Available now: Consultation Outcomes Report – Creative State 2021-2025

Consultation for the Victorian Government’s next four-year creative industries strategy, Creative State 2021-2025, is now closed. The strategy is currently under development and due for release in the first half of 2021.

An extensive initial consultation process was undertaken in 2019 – you can view the 2019 consultation summary here.

In late 2020, further consultation sought to better understand the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Victoria’s creative industries and emerging challenges and priorities. This included two public surveys – a broad survey for Victorians working in the creative industries and a second survey focused on young people. Both were open between Thursday 22 October 2020 and Friday 27 November 2020.

In addition to the surveys, Creative Victoria held a series of targeted roundtables with key stakeholder groups across Victoria’s creative industries, including a dedicated forum for young people.

The sum of these contributions will help shape the 2021-2025 creative industries strategy and guide Victorian Government investment and priorities over the next four years. For information about the consultation process and findings view the report below (PDF version and Accessible Word version).

For information about current Victorian Government funding opportunities and COVID support initiatives for the creative industries, visit the Creative Victoria website.

This consultation is now closed.


In March 2020, just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted our lives, the Victorian Government was finalising its next four-year creative industries strategy, having undertaken extensive industry and community consultation.

As a result of the pandemic and the shut-down of much of the local and global creative sector, the development of the strategy was paused to focus on the acute and immediate impacts facing Victoria’s creative workers, businesses and organisations.

As Victoria takes important steps toward COVIDNormal and beyond, and as we look to the recovery, reopening and rebuilding of our creative industries, the development of a bold, sector-informed, state-wide strategy is more vital than ever.

Looking ahead to 2021-2025, the strategy will guide future government priorities and investment in the creative industries to ensure Victoria proudly remains the creative state.

We invite you to contribute by telling us about the impact COVID-19 has had on your work, your needs, priorities and concerns, and your ideas for the future via the surveys below.

We especially want to hear from young Victorians and have a dedicated survey for those aged 15-25 who connect with the creative industries as participants, audience members, volunteers or through work, training or education.

Read a summary of the 2019 consultation.

Creative Industries Survey

For Victorians of all ages who work in the creative industries. This survey comprises 15 questions and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Creative Industries Survey for Young Victorians

For young people, aged between 15 and 25 years whatever their connection to the creative industries*. This survey comprises 15 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

*If you are aged 15-25 and work in the creative industries, you are invited to complete both surveys.

Danny Pearson MP, Minister for Creative Industries

Hi, I'm Danny Pearson, Victoria's Minister for Creative Industries.

2020 is said to be a watershed year for the creative industries locally and globally.

Over the last six months, we've been challenged like never before, and in ways we could never have imagined. Victoria's creative sector and the many thousands of people who power it have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many jobs and professional opportunities have been lost, events have been cancelled, venues and businesses have been closed, and there is an enormous amount of uncertainty and anxiety out there. Despite this, the strength, adaptability and drive of this extraordinary sector has never been more apparent.

The need for creative thinkers and approaches has never been greater. And the appetite for creative and cultural experiences has never been stronger.

Our creative industries have a vital role to play in Victoria's social, economic and cultural recovery from this pandemic and in reconnecting Victorians. But for that to happen, we need to support the sector to rebuild and rebound.

The next Creative State Strategy will guide how we do that, which is why your input is so important. Whatever your role in the creative industries, wherever in the state you live, we want to hear from you.

Please complete the survey and help shape Victoria's creative future.

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