Budget 2023-24: the sector responds

Live Performance Australia, the National Association for the Visual Arts and other peak bodies respond to Tuesday’s Federal Budget.

While responses to the Albanese Government’s second Budget, handed down on Tuesday, have been mixed – with charities such as Mission Australia recognising ‘small positive steps but not enough to end housing and [the] homelessness emergency’ – overall, reactions from the arts sector have been positive.

On Twitter, cultural commentator and academic Ben Eltham described the 2023-2024 Budget as ‘the best Federal Budget for the arts and culture in more than a decade’, while Screen Queensland’s Acting Chief Executive Belinda Burns told the ABC the Government’s proposed increase to the tax rebate for Australian-filmed international productions was ‘a total game-changer’.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts