Is a writing career a viable option in Australia?

Funding cuts and the need for a living wage for writers figure strongly in the discussion about the future of Australian literature.

Welcomed by the arts and cultural sectors, the submissions to the Federal Government’s National Cultural Policy (NCP) have been published and are currently being reviewed. The highly anticipated report into the industry is expected to be launched by Minister for the Arts Tony Burke before Christmas, with those considering or already pursuing a writing career paying particular attention.

Timely and necessary, the NCP outcomes may offer a potential lifeline for the underfunded and under-resourced literary industry. Recent reports indicate that literature and writers have suffered inequitably in recent years from a distinct funding disparity.    

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Suzannah Conway is ArtsHub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer. Suzannah is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She has been writing reviews and music articles for over 15 years and regularly reviews classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals.