Royalties for Regions

Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing Western Australia's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and invest. For more information about Royalties for Regions, visit the  Department of Regional Development's website.

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) delivers a number of initiatives funded by the Royalties for Regions Program.

Royalties for Regions $24 million investment in regional culture and the arts.

The Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program is a $24 million investment towards regional arts and culture, between 2015 and 2018. It is one of the largest investments in regional culture and arts made by a State Government in recent years, recognising that access to arts and culture increases the amenity of regional towns and improved the quality of life for regional communities. The program is delivered through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Culture and the Arts and Department of Regional Development and includes:

  1. The Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF) provides regional local government authorities and eligible not-for-profit WA arts and/or cultural organisations with grants to improve the quality of performing arts and entertainment venues. The Fund is being delivered by DCA. 

  2. CircuitWest is delivering Programming and Business Development services to regional performing arts venues.  Services include development of business models, provision of professional development and programming strategies. These services, the RVIF and the Regional and Remote Touring Fund are aimed at increasing the viability of regional touring circuits throughout WA. New services and funding will be announced shortly by CircuitWest and DCA.

  3. The Future Focus for Aboriginal Arts Centres program aims to improve, maintain and increase the long-term viability of Western Australian Aboriginal Arts Centres. The  program is being delivered by DCA.

  4. Country Arts WA is focusing on the expansion and enhancement of partnerships and programs involving regionally based arts organisations, artists and communities across all art forms. Visit the Country Arts WA website for more information. 

  5. The Regional and Remote Touring Fund aims to increase regional access to touring productions by small, medium and major WA performing arts individuals and companies, and provide regional communities with more say in the choice of performing arts that tour their towns and communities. This is additional to the Royalties for Regions Regional Touring Boost program and is being delivered by DCA. 
Regional Touring Boost
The Regional Touring Boost program is a $1m project funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions.  The program provides funding for regional touring by WA small to medium groups (s2m) and the development and delivery of skills training packages for community presenters.
The objectives of the program are to:
increase the number and diversity of shows touring regional Western Australian over the next three years by small to medium (s2m) professional performing arts organisations and groups including theatre, dance, music and circus performances; and
increase the capacity of regional communities to present professional performing arts shows in their town and choose shows that best suit their needs
For information on grants available through the program, see the Regional Touring Boost funding page or email touringboost@dca.wa.gov.au. 

Regional Touring Boost

The Regional Touring Boost program is a $1m project funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions. The program provides funding for regional touring by WA small to medium (s2m) groups and the development and delivery of skills training packages for community presenters. The program aims to:
  • increase the number and diversity of shows touring regional Western Australian over the next three years by s2m professional performing arts organisations and groups including theatre, dance, music and circus performances; and 

  • increase the capacity of regional communities to present professional performing arts shows in their town and choose shows that best suit their needs. 
For information on grants available through the program, email touringboost@dca.wa.gov.au.