Next Steps For Our Creative State

20 April 2016

Victoria’s first creative industries strategy – Creative State released last night unveiled an ambitious plan to build the state’s film, television, digital games, design, fashion and arts sectors will have a prominent Advisory Board oversee its delivery.

Designed to grow the state’s $23 billion creative and cultural economy, the Creative State strategy comprises 40 funded initiatives aimed at turbocharging the state’s creative enterprises, creating new jobs and employment opportunities, and bringing social and cultural benefits to Victorians.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley last night launched Creative State, a $115 million investment to develop and keep our best creative talent.

The strategy provides comprehensive support to key industry sectors including $16.4m to strengthen Victoria’s design industry, the state’s fastest growing creative sector; and $14.2m for the screen industry to attract more opportunities to Victoria and support Melbourne International Film Festival, one of the world’s best consumer film festivals.

In addition, the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund will provide $20 million to support a creative hub in the Latrobe Valley and a gallery in Shepparton.

Key initiatives will be overseen by a Creative State Advisory Board, chaired by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. The Board will bring together expertise from across Victoria’s creative sectors, the members are:

Nicole Beyer: Director, Theatre Network Australia (Victoria)

Robert Connolly: Film director, producer, screenwriter

Richard Frankland: Film maker, artist, Head of Wilin Centre, VCA

Ella Hooper: Singer-songwriter, radio presenter, TV personality

Graeme Lewsey: CEO, Melbourne Fashion Festival

Alice Nash: Executive Producer & Co-CEO, Back to Back Theatre

Tony Reed: CEO, Game Developers’ Association of Australia

Katrina Sedgwick: Director/CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Melis Senova: Founder and Managing Director, Huddle Design

Kate Torney: Chief Executive, State Library of Victoria

Peter Tullin: Cultural entrepreneur and co-founder of

Marcus Westbury: Broadcaster, writer, media-maker, festival director and CEO, Collingwood Arts Precinct.

Creative State is available on the Creative Victoria website Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“This investment will create jobs and deliver economic, social and cultural dividends to our state, benefitting all Victorians.”

“I look forward to getting to work with the Creative State Advisory Board and many others across Victoria to grow our creative industries and their impact locally and globally.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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