Inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

MGA has written a submission to the Inquiry into Canberra's national institutions. National Director, Alex Marsden, met with the directors the national institutions to discuss their concerns and priorities.


  • The national cultural institutions in Canberra play a vital role for Australia and are delivering in the main on core national responsibilities to high standards, despite deep funding cuts over many years.
  • However, the current story is one of significant unrealised potential.
  • Current research is revealing the deep value of arts, culture and heritage to society and the economy in increasing numbers of ways, including business innovation, tourism generation, educational attainment, and health and wellbeing.
  • The Commonwealth needs to develop a more coherent and long-term policy framework for arts, culture and heritage that includes greater levels of support for the national cultural institutions.



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