Playing Australia Project Investment

What is the Playing Australia Project Investment?

The Playing Australia Project Investment is a program that aims to support performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities across Australia.



The Playing Australia Project Investment supports net touring costs and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Please note there have been changes recently introduced which may alter your approach to applying for Playing Australia.

These changes give you the opportunity to:

  • present a proposed tour with an unconfirmed itinerary
  • propose an alternative touring model such as a residency model with live performance outcomes
  • present a tour that includes significant and targeted community engagement
  • present an annual touring program for single or multiple works
  • propose a digital tour.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a member of the Artists Services team before applying to this fund.


Eligible Projects

You can apply for:

  • a reasonable portion of costs associated with re-mounting a work
  • inter-state touring costs including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances
  • a contribution towards tour coordination at a set rate per venue
  • a portion of costs associated with reducing the environmental impact of your tour
  • a portion of costs associated with supporting the wellbeing of the touring company
  • costs associated with COVIDSafe delivery of touring to comply with relevant state or territory public health orders.

The Australia Council will continue to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on touring, including adjusting eligible costs and the possible extension of temporary adjustments to the fund depending on the prevailing COVID-19 environment.

Portions of relevant costs noted above must be reasonable.

You can’t apply for:

  • tours for which the performers and artistic personnel are not paid at award rates
  • tours of an international production
  • tours that only include capital city or metropolitan presentations
  • tours that only include presentations in schools
  • tours that have already taken place
  • tours that show a budget surplus
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.


Eligible Applicants

The program accepts applications from individuals and organisations.

You can’t apply for a grant if:

  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you are in receipt of Playing Australia Multi-Year Investment.



Applications close 7 June 2022.


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