National Opera Review Final Report Government response
22 September 2017
Government acknowledges the importance of opera in the Australian cultural
landscape and is pleased to provide its full response to the recommendations of
the National Opera Review Final Report.
Earlier this year
the Government announced its initial response to support priority recommendations
in the Report. These priority recommendations, which were a structural
adjustment package for Opera Queensland and support for Victorian Opera to
become a Major Performing Arts company, are now being implemented.
Government is broadly supportive of the Report’s guiding principles. A number
of the 118 recommendations require joint decision-making across jurisdictions
and discussions are now underway with the relevant states.
recommendations that have no financial implications for governments are already
being explored by the Australia Council in consultation with the opera companies
and state funding agencies. These include measures to:
build audiences and subscribers
improve collaboration between companies
increase financial viability, such as
controlling overhead costs and improving private sector support, and
strengthen governance and management.
The major opera companies have also responded positively and
are making changes in line with the Report’s recommendations.
The Government will continue to work with the opera
companies and partner funding bodies to explore further opportunities to ensure
the continued vibrancy of opera in Australia.
The Government would again like to acknowledge the work on the
review undertaken by the independent expert panel—Dr Helen Nugent AO
(Chairman), Mr Moffatt Oxenbould AM, Mr Andrew McKinnon and Ms Kathryn Fagg.
The Response to
the National Opera Review Final Report and the National Opera Review Final
Report are both available through the Outcomes tab at www.arts.gov.au/national-opera-review.