In 2019-20, 19 Local Government Authorities operating performing arts centres or programs were funded by Creative Victoria, reporting on employment, volunteering, income and expenditure, attendance and programming.

18 of these are located in 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 $2.0 million to performing arts centres, around 6% of their total income. Total income for all performing arts centres was $31.0 million.

Every $1 provided by Creative Victoria leveraged a further $14.56 income to this sector.

Sources of income

  • Earned income was 34% of total income.
  • Creative Victoria funding was 6%.
  • Other Government funding was 58% of total income, almost all of which was local Government.
  • Private support was 1% of total income:
    • $0.3 million in cash sponsorship

Sources of income

Earned income $10.5m 34%
Creative Victoria $2.0m 6%
Other Government $18.0m 58%
Private support $0.3m 1%
Other $0.2m 1%

Stacked bar graph showing sources of income as detailed in table

Local Government support represented 58% of the total income at $17.9 million.


  • 34% of sector expenditure went towards production costs
  • 44% on administration costs
  • 8% on marketing costs


Production $10.5m 34%
Administration $13.6m 44%
Marketing $2.3m 8%
Other $3.0m 10%
Depreciation $1.6m 5%

Stacked bar graph showing expenditure as detailed in table


The sector employed 561 people.

  • Total employment is equivalent to 189 full time employees.
  • 63% are employed on a casual basis.

Employment type

Full time 93 17%
Part time 117 21%
Casual 351 63%


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Performing arts centres engaged the services of 4,775 creative practitioners.

500 volunteers provided 12,720 hours of service.


Performing arts centres reported attendances of 0.7 million.

Pie chart showing place of residence of audience

  • 17% from metropolitan Melbourne
  • 80% from regional Victoria
  • 3% from interstate
  • 0% from overseas

15 organisations reported 1.0 million online visits.

7 performing arts centres reported 100,930 views on digital platforms (including radio, TV, live streaming, downloads).


Performing arts centres presented 2,761 events, including:

  • 994 productions
  • 114 exhibitions
  • 170 workshops
  • 914 lectures, seminars and public talks
  • 60 films
  • 509 other events

Sector development

14 performing arts centres offered education or youth participation programs, reporting 14,194 student or youth attendances through 272 sessions.

A number of organisations offered targeted programming:

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

The sector reported 344 inbound tours and 1 outbound tour.




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