About Regional Arts Australia

A Champion of the Arts in Regional Communities.

Regional Arts Australia proudly supports artists, arts organisations, audiences and communities in regional Australia through diverse projects and initiatives.

Our key achievements include:

  • the successful staging of Artlands, a national biennial arts conference;
  • additional events and programs across Australia;
  • delivering the Regional Arts Fund on behalf of the Commonwealth Government;
  • developing integrated strategies and support services that enhance access to regional touring of performing arts companies.


Regional Arts Australia have achieved significant results in winning better recognition and support for the enormous contribution that regional arts make to the cultural, economic and social wellbeing of the nation.

Project Initiation and Management

Regional Arts Australia work towards equipping regional artists, arts workers and communities to meet the special needs and challenges that accompany arts practice, arts promotion and audience development in the regional, rural and remote sectors.


Regional Arts Australia is the modern guise of the Arts Council of Australia, a long-standing collaborative forum of bodies involved in regional arts. The new name was adopted in 1998 in recognition of the organisation’s re-orientation as a pro-active member of the regional arts community. There also came a renewed concentration on creating a national voice for those issues, concerns and opportunities that are relevant to all who work in and for the arts in regional and remote Australia.

Interesting fact: Before the Arts Council of Australia, from 1943-66, Regional Arts Australia was named the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA).

Click here to download Arts Council of Australia Constitution 2015

Click here to download RAA Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020

Click here to find out more about who we are.

Regional Arts Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Country throughout Australia and pays its respect to their Elders past and present.