Victorians are invited to contribute insights and ideas to a state-wide strategy designed to develop better creative industries across the state.
Contributors can help grow our $31 billion creative economy, create new jobs in design, fashion, digital games, film and television, music and cultural tourism, and build more creative opportunities for all Victorians.
Public consultation will run for eight weeks, including an online platform and public forums to be held in Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne, Frankston, Footscray, Sale, South Morang, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.
Resources are available for organisations and groups that wish to host their own consultation sessions.
In 2016, the Labor Government launched Victoria’s first creative industries strategy Creative State 2016-2020, which included 40 targeted actions and was backed with a $115 million investment.
Creative State supported a range of new programs and innovative approaches ─ from accelerator programs for creative businesses to support for co-working hubs and creative spaces. Now in its final year, all actions of the strategy have been delivered or are under way.
Since the strategy was launched the economic impact of the creative industries has grown by 23 per cent, to $31 billion. Some 260,000 Victorians are now employed in the creative industries, up 15 per cent, and cultural tourism is worth $2 billion, up 88 per cent.
The 2020-24 strategy will build on successes to date and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future. In line with Creative Victoria’s First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries, First Peoples perspectives and expertise will be integral to the design and implementation of the strategy.
Online submissions are open via the Government’s Engage website until 30 August. To find out more, register for a public forum or provide your ideas and insights, visit engage.vic.gov.au/creative-strategy.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“If you want to be part of cementing Victoria as the creative and cultural capital of Australia, you need to visit the engage website, attend a regional forum and get involved.
The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all Victorians can contribute to our next creative industries strategy and ensuring your ideas help shape our creative future.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“When we launched our first creative industries strategy, we declared Victoria as the creative state. It was an aspiration and a promise ─ over the last four years, we’ve proved this.”
“Our new strategy will build on the growth to date and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the creative sector.”
“The strategy will be developed hand in hand with industry and community. We encourage you to think big, share your insights and contribute your best ideas to help shape the next stage for Victoria’s creative future.”