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1 May 2018

The 2018-19 State Budget has delivered another great result for Victoria's creative and cultural sector, with new initiatives totalling $78.7 million over four years.

The Budget delivers funding to support organisational sustainability, career-building opportunities for First Peoples, local screen production and global opportunities for Australia’s performing arts sector.

Funding totalling $34.8 million will ensure the sustainability of key State-owned cultural institutions. This includes:

  • Increased operational, maintenance and collections management support for Museums Victoria, the organisation responsible for Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building; and
  • A funding boost to enable Geelong Performing Arts Centre to expand its operations and programming when its Ryrie Street redevelopment is complete in 2019.

A two-year, $1 million package of career-building initiatives will seek to address employment barriers and increase self-determination for First Peoples in the creative industries. This includes paid work placements and internships, residencies and cultural exchange programs, and investment in First Peoples focused events and festivals.

$2.9 million has been allocated over four years to host the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in Melbourne from 2020-2024. The new-look APAM will deliver a series of tailored showcase opportunities in addition to a biennial industry event.

$8.4 million will support local screen production, including film, television and games development, securing a pipeline of work for the 11,500 Victorians employed across the state’s screen industry.

As previously announced, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will receive $31.6 million for a major renewal project which will transform the 16-year-old museum in Federation Square.

The project will completely redevelop ACMI’s free permanent exhibitions, dramatically improve the visitor experience, integrate cutting-edge technology, offer new facilities for the screen industry, and double the reach of ACMI’s education offering with a new Learning Centre.

These initiatives are in addition to Creative Victoria’s core funding which invests in organisations, projects, events and initiatives across Victoria’s creative industries.

Creative Industries Portfolio – New Output Funding Initiatives

 2018-192019-202020-212012-22Total
 ($M)($M)($M)($M)($M)
Sustainability of Victoria’s State-owned cultural institutions 11.28 6.388 8.566 8.566 34.8
Victorian First Peoples Creative Plan 0.5 0.5 0 0 1
Australian Performing Arts Market 0.79 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.89
Local Screen Production  8.25 0.05 0.05 0.05 8.4
Total 20.82 7.638 9.316 9.316 47.09

Sustainability of Victoria’ State-owned cultural institutions

New funding totalling $34.8 million to ensure the sustainability of key State-owned cultural institutions. This includes increased operational, maintenance and collections management support for Museums Victoria, the organisation responsible for Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building; and a funding boost to enable Geelong Performing Arts Centre to expand its operations and programming when its Ryrie Street redevelopment is complete in 2019.

Victorian First Peoples Creative Plan

A $1 million, two-year package of career-building initiatives to address employment barriers and increase self-determination for First Peoples in the creative industries. This includes paid work placements and internships, residencies and cultural exchange programs, and investment in First Peoples focused events and festivals.

Australian Performing Arts Market

$2.9 million over four years to host the Australian Performing Arts Market in Melbourne from 2020-2024, including a series of tailored showcase opportunities and a biennial industry event. This will be driven by a new independent office which will work year-round to connect performing arts creators with presenters and buyers from across the globe.

Local Screen Production

Victoria's screen industry will benefit from $8.4 million to support local screen production, including film, television and games development. This will help secure a pipeline of work for the 11,500 Victorians employed across the state’s screen industry.

Creative Industries Portfolio – New Asset Funding Initiatives

 2018-192019-202020-212021-22Total 
 ($M)($M)($M)($M) ($M)
Australian Centre for the Moving Image redevelopment 10.9 20.72 0 0 31.62
Total 10.9 20.72 0 0 31.62

Australian Centre for the Moving Image redevelopment

This major renewal will transform ACMI into one of the world’s most innovative museums. It will overhaul ACMI’s free permanent exhibitions, dramatically improve the visitor experience, integrate cutting-edge technology, offer new facilities for the screen industry, and double the reach of ACMI’s education offering with a new Learning Centre.