Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body, as an initiative of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy.
Kultour was first established in 2001 by the Australia Council as an initiative of the Arts in a Multicultural Australia policy to increase awareness of Australian multicultural arts through the touring of performing and visual arts.
It operated for a couple of years as an informal network of organisations coordinating the touring of multicultural arts and was auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV).
In 2006 Kultour was registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee and transitioned from an informal network of organisations touring multicultural arts, to that of Kultour a company and legal entity in its own right.
In 2011 Kultour commenced another transition, from being a national touring organisation to a national peak body and service organisation advocating for greater representation and promotion of artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. The transition is expected to be complete by late 2013.