Funding Sustainability

Major Performing Arts Organisations have become more financially stable

With support through inter-governmental funding agreements, Australia’s 28 Major Performing Arts Organisations have improved their financial position over time.

Overall income of the organisations has grown by 34 percent in real terms between 2001 and 2012. Expenses also increased, but at a lower rate of 31 percent, resulting in increased profitability.

On average, the MPA organisations are less reliant on public funding than they were in 2001, with earned revenue and private sector support representing a higher proportion of their income. In 2012 the sector earned around $1.47 for every dollar of government funding, a small increase from $1.22 in 2001.[1]


[1] Expressed in 2012 dollars for comparison