professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The continued exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art nationally and internationally.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$20 million annually

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
91 organisations across seven of Australia’s states and territories, including around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres.
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The measure was implemented in 1992 and evaluation is ongoing. The IVAIS program is meeting its objectives by supporting a critically acclaimed Indigenous visual arts industry that has high-levels of participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. IVAIS funding contributes to the operations of more than 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, as well as a number of service organisations, marketing events and regional hubs. Of the 91 IVAIS-funded organisations, 78 are Indigenous owned and governed. At a national level, IVAIS supports around 7,000 artists and provides professional opportunities for over 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders arts workers.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Data analysis based on program indicators included in IVAIS grant agreements and provided in annual reporting.

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National Arts and Disability Strategy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The National Arts and Disability Strategy (the Strategy) sets out a framework for the Australian Government and state and territory governments to support and encourage people with disability to participate fully in the arts and cultural life of Australia. The Strategy commenced in 2009, following Australia’s commitment to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, with a vision for the artistic aspirations and achievements of people with disability to be a valued and visible part of Australian culture. The Strategy is included as a commitment in the National Disability Strategy, which the Australian, state and territory governments endorsed in 2010.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Strategy is captured under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020, which provides the overarching policy framework for disability reform in Australia.

The National Arts and Disability Strategy is a framework for jurisdictions to assess and improve existing activities, consider new opportunities and directions, and identify new partnerships and initiatives. The Strategy has four priority areas for action. These are:

  • Access and participation – to address barriers as audience members and active participants
  • Arts and cultural practice – to address barriers to professional practice as artists and arts workers
  • Audience development – to develop and grow audiences for work by artists with disability
  • Strategic development – strategies at policy level to improve coordination and collaboration across all levels of government, and empower people with disability to have a stronger voice in policy development and planning.

Each priority area includes a number of goals, which governments work towards through the Meeting of Cultural Ministers (an annual meeting of the Australian, state and territory cultural ministers).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • People with disability participate fully in the arts and cultural life of Australia
  • The artistic aspirations and achievements of people with disability are a valued and visible part of Australian culture.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australian Government (represented by Department of Communications and the Arts), state and territory governments, arts and cultural agencies.
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In 2018, the Australian Government and state and territory governments collectively committed A$250,000 to fund the roll out of ARTfinder National, an online portal with information about disability-inclusive arts activities, cultural institutions and events.

The Australian Government has committed close to A$80,000 to support the expansion of a program called Art + You, which supports people with disability and people experiencing mental illness to self-advocate for the inclusion of arts and cultural activities through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (https://ndis.gov.au/index.html).

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Arts Access Victoria
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Administering roll out of ARTfinder National in partnership with Access2Arts to deliver the Art + You pilot program in South Australia.

Name: 
Access2Arts
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Partnering with Arts Access Victoria to deliver the Art + You pilot program in South Australia

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Two evaluations have been undertaken. On 22 September 2017, the Australian, state and territory cultural ministers endorsed the findings of the second evaluation of the outcomes under the Strategy for the period 2013-15. Broadly, the evaluation found that the cultural participation of people with disability has improved in Australia. The final report is now available publicly at https://www.arts.gov.au/mcm/work-mcm/national-arts-and-disability-strategy.

There were three recommendations arising from the review of the Strategy, all of which were accepted by governments and which have begun to be implemented. The first recommendation was to develop an information hub for the arts and disability sector, which is beginning to be met by the rollout of ARTfinder National. The second recommendation was to facilitate greater linkages and collaboration between the Australian Government and state and territory arts agencies and national level disability support agencies such as the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the National Disability Insurance Agency. Conversations about future opportunities to work together are ongoing. The third recommendation was to revisit and renew the Strategy. The Australian Government is taking the lead to develop a revised strategy, in partnership with the state and territory governments and in consultation with sector stakeholders.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The 2013-15 Evaluation of the Strategy included a survey that asked individuals and organisations to rate improvements on a range of measures such as accessibility, audience development and strategic direction regarding arts and disability. It also asked respondents to rate the significance of barriers, such as ticket prices. The Evaluation broadly found that there were improvements in access to and participation in the arts by people with disability during the Evaluation period, but some barriers remain, such as professional opportunities for people with disability in the mainstream arts sector, ticket prices, and physical access in regional and remote areas and to heritage buildings.

