All Victorians – regardless of their cultural background, age, gender identity, income, ability or geographic location – have the right to full participation in the cultural and creative life of the state, to express themselves creatively and to pursue careers in the creative industries.

While universal access is our underpinning principle and ultimate goal, current barriers to participation must be acknowledged and addressed – whether they be physical, cultural, attitudinal, socio-economic or geographic. Access is also about ensuring creative opportunities are culturally relevant to their communities, responding to their needs, interests and strengths.

While Victoria has a strong cultural offering overall, it is also uneven. Diverse, high quality and accessible creative experiences are readily available in larger centres, but some outer-metropolitan and regional communities aren’t as well served. Likewise, employment and educational opportunities tend to be clustered in the inner city.

Thought starters

Some questions to get you thinking. Respond to one or more of these, or add your own questions, reflections and insights relating to this theme in the space below. If you have more to say, consider making a full submission.

What new approaches can we take to improve equality of access particularly at a time when Victoria’s population is booming?

How do we foster a whole-of-sector culture of equality?

What more can be done to ensure equal access for Victorians to creative and cultural experiences and services?

How can we support communities to design and lead creative engagement that is most relevant to them?

How can we make our creative industries institutions, organisations, businesses and events more accessible?

How do we leverage existing or new cultural spaces across the state to facilitate greater access and equality of opportunity?

Where are the most critical gaps?

How do we better invest in and service regional and outer-metropolitan areas?

Tell us what you think

Share your thoughts and respond to others below. We invite you to participate in an open, respectful and constructive conversation. Responses on this page will be made public, you’re able to submit your ideas confidentially on the ‘Make a submission’ page.
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