In 2019 the Victorian Government carried out extensive sector and public consultation to inform the development of the second Creative State strategy.

An external advisory board, comprising 20 representatives from across the state’s creative and cultural sectors, was appointed and the group met regularly to provide expert knowledge and guidance to the Minister for Creative Industries and to Creative Victoria.

Creative Victoria also invited 28 peak bodies, 29 youth organisations, nine portfolio agencies and each of its funded organisations to hold a forum to consult on their ideas.

All Victorians were invited to participate in the public consultation process which included online and face-to-face engagement. People from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives shared their views on the state of the sector, its challenges, opportunities and aspirations; as well as new ideas for strengthening the state’s creative industries.

Over a two-month period, the state-wide consultation included nine public forums, attended by more than 250 people; and six First Peoples forums, attended by almost 50 people. The face-to-face program was complemented by online consultation, hosted here on the Engage platform.

Our page attracted 12,200 visits and we received a total of 665 contributions via the ideas wall and discussion threads from 515 people (see below). A total of 298 people attended face-to-face forums, there were 202 formal submissions and 664 other online contributions via this Engage platform.

The 2019 consultation process gave us deep and invaluable insights into the challenges facing the creative sector, many of which have come into even sharper focus during the pandemic. It also gave us a vital assessment of where the sector was at prior to the pandemic.

However, the landscape has changed dramatically since then and so have the challenges facing Victoria’s creative workforce and community. Further work and input are needed to create a strategy that reflects the extraordinary realities and impacts of 2020 and will help rebuild the sector and position it at the heart of Victoria’s social, economic and cultural recovery.

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2019 Ideas Wall

In 2019 we asked for your big ideas and suggestions about the future of Victoria's creative industries – in under 140 characters.

Explore the 2019 Ideas Wall below.

15 September, 2019

Mandy says:

“I have a growing concern about the over emphasis of children's programs in many Vic galleries.leading ro a decrease in integrity of shows.”

14 September, 2019

Stella says:

“Vic secondary school students are connected to women and non binary writers, reading and writing stories for an inclusive culture”

13 September, 2019

Daniel Visser says:

“Support Video games that combine Visual Art, Music, Science, Technology, represent Culture with returns from billion dollar global industry!”

13 September, 2019

Elissa Pachacz says:

“Focus funding programs on place based, local arts development- local artists, local spaces, local cultural development- forget the big names”

13 September, 2019

Phillippe says:

“Opportunities for artists to work in residence at games and production companies, VFX and fashion houses or design - and vice versa”

13 September, 2019

Felix says:

“Exposing Victorians to innovative improvised work of any kind is very important. Jazz music does this and requires logistic/funding support.”

13 September, 2019

Taylor says:

“Artists/events/venues on the Mornington Peninsula and in the Yarra Valley aren't eligible for regional grants yet we face the same issues”

13 September, 2019

Taylor says:

“Remove fees from government grants programs - Film Vic's production investment for games has a non refundable $550 which is prohibitive ”

13 September, 2019

Chad says:

“Recognition of games making as arts practice, beyond it's business & industrial merits, and the creation of infrastructure to support it.”

13 September, 2019

Angie says:

“More regular peer to peer networking events for knowledge sharing and practice improvement across specific interest groups and specialities”

13 September, 2019

Claire says:

“Administration is unpaid work which amounts to a massive misuse of artists’ labour and talents. ”

13 September, 2019

Amber says:

“A single independent artist has to interface with dozens of different organisations, all with different requirements and standards.”