The Evaluation also found that the broader disability policy and service context in Australia had profoundly altered since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and that these changes should one of the topics looked at in the work to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy.

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Regional Arts Fund

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is an Australian Government program that supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities in Australia.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The RAF provides A$3.4 million per year in funding for people living in regional, remote and very remote communities to undertake arts projects, professional development for artists and arts workers, and strategic projects. The RAF supports projects that target a range of disadvantaged demographics including people with disability, young people, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and older Australians.

As an example, in 2017 the Australian Government committed A$153,810 to a project that provided strategic direction and vision for youth engagement in the arts across the state of South Australia. The aim of the project was to build the confidence and skill sets of young, regional South Australians, and to discover and support new participants and future leaders in the regional arts sector. It also provided professional opportunities for young people living in regional areas and delivered economic benefits to the small-to-medium arts sector in regional South Australia.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Increase participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts.
The Regional Arts Fund is delivered on behalf of the Australian Government by Regional Arts Australia nationally and at a state or territory level by regional arts organisations or government arts agencies.
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$3.4 million annually

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Regional Arts Australia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF nationally

Name: 
Regional Arts NSW
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in New South Wales

Name: 
Regional Arts Victoria
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in Victoria

Name: 
Country Arts WA
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Managing the implementation of RAF in Western Australia

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

RAF runs on a four year funding cycle. The program was reviewed in 2015-16 with changes implemented for the 2016-2020 funding cycle.

The previous design of the program was administratively complex, needlessly bureaucratic and did not respond to the changing needs of the arts sector as the detailed prescriptive guidelines were set once every four years.

As a result, the program was streamlined and the new guidelines allow greater flexibility for each jurisdiction to customise delivery of the program to meet the needs of the regional arts sector in that jurisdiction.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The review was focused on administration of the program rather than wider impact.

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Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program 2014-18

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The purpose of the grants program is to fund projects that will contribute to UNESCO’s broad strategic objectives. Grants funding cultural activities support the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and align to the UNESCO goals of:

  •  supporting inclusive social development
  • fostering intercultural dialogue for the rapprochement of cultures and promoting ethical principles
  • protecting, promoting and transmitting heritage
  • fostering creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions
  • promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The grant scheme invites applications from the Australian community for grants of up to A$20,000 for activities to support UNESCO priorities and objectives set out in UNESCO's approved Programme and Budget for 2014-17 (37 C/5) and Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-21 (37 C/4).

In the last four years, more than twenty grants were awarded from over 100 grant applications. The applications were assessed by a selection committee, which included members and ex-officio members of Australia’s National Commission for UNESCO.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program include inclusive social development; intercultural dialogue; the protection, promotion and transmission of heritage; the promotion of creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions.

Examples of projects that have received grants include:

  • The Spoken Word Poetry as a Practice, a Process, and a Product project that fosters intercultural dialogue and social transformation, drawing on sociocultural theory and international research that demonstrates poetry has multiple emotional and social benefits.
  • The Benchmarking Diversity project that measures cultural diversity in Australia’s mainstream arts sector.
  • The Words and Pictures project that involves global participation of children in developing their own children’s books on themes of the sea and environment. Children in the Solomon Islands will illustrate the book and children in Australia will write the story.
  • The Building Capacity For Fijian Disaster Reliance project that develops Fijian women community leaders’ capacity in disaster risk assessment, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • The Ngala Wongga Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields project that examines the interconnectedness of people with the land and seeks to preserve endangered languages.
  • The Changing Lives One Degree at a Time Digital Narrative Video project that explores refugee students’ higher education experiences, challenges and opportunities.
  • The Digital Preservation and Documentation of Australia’s Migrant Cultural Heritage Research project that will develop a prototype for a national linked data repository for preserving and documenting Australian migrant heritage.
  • The Mother Tongues First Languages Poetry project led by Aboriginal poets and artists to foster intercultural dialogue and preserve knowledge of languages and culture.
 
