26 September 2019
Work is now underway on the development of Victoria’s next creative industries strategy – a plan to further grow the state’s $31 billion creative economy, create new jobs and offer more creative opportunities for all Victorians.
The Dark Chorus. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti
Work on the strategy follows a two-month period of statewide consultation, which included nine public forums, attended by more than 250 people; and six First Peoples forums, attended by almost 50 people.
The online consultation resulted in 665 quick ideas on the ideas wall and comments in the discussion threads, more than 200 formal submissions from individuals, peak bodies, creative businesses, organisations, local councils and major cultural institutions.
The wealth of information provided during consultation will inform the themes, directions and actions for the new strategy, which will be launched in 2020.
The 2020-2024 strategy will follow on from Victoria’s first creative industries strategy, Creative State 2016-2020 which is now in its final year. Creative State included 40 targeted actions and was backed with a $115 million investment.
Since the first strategy was launched, the economic value of Victoria’s creative industries has grown by 23 percent to $31 billion: 289,000 Victorians are now employed in the creative industries, up 15 per cent; and cultural tourism is worth $2 billion, up 88 per cent.
The 2020-2024 strategy will build on Victoria’s strengths and successes and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future. In line with our First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries, First Peoples perspectives, experiences and expertise will be central to the design and implementation of the strategy.
Visit the Engage website to find out more and read the discussion threads and ideas submitted via the ideas wall.