Australia Council Arts Project funding to support crucial dance sector priorities

Ausdance National has received $64,860 from the Australia Council’s Arts Projects program to support the position of a new executive director who, in 2018, will work towards achieving outcomes that support identified sector priorities.

Under the leadership of a senior arts professional, and supported by a skills-based board, Ausdance National will advance prioritised national agendas across education, research, health, employment, and sector development.

Key project outcomes include:

  • a new Dance Plan—an update of Dance Plan 2012, with sector-wide consultations to develop a strategy document that advocates for the value of dance and its potential across a range of contexts
  • continued lobbying and advocacy for dance/arts within the National Curriculum to secure a future where all Australian children have the opportunity to further develop their mental and physical skills with scientifically proven life-long benefits
  • establishment of a career development project to assist in addressing the identified gap in the sector, particularly for the independent and small-to-medium organisations who do not have internal resources to support transition-related activities
  • progression of the health and wellness agenda through participation in the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment and updating the Tertiary Dance Council of Australia’s Physiotherapy Screening Tool.

Ausdance National President Professor Gene Moyle stated that ‘the timing for the implementation of this project is critical in light of the current federal political cycle. It will be crucial for the appointed director to lead the development and establishment of a clear and strong dance sector agenda ahead of the next Federal election (2019)’.

Ausdance National will continue to lead national projects such as the Australian Dance Awards and National Dance Forum, and it will work in close collaboration with the Ausdance network to deliver services to the sector.

Alongside the appointment of an executive director, the organisation will change its operating model to ensure it can continue delivering services to the dance sector in Australia in 2018 and beyond. The new executive director will co-locate with another arts advocacy organisation in Sydney or Melbourne, and the Canberra office will close in January 2018.

Selection criteria and position description for executive director of Ausdance National. Applications close COB 9 February 2018.

For interview contact:

President Ausdance National Council – Ausdance Inc.
Phone: +61 7 3138 3616


Ausdance National is Australia's peak body for dance with a significant 40-year history of educating, inspiring and supporting the dance community in reaching its potential as a dynamic force within local, national and international communities. It has a unique place in the Australian dance landscape as a leader in dance advocacy and in bringing new resources and funding to the profession through partnerships and collaborations. It has a strong international reputation and is recognised as a leader in arts advocacy.