Building capability and conditions for growth

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Snuff Puppets studio. Photo: Theresa Harrison

Creative practitioners and organisations, particularly small and independent players, operate in a complex system involving a multitude of people, institutions and places. To flourish they require access to a suite of interconnected resources and capabilities.

This creative ecosystem has different parts – education and skills, entrepreneurship, research, infrastructure and finance. It encompasses both highly commercialised sectors, including music, digital games, television production, architecture and design and those more culturally focused. But its strength relies on how well the parts interact.

Local firms produce quality products and services and would benefit from stronger export capability. Many creative practitioners need greater understanding of regulation, legal issues and business practice to transform an idea into an enterprise. Lack of affordable space to work is commonly experienced.

A strong ecosystem will create a dynamic interplay between different parts of the creative industries and with the broader economy. It will support organisations to be innovative and will ensure a continual pipeline of activity to create jobs, infrastructure, cultural vibrancy and growth.

There are areas where the Victorian Government is already taking action to support businesses, including in the creative industries. LaunchVic will work in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, businesses, the community and our educational institutions to strengthen Victoria's startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. For independent operators and small businesses, there are Small Business Workshops, Small Business Mentoring and Grow Your Business to help business owners make strategic decisions, improve management skills and develop businesses.

Film Victoria programs invest in organisational creativity, capability and continuity, as does Creative Victoria's reformed Organisations Investment Program. The Victorian Government invests in major infrastructure and institutions which provide spaces and will be required to deliver increased opportunities for creative practice and collaboration to the broader sector as part of the substantial government investment in their operations.

Under Creative State, we are delivering new actions, totaling $57.35 million over four years, that address critical parts of the creative industries ecosystem, complementing and enhancing existing initiatives. This will accelerate the development of creative businesses and organisations, unlock opportunities for collaboration and drive employment opportunities for sustainable creative practice.

Learn about the progress of Creative State Actions 6-14 to see how we are strengthening Victoria's creative industries ecosystem through business development, innovation and collaboration, as well as targeted actions in the screen sector.

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