Department of Culture and the Arts

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Department of Culture and the Arts
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Western Australia

Department of Culture and the Arts is part of the Government of Western Australia.

Preceding authorities[edit]

The earlier governmental agencies or authorities concerning the arts were advisory boards or councils [1] it was not until 1986 that the Department for the Arts was created [2][3][4]

The Department of the Arts was to co-ordinate and review the major cultural institutions, incorporating the Censorship Office and absorbing the activities of the Western Australian Arts Council. The Department was given the responsibility of ensuring artistic and financial evaluation and accountability from receipts of arts grants.[5]

It was followed by the Ministry for Culture and the Arts which existed between 1997 and 2001 [6][7]

Current department[edit]

The current department is known as the Department of Culture and the Arts and it commenced operating on 1 July 2001. The Culture and the Arts department portfolio includes: the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the State Library of Western Australia; the Western Australian Museum; the Perth Theatre Trust; and Screenwest Inc.


  1. ^ the Western Australian Arts Advisory Board (1 Jan 1970 ~ 1 Jan 1973), and the Western Australian Arts Council (1 Jan 1973 – 1 Jan 1986 )
  2. ^
  3. ^ Peter Alexander - Head of the Dept. for the Arts talks about its creation and objectives] Open access, Vol.148 (16 Apr. 1987), p.2,
  4. ^ Interview with David Parker about the new Department for the arts Music maker, Jan./Feb. 1987, p.44-45,
  5. ^
  6. ^ Western Australia. Ministry for Culture and the Arts (1998), Strategic directions, 1998-2001, The Ministry, retrieved 16 April 2012 
  7. ^ Western Australia. Ministry for Culture and the Arts (1997), Annual report, The Ministry, ISSN 1441-161X  - Established on 20 May 1997, the Ministry for Culture & the Arts, comprises six agencies which were formerly part of the Arts Portfolio, namely: ArtsWA, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Library and Information Service of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, the Perth Theatre Trust and ScreenWest.