Company Overview

The Australian Ballet was established in 1962 and is Australia’s national ballet company. A not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee, it is funded primarily through its own commercial and fundraising activities. It also receives funding from the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian Governments, through the Australia Council for the Arts, as a Major Performing Arts Company. The Australian Ballet’s wholly owned subsidiary, Orchestra Victoria, provides orchestral services for Opera Australia and Victorian Opera as well as for The Australian Ballet. 

The Australian Ballet presents performances each year in capital cities, regional centres and schools around the country. It is the resident ballet company of the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. The company regularly tours to major international cultural centres.

The Australian Ballet is based in Melbourne at The Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, which also accommodates The Australian Ballet School. It provides facilities and services to the School and the two companies enjoy a close relationship, including collaboration on artistic projects such as regional tours. Each year, talented graduates of The Australian Ballet School are selected to join The Australian Ballet; around 75% of company members are graduates of The Australian Ballet School. 

The Australian Ballet also owns and operates The Australian Ballet Production Centre at Altona, in Melbourne’s west, and has an office in Sydney.

A classical company of depth, style and unified spirit.


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Click on the topics below to read interesting facts about The Australian Ballet. For more detailed information, please view our Annual Reports.


    Company founded 1962

    Total number of employees 285 (including Orchestra Victoria)

    Number of dancers 79

    Number of musicians 62

    Year commenced international touring 1963

    Number of countries toured internationally 37 (88 cities in 5 continents)


    The Australian Ballet’s Honorary Life Memberships were created over 25 years ago to recognise and honour exceptional artistic, administrative, governance, management, fundraising, philanthropy or voluntary services made to the company. Honorary Life Membership expresses our appreciation for all that the recipients have done to further the interests of this company, our dancers and ballet. We celebrate our Honorary Life Members by acknowledging them in our publications, on our building, on our Honour Roll, and from time to time at events of The Australian Ballet. 


    Past and present Life Members of The Australian Ballet
    Dame Peggy van Praagh DBE      
    NR Seddon AO CBE            
    Sir Ian Potter     
    Sir Robert Helpmann CBE             
    Mr Noel Pelly AM
    Dr HC Coombs
    Ms Ila Massy Burnside
    Mr John McCallum AO CBE
    Sir Robert Southey AO CMG
    Lady June Porter
    Mr John Calvert-Jones AM 
    Mr Colin Peasley OAM
    Lady Primrose Potter AC              
    Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE    
    Lady Marigold Southey AC          
    Ms Josephine Woodgate OAM         
    Mr FW Millar AO CBE               
    Elizabeth Albert
    Mr Robert O Albert AO RFD RD         
    Mr Timothy KF Cox AO         
    Ms Maina Gielgud AO           
    Mrs Lynnette Harvey     
    Dr Valmai Pidgeon AO   
    Mr Kenneth R Reed AM             
    Mrs Roslyn Packer AC   
    Mr Graeme Murphy AO
    Ms Janet Vernon AM     
    Mrs Diana Ramsay AO
    Mr Ian McRae AO            
    Ms Marilyn Rowe OBE   
    Mr Peter Clemenger AO
    Mrs Joan Clemenger AO
    Mr Peter Smedley              
    Ms Julie da Costa OAM 
    Mr David Crawford AO  
    Professor John Rose AO
    Mrs Barbara Duhig
    Ms Marilyn Jones OBE
    Mr Christopher Knoblanche AM
    Mr Stephen Baynes
    Mr James Cousins AO
    Mrs Sarah Murdoch
    Mrs Toni Cody
    Mr William Bowness AO
    Mrs Frances Gerard AM
    Mrs Susan Morgan
    Mrs Beverley Brown OAM
    Mrs Barbara Marrett
    Mrs Toni Cody
    Mrs Mary Barlow
    Ms Robin Campbell
    Mrs Judy Connor
    Mrs Libby Cousins
    Ms Lucette Aldous AC
    Mr Hugh Colman
    Mr Ronald Hynd
    Mr Stuart Macklin
    Mr Robert McCormack AM
    Francis Croese
    David McAllister AC
    Susan Chisholm
    Ian Hicks AO
    Greg Khoury