Partnering on implementation
Creative State is the first strategy of its kind in Victoria. Under a newly-established portfolio, it represents a new way for the government to understand and support Victoria's creative industries – its people, organisations and ecosystem.
Since 1972, the Arts Victoria Act, and the former Arts Victoria have been key hallmarks of the government's support in this area. Reflecting the new, broader actions under Creative State, it is time to update the legislation, including the functions and responsibilities of the lead government agency, Creative Victoria, that symbolises and governs the implementation of this policy.
Some of the actions in Creative State can be implemented quickly, while others require longer term planning and execution. In many cases they rely on partnerships with other organisations. Representative and peak bodies, such as the Arts Industry Council of Victoria, Game Developers Association of Australia, Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria will be crucial for advice on the structure or content of a given program, or to act as a delivery partner. For design-related work, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and the Design Institute of Australia will have important roles. Initiatives in regional areas, establishment of co-working spaces, public events and programming and community participation are all examples where the active involvement of local governments will be critical.
Other groups in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, such as Regional Development Victoria, Investment and Economic Projects, Trade Victoria and Sector Development and Programs also offer support that is complementary to actions in this strategy.
To ensure that Creative State is implemented in the most effective way, the government will undertake the following actions:
- Creative State Advisory Board
With the Minister for Creative Industries as Chair, the Creative State Advisory Board has been established to advise on the implementation of strategic projects. Details about the board are available here.
- Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Melbourne
Recognising that there are many areas of common interest under Creative State, the government, through Creative Victoria, will enter into a formal memorandum of understanding with the City of Melbourne to ensure that actions are implemented collaboratively for greatest impact.
- Local Government Partnership
Creative Victoria will establish and resource a formal partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria to work with local councils across the state on the growth of creative industries organisations and activities, ensuring that actions are aligned with local priorities and increase the impact of the creative industries at a local level.
- National advocacy
The Victorian Government will continue to advocate for Victorian Creative talent to be properly supported at the Commonwealth policy and program level. Victoria will monitor policy and regulation at the Commonwealth level that has a negative impact on the performance and growth of the creative industries. Identified areas for advocacy include tax treatment of new financing models, funding for small and medium arts and cultural organisations, screen production offsets and the rollout and performance of the National Broadband Network.
- Creative Victoria Act
In 2016, the Minister for Creative Industries will introduce new laws to repeal the Arts Victoria Act and to update the government's legislative recognition of the status and operation of Creative Victoria, its lead agency for the creative industries.
The government is committed to measuring and tracking the growth of Victoria's creative industries and progress in implementation of the strategy. The framework below describes the main outcomes which the strategy aims to achieve and against which progress is to be measured.
Recognising that not all of the outcomes and measures can currently be reliably tracked and that more work is needed to develop comprehensive tools and data, the government will undertake a new project to develop a basis for future measurement and underpin progress reporting.
- Creative impact research
Develop a clear, rigorous and replicable methodology for determining the economic, social and cultural value of the creative industries. It will provide a basis for understanding the extent of their impact, measuring growth and quantifying benefits, which can be applied at state or local level.
This action will begin in 2016 and will be delivered in collaboration with external research organisations to ensure that it has the rigour, depth and breadth needed.