In 2020-21, 19 Local Government Authorities operating performing arts centres or programs were funded by Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure and, attendance and programming.

18 of these are located within regional Victoria.

Definition of a performing arts centre is a building or group of spaces presenting performance works, creating opportunities for creative practitioners and audiences.


Creative Victoria provided $2 million to performing arts centres, around 9% of their total income. Total income for all performing arts centres was $24 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $10.42 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 16% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 9%.
  • Other Government funding was 74% of total income, almost all of which was local Government.
  • Private support was 1% of total income.

Local Government support represented 72% of the total income at $17 million.

Sources of income
Earned income $4m 16%
Creative Victoria $2m 9%
Other Government $17m 74%
Private support $142k 1%
Other $136k 1%


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  • 33% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 45% on administration costs
  • 7% on marketing costs.
Production $8m 33%
Administration $11m 45%
Marketing $2m 7%
Other $2m 9%
Depreciation $1m 6%


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The sector employed 600 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 190 full time employees.
  • 65% are employed on a casual basis.

Performing arts centres engaged the services of 2,152 creative practitioners.

469 volunteers provided 4,068 hours of service.

Employment type
Full time 95 16%
Part time 114 19%
Casual 391 65%


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Performing arts centres reported attendances of 263 thousand.

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  • 12% from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 84% from regional Victoria
  • 4% from interstate

9 Organisations reported 297,157 views on digital platforms (including radio, TV, live streaming, downloads), in addition to over 803,000 unique website views.


Performing arts centres presented 1,198 events, including:

  • 417 productions
  • 81 exhibitions
  • 105 workshops
  • 429 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 35 films
  • 131 other events

Sector development

Performing arts centres that offered education or youth participation programs reported 3,193 student or youth attendances through 72 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

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

The sector reported 344 inbound tours and 1 outbound tour

Inbound 103 Victoria 71
   Interstate 31
   International 1
Outbound - Victoria -
   Interstate -
   International -


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