29 March 2019
The Victorian Government is calling for people working in all creative sectors, and all parts of Victoria, to help shape the next four-year strategy to grow the local creative industries and solidify Victoria’s reputation as the creative state.
Expressions of interest are now open for creative experts to bring their skills to a new Creative Industries Advisory Group to assist with the development of the strategy throughout 2019, for launch in 2020.
This work will build on the success and momentum generated by the Victorian Government’s first-ever creative industries strategy, Creative State 2016-2020. This strategy was developed with the input of 10,000 Victorians and was backed by $115m in new funding.
Victoria’s creative industries have experienced significant growth as has their impact. The latest figures reveal that the creative industries contribute $28.4 billion to the state economy, up 12% in three years. These industries currently employ 260,000 Victorians, up 14% since 2013-14, while cultural tourism is now worth $2 billion, an increase of 88% since 2013.
Advisory Group members will be charged with providing insights on current issues and challenges, proposing potential government actions and interventions, and making recommendations on how to best engage with the industry to gain wider views, test ideas and develop new initiatives and actions.
Expressions of Interest will be accepted from people who have expert knowledge of the creative industries, and who have the capability to challenge traditional and contemporary thinking, a collaborative and inclusive approach, and proven ability to engage creative communities and industries in positive action.
The Advisory Group will be chaired by the Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley and members will be appointed for a fixed term, commencing from May 2019 and will play a key role in broader public and sector consultation later this year.
Expressions of Interest close on Friday 12 April, for more details go to creative.vic.gov.au/eoi