Creative State – Victoria's first creative industries strategy – takes a state-wide and cross-sector approach to Victoria's creative industries. Most of the initiatives within the strategy are relevant to the entire sector. There are, however, several which particularly apply to Aboriginal creative and cultural practice.

The principle of universal access underpins the strategy and the government's aspirations for Victoria's creative and cultural life.

All Victorians have the right to a creative and culturally fulfilling life and the opportunity to reap the benefits of participating in a vibrant culture, of living in a vibrant area and enjoying a wide array of inspiring experiences.

All Victorians should have opportunities to shape our creative identity and creative industries, be it as artists, technicians, administrators, board members and industry leaders or as audiences and active community participants.

Creative State recognises the rich and ongoing contribution of Aboriginal arts and culture to Victoria and our creative industries. Dedicated initiatives for Aboriginal creative practitioners and organisations will be developed as part of an action plan, to increase opportunities for professional development and employment in the sector as well as opportunities for broader community engagement with Aboriginal art and culture.

The strategy also focuses on ensuring our creative organisations are inclusive in their employment and programming.   

The following Creative State actions are of particular importance for Aboriginal creative practitioners:

1.  Aboriginal arts and culture
20. Creative industries inclusion and diversity


1. Aboriginal arts and culture

A suite of initiatives to strengthen the practice of Aboriginal creatives in Victoria and deepen engagement with our unique Victorian Aboriginal culture. An action plan, developed with the guidance of Aboriginal creative practitioners and cultural organisations, will deliver across key areas:

  • expanding Creative Victoria's Aboriginal Professional Development Program;
  • increasing opportunities for the broader community to engage with Aboriginal cultural content;
  • increasing Aboriginal training and employment in the creative sector; and
  • developing sector leadership.


20. Creative industries inclusion and diversity

Support to ensure that government funded creative industries organisations have appropriate access, diversity and inclusion plans as well as the requisite training to improve workforce diversity and engender greater diversity in programming and participation. The program will be delivered in partnership with peak organisations such Arts Access Victoria, and with the advice of Aboriginal Victoria and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.