Our Insight Report series

Providing high-level insights on cultural activity investment, participation and impact in Australia.

Our evidence-based series of Insight Reports explores why and how governments, philanthropists, communities, businesses and individuals invest in arts and culture; what benefits and impacts this generates; and how we can ensure this investment is relevant and effective. Our reports provide data analysis, expert commentary and evidence-based recommendations that are not bound by government, jurisdiction, funding mechanism or artform.

We hope our reports contribute to public and private conversations about:

  • What is art and culture for, and its public value.
  • Opportunities for Australia’s cultural polices and investments to become more effective.
  • Informed decision making by governments, the arts and culture sector, and investors.

Key audiences for our research work include:

  • Elected representatives and officials across all levels of government.
  • Arts and culture sector, including creators and cultural institutions and organisations.
  • Funders and investors, including commercial and philanthropic organisations.
  • Research and education sector seeking fresh perspectives and latest data.
  • People who are curious about the impacts and benefits of participating in arts and culture.

Report series

Insight Report One

This report establishes a baseline understanding of the quantum and trends in expenditure on culture by all levels of government in Australia over the last decade. It presents findings and opportunities based on meaningful comparisons between different years, levels of government and areas of expenditure.

This report was launched on Tuesday 10 September 2019.




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Please complete our briefing request form to have a member of the A New Approach team present on our research agenda and Insight Report One.

More information

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ANA can be contacted directly via NewApproach@humanities.org.au