In 2020-21, 24 Industry and cultural development organisations received operational funding from Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure and attendance and programming.

19 of these organisations are located within metropolitan Melbourne.

Definition of industry and cultural development is organisations that operate as peak bodies in their area of expertise providing services to a specific sector or community group.


Creative Victoria provided $10 million to industry and cultural development organisations, around 35% of their total income. Total income for all organisations was $29 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $1.82 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 14% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 35%.
  • Other Government funding was 42% of total income (including Commonwealth, local and other State funding).
  • Private support was 5% of total income:
    • $221 thousand in cash sponsorship
    • $73 thousand through in-kind sponsorship
    • $281 thousand in donations
    • $1 million from foundations (incl. philanthropy).

Source of income

Earned income $4m 14%
Creative Victoria $10m 35%
Other Government $12m 42%
Private support $1m 5%
Other $1m 3%

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Local Government support represented 5% of the total income at $1 million.


  • 41% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 36% on administration costs
  • 8% on marketing costs


Production $11m 41%
Administration $9m 36%
Marketing $2m 8%
Other $3m 10%
Depreciation $1m 4%

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The sector employed 366 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 196 full time employees.
  • 42% are employed on a casual.

Employment type

Full time 68 19%
Part time 15542%
Casual 14339%


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Industry and cultural development organisations engaged the services of 4,832 creative practitioners.

9,837 volunteers provided 339,696 hours of service.


Funded organisations reported total attendances of 263 thousand.

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  • 54% were from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 13% from regional Victoria
  • 31% from interstate
  • 1% from overseas

19 organisations reported over 1.5 million views on digital platforms (including radio, TV, live streaming, downloads) in addition to over 4 million unique website visits.


Industry and cultural development organisations presented 687 events, including:

  • 62 productions
  • 63 exhibitions
  • 250 workshops
  • 183 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 70 films
  • 59 other events

Sector development

Organisations that offered education or youth programs reported 60,409 student or youth attendances through 318 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

  • 10 offered programming for First Peoples
  • 9 offered programming for children (up to 12 years)
  • 12 offered programming for youth (12 to 25 years)
  • 9 offered programming for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • 6 offered programming for senior citizens.
  • 5 offered programming for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex
  • 11 offered programming for people who identify as women
  • 7 offered programming for people who identify as having a disability
  • 18 offered programming for people living in regional communities

The sector reported nil inbound tours and 27 outbound tours.


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