Which areas are classified as outer-metropolitan Melbourne?

For the purposes of this program, outer-metropolitan Melbourne includes the following local government areas: Brimbank City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Frankston City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, Melton City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, City of Whittlesea, Wyndham City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

Which areas are classified as regional Victoria?

Regional Victoria encompasses 48 regional and rural council areas. Check this list of local government authorities.

What kinds of activities does the program support?

Tours need to demonstrate market demand and involve partnerships with presenting organisations, galleries or venues. Touring Victoria also supports touring by regional producers or artists to undertake tours to metropolitan Melbourne.

Who is ineligible for Touring Victoria funding?
  • Applicants (including individuals who have been principal in an organisation) that have an overdue Creative Victoria (or former Arts Victoria) acquittal
  • Individuals/ sole traders without an auspice.
What is not funded by Touring Victoria?

The following activities aren’t covered through Touring Victoria:

  • Core marketing, administration and organisational overhead costs including salaries
  • Tours that are predominantly schools-based
  • Competitions, eisteddfods, awards or fundraising activities
  • Creative development of new work.
I’m a sole trader. Can I apply under an auspice arrangement?

Yes. You can apply under an auspice arrangement.

An auspice is a legally constituted organisation that becomes the official ‘recipient’ and will receive any funds allocated. The auspice is responsible for the management of the activity and acquittal of grant funds. If you’re planning to have your grant managed by an auspice organisation, you must have agreement with that organisation before the closing date.

An auspicing organisation may charge you auspicing fees/costs. Grant funding can be used to cover auspicing fees/costs.

Who can auspice my grant?

Any legally constituted organisation may act as an auspice, except State-owned agencies, local government authorities, academic/training institutions and entities controlled/owned by education institutions.

On your application, you must fill in and attach the Auspice Form with details of the auspicing organisation, such as its legal name, ABN and contact details.

If I meet the eligibility criteria, am I guaranteed funding?

No. Demand for Creative Victoria funding is high, and this is a competitive program. Please do not assume you’ll be successful, or enter into commitments based on that assumption, before receiving formal notification of the outcome of your funding. If you were successful once, that is no guarantee that you’ll be successful again. Applications may be refused at the absolute discretion of the decision-makers.

Is Touring Victoria funding able to cover costs for non-Victorians?

From time to time, Touring Victoria will allow grant budgets to include payment to non-Victorian services when the overall outcome of the project benefits an individual Victorian artist/creative professional or organisation, as per the assessment guidelines.

Applying to the program

To address the program assessment criteria, you’re required to:

  • complete the application with information on the proposed tour/s or touring program, addressing the assessment criteria including a description of the tour, an outline of its management and an explanation of its benefits
  • provide details about tour destinations, the number of presentations and estimated audience numbers
  • provide a balanced budget (see the Creative Victoria Budget Drafting Tool available on the Touring Victoria funding page).
  • Complete the Tour Itinerary Template (available on the Touring Victoria funding page)
  • provide appropriate and relevant application support material and documents such as artistic credentials.


Who will assess my application?

An Advisory Panel comprising of artists, touring sector professionals and community representatives assess and rank each eligible application against the program aims and assessment criteria. Creative Victoria program staff and an appointed Chair attend the panel meetings. After the panel meetings, program staff consolidate panel recommendations and comments to develop a final list of recommendations for approval by the Minister for Creative Industries.

How long will it take to assess my application?

It takes approximately 10 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available. You’ll be advised in writing of the outcome of your submission.

Why does it take so long to assess the program?

After applications close, they’re checked for eligibility and allocated to external assessors who review the applications and meet to discuss recommendations. Recommendations are compiled and provided to the Minister for Creative Industries for final approval. We work as fast as possible to assess programs.

If I’m successful, when will I receive the funding?

If successful, you’ll receive a notification email which details any special requirements you may need to meet and what you need to do to receive the funds. Payments will then be processed as quickly as possible