Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for the Creative Victoria First Peoples Directions Circle.

We are seeking to appoint five new First Peoples Directions Circle positions via an expression of Interest process.

Expressions of interest are invited from First Peoples living in all parts of Victoria, with a minimum of 5 years' recent experience and connection to First Peoples in Victoria’s creative industries.

In partnership with Creative Victoria, the First Peoples Directions Circle was established to embed Aboriginal Self-Determination and community voice throughout the current Creative State 2025 strategy and work to drive all First Peoples actions, strategic initiatives, policy development and delivery to ensure thriving First Peoples Creative Industries now and into the future.

Expression of Interest Criteria


Candidates must be First Peoples Victorians, or First Peoples who live in Victoria with at least five years’ recent experience and connection to First Peoples in Victoria’s creative industries.


The First Peoples Directions Circle membership will be for a period of two years, meeting a minimum of four times annually. Members will be paid honorary fees for meeting participation and will be reimbursed for associated travel and accommodation expenses.

What the Selection Panel is looking for

The selection panel will be tasked with appointing up to five members from both regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne who will:

  • Represent the voice and needs of their region, artform, and the broader First Peoples creative industries agenda.
  • Have a passion for strategic and cultural development within the First Peoples creative industries
  • Have a commitment to collaboration for the benefit of First Peoples creative industries and adhere to Aboriginal ways of working and protocols.

Terms of Reference

The First Peoples Directions Circle Terms of Reference Membership, Authority and Administration, states that the First Peoples Directions Circle will comprise up to 11 Members, each appointed for a period of two years. 50% of the membership will continue their term to ensure ongoing knowledge and experience.

The current expression of interest process will be assessed by a selection panel of esteemed First Peoples peers.

Access the full Terms of Reference 

Selection Panel of Esteemed Peers

  • Vicki Couzens, Gunditjmara/Keerray Wurrong, (FPDC Chairperson - Current Member) - Artist and academic.
  • Aunty Yvonne Luke, Alylawarr NT, (Outgoing Member) - Aboriginal Elder, Director, Baluk Arts.
  • Neil Morris, Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung, (Current Member) - Poet, independent musician and radio host
  • Andrew Jackomos, Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara, (Outgoing Member) - Director, First Peoples Engagement, Commonwealth Games, DJPR.
  • Stacie Piper, Wurundjeri/Dja Dja Wurrung- Artist, Curator, Victorian NAIDOC Committee Chair.
  • Sherene Stewart, Taungurung - Creative Lead, YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival.
  • Indi Clarke, Mutti Mutti/Wemba Wemba/Boon Wurrung/Trawlwoolway/Lardil - Consultant, ABSTARR Consulting.

First Peoples Direction Circle Achievements to date

Since its establishment in 2019, the First Peoples Directions Circle has delivered on foundational actions within Creative State 2025 (Creative Victoria’s four-year Strategy), including implementing First Peoples funding streams across all Creative Victoria grants programs; reviewing processes for all First Peoples content; and driving major aspirational First Peoples strategic initiatives including the First Peoples Creative Industries Annual Forums and working towards an inaugural Victorian First Peoples Art and Design Fair.

More information

Further information on the First Peoples Directions Circle, its role and the nature of its membership are outlined in the Terms of Reference listed below.

Key dates

  • EOIs open – Friday, 9 September 2022
  • EOIs close – Friday, 7 October 2022


Links and downloads

Access the Expression of Interest Form

Information on the First Peoples Direction Circle

Terms of Reference First Peoples Directions Circle

Creative State 2025 Strategy