Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications

Minister for the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Appointment to the Australia Council Board

2 March 2016

The Australian Government has appointed Christine Simpson Stokes to the Board of the Australia Council for a period of three years.

Mrs Simpson Stokes' broad experience in business management and media, and her considerable expertise in philanthropy and private sector support for the arts will be highly valuable on the Board of the Council.

Mrs Simpson Stokes is a prominent West Australian, a Trustee of Western Australia's Children's Charity Telethon, Patron to the Young Indigenous Women's leadership programme 'Kimberley Girl' and a member of the Advisory Council of the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts.

The Australian Government congratulates Mrs Simpson Stokes on her appointment.

The Australia Council supports excellence in and appreciation of the arts nationally. More information about the Australia Council is available at

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