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 the suburbs.

Melbourne suburbs are growing rapidly and Creative State commits to the extension and improvement of arts and cultural facilities to meet new needs and increasing demand. Creative Victoria will work with local councils to ensure facilities and services are relevant, high-quality and accessible, and that practitioners outside the inner metropolitan areas can more easily access work and presentation spaces. In partnership with the Victorian Government Architect, Creative Victoria will also develop guidelines for urban design that help to improve streetscapes, public and community spaces and build a stronger commitment to the integration of art into new developments.  

The following Creative State actions have particular focus on Melbourne's suburbs:

7.  Co-working spaces & creative places
19. Victoria - design leader
21. Creative suburbs
37. Local Government Partnership

New Actions to Impact the Suburbs

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.

19. Victoria – design leader

Reflecting the wide economic impact of design, a new package of actions will reshape and increase capability within and outside the design sector to take advantage of our growing strength in this field, for example:

  • Creative design and planning

Creative Victoria will work with the Victorian Government Architect and relevant government departments on a set of guidelines to assist state and local governments, developers, arts organisations and community groups to apply sound architectural and design principles for improved public benefit, including arts provisioning. This work will contribute to the improvement of streetscapes, renewal of public, community and internal spaces and a stronger commitment to the integration of art into new developments.

21. Creative suburbs

A program to increase cultural programming in outer suburban areas. Working in partnership with local councils, the program will build on local creative strengths to maximise participation and relevance. It will complement existing arts and culture programs focused on regional communities to ensure access and cultural participation for all Victorians.

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.