Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Hon Sean L'Estrange MEdL GradDipResMan GradDipMan MLA

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Finance; Small Business

    Arts grants shred red tape in creative makeover

    12/10/2016 2:00 PM
    • More flexibility for artists, arts workers and creative industry professionals
    • Digitisation streamlines applications, saving time and money 

    A revamped Liberal National Government arts grants program is giving artists more funding options and greater flexibility, while simultaneously helping cutting costs for applicants and taxpayers.


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said recent arts funding reforms had reduced red tape and processing time.


    "In March this year, the Department of Culture and the Arts revised its grants programs, focusing on project outcomes rather than art forms," Mr Day said.


    "This has more than doubled the number of funding avenues available to artists and creative industry professionals. 


    "Now, regardless of their area of expertise, artists can simply apply under one of three categories: Creative Development, Commercial Development or Community Engagement.


    "Also, for the first time, grant applications under $15,000 are processed immediately, as opposed to previously having two closing dates per year which limited opportunities."


    Standardisation of programs and streamlining of internal procedures have halved applicant waiting times, from eight weeks to just four weeks.


    "Applications are now processed as they are received, greatly reducing backlogs," the Minister said.  "The quicker turnaround from submission to notification means greater efficiency in planning and resourcing for artists and arts organisations."


    Mr Day said reforms had been supported by the digitisation of the grants application and assessment process through the Online Grants management system. 


    Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange applauded the new Online Grants system, a web-based application portal and customer relationship management database.


    "This is a comprehensive resource for the preparation, management, submission, administration, assessment and acquittal of funding applications," Mr L'Estrange said.


    "Smart use of technology like this helps cut red tape, saving artists, the community and businesses even more."


    Fact File

    • Click here to read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card
    • Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #shredthered here
    • Click here to read the Government's Regulatory Reform Policy
    • The Online Grants web portal can be accessed here

    Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 6200

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6900


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