8 June 2021

Federation Square will be revitalised and better connected with the Melbourne Arts Precinct as part of new governance arrangements announced by the Victorian Government.

Image: John Gollings

A new entity, the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co), will be established to oversee Federation Square and the new 18,000 square metre immersive public garden to be delivered as part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation.

MAP Co will take responsibility for the running of Federation Square, ensuring a co-ordinated approach to activating and maintaining these two landmark public spaces in the future.

It will lead the delivery of the $1.4 billion Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project – Australia's largest ever cultural infrastructure project – working closely with project partners Creative Victoria, Development Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne.

MAP Co’s creation also responds to the 2020 Federation Square review and will strengthen the square’s governance and its cultural and civic purpose.

Federation Square and the Melbourne Arts Precinct are home to many of Victoria’s leading creative attractions – from Koorie Heritage Trust and the renewed ACMI, to Arts Centre Melbourne’s iconic performance venues and the three campuses of the National Gallery of Victoria, including NGV International, NGV Australia and the future NGV Contemporary.

The creation of MAP Co will be overseen by an interim board, chaired by James MacKenzie, Chair of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation and former President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Pre-pandemic, Federation Square and the Melbourne Arts Precinct attracted approximately 12 million visitors annually. Visitor numbers are expected to surpass this with the completion of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation and the Metro Tunnel project, which includes a new entrance to Federation Square.

MAP Co will work closely with Traditional Owner groups, precinct partners, including Arts Centre Melbourne, NGV, resident organisations and tenants and the broader creative community. Development Victoria will continue as the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation delivery partner.