In Australia, we are helping to redefine the long relationship between the UK and Australia at this critical moment in bilateral relations, emphasising the importance of our shared culture, values and vision for an open, diverse and more inclusive society.
The British Council in Australia creates opportunities for the emerging generation of future leaders and influencers in the UK and Australia: internationally mobile and culturally diverse people of modern, outlooking nations.
Highlights in Australia
The focus of arts strategy in Australia is on innovation and inclusion in rapidly changing cities.
In 2018, Australia launched the INTERSECT knowledge exchange programme in collaboration with Diversity Arts Australia and Creative Victoria. The programme aims to support greater cultural diversity in the arts, reduce exclusion and provide greater resources and opportunities for artists and creative leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds. The programme includes three components – knowledge exchange and peer mentoring; a digital online resource for arts practitioners and organisations in partnership with Western Sydney University and the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London; and a touring platform that supports British artists from minority ethnic backgrounds touring their work in Australia.
Australia is the third largest market for UK arts and culture after the USA and Europe, and sends one of the largest delegation of festival and venue programmers to the British Council Edinburgh Showcase. This results in the programming of more UK work from the showcase than any other country globally, providing significant profile and opportunity for UK artists.
Higher Education: FameLab
FameLab in Australia has attracted partnerships with museums, government bodies and universities nation-wide, supporting emerging science leaders in developing their advocacy and science communications skills. The partnerships and programme encourages people to take on careers in STEM and fosters research collaboration and mobility between Australia and the UK.
Qualifications for global mobility
Careers, education and personal opportunities are enhanced through British Council expertise in testing and assessment. Young Australians, international students and graduates are increasingly mobile, we promote British qualifications as the way to open the door to future leaders and talented workers opting to contribute to a contemporary Global Britain.