Federal Arts Minister Tony Burke has today announced the 15 creative industry professionals, who will help deliver the Australian Government’s National Cultural Policy. In making the announcement, the Minister committed to delivering the policy before the end of the year and stated it was intended to build on the legacies of the former Keating and Gillard governments, including Creative Australia, launched in 2013.

Australian Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke. Photo supplied

“The arts, entertainment and cultural sector is important to who we are as Australians and plays a vital role in the economy,” the Minister said.

The writers, musicians, painters, producers, directors and creative industry professionals will sit across five expert review panels and identify the key issues and themes raised through a public consultation process. This will help develop a roadmap for the nation’s arts and culture sectors for the decades ahead.

The panels reflect the five pillars of the new cultural policy, with specific appointments to each.

First Nations first will recognise and respect the crucial place of First Nations stories at the centre of Australian arts and culture. The panellists are playwright, artistic director and current Indigenous Chair of...