Australia Council for the Arts

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Key dates

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight AEST on the closing date.

Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.


About the program

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a member of the grants team before applying to this fund.

Who can apply

We accept applications from individuals and organisations.

Who can't apply

You can't apply for a grant if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.

What you can apply for

You can apply for:

  • interstate net touring costs, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances outside of your home state
  • a contribution towards tour coordination expenses.

What you can’t apply for

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • touring costs in your home state (see FAQ regarding ‘home state’)
  • projects where the performers and artistic personnel are not paid at Award rates
  • projects that are to tour an international production
  • touring projects that only include capital city or metropolitan presentations
  • touring projects that do not include three or more interstate locations
  • touring projects that only include presentations in schools
  • tour dates that have already taken place
  • projects with a budget in surplus.

Peer assessment

Your application will be assessed by a panel of peers. The peers will be representative of a range of areas relevant to performing arts touring, including:

  • regional audience engagement and presentation
  • performing arts production 
  • tour coordination and management.

Assessment criteria

Peers will assess your application against the following four criteria:


  • the regional and remote coverage proposed by the itinerary.


  • the artists and the arts workers involved the project
  • the quality of proposed work
  • the calibre of the company, including demonstrated evidence of good organisational planning, governance and management.


  • the plans to develop audiences and/or meet audience demand in the proposed locations
  • experiences offered to regional and remote communities – including audience attendance and where appropriate other participation activities, such as workshops and master classes
  • appropriate levels of engagement and partnerships developed with presenters to achieve audience goals.


  • evidence of a realistic and accurate budget
  • evidence of home state 
  • the logic of the itinerary and the impact it has on the touring budget
  • appropriate level of support from other sources
  • capacity to deliver the project.

Support material

  • Production excerpt
    A video of up to five minutes of the production you plan to tour must be submitted. For companies proposing to tour works yet to be produced, a video of a past example of the company’s work should be submitted. For music works, a sound recording is acceptable. Files must be provided as a URL link. Provide only one video URL link with your online application.

  • Reviews relating to the production (if applicable). Maximum 3 pages submitted as one PDF

  • Brief biographical information on principal personnel (if applicable). Maximum 3 pages as one PDF. 

  • Working with Indigenous Arts
    If any of the project activities involve working with Indigenous communities please provide letters of support from those communities.There are five Indigenous protocol guides for working with Indigenous Arts (song, media arts, performing, visual arts and writing) available on our website here. 


Visit our page to find this program's frequently asked questions.

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Applications close
01 Oct 2019
Amount Upon Application
Performing Arts
Grant Type
Applicant Type
Australia Council for the Arts (opens in new window)
Grants Officer
02 9215 9000