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$78,000 each financial year 2014-15 to 2017-18

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
University of Melbourne
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
University of Sydney
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
University of Newcastle
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
The University of New South Wales
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
Edith Cowan University
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
The Red Room Company
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient) 

Name: 
Gallery Sunshine Everywhere
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

Name: 
Kultour
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

Project Management (Grant recipient)

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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National Gallery of Australia’s Art and Dementia Program

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT NATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

People living with dementia often become isolated. The main aims of the measure are to:

  • Promote wellbeing and quality of life through engagement with the visual arts
  • Provide intellectual stimulation in a socially inclusive environment
  • Reconnect people living with dementia to their sense of identity
  • Build community arts and health partnerships to improve the care for people living with dementia
  • Raise awareness of and reduce the social stigma associated with dementia.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The National Gallery of Australia runs the Art and Dementia program, which provides people living with dementia with an opportunity to connect with the world in enriching and
life-enhancing ways.

A discussion-based tour of works of art provides intellectual stimulation and social inclusion. Participants are able to contribute knowledge, engage in interpretation, express emotions and recall memories. Participation can lead to an increase in wellbeing and quality of life.

Established in 2007, the Art and Alzheimer's program at the National Gallery of Australia was renamed in 2015 to reflect the many types of dementia. The Art and Dementia program includes a variety of tours to suit people with different living arrangements and capabilities. The Gallery works closely with community-based health professionals, residential care providers and directly with people living with dementia in the community to provide the program.

The National Gallery of Australia developed the Art and Dementia Outreach Program in 2009. The Outreach program delivers a two-day training workshop for arts and health professionals in communities across Australia to assist regional galleries to devise sustainable and appropriate Art and Dementia programs for the community.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Increased well-being and quality of life
  • Increased confidence in residual intellectual capacity and ability to engage with works of art
  • Increased sense of self through opportunity to learn and reflect on knowledge and experience
  • Sustainable and supportive community arts and health partnerships
  • Increased emphasis on human rights and needs of people living with dementia
  • Normalising of people living with dementia
  • Increase in local, regional and national galleries and museums with art and dementia programs
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Gallery of Australia (in partnership with regional and state galleries engaged in implementation)
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

In total A$875,000 (between 2007-2017) has been allocated to implement the measure made up of funding from a mix of government and private sources.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Dementia Australia
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

partner organisation  

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
Local
Regional
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The 2007 Pilot program was evaluated by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Mike Bird, and published in the journal Aging and Mental Health Vol. 13 No 5, September 2009, 744-752 An Art Gallery Access Program for people with dementia: ‘You do it for the moment’.

The Outreach Program is evaluated through a written process and through three national seminars, the onsite program is evaluated by partner organisations and through interviews with participants and carers.

The main conclusions were participating in visual arts based activities reduces agitation and anxiety and increases feelings of wellbeing and the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Based on anecdotal evidence, including positive stakeholder feedback and uptake of the core and outreach program, the Art and Dementia program is meeting its key social and cultural objectives. The National Gallery is currently working on a new qualitative evaluation methodology in order to better measure impact of programs including Art and Dementia.

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Australia's Contribution to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) supports the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions and fostering the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries through activities such as the sustainable development and implementation of cultural policies, capacity-building for cultural entrepreneurs, the mapping of cultural industries and the creation of new cultural industry business models. Australia has made voluntary contributions to the IFCD so that it can continue to support these activities that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Australia has made a total voluntary contribution of A$354,025 to the IFCD since 2011 (A$80,000 in 2011, A$80,000 in 2013, A$88,692 in 2016 and A$105,333 in 2018).

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results of this measure include:

  • Fostering the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector in developing countries.
  • Supporting the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
  • Meeting Australia’s international obligations under Article 18 of the Convention.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$354,025 from 2011-2018

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Indigenous Peoples Strategy

Context of the measure: 
INTEGRATION OF CULTURE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

To provide opportunities to assist indigenous peoples in Australia and overseas to overcome social and economic disadvantages.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has developed a five-year Indigenous Peoples Strategy (from 2015) to align its work on issues affecting indigenous peoples across the foreign policy, aid, trade and corporate objectives for the department. The Indigenous Peoples Strategy provides a framework for DFAT to work with its partners to advance and promote the wellbeing of indigenous people around the world, in line with Australia’s national interest.

The strategy will be guided by four pillars to achieve this vision:

  • DFAT will work with its partners to influence international policy to advance the interests of indigenous peoples in the international community.
  • DFAT will strive to deliver international programs that improve outcomes for indigenous peoples.
  • DFAT will encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for DFAT-funded opportunities to engage in and develop people-to-people links with the international community.
  • DFAT will ensure an inclusive workplace culture across the department.

