Towards Equity: A research overview of diversity in Australia’s arts and cultural sector brings together published and unpublished data and research on representation within the arts and cultural sector in Australia.
It assesses equity among audiences and participants, artists, the cultural and creative workforce, cultural leaders and among Australia Council investment and staff.
The report presents information for eight focus groups or demographics in the Australian community: First Nations people; cultural and linguistic diversity; people with disability; gender; LGBTIQ+ people; Australians living in regional and remote locations; children and young people; and older people.
The Australia Council – like many other government and industry organisations – is committed to monitoring and reporting diversity across our investment, activities and sector.
In many cases, terminology and definitions are shifting and/or contested. Information and data gaps, as well as questions and recommendations for building a more comprehensive picture of diversity in our arts and culture, are also identified in this report.
Australia’s diversity is our richest asset. Equity must be central to how we think about, support and engage with arts and culture in this country.
This research shows that while much work has been done, much more work lies ahead.
Please explore this report. It is one milestone in the conversation that can inform action across the industry to address inequities.
Further information via the Australia Council for the Arts.