Australian Government

Register of Cultural Organisations

Organisations listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations can receive tax deductible donations. This helps cultural organisations to attract funding from businesses and individuals.

From 1 October 2019 all applications to enter an organisation on the Register must be submitted through SmartyGrants.

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Register of Cultural Organisations

The Register of Cultural Organisations is a list of cultural organisations that can receive tax deductible gifts. The register aims to strengthen private sector support for the arts and encourages Australians to contribute to the nation's vibrant cultural life. Australian organisations can be listed on the register if their principal purpose is to promote one of the following cultural activities in Australia:

  • literature
  • visual arts
  • community arts
  • performing arts
  • arts or languages of Indigenous persons
  • music
  • crafts
  • design
  • television
  • video
  • radio
  • film
  • movable cultural heritage.

The Treasurer and the Minister for the Arts approve new additions to the register. We administer the register.

Public art galleries, museums and libraries are generally not included on the register because they are approved by the Australian Taxation Office under another deductible gift recipient category.

Supporters of the arts can also make tax-deductible donations to support arts and cultural projects through the Australian Cultural Fund administered by Creative Partnerships Australia. Artists and arts organisations that can't themselves receive tax-deductible gifts may wish to consider registering an Australian Cultural Fund project.


Register of Cultural Organisations
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601


Phone: 02 6271 7108

Applications close
01 Jan 2021
Amount Upon Application
All artforms
Grant Type
Market development
Applicant Type
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Australian Government