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National rollout for arts and disability portal

Joint Media Release

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Social Services

The Turnbull Government is ensuring that the ARTfinder portal will be rolled out nationally to improve access to and participation in the arts for people with disability.

Established by Arts Access Victoria, ARTfinder is a comprehensive online portal with up to date information for people with disability about arts activities, cultural institutions and events.

The national rollout is backed by the Meeting of Cultural Ministers, a forum for the Commonwealth, state and territory arts and culture ministers to work on matters of mutual interest. The rollout was recommended in the Evaluation of the National Arts and Disability Strategy, which was agreed by the cultural ministers at their last meeting in Brisbane in September 2017.

ARTfinder will map disability-inclusive art programs and experiences in regional and metropolitan Australia, and will be searchable by accessibility, location, cost and artform.

Participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be able to find arts activities to access, and it will help NDIS Local Area Coordinators to quickly see the range of arts activities on offer.

The Australian Government is contributing $125,000 for the national rollout and the states and territories will collectively match that amount.

For more information about the ARTfinder portal visit www.artsaccess.com.au/artfinder/ and to find out more about the National Arts and Disability Strategy visit www.arts.gov.au/national-arts-and-disability-strategy.

Media contact:

Minister Fifield’s Office
Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au

Minister Tehan’s Office
Byron Vale | 0428 262 894 | Byron.Vale [at] dss.gov.au