Writing your National Cultural Policy submission

Esther Anatolitis reframes the five pillars of Australia’s next cultural policy, offering new questions to help identify the key policy opportunities for the coming decade. 

Have you started your submission yet? Tony Burke’s consultation for a renewed cultural policy asks us to respond to five pillars aligning with the five goals of Creative Australia, the National Cultural Policy launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013.

A decade later, what other questions might our submissions consider? How can we build on what was already included in the 2013 policy, while identifying the policy opportunities that can strengthen Australia’s creative future across the next decade and beyond?  

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Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia’s most influential advocates for arts and culture. She is Editor of Meanjin, Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT School of Art, and a member of the National Gallery of Australia Governing Council. Esther has led arts and media organisations across all artforms, including Express Media, the Emerging Writers' Festival, Craft Victoria, SYN Media, Melbourne Fringe, Regional Arts Victoria and NAVA. Her consultancy Test Pattern focuses on creative practice, policy and precincts, as well as advocacy and public value. A hallmark of Esther’s arts leadership career has been her tenacious civic engagement, ensuring that artists’ voices and arts issues feature prominently on political agendas. This work has ranged from strategic development and private advice to public events, regional marginal seat forums, candidates’ debates, specialist workshops and Australia’s first advocacy training program for the arts. A prolific writer, Esther’s work regularly appears in literary journals, newspapers, and arts and design media, and she is a regular Arts Hub columnist. Her book Place, Practice, Politics is published by Spurbuch. Follow Esther on Twitter: @_esther.