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22 November 2020

Victoria’s creative industries have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Victorian Government is now calling for perspectives and ideas to help rebuild and strengthen the sector for the future.

William Elm at Blak Sounds 2019 VMDO First Peoples. Image: Jacinta Keefe

Work is underway to renew the Victorian Government’s landmark Creative State strategy and we are calling on the state’s creative industries workforce and young people who work, study or aspire to work in the creative industries, to have their say.

Pre-pandemic, Victoria’s creative industries – comprising sectors such as the visual and performing arts, literature and publishing, music, screen production, digital games, design and fashion – contributed $33.9 million to the state economy annually and employed 290,000 workers, 8.6% of Victoria’s workforce.

Globally and locally, the pandemic has hit the creative industries hard with many creative sector businesses among the first to close and will be among the last to reopen.

Work on the four-year strategy was well underway earlier this year, following an extensive public and sector consultation process in 2019. It was put on hold in March as the pandemic hit and government focused on meeting the acute, immediate needs of the sector, including rolling out a $90 million COVID-19 support package.

Now as Victoria takes cautious steps toward COVID Normal and beyond, the development of a sector-informed, statewide strategy that will guide government priorities is more important than ever.

Anyone who works in Victoria’s creative industries – whatever their role – is encouraged to contribute to the development of the Creative State 2021-2025 strategy by completing an online survey. Given the impact the pandemic has had on young people and their future aspirations, a dedicated survey is also calling for views from Victorians aged 15-25.

The surveys asks about the impact COVID-19 has had on creative workers, current needs and issues, and ideas for the future.

Have your say via engage.vic.gov.au/creative-strategy. Surveys close 5pm, Thursday 19 November 2020.