Book Council of Australia
11 September 2015
Today I announce the appointment of Ms Louise Adler AM as the inaugural Chair of the
Book Council of Australia, and release the Terms of Reference.
The Book Council will provide advice to the Government on strategies to strengthen the
profile of Australian literature and literary non-fiction. It will bring important focus and
attention towards promoting Australian writing nationally and overseas; developing and
extending audience engagement with Australian literature; and nurturing a vibrant reading
and writing culture.
$6 million over three years has been committed to the Council and the funding of initiatives it
The Book Council of Australia has been established following wide-ranging consultation
with the sector which demonstrated the importance of collaboration in responding to existing
and emerging challenges.
The book sector makes an important contribution to Australia’s wisdom and culture as well
as to our economy. The industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience by embracing new
Ms Adler will be joined on the Council by representatives appointed from a wide range of
literary and industry organisations including the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian
Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Literary
Agents’ Association and the Australian Library and Information Association.
I have also invited esteemed academic and author Professor David Throsby AO; Mr Steve
Cox, Managing Director of Dymocks and of Dymock’s Children’s Charities, and Mr Jon
Page, General Manager of independent bookstore Pages & Pages Booksellers and former
President of the Australian Booksellers Association, to join the Book Council. These three
individuals will provide further breadth of industry experience and expertise to support the
Council in providing advice to Government.
The Terms of Reference are attached: