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11 September 2018

A $2.15 million action plan has been launched by the Victorian Government to boost employment opportunities and pathways for First Peoples in the creative industries and to raise the profile and availability of authentic First Peoples arts and creative product.

Tanderrum at Melbourne International Arts Festival 2017. Photo: James Henry

Tanderrum at Melbourne International Arts Festival 2017. Photo: James Henry

Today saw the launch of the First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018–2020 – a Victorian first – at Bendigo Art Gallery on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung.

The action plan has been developed in close consultation and collaboration with First Peoples working across Victoria’s creative industries and will deliver new opportunities across the state.

It aims to address current barriers to employment and training, particularly among young people; under-representation of First Peoples on the boards and in senior roles of creative organisations; and the sale of inauthentic First Peoples creative product.

The plan’s 21 actions include new traineeships, a tailored employment program, cultural exchange opportunities, business capacity building and more.

The plan also seeks to increase cultural competency across government-funded creative industries agencies and organisations and will implement new funding processes that are more accessible to First Peoples.

It represents a new way for the government’s creative industries body, Creative Victoria, to work with First Peoples including the establishment of a First Peoples Reference Group and a First Peoples first approach to the design and implementation of programs and initiatives.

Read the First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries 2018–2020