Victorian Budget 21/22

Creating jobs in creative industries

The Victorian Government will support our creative sector to bring back jobs and create new jobs with a significant Budget boost.

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We are investing $288 million to further strengthen our reputation as our nation’s creative capital.

Transforming Victoria's screen industry

This includes $121 million to transform the Victorian screen industry by growing jobs, developing home-grown talent, and promoting our people and content to the world.

This investment will increase Victorian-led screen production while also attracting international and interstate screen productions, helping to create new opportunities for more Victorians