DFAT intends to use the strategy to manage for positive results and continual improvement in its work on issues affecting indigenous peoples. DFAT will assess and disseminate lessons from its work to contribute towards evidence and debate about issues affecting indigenous peoples, both in Australia and overseas.

The IPS itself is targeted at all DFAT employees with the aim of seeking to improve opportunities, including with respect to cultural expressions for Indigenous people.

DFAT is committed to ensuring that all indigenous people benefit from its work.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Interests of indigenous people in the international community will be advanced.
  • International programs will deliver improved outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
  • An increased number of Indigenous Australians will participate in DFAT-funded opportunities to engage in and develop people-to-people links with the international community.
  • DFAT’s inclusive workplace culture will be augmented to the benefit of Indigenous employees.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

To be implemented out of DFAT’s existing departmental budget.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The IPS is currently undergoing a mid-term review which will be completed by November 2018. Conclusions have not yet been drawn. The evaluation is being conducted at the Departmental-level, led by DFAT First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Policy Division. The review will be submitted to the department’s Indigenous Taskforce, chaired by Deputy Secretary Penny Williams.

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Community Broadcasters’ Provision of Services

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Australian Government funding under the Community Broadcasting Program includes support from:

  • national, state and regional development of community broadcasting including support for national associations of community broadcasters
  • funding for information and community technology initiatives to benefit the community broadcasting sector
  • a national training program for the community television/radio sector
  • the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project to promote contemporary Australian music through the community broadcasting sector
  • support for online community television content production and distribution for the benefit of the general community
  • Indigenous community broadcasting
  • radio for the print handicapped
  • ethnic community broadcasting
  • digital community radio broadcasting.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

The Community Broadcasting Program supports community broadcasting (including television and radio) and their related online activities, including the provision of digital community radio broadcasting.

The Australian Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support the Program, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio. This funding will help support content development, training, transmission, online services and broadcasting Australian music as well as targeted funding for Indigenous, ethnic and Radio for the Print Handicapped services.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Greater diversity in the content and control of broadcasting services available to Australians, including in online platforms.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The Australian Government will provide A$21.6 million in 2017-18 to support community radio broadcasting, including A$4.2 million for community digital radio.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Community Broadcasting Foundation
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

The Community Broadcasting Foundation administers Commonwealth of Australia funding for the Community Broadcasting Program.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has delivered against funding milestones and provided reports that are comprehensive and satisfy all financial requirements.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The measure has been regularly evaluated against milestones and activity performance as outlined in the funding deed. This includes financial reporting.

❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

National Broadcasters’ Provision of Digital Services

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

To provide digital media services

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Under their respective Charters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) are required to provide digital media services. The provision of digital services allow for access to diverse content through broadband and mobile platforms, including ABC iView and SBS On Demand, which allow for the creation, production, distribution and dissemination of culturally diverse material, including content created specifically for those platforms.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

That Australians have access to diversity of content and services.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Special Broadcasting Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

While the Australian Government funds the national broadcasters on a triennium basis, they are independent in operational and programming decisions. The Government has no role in how the ABC and SBS allocates funding.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Public Broadcasting measures are monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure they are delivering the intended outcomes.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Programs are assessed against performance measures set out in the corporate plan.

❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

National Library of Australia Trove: Indigenous Cultural Heritage National Discovery Service

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 
  • To connect Indigenous Australians to their history and heritage by digitising collections.
  • To provide access to, and engagement with Indigenous cultural heritage through the Trove national discovery service.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Trove is a national discovery service, managed and maintained by the National Library of Australia, and providing a single point of access to a wide range of traditional and digital content held by Australian libraries, cultural heritage and research organisations.

In Australia there are over 770 Indigenous groups, each with their own cultural practices and beliefs. Trove helps bring together diverse collections relating to Indigenous culture and heritage.

One example involves the National Library of Australia sharing the work of contemporary Indigenous Australian photographers through Trove. This includes documentary photographers such as Mervyn Bishop, Tracey Moffatt, Ricky Maynard, Destiny Deacon, Michael Riley, and Brenda L Croft. The work of these photographers leads the way in Indigenous self-representation and highlights the social and political climate of Australian history.

