Who’s Who in the ‘Zoo’

A glossary of some of the significant Australian arts bodies

APAX (Australian Performing Arts Exchange)

The Australian Performing Arts Exchange (APAX) has evolved from an arts market and a conference into a single national gathering of more than 400 performing arts workers to develop tours and cultivate the partnerships that support the ongoing creation and presentation of Australian performing arts.

Artback NT


Artback NT is the Northern Territory’s visual and performing arts touring agency.

Its mission is connecting people and place through arts development and touring.   Artback NT has activated creative participation across the Territory for 21 years and continues to promote excellence and advocate for NT artists at a national level.

Arts on Tour NSW


Arts on Tour is the peak servicing organisation for performing arts touring in NSW and specialises in developing and managing performing arts tours for producers and venues of all sizes throughout Australia. They connect producers and venues to realise touring projects that provide audiences across Australia with access to entertaining, educational and professional quality performing arts experiences.   AOT provides a complete range of services including tour development, coordination, administration, logistics and risk management support to independent and emerging producers and major production companies. AOT is an advocate for the NSW touring sector, providing information and advice, resources, industry analysis and facilitating touring forums.

Australia Council


The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body.

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)


The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)  champions contemporary Australian performance nationally and internationally by deepening relationships and stimulating new markets and pathways through exchange, reciprocity, and hospitality.



CAN are a community arts and cultural development organisation.  CAN use arts and creativity to grow resilient communities.

CAN has been operating in WA since 1985 and in 2015 celebrated 30 years of inspiring and mobilising communities to creatively express their unique stories through the arts.



CircuitWest exists to build an effective and inclusive network that connects members and stakeholders involved in the business of performing arts presenting. They work collaboratively to share information and provide opportunities and services that enable the best possible outcomes from the connection between presenters and artists for the benefit of audiences.

Country Arts SA (CASA)


Country Arts SA provides arts and services across regional South Australia through a range of arts programs and initiatives, the management of performing and visual arts venues, and the provision of grant funding which supports the creative endeavors of communities and individuals.

Critical Stages


Critical Stages is Australia’s national professional organisation for the development, production and touring of outstanding independent theatre.  They seek out the most promising and successful productions from the independent theatre hubs across Australia and help them find new audiences. Critical Stages works with presenters and venues of all scales, shapes and sizes to connect them to leading independent theatre makers and deliver high-quality productions.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries


The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) guides the delivery of culture and arts for Western Australia through the provision of policy development, coordination and support services to the Culture and Arts portfolio. DLGSC also supports the culture and the arts sector.

PAC Australia


Performing Arts Connections Australia is the national peak body representing and supporting performing arts presenters, venues, producers and creators in Australia by providing leadership, building capacity and facilitating relationships that strengthen the connection between the art and the audience.

Performing Lines and Performing Lines WA


Performing Lines develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally. They nurture and recognize creativity, provide artists with access to broader audiences, and contribute to the enhancement of a distinctly Australian culture both in Australia and overseas. Performing Lines works with emerging independent artists to help increase their skills and sector awareness; they produce the work of these artists as well as that of more established artists and companies;  connect artists with national and international presenters; and broker and manage the tours that result.  Performing Lines has producers in Perth and Hobart as well as Sydney, partners and collaborators in every state and territory, and an increasingly rich network of contacts overseas. In addition they manage a number of related but separately funded initiatives.

Performing Lines TAS


Tasmania Performs works with performing artists at critical points across their careers, providing targeted support and professional opportunities through producing and/or touring work.

Regional Arts Australia


Regional Arts Australia is the National Body Representing those working with and for the Arts in regional and remote Australia.  Regional Arts Australia’s key achievements include the successful staging of National Biennial Arts Conferences across Australia; delivering the Regional Arts Fund on behalf of the Commonwealth Government; and developing integrated strategies and support services that enhance access to regional touring of performing arts companies.

Regional Arts Victoria


Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) is an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working in long-term partnerships with every level of government, fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice across five decades.  Is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria.   The Touring Department at Regional Arts Victoria coordinates and facilitates the touring of performing arts throughout Australia.   RAV primary aim is to provide Victorian regional audiences with access to high quality cultural experiences and Victorian artists with opportunities to reach audiences throughout Australia.

Regional Arts WA


Regional Arts WA is the peak body in Western Australia for regional arts and is a not-for-profit, regionally governed and membership-based organisation.

Regional Arts WA delivers an extensive state and national touring program, arts development programs and strategic initiatives. Regional Arts WA also plays a vital advocacy role for regional arts and culture.

Showcase Victoria


Delivered annually through a partnership between the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres (VAPAC) and Regional Arts Victoria with support from Creative Victoria, Showcase Victoria is an event where everyone involved in the performing arts can forge the connections they need to fulfill their touring and programming ambitions

Theatre Network Australia


Theatre Network Australia (TNA) is a service organisation for the professional, non-profit theatre industry. Their work focuses on strengthening the independent and small to medium sectors, and increasing connection between all parts of the theatre industry.

Based in Melbourne, TNA works nationally to promote the performing arts sector and run professional development forums, including the major Australian Theatre Forum, peer-learning workshops, and provide information and resources .

Tour coordinators

Tour coordinators liaise with the producers and presenters to develop and deliver tours. There are a wide variety of tour coordinators within the sector, providing a range of different services.

WA Showcase

WA Showcase offers opportunity for presenters and producers from around the State to the see and hear about the excellent work being made in Western Australia.  Held annually and brings together a network of all the key producers, tour coordinators and presenters across Western Australia

Western Australian Chamber of Arts and Culture


The Chamber of Arts and Culture Western Australia is the peak policy and advocacy body representing the arts and cultural sector in Western Australia. The Chamber believes that a vibrant and diverse arts and cultural scene is essential for economic, political and social well-being.


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