Objective: examine arts governance and encourage more resourcefulness, tasking our arts boards to have a stronger focus on diversifying funding sources, but at the same time looking to provide rolling triennial funding to arts organisations to improve their opportunities for long term planning.

Recommendation and response

Supported in-principle - We will investigate suitable options to deliver a comprehensive Board capacity development program for South Australian arts organisations.


Work has commenced on developing the Board Capacity Development Program to support South Australian arts and culture organisations boards to increase governance skills across the arts and cultural sector.

Consideration is being given to the needs of the varying types of boards across the arts sector, ranging from the volunteer boards of the small to medium and major organisations through to government-appointed boards of statutory authorities and public corporations.

Supported in-principle - We will seek support for a full time senior representative of Creative Partnerships Australia to be based in Adelaide.


Creative Partnerships Australia create opportunities for arts and investment, bringing together the arts, donors and business for mutual benefit.

The Creative Partnerships Australia’s (CPA) State Manager position was previously split between Western Australia and South Australia, with the incumbent based in Western Australia. In early 2020, CPA announced a new role based in Adelaide – the State Manager for South Australia at 0.6FTE. The new Creative Partnerships Australia’s State Manager commenced their role in early March 2020, and Arts South Australia is working with them to contribute to and enhance their engagement with the sector and implement the intent of this recommendation.

Having an Adelaide based State Manager is providing increased opportunities for face-to-face connections between artists and organisations and investment partners outside of the sector (such as philanthropists, sponsors and entrepreneurs) to together, imagine new investment models. It is also supporting increased focus and opportunities for the South Australian sector, including the LIFT - Management Mentoring Pilot, offering 7 Arts Management Mentorships for leaders in South Australian small to medium arts organisations.

This recommendation is now complete.

Accepted - We will review the options and implications of this recommendation to develop a program to modernise and streamline governance structures for the state’s Statutory Authorities.


The Statutory Authority Governance Structures Review Report November 2020 (report) by Gherashe Consultants Pty Ltd considers sector strength, improved collaboration, effectiveness and efficiencies in light of changing business models and environments. The report considers priorities relating to governance structures (organisational structure or legal type) and governance practices (organisational oversight and non-operations management).

The report makes three recommendations to government, as well as an option for future consideration.

Statutory Authority Governance Structures Review Report  (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Government has now invited feedback from the relevant organisations as it undertakes further investigation to consider implementation of each recommendation.

Accepted - The government is committed to increasing diversity across all South Australian arts boards, building on the outcomes of the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019.


A review and investigation is underway to develop a program to assist in increasing diversity across all South Australian arts boards. The project is considering best practice in this area in order to effectively engage with our changing society. This is line with the national agenda.

Accepted - Work will be progressed to promote the utilisation of the Australian Cultural Fund.


Arts South Australia has worked with the SA-based Creative Partnerships Manager to increase promotion of the Australian Cultural Fund with a view to supporting improvements in non-government income generation by the arts and cultural sector. Promotion of the Australian Cultural Fund has been embedded in Arts South Australia’s Arts and Culture Grant Program, and ongoing promotional activities will be undertaken by Arts South Australia and Creative Partnerships Australia.

This recommendation is now complete.