Sport and culture
Australia's creative industries have built a global reputation for innovation, talent and energy and play an important role in the Australian economy. Almost 95 per cent of the Australian population engages with the arts at least once a year.
Screen Australia's support for the film industry has resulted in many overseas film successes and Australian actors such as Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Margot Robbie and Naomi Watts continue to receive international acclaim.
Australia's talented visual effects companies have worked on some of the world's biggest and most high-profile movies including The LEGO Movie, Gravity, Iron Man 3, Prometheus, The Avengers, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2, and The Matrix trilogy.
Australians are also world renowned for their love of sport. There are more than 140 national sporting organisations and thousands of local, regional and state sports bodies. The nation unites when Australians play on the international stage. Sport is a powerful force in creating social harmony in a multicultural nation.
Australians are becoming increasingly well known for their participation in professional and college sport in the United States – not just on the sporting field but also behind the scenes. Australian sport scientists, fitness trainers and health professionals are in demand across the world to share their expertise.
Australia also has a strong and proven track record of hosting major sporting events including the 2000 Olympics, the Rugby World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Asian Football Cup and Netball World Cup.