The Regional Summits were hosted in the first phase in the development of the proposed National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA). The Australia Council, in the role as secretariat, hosted the Regional Summits in partnership with First Nations organisations to reach out to those regional communities of artists, organisations and cultural knowledge holders to ensure they were actively involved in these important discussions.
The Regional Summits will assist the Australia Council to develop the structure and content in designing the National Summit program.
As a result of the work undertaken so far, it is evident that at a regional and local level, there is a great diversity of artistic and cultural strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; and this impacts on the priorities of artists, arts organisations and communities and their capacity and capability to participate, engage and benefit from an organisation such as a NIACA.
Consultation forums were open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and were conducted in conjunction with the discussion paper.