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. Many are aimed at supporting and building the independent arts sector,

Creative State provides increased opportunities for skills development and to access collaborative working spaces, business accelerators, greater resource and skills sharing, assistance with promotion and marketing, and opportunities to develop international markets and present work abroad.

The following Creative State actions are of particular importance for the independent arts sector:

2.  Creators fund
3.  Landmark works
4.  Talent development
6.  Business acceleration
7.  Co-working spaces & creative places
8.  Leverage government buying power
10. OIP capacity building
11. Marketing innovation
12. Creative industries summit
17. Creative education
18. Career pathways
31. Trade and cultural missions
32. Inbound trade missions
33. Victoria showcases
38. National advocacy

NEW ACTIONS FOR THE INDEPENDENT ARTS SECTOR

2. Creators fund

Support for creative practitioners to undertake sustained periods of intensive creative development, research and experimentation. Open to practitioners from different disciplines and at different career stages, it will enable the production of significant works and career advancement.

3. Landmark works

A program to commission works on a scale beyond the capacity of existing Creative Victoria programs. Commissioned works will be ambitious and ground-breaking, with the power to inspire others, generate widespread audience and community engagement and increase tourism to the state.

4. Talent development

A program to enable Victorian practitioners to gain industry experience or undertake professional development opportunities to further their practice and careers. This may include training, mentoring, secondments, residencies and other career advancement opportunities.

6. Business acceleration

Targeted action to assist the establishment and growth of entrepreneurial creative enterprises. It will stimulate business growth among ambitious organisations through access to business, management, technical, legal, marketing and governance support. It will create new partnerships, help exploit new technologies and explore different forms of funding, financing and investment from government and private sources. Wherever possible, it will partner with LaunchVic and leverage existing models such as the Melbourne Accelerator Program.

7. Co-working spaces & creative places

A program to activate co-working spaces and hubs across the state. It will leverage partnerships with councils, property owners, philanthropic supporters and other stakeholders to identify and unlock creative spaces in metropolitan and regional areas. Using a mix of capital, infrastructure and operational grants, it will build on recent ground-breaking initiatives such as ACMI X and the Collingwood Arts Precinct.

8. Leverage government buying power

Access offered to the government's media buying contract to small, medium and major arts organisations supported under the Organisations Investment Program. This will deliver significantly reduced advertising rates for these organisations.

10. OIP capacity building

A new dedicated stream of funding, as part of the Organisations Investment Program, to underpin innovation, collaboration and growth in the small to medium arts sector. It will enable organisations to implement innovative strategies to build audiences, respond to new business and market challenges and increase return on investment.

11. Marketing innovation

Extension of a pilot program to enable small to medium creative industry organisations, from all creative sectors, to undertake innovative marketing projects to grow their audiences or markets in new ways.

12. Creative industries summit

An annual summit, supported by a year-round program of events, workshops and talks with leading thinkers and practitioners from across the cultural and creative landscape. This will enable industry networking, expansion of business practice, new partnerships and new ideas.

17. Creative education

Creative Victoria will work with the Department of Education and Training to develop stronger creative and artistic capability in children and young people by helping schools embed arts and other creative programs in the curriculum. Consistent with the government's Education State policy, this collaborative approach will contribute to better student experience and outcomes.

18. Career pathways

Creative Victoria will work with the Department of Education and Training, training institutions and potential employers to pave clearer pathways to creative careers, ensure the best industry-relevant information is readily available to students and to develop effective connections.

31. Trade and cultural missions

Targeted missions to key markets to establish new industry links and advance international engagement and trade. Mission participants will also be supported with guidance on developing export markets and planning offshore activities.

32. Inbound trade missions

Expanded support for creative industries participation in the government's Victoria Invitation Program (VIP) and business engagement activities that promote Victoria as a key investment location to international visitors. This will build on the success of the design and fashion segments of the 2016 VIP inbound mission.

33. Victoria showcases

Showcasing the best Victorian creative talent, products and services internationally through touring opportunities, participation in key overseas events and festivals, and other market development opportunities.

38. 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.