Australia's Major Performing Arts (MPA) sector comprises 28 leading performing arts companies in the fields of dance, theatre, circus, opera, and orchestral and chamber music. The MPA companies play a vital role in the development of artists and audiences, as well as being a large employer of artists and arts professionals in Australia.

    The National Framework for Governments' Support of the Major Performing Arts Sector was agreed by Cultural Ministers in August 2011. The Framework continues the partnership between Australian, State and Territory Governments to support artistic excellence and best practice governance and management in the 28 companies designated as Major Performing Arts companies

    There are seven identified Major Performing Arts companies in Victoria: