ALIA welcomes announcement of funding for NLA and Trove 

Canberra, 3 April: ALIA warmly welcomed news this morning that the federal government has promised $33m over the next four years to the National Library of Australia to fund Trove, with $9.2m ongoing and indexed funding from July 2027.

 The announcement has come as an enormous relief to not only the library and information sector but all those who use and recognise the value of this essential infrastructure. 

 We want to thank everyone who spoke up for Trove and supported us in our advocacy efforts. Over the last few months people from across the sectors have made themselves heard though social media posts, through signing petitions, through writing to MPs and Senators and through sharing information through their networks and in the community on this critical issue. The groundswell of support from such a diverse array of voices is a reflection Trove’s reach and impact and today’s announcement demonstrates that a persistent, unified and cross-sectoral voice can influence decision-makers at the highest level. 

We also thank the federal government and Ministers Tony Burke and Katy Gallagher for recognising the need for ongoing, secure support for Trove and for their commitment to sharing Australia’s stories. Australia’s libraries and cultural institutions play a vital role, and we hope to hear further news to secure their future in the budget.