arts funding fifield

Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield held dozens of meetings in his first three months in the job with the arts sector and stakeholders to try to fix the mess left by Attorney-General George Brandis, but the funding never came back. 

When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister, responsibility for the arts portfolio shifted from Brandis to Fifield after what had been a tumultuous two years for the sector. Brandis gutted funding across the sector, cutting close to $300 million since 2013. A total of $123.3 million was taken from the Australia Council, with Brandis establishing a $105 million "National Program for Excellence in the Arts".