Public Value

The vast majority of Australians feel positive about the arts

The Australia Council arts participation survey explored Australian attitudes to the art, and found high levels of agreement with positive statements about the benefits of the arts.

Similarly to 2009, Australians still believe that the arts are an important part of children’s education (89 percent agree, 90 percent in 2009) and that people can enjoy both arts and sport (96 percent agree, the same as in 2009). Over eight in ten agreed that the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life (85 percent) and it is exciting to see new styles and types of art (84 percent), significant increases from 2009.

In 2013, almost eight in ten Australians agreed that the arts should receive public funding (79 percent) which is a significant decrease from 85 percent in 2009. Although there is still very strong support, some Australians are shifting on the need for public funding.

Only thirteen percent agreed 'the arts are not for people like me', down from 20 percent in 2009 but this suggests there is still an opportunity to continue improving the relevance and accessibility of the arts to all Australians.