Following on from a similar consultation in 2009, the new Minister for the Arts Simon Crean has honoured a promise to update Australia's cultural policy settings. Submissions are invited from any interested party and can be made by responding to one of two online questionnaires, which are shaped by the provided discussion paper. Submissions may also be forwarded by post or email. Click here to access the 'have your say' page on the 2011 National Cultural Policy website.
The 2009 consultation under Minister Garrett reflected the Commonwealth's specific responsibilities. In the case of Australia's collections this mainly meant the national institutions, nearly all of which are located in the national capital, Canberra.
Click here to see the Significance International submission to this 2011 consultation.
Please note that we did not respond to the guiding questions as we regard these, and the discussion paper, as leading. Instead a statement about the opportunity this consultation represents for getting Australia's future right is made in broader terms, notably in regard to the sustainability agenda. Central to our submission is a definition of culture that encompasses all social values.
Whatever your thoughts are on the place of culture in Australia's present and future, we urge you to consider responding to this consultation.