The Creative State Advisory Board meets formally on a quarterly basis. In addition to discussing the progress of the strategy's implementation, the board considers and provides expertise on individual actions.

Read the communiques to find out about the focus of each of the meetings.


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 01/06/17

The fourth meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board was held on 1 June 2017, during which we considered three key Creative State actions: the Creative Industries Summit (Action 12), the Victorian Festivals Review (Action 28) and Co-Working Spaces and Creative Places (Action 7).

The Creative State Summit will be held on 29-30 June with an impressive line-up of more than 100 local and international speakers – thinkers, innovators and provocateurs who will help spark conversations, provide inspiration and global perspectives, and draw connections between creative sectors. The summit will be held across four venues: the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Arts Centre Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Recital Centre, with more information available at creativestatesummit.com

We explored the issues around accommodation in the creative industries – the high demand for appropriate and affordable space, the precariousness many individuals and organisations face, and the different needs of different sectors. In this context, we discussed activating co-working spaces and hubs across the state and where the government should focus its efforts, including identifying under-utilised government buildings, using regulations and planning levers to unlock creative spaces, and learning from international entrepreneurial models. We also talked about the importance of bringing together all parties – local and state government bodies, philanthropists and the private sector – to achieve the best outcomes. A working group will be established to assist Creative Victoria to further progress this action.

LEK Consulting presented the early findings of their independent review of Victorian festivals. Their presentation – informed by broad sector consultation – included an overview of the Victorian festival landscape and its key characteristics, strengths and challenges. Overall their findings indicate a healthy festivals scene in Victoria, including 430 creatively focused festivals across the state, 43% of which are in regional Victoria. Key issues facing festivals include funding, marketing and audience development. The Board considered some initial ideas to help the sector, ranging from calendars and information-sharing platforms to the role of peak bodies. LEK will use the discussion to help formulate the final document, and what further work the Government should consider in regards to a vibrant festivals future.

The Advisory Board also received an update on the implementation of Creative State and the launch of a new website detailing the progress of the strategy's 40 actions.  The site is a response to CSAB discussions at the last meeting about more openly and regularly communicating the strategy's progress.

I look forward to a similarly robust and valuable discussion at the next meeting of the board on Thursday 17 August .

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries & Chair of the Creative State Advisory Board


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 16/02/17

We had the third meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board, our first for 2017, in mid- February.

The Board is there to advise the Government on implementing Victoria's Creative State strategy and to keep us up to date on sector views.

During this most recent meeting we considered three critical Creative State actions – the Creators Fund (Action 2) and Talent Development (Action 4), both focussed on career development for practitioners; and Business Acceleration (Action 6), designed to grow entrepreneurial creative enterprises.

We discussed the connections between these three actions which reflect one of the strongest themes that emerged from the consultation process: that growth of the creative ecosystem will be achieved through the development of individual practitioners and organisations. We talked about the need for opportunities for practitioners, particularly those earning under $20,000, to take the next step; the need to increase diversity and to actively seek out talent; and we reiterated the intent of the Creator's Fund to enable creative practitioners to undertake sustained periods of intensive creative development, research and experimentation.

We weighed the benefits of an integrated approach to these three actions and agreed that Actions 4 and 6 have a strong enough connection to justify their development as an integrated package, and that Action 2 should remain standalone.  Co-design work will now be undertaken by Creative Victoria with sector representatives to develop these programs. It's all about maximising the impact on small organisations and individual creatives.

We also discussed the form and themes of the first Creative Industries Summit (Action 12) which will take place from 29-30 June this year. An advisory group has been formed with CSAB members as well as others to continue to shape the event and program with Creative Victoria and the summit producers.

The meeting concluded with an update on Action 29, an important piece of work that is giving us a better understanding of Melbourne's current global standing as a creative and cultural destination, and how we can strengthen this through future government activity.

As we approach the end of the first year of this four year strategy we reflected on key projects delivered to date, including the inaugural Landmark works (Action 3) commission - the Wimmera Mallee region silo art trail; funding for the Yirramboi Festival (Action 1); the allocation of an additional $6 million to the Organisation Investment Program (Action 10); an industry mission to Hong Kong Business of Design Week (Action 19); funding of the first round of Creative suburbs projects (Action 21); and the designation of the first Regional Centre of Culture (Action 26) across four municipalities in the Goldfields region.

We committed to reporting publicly on the progress of the strategy at this first year milestone, and ongoing.

The Creative State Advisory Board will meet a further three times in 2017, and I look forward to the next meeting on Thursday 1 June 2017. In the meantime, individual members will continue to contribute to the development and promotion of Creative State actions and I thank them for their work.

Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries & Chair of the Creative State Advisory Board