About Us

About Us

APACA has been a key player influencing Australian cultural policy since 1987 when the Association was established. APACA is governed by a Board of Management made up of venue managers from at least six of Australia’s states and territories. Another four positions are allocated on a skills need basis and may include producers or producer representatives. The association is managed by the Executive Director.

Our Vision

All Australian communities shall actively engage in enriching performing arts experiences facilitated by their performing arts centre.

Our Purpose

To facilitate the business of presenting, to strengthen the connection between the art and the audience and to represent and support performing arts presenters and presenting partners across Australia.

Our Roles

APACA has defined its core roles as follows:

  • Connecting – Building relationships with stakeholders and networks that support the business of performing arts presenting.
  • Advocating – Promoting the value and needs of people and organisations involved in the business of performing arts presenting.
  • Industry development – Leading our members by undertaking activities and sharing information [both inside and outside the membership] that progresses the industry and ensures that the business of performing arts presenting is creative, relevant, inclusive and sustainable.

Our Goals

APACA goals describe the association’s practical ambitions consistent with member needs and the aspirations of the association.

  • To encourage and promote best practice in the presentation of performing arts across Australia.
  • To strengthen APACA’s position as a peak national body for performing arts presenters.
  • To effectively develop APACA as a sustainable, proactive and inclusive network.
  • To redefine the function of performing arts presenters, recognising their expanding role as cultural leaders – delivering relevant, inclusive, exciting and sustainable performing arts opportunities to Australian communities.
  • To maintain effective governance, a strong financial position, effective and efficient operations and the wellbeing of APACA’s people.



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.