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From 1997 until 2006 Symphony Australia received a grant from the Australia Council towards a substantial commissioning program that provided opportunities to composers at all stages of their careers. Symphony Australia matched that grant and during this period more than 170 works from over 70 Australian composers were commissioned. Symphony Australia also ran a composer in residence program on behalf of the six symphony orchestras.

From 2006 the grant was no longer provided but Symphony Australia continued to commission works on behalf of the orchestras, mostly as co-commissions to ensure multiple performances of works. During this time, the orchestras increased their own use of philanthropic funds to commission their own pieces and from 2017 they have undertaken their own composer commissioning programs.