The Australia Council Bill has been passed in the Senate - in the final pre-election sitting week before parliament rises.
The new Act has been amended since it was first introduced in March to include functions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts practice, as well as others that recognise the diversity of Australian arts practitioners.
Other amendments uphold the right to freedom of expression in the arts, and promote community participation.
'We are delighted that the Bill has passed and are quite happy with the amendments that have been made', Bethwyn Serow, AMPAG Executive Director, said today.
'The assurances we've received from the Australia Council itself and from the Minister's office, as well as the Shadow Minister's office, confirm that Australia's major performing arts companies will be able to continue their valuable and dynamic role in presenting excellence in their fields.'
Read the Bill here.
See the artsHub story here: http://au.artshub.com/au/news-article/news/arts/australia-council-bill-passes-195795