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The Australian Performing Arts Centres Association is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters from the iconic Sydney Opera House to remote regional centres.

We support the development of the performing arts throughout Australia with our broad membership including arts centres, independent producers and companies, festivals and performing arts consultants, agencies and funding bodies.

Annually APACA members present in excess 53 000 events, with over 11 million attendances, in an industry valued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in excess of $1.1 billion.

APACA members have the lobbying and advocacy power of Australia’s national performing arts peak body behind them when needed and in front of them leading the way with national strategic initiatives.

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REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN – APACA’s national Performing Arts Exchange and annual performing arts conference at The Concourse, NSW Monday 21 – Thursday 24 August.


News – APACA’s Executive Director is heading to Washington

We’re thrilled to announce that APACA’s Executive Director, Rick Heath, is one of only six arts managers world-wide to be selected for the prestigious DeVos Institute’s Fellowship program at the University of Maryland in 2017. As one of this year’s six fellows (who represent fewer than 2% of applicants worldwide) Rick has been selected to undertake an intensive one month residency in Washington each June for three consecutive years.

Read the media release here


NORPA – Flood damage update

UPDATE: 18th April: “I have had success in getting our PABX and telephone system replaced through a combination of in-kind support and a lease finance for some other parts. North Coast Telephone Services have done an amazing job in helping NORPA. It is a huge relief! We won’t be able to install the system straight away and have to wait until other rebuilding work starts to happen with walls and wiring. However, the outcome has been to decrease our funding objective from $300,000 to $250,000. Many thanks for all your support, I will keep everyone updated as we progress with getting back up and running.”
Many thanks, Patrick Healey

APACA along with AMPAG and the Australian Cultural Fund are supporting a fundraising effort to get our friends and colleagues at NORPA back on their feet after devastating damage caused by the recent flooding in Lismore.

We’re sure everyone’s well aware now that the entire CBD of Lismore was flooded with NORPA’s offices being one of the worst impacted as flood water and sewerage reached depths of 2 metres through the entire ground floor. The flood was sudden and the evacuation order given so quickly there was little time to save equipment. The damage is extensive with irreparable damage to most of their administration offices, box office, rehearsal and studio space, dressing rooms and green room. The flood also destroyed their telecommunication systems, PABX, many computers and other IT. Also swept away was the bulk of their venue equipment; chairs, tables, AV technology and monitors – that is having a significant impact on NORPA income and their need to get operational is urgent.

Thankfully, their second floor escaped serious damage and the theatre foyer, auditorium and stage area are repairable.

NORPA’s General Manager, Patrick Healey, has estimated the damage bill to be well over $300,000 – as Lismore is in a flood zone there is little insurance coverage in the region and so far there has been no emergency relief money made available for the not-for-profit or business community.

We are asking individuals and organisations from within the sector to assist where you can to get NORPA back to doing what they do best.



2017 APACA performing arts conference and national Performing Arts Exchange

At APACA’s 2017 performing arts conference Outside, In we will focus on innovative partnerships within our industry and look outward to invite people into our arts industry, to make it richer, more diverse and more inclusive.

Our national touring market, the Performing Arts Exchange [PAX], held to coincide with the conference,  continues  in 2017 as a hugely successful platform for touring business and open dialogue about ready-to-tour work and works in development, allowing a level of engagement and connectivity between creators, presenters and producers not available through any other forum.

We’re thrilled that Robyn Archer AO FAHA will be returning in 2017 not only to MC PAX but to take on the role of “Thinker-In-Residence” for the conference.

And remember, the conference and PAX are open to anyone – no need to be a member – everybody’s welcome.

Registrations are now open!

Click here for more info or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.


Latest ECONOMIC ACTIVITY and VENUE CHARGES & SALARIES Reports now available.

Download a preview: Economic Activity Report

Download a preview: Venue Charges and Salaries Report

Full copies of this benchmarking report can be purchased here or contact us for more information.



APACA is pleased to provide you with a list of key arts dates for 2017. A few federal funding rounds, festival dates, awards nights, key meetings and forums to keep you in the loop.

You can view and download the list of dates here.

We will update the document throughout the year – if you have an event for inclusion please contact us.



In 2016 APACA’s 30th annual performing arts conference The New Normal and APACA 2nd National Performing Arts Exchange [PAX] brought together members, colleagues, policy makers, international, national and local key speakers to provoke, explore and debate how we support and build our sector and our professional creative practices and showcase work in development and ready to tour.





We continue to extend our thanks to TicketServ who were once again our Principal Partners for the 2016 APACA conference The New Normal.

TicketServ have been long-term supporters of APACA and the industry as a whole.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and emerging.


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