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, 13/09/18

I was pleased to Chair the ninth meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board on 13 September 2018.

The meeting began with an update on the progress of the Respectful Workplaces Working Group. Established earlier this year to address issues relating to sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct in Victoria's creative industries, the group is pursuing initiatives to ensure more robust workplace policies and to effect positive cultural change.

Advisory Board members received a presentation on the Social Impact Program and Diversity and Inclusion Program – Creative State Actions 15 and 20, respectively.

The Social Impact Program, delivered in partnership with other government departments and agencies, aims to stimulate innovative new approaches to tackling a range of social issues, utilising creative industry expertise. The Diversity and Inclusion Program addresses barriers to participation by under-represented groups in Victoria's creative industries.

The Social Impact and Diversity and Inclusion Programs benefited from an extensive consultation and co-design process in 2017, involving key creative industry stakeholders and a range of government portfolios, which saw more than $2.7 million in additional funding put to projects.

The second substantial item was a briefing on the development of creative precincts and infrastructure in Victoria. The Board's input was sought on how maximise the benefits of Victoria's creative spaces, including managing demand and affordability.

Board members continue to help guide the implementation of the Creative State strategy and I thank them for their ongoing enthusiasm, astute insights and valuable contribution.

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


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 28/06/18

The eighth meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board was held on 28 June 2018. I was pleased to welcome Angie Hart as the newest member of the Advisory Board. Angie brings to the Board considerable experience and strong insights into the music industry, as an artist and industry leader. Angie replaces departing Board member Ella Hooper, who has stepped down due to her touring commitments. I acknowledge and thank Ella for her contribution to CSAB over the last two years.

Advisory Board members were provided with an update on the progress of the working group, established following the last meeting, to address issues relating to sexual harassment, bullying and misconduct in Victoria’s creative industries. The group is pursuing initiatives to ensure more robust workplace policies and to effect positive cultural change.

Two significant Creative State actions were discussed: the Arts Experience Data Platform (Action 27); and the First Peoples Plan (Action 1).

Creative organisations across Victoria collect data in some form and recognise the value that their data holds. However, many organisations are not resourced to take full advantage of that data. To that end, following a series of co-design workshops, a pilot program is underway with a group of Victorian festivals to create and explore the feasibility and value of a shared data platform.

Advisory Board members acknowledged the strategic importance of this project – especially its potential to address wider creative sector challenges – and provided their thoughts on extending the pilot program to a wider group of participants.

Advisory Board members were also presented with a draft First Peoples Plan. Following the same structure as Creative State, the plan will have a strong focus on delivering targeted programs – as identified by First Peoples – and influencing creative organisations and individuals to better address cultural competency and equity. The plan will be finalised and launched in the coming months.

We are now at the halfway point of the four-year Creative State strategy and I am pleased and proud that all 40 actions are either fully implemented or well on the way. I thank all the Creative State Advisory Board members for their expertise and for ensuring that strategy delivers the best possible impact for our creative industries.

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


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 01/03/18

I was pleased to chair the most recent meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board – the first for 2018 – on 1 March 2018.

The Board considered three Creative State action areas: Creative Victoria’s approach to international engagement (Actions #29-34); the 2018 Creative State Summit (Action #12); and a proposed measurement framework for the creative industries in Victoria (Action #40).

As one of the five key action areas of Creative State, international engagement has been a strong focus over the first two years of the strategy’s implementation, with increased activity, investment, strategic interventions and relationship building.

This has included inbound and outbound trade missions across a range of creative sectors, increased profile of the creative industries in whole-of-government international strategies (to date, India and China) and visits, new and stronger partnerships with the Victorian Government’s Trade and Investment Offices, and increased support for Victorian companies to undertake international engagement activities and develop new markets for their work.

The Board was presented with a summary of this activity and considered next steps including additional areas of focus for international engagement, new actions that might extend Victoria’s global impact, reach and markets, and how best to measure success.

