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28 April 2016

The 2016-17 Budget has been announced with $152 million in new funds to support Victoria's creative and cultural sectors.

This figure includes support to deliver the initiatives set out in Creative State. The Budget also includes an additional $50m over four years to support the core operating and programming activities of Melbourne Recital Centre ($0.5m pa), Arts Centre Melbourne ($7m pa) and the State Library of Victoria ($5m pa).

$7m has also been allocated to Geelong Performing Arts Centre to enable it to continue to deliver programming and services to the community during its redevelopment, and for other project costs.

Note on Budget papers and Creative State

Creative State comes with a $115m funding package to support its 40 initiatives. This funding has been drawn from a number of areas across Government. If you're trying to navigate through the Budget papers, here's a list of what to look out for.

Creative State components supported in the 2016-17 State Budget:

  • $7m to support the development of the Bendigo Arts Precinct (pg. 25)
  • $14.2m for screen (film, TV, online content and digital games) initiatives of Creative State (the Budget papers list this as 'Screen Industry and Business Development', pg. 25).
  • $16.4m for the design initiatives set out in Creative State (Budget paper listing – 'Victoria Design Leader', pg. 26)
  • $23m to support a major collections storage project, including the expansion of the State Library Victoria's storage facility in Ballarat and planning for the next stage of collections storage (pg. 48)
  • $33.8m for a range of initiatives set out in Creative State (pg. 26).

Note: There are elements of Creative State that are not listed in the 2016-17 Budget papers. They are:

  • $20m to support two major infrastructure initiatives listed in Creative State. This figure comprises $10m to support the redevelopment of Shepparton Art Museum and a further $10m to support the redevelopment of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre. These projects are supported through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
  • A further $800,000 has been allocated to support Aboriginal employment and training in the creative sector.

Visit the 2016-17 Victorian Budget website