Creative Australia funding shock results show a sector on the brink

Analysis of public data shows some initial cuts, with more funding to be announced later this year.
Analysis of Creative Australia data proves a useful litmus test in the health of the sector. Image is the torso of a man in a blue shirt counting piles of coins.

In December, Creative Australia announced some recipients of its Four Year Investment for Organisations program for 2025 to 2028. The four-year funding represents the economic backbone of most small and medium-sized arts businesses nationwide. It can serve as a litmus test for the health of the country’s creative ecology overall. 

While not all recipients have been announced, the publicly available data shows a creative nation exploding with growth, but suffering from volatility, inequality and the pressure to achieve more with less. 

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David Burton is a writer from Meanjin, Brisbane. David also works as a playwright, director and author. He is the playwright of over 30 professionally produced plays. He holds a Doctorate in the Creative Industries.