Finding the arts in the Federal Budget

The winners! The losers! The cheering! The booing! The analysis! Is there a more exciting event in our domestic political calendar than budget night?*

Once you’ve stripped back all the glitz and glamour, though, it can be tricky to navigate your way beyond the headlines and determine how exactly different sectors will be impacted. Sectors like the arts, for example.

The arts have traditionally not featured heavily in post-budget press articles. Following the 2014-15 Federal budget release, however, a number of journalists in online, broadcast and print media lent their pens, keyboards, voices and faces to analysing what’s in store for the arts in Australia over the next four years.

Here is a list of some we’ve found at Regional Arts Victoria ($ = this post is behind a paywall). You can also read the budget papers for yourself – the arts feature as part of the Attorney-General’s Expense Measures.

You might also like to check out this fun tool from to see how much various government programs (like the arts) cost per Australian person.

If you know of any other tools or articles, please do post them in the comments section below.

* Yes, probably.

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