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 culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Victorians.

Victoria is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world and the State Government is committed to celebrating and promoting diversity in the creative industries. People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds add depth and breadth to our cultural products and identity.

Regardless of cultural background, age, gender or ability, regardless of where they live or what they earn, all Victorians are entitled to see themselves reflected in our cultural life – on our screens and stages, in our music, literature and art.

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 outlines new actions to encourage greater diversity in employment and the production and consumption of art and culture.

The following Creative State actions are of particular importance for CALD Victorians.

15. Social impact projects
20. Creative industries inclusion and diversity
22. Bendigo arts and design


15.  Social impact projects

Cultural and creative services and products deliver a range of social benefits. This action will significantly increase the number of projects that apply the services and expertise of creative industry organisations towards social goals. Projects will be developed in partnership with other areas of government (such as the Departments of Health and Human Services, Premier and Cabinet, and Justice and Regulation), social delivery NGOs and philanthropic organisations. For example:

  • Music and at-risk youth

A project that will engage and educate at-risk CALD young people through harnessing the power of music, to give voice to the issues that impact them. Utilising eminent Australian artists, the project will be delivered in partnership with Mushroom Group and community organisations.

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 as the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.

22. Bendigo arts and design

Enhancement of Bendigo as a regional focus for the arts by supporting the creation of new landmark works, hosting a national arts and culture conference, developing community participation programs that celebrate multicultural communities and establishing a creative industries hub.