Creative State – Victoria's first creative industries strategy – takes a state-wide and cross-sector approach to Victoria's creative industries.

The vast majority of actions in Creative State have state-wide application, including through partnerships with local government. In addition to this, there are actions specific to regional Victoria. These include the establishment of the first Regional Centre for Culture, and significant new cultural investment in Bendigo, Ballarat, Shepparton and the Latrobe Valley. There is also support to stage a regional White Night in 2017.

The following Creative State actions are of particular importance for regional Victoria:

7.  Co-working spaces & creative places
9.  Collections storage Ballarat
22. Bendigo arts and design
23. Shepparton Art Museum
24. Latrobe Creative Precinct
25. Regional White Night
26. Regional Centre for Culture
37. Local government partnership


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, Testing Grounds and the Collingwood Arts Precinct.

9. Collections Storage Victoria – Ballarat

Construction of an additional collection storage module to augment State Library Victoria's regional storage facility and planning for the next phase of storage development. This investment is part of a collections management strategy to protect and develop the state's $5 billion cultural collection.

22. Bendigo arts and design

Enhancement of Bendigo as a regional focus for the arts and design 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.

23. Shepparton Art Museum

Support to establish a new architecturally-inspiring art museum at Shepparton's Victoria Park Lake that will radically increase access to historic and contemporary art collections for local, national and international visitors, as well as provide opportunities for increased participation for the local community. The government commitment of $10 million relies on the local government contribution and contributions from the Commonwealth and philanthropic sources.

24. Latrobe creative precinct

Development of a major new performing arts centre in Traralgon designed to serve the broader Latrobe Valley. The project, which relies on local government contribution and Commonwealth funding, will include a creative industries training facility and capacity to present outdoor events and festivals. The precinct will significantly increase access and participation in creative activity for local communities and build career pathways into the creative industries for the next generations of residents.

25. Regional White Night

A regional white night in 2017 to build on the success of the Melbourne event and share the cultural, tourism, social and economic benefits more broadly.

26. Regional Centre for Culture

Establishment of Victoria's first Regional Centre for Culture program in 2018, including the development of grassroots community participation projects combined with opportunities to engage with some of Victoria's most respected creative organisations and agencies, in a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community.

37. 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.