The Board was presented with an overview of the theme, proposed content streams and initial speakers for the second annual Creative Industries Summit which will be held at Melbourne Museum from 14-15 June 2018. They provided feedback ahead of the first summit programming announcement in March.

The final Creative State action discussed was the creative impact research. The Board considered a proposed new measurement framework for demonstrating the wider economic, social and cultural impact of the creative industries in Victoria. The board acknowledged the complexities of this action and the limitations of available data, and endorsed the proposed approach. Historical trend data will now be compiled ahead of the public release of the framework.

The meeting concluded with a frank discussion about the emerging issues relating to sexual harassment in the creative industries and the need for sector leadership, clear policies and cultural change. It was agreed that further work be done in this area, in consultation with the sector. I’d once again like to thank the members of the Creative State Advisory Board for their time and for their invaluable, carefully considered contributions as we approach the third year of the implementation of Creative State. There is plenty for us to build on in the year ahead.

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


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 23/11/17

I was pleased to chair the sixth meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board on 23 November 2017 representing Minister Foley.

The meeting included two major agenda items: a presentation on the development of a design integration program for Victorian businesses and not-for-profit organisations; and a discussion on the key challenges and opportunities facing the creative industries in regional Victoria.

Actions 16 and 19a of Creative State commit to building design capability within government and community organisations, and Victorian businesses, to deliver both social and economic outcomes.

Board members examined a program developed by Prescience Design (selected through a public tender process) responding to these actions, and expanding the Victorian Government’s previous Design 2 Business program, with streams tailored to Victorian businesses and not-for-profit organisations. This intensive multi-year program will transform participating organisations using design-thinking and methodologies. The program will be rolled out from 2018.

Board members also explored the current approach to supporting the creative industries in regional Victoria and opportunities to strengthen this. Members emphasised the need for a clear and coordinated approach to investment and activity.

Members received updates on two regionally focused Creative State actions: Regional Centre for Culture (#26), a year-long program of concentrated creative and cultural activity, programming and investment across a geographical region; and Bendigo Art and Design (#22), strengthening Bendigo’s position as a regional creative hub; as well as the development of a new regional creative industries plan that will establish a clear framework for regional investment and support.

This was the last meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board for 2017. The Board was formed as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring that the sector has a strong voice and active role in the implementation of the Creative State strategy.

On behalf of the Minister, and Creative Victoria, I would like to acknowledge the diligent, enthusiastic and insightful contribution of the board this year. It has been invaluable. We look forward to continuing this work in 2018.

Andrew Abbott
Chief Executive, Creative Victoria
Acting Chair of the Creative State Advisory Board


Creative State Advisory Board Meeting, 17/08/17

The fifth meeting of the Creative State Advisory Board was held on 17 August 2017.

During this meeting, we considered three important Creative State actions: the Creative Impact Research (Action 40), the Social Impact Program (Action 15) and the Diversity and Inclusion Program (Action 20). We also reflected on the successful Creative State Summit (Action 12) which was held in late June and considered learnings for possible subsequent events.

A Creative Industries Research framework was presented to measure the economic, social and cultural benefits of Victoria’s creative industries. The aim of this project is to create a methodology to regularly and consistently assess these benefits and demonstrate the effectiveness and value of investment in the creative industries.

The Board also considered proposed program designs for the Social Impact Program and the Diversity and Inclusion Program. The Board discussed some of the key barriers to participation and employment in the creative industries and explored ways in which inclusivity can be encouraged and supported through these programs. Creative Victoria will refine and finalise these programs for implementation in 2018.

Since the last board meeting, the Creative State Summit was held on 29-30 June 2017 across four venues in Melbourne: ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV and Melbourne Recital Centre. The Summit was sold out with 440 delegates and 94 speakers. It provided an opportunity for people working across Victoria's creative industries to come together to share ideas, forge new collaborations and connections. Feedback from Summit delegates was overwhelmingly positive with constructive suggestions for improvements next year.

The meeting concluded with an overall progress report on the implementation of Creative State.

The Creative State Advisory Board will meet again on Thursday 23 November for the final meeting of 2017.

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


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