This contemporary art incorporates humour, satire and serious reflection on the past treatment and representations of Indigenous Australians. By digitising and providing access to these collections, Trove allows Indigenous communities to reconnect with their past and engage with their present.

Over the past few decades, institutions with collections of Indigenous items in Australia have developed guidelines to ensure cultural sensitivities are met regarding access to these materials. The reasoning behind this is to share knowledge ethically (especially considering issues around provenance of some collection items), but most importantly to ensure cultural safety for Indigenous people accessing materials.

Trove is providing access to collections that help Indigenous Australians learn more about their history, families and heritage.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Increased access to important Australian documentary and cultural heritage.
  • Increased and improved engagement between Indigenous Australians and their cultural heritage.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
National Library of Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

N/A

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b

Passage of the Copyright (Online Infringement) Act 2015 and the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017

Context of the measure: 
EMERGING TRANSVERSAL ISSUES: Resolution 5.CP 9b
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The amendments to the Copyright Act 1969 introduce measures to:

  • help reduce and disrupt large-scale online copyright infringement by websites operating outside of Australia
  • enhance access to copyright material for people with disability, harmonise terms of copyright for published and unpublished materials and allow greater access to and use of culturally valuable materials.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Tackling online copyright infringement

The Copyright (Online Infringement) Act 2015 (the Online Infringement Act) introduced measures that enable copyright owners to apply to the Federal Court of Australia to require internet service providers to block access to an online location meeting certain conditions. The location must be operated outside Australia and have the primary purpose of infringing (or facilitating infringement of) copyright content. The amendments were designed to provide copyright owners with a targeted mechanism to help reduce online infringement.

Streamlining access to copyright material

The passage of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 (the DAOM Act) is another important step in bringing Australia's copyright laws into the digital age and address challenges of digital disruption. These important reforms will improve access to copyright materials for Australians with a vision, hearing or intellectual disability, as well as providing confidence to educational facilities, libraries and archives that deal with copyright materials. They simplify and improve copyright licensing provisions for the nation's collecting societies and educational institutions, and allow educators to use copyright materials more easily in the digital education environment. Libraries, archives and key cultural institutions will now have greater flexibility in preserving copyright materials and, by setting a term of protection for unpublished materials, have greater access to historic and culturally valuable materials.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Case law and survey data suggests that the Online Infringement Act has enabled copyright owners to work with providers of internet services to reduce large-scale online copyright infringement.

The DAOM Act has made it easier for a wide variety of people to more easily access culturally valuable copyright material, and therefore participate more fully in cultural life.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Nil

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

In March 2018 the Australian Government commenced a review of the effectiveness of the Online Infringement Act. The Department for Communications and the Arts released a consultation paper inviting submissions and held targeted meetings with key stakeholders. The Government is considering the outcomes of the Department’s review.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

Since 2015, the Australian Government annually commissions an online infringement survey. The survey seeks to understand Australian consumption trends across music, movies, video games and TV programs, and the attitudes that drive copyright infringement. The 2018 results show an increase in the consumption of lawful content across music, movies, video games and TV programs collectively.

❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Screen Australia's Gender Matters

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

Gender Matters is a suite of initiatives that addresses the identified gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The key performance indicator is that by the end of 2018-19, half of the projects that receive Screen Australia production funding will have women occupying at least 50 per cent of key creative roles (reported as a three-year average across 2016-17 – 2018-19).

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Announced 7 December 2015, Gender Matters is a five point, A$5 million dollar plan over three years with a suite of initiatives to address the gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry. The five points include: Brilliant Stories, Brilliant Careers, Better Deals (distribution), Attachments for Women, and assessment criteria changes.

This measure, specific to the screen industry, reflects the aim of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 5.c – adopting sound policies for the empowerment of women and girls.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Screen Australia wants to create sustainable and self-generating careers that will be used to support women to build a range and breadth of skills in this industry for the long term.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Screen Australia
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

A$5 million over three years from 2015-16

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

While not yet at the end of the key performance indicator reporting period of 2018-19, Screen Australia announced on 6 August 2017 that 47 per cent of successful production funding applications had female-led creative teams across a two-year average (2015-16 to 2016-17 inclusive).

