Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today hosted a meeting of Australia's Arts and Cultural Ministers in Melbourne.
Mr Baillieu welcomed Arts and Cultural Ministers from the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to Melbourne, the nation's arts capital.
"The arts are an important and widely acknowledged competitive advantage for Victoria, but all jurisdictions across Australia recognise the important role the arts play in all areas of our society and culture," Mr Baillieu said.
"There are many areas of the arts that would benefit from our co-operation, whether it's arts education, arts in health or supporting excellence in the arts, and this is an important forum to pave the way for collaborative opportunities."
Topics discussed included the National Cultural Policy, Australia's flagship Major Performing Arts Companies, the Australia Arts Curriculum and a national approach to arts and health.
The meeting, chaired by Mr Baillieu, was attended by the Hon Simon Crean MP, Minister for the Arts (Commonwealth), the Hon George Souris MP, Minister for the Arts (NSW), the Hon John Hill MP, Minister for the Arts (SA), the Hon John Day MLA, Minister for Culture and the Arts (WA), the Hon Lara Giddings MP, Premier, Treasurer and Minister for the Arts (Tas), and the Hon Gerald McCarthy MLA, Minister for Arts and Museums (NT).
"I look forward to working with my colleagues from around the country to ensure that the arts thrive, that local talent is nurtured and celebrated and that the potential of the arts across a number of policy areas is realised," Mr Baillieu said.
"Here in Victoria we are committed to supporting diverse and unique arts and cultural offerings for the Victorian community, expanding audiences, driving innovation and excellence, and strengthening our leadership position in the arts."
Attached: Communique - Meeting of Cultural Ministers 30/3/12