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Circus performers throwing a performer in the air

Photo: Ungrounded. Directed by Jens Altheimer, performed by CircusWA Youth Troupe. Fremantle, December 2020. Photo by Tashi Hall.

Funding for AOIP is up from $10.5 million per annum to $14 million per annum and will span a 4-year period.

6 six new entrants are among 37 successful applicants in this competitive funding program, and will receive money distributed from the financial years 2023/24 to 2026/27:

The first AOIP round was in 2016 and the second in 2019. Together those rounds delivered more than $82 million in assistance to small to medium organisations that:

  • create and present high quality, best of its type arts, cultural and creative experiences
  • create work that is original, innovative and authentic that respects cultural tradition, or promotes social awareness and cohesion
  • broaden and deepen community access and engagement in arts, cultural and creative experiences
  • reflect the diversity of the State through telling Western Australian stories
  • have strong connections with, and presence in, communities increasing the reach, depth and diversity of audience engagement
  • collaborate with others to create new sustainable ways of working together
  • leverage opportunities and funding from a range of sources and partners to develop and operate in a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable way.

Applications to AOIP are assessed by an independent advisory panel of highly skilled and experienced WA arts, culture, and creativity sector members, including a First Nations voice.

AOIP is delivered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). More information and a list of recipients is available on the DLGSC website.

The next AOIP round will be 2027 to 2031, with applications due to open in early August 2026.

Arts Organisations Investment Program (AOIP)


Page reviewed 27 February 2023