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

See above

❭ CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY

Australia Council’s Investment in Female Artists

Context of the measure: 
CURRENT UNESCO GLOBAL PRIORITY: GENDER EQUALITY
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council invests in female artists to undertake a wide range of artistic, skills and career development activities that supported their direct participation and engagement in cultural life.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
Local
Regional
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested just under A$14 million in grants to female artists, arts workers and cultural professionals. The success rates for women and men applying to the Council’s grants programs are broadly comparable, suggesting that female artists are not disadvantaged in relation to funding opportunities.

However, in November 2017 the Australia Council released the results of Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia by David Throsby and Katya Peteskaya at Macquarie University, the sixth in a series tracking trends in the lives and working conditions of practising professional artists. The study identified that female artists in Australia continue to earn less overall than their male counterparts. While the earnings gap between the genders has narrowed since the previous survey (2009), at 25 per cent it is significantly more than the gender pay gap of 16 per cent across the Australian workforce. The Australia Council’s own grants data suggests that male applicants tend to request higher amounts than female applicants when making grant applications. The Australia Council will explore the implications of these findings in further detail in 2018-19.

Recent research also indicates that in the Australian arts sector, women continue to be under-represented in leadership roles in some art forms (particularly music). Applications to the Australia Council’s Leadership programs consistently indicate a higher proportion of women applying to and participating, suggesting that the Council’s investment in arts leaders has the potential contribute over time to these disparities.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Expected results through the implementation of this strategic goal and measure include:

  • Higher representation of women in leadership roles in the arts and cultural sector
  • Higher participation of women in art forms where they are under-represented.

     

    An evaluation of the Australia Council’s grants programs is in planning for 2018-19. 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

Financial resources are allocated within existing budget. Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested just under A$14 million in grants to female artists, arts workers and cultural professionals.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College (NAISDA) delivers vocational training in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance to talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking careers in dance and arts.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

NAISDA is one of the seven national elite performing arts training organisations funded through the Australian Government Arts and Cultural Development Program. In 2017-18, the Program provided over A$21 million to support these seven organisations to operate as national centres of excellence in elite training in the performing arts and benefiting over 1,000 elite performing arts students.

The Australian Government is proud to provide core funding to support NAISDA Dance College’s important work in producing empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and cultural workers.

NAISDA has received operational support through the Australian Government arts portfolio since 1995-96. NAISDA also receives support from the Australian Government through the Department of Education and Centrelink (ABSTUDY).

There is a sexennial Funding Agreement in place between the Australian Government and NAISDA for A$1.4 million from 2016-22, indexed and ongoing.

This support for NAISDA is in the spirit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4.4:  increasing the number of youth and adults that have the relevant skills for employment and decent jobs.

In 2018, the Australian Government provided an additional A$114,536 to the NAISDA Dance College to deliver a new Collaborative Series project to the seven national elite Arts Training Organisations. The project will deliver a collaborative series over two years (2019-20) for Indigenous students and will develop a cross art form performance. The aim of the project is to promote stronger ties between the students, and to support Indigenous students with the goal of increasing student retention.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • Delivery of elite education and training through Certificate to Diploma level courses.
  • Provision of the best possible learning environment for students including excellent facilities and Information Technology fit for purpose.
  • Engagement and retention of high-quality staff including the provision of ongoing professional development and employment conditions through the Enterprise Agreement.
  • Attraction and retention of the best students through a merit-based audition program and provision of best practice training and education. Provision of pastoral care, accommodation, life skill education and career pathways are key elements of the educational experience.
  • Growth of its resources including the development of the new Naya Wa Yugali facility, NAISDA Foundation and diversification of the income base through sponsorship opportunities. This also encompasses capitalising on the assets to develop income-generating programs and fee-for-service courses.
  • Development of productive partnerships with peak bodies, arts and training organisation and other relevant bodies. This includes the development of the cultural residency program.
  • Ongoing promotion and marketing activities to maintain the profile among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and raise the awareness with external stakeholders.
  • Continue to develop the Alumni Ambassador Program.
  • Development and implementation of a state and national community engagement strategy including fostering the Barang partnership.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • A$11.4 million over six years
  • Additional funding of A$114,536 in 2018 for the Collaborative Series project
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association
Type of Entity: 
Private company
Type of Involvement: 

vocational training organisation

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

NAISDA consistently achieves its strategic goals. Performance is reported on a quarterly basis with verbal reports given monthly.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

A key indicator is the number of students graduating accredited Dance Career and Professional Performance courses at a Certificate and Diploma level, providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to experience artistic and creative excellence in performance and pursue careers and ambitions in the field.

