Jo Caust Arts

Jo Caust Arts was established in 2011 to capitalise on the extensive experience of our principal, Dr Josephine Caust, who has worked exclusively in the arts sector since 1972. We provide specialist consulting services in areas where Dr Caust has personal expertise.

We understand artistic leadership and creativity, and how art is practised and managed in different artforms, different cultures and in an increasingly global world.

Our personal approach has led to an extensive international network and lasting relationships.




Dr Josephine Caust

Our Principal, Dr Caust, holds a Bachelor of Arts in drama from Flinders University South Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from City University London, a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of South Australia, and a PhD in Arts Leadership from the University of South Australia.

Dr Caust began her career as a freelance actor in mainstream theatre, film and TV in Australia and in the UK. As a writer and manager/director in both countries she led community, youth and touring groups where the main focus was on social issues.

In 1982 Dr Caust directed the Women and Arts Festival in New South Wales, Australia, with over 2000 events throughout the state. Dr Caust then joined the Australia Council as Deputy Director of the Theatre Board. She later became Deputy CEO of the South Australian Department of Arts and was Director of Arts Development.

In the not for profit sector Dr Caust held the position of Program Director at Arts Access Society in Melbourne where she organised arts programs for disabled and disadvantaged people.

In 1995 Dr Caust began her own consultancy business, Jo Caust and Associates, supporting government, arts organizations and arts projects, and developing curricula for arts training programs in Australia and Asia.

As an academic from 1997 to 2011 Associate Professor Caust led the post-graduate program in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of South Australia. She initiated the on-line delivery of the Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts) and developed it to be the largest in the Asia-Pacific region. During this time she published more than 50 papers and articles worldwide. She also established and edited the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management.

Dr Caust is an acknowledged manager and leader, and has been a member of several boards in the arts, including the South Australian Arts Industry Council, the South Australian Film Corporation and the International Association of Art Administration Educators (AAAE).

Dr Caust retains her academic standing and research credentials as a Principal Fellow (Hon) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Our clients include federal and state governments, universities, arts and cultural organisations, and various festivals. We have a strong client base in Asia.

New South Wales Government
Victorian Government
South Australian Government
University of South Australia
Western Sydney University
Griffith University Queensland
Victorian College of the Arts
Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide Festival of Arts
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Adelaide Festival Writers Week
Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Community Arts Network, South Australia
Goethe Institute, India
National Centre for Performing Arts, China
Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Vietnam
Hanoi University of Culture, Vietnam
Centre for Research Support and Development of Culture (AC) Vietnam
BI School of Management, Oslo, Norway
Melbourne City Council
Media Resource Centre, South Australia
Crafts Council of South Australia
Arts SA
Asialink, University of Melbourne
Qatar National Reseach Foundation
Guildhouse, South Australia
South Australian Living Artists

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