❭ YOUTH

Australia Council’s Investment in Young Artists

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

The Australia Council is the Australian Government's principal arts funding body. In its Corporate Plan 2017-2021, the Australia Council outlines its goal for the arts to enrich daily life for all Australians. This includes supporting ‘a new generation’ of young people to participate and experience arts and culture. Through investment in young artists, the Australia Council will:

  • Strengthen artistic experiences by, with and for children and young people
  • Continue to award more than 30 per cent of funding allocated through our grant programs to projects with, by and for young people
  • Assist Australia’s Major Performing Arts companies to deliver programs for young people
  • Include young people and those with youth arts experience in its pool of peer assessors.
c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017, the Australia Council invested over A$500,000 in grants directly to artists, arts workers and cultural professionals aged 24 and under. In addition, almost A$15 million of funding was invested in organisations, groups and individuals to undertake arts and cultural activities providing opportunities for children and young people to engage in the arts, including as creators and active participants.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Australia Council’s investment in young artists enables the next generation of artists to emerge. Council’s investment in young artists meets its strategic goal of strengthening the capacity of artists to make excellent work at all stages of their career, including early career; fostering experimentation and risk-taking across art forms, including in emerging and experimental practice, and fuelling diverse practice from artists of many backgrounds. Council’s investment in programs aimed at children and young people, including as creators and active participants in the arts, will ensure all Australians are able to experience the arts.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
The Australia Council
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 

The relevant key performance indicator states a minimum of 30 per cent of Australia Council funding is directed to projects with, by and for young people (approximately A$15.5 million over three years).

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

The performance of the Australia Council in achieving its strategic goals is reported in the organisation’s annual report.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The relevant indicator states a minimum of 30 per cent of Australia Council funding is directed to projects with, by and for young people.

❭ YOUTH

ArtsReady

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Objetivos clave de la medida: 

ArtsReady aims to provide training and employment opportunities for young people in the creative sector.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
financial
institutional
c.3. Característica principal de la medida: 

ArtsReady is delivered by AFL SportsReady and was established in 2013-14 to provide workplace training for young people to develop skills in the creative sector. The Australian Government provided A$3.4 million over four years in 2013-14 to establish the program. This program resulted in training and employment opportunities for around 400 young people. The provision of appropriate pastoral care and support for young people and enhanced Indigenous cultural awareness for employers were important elements of this project.

In 2018, the Australian Government is providing an additional A$200,000 to AFL SportsReady to deliver a new Indigenous Pathways Pilot utilising its existing infrastructure and networks through the ArtsReady program. The Pilot is designed to promote the attraction and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to the eight National Elite Performing Arts Training Bodies (ARTS8). This will be delivered across two designated areas Australian states (New South Wales and Victoria) to promote the interest and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in pursuing a pathway into the ARTS8. This includes face-to-face Cultural Awareness Training delivered to ARTS8 senior staff to support the pilot. This will be a merit-based audition program with provision of best practice training and education.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 
  • The provision of training and increased employment opportunities for young people in the creative sector.
  • Enhanced cultural awareness of employers.
f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Department of Communications and the Arts
f.2. Recursos financieros asignados para implementar la medida: 
  • The Australian Government provided A$3.4 million over four years in 2013-14 to establish the ArtsReady program.
  • In 2018, the Australian Government provided a further A$200,000 for the Indigenous Pathways Pilot.
g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
AFL SportsReady Limited
Type of Entity: 
NGO
Type of Involvement: 

vocational training organisation delivering the ArtsReady program

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
Yes
i.1 At what level the evaluation was conducted?: 
National
i.2 What were the main conclusions?: 

Reporting on performance was provided by AFL SportsReady Limited on an annual basis for assessment by the Department of Communications and the Arts. The program delivered strongly against the objectives, and whilst the uptake of traineeships was initially slow, this accelerated over time. The Program is now approaching engagement of 400th trainee, which is a remarkable achievement. The program is now self-funding and will continue without Australian Government funding into the future.

i.3 Which indicators were used to determine impact?: 

The number of training and employment placement opportunities for young people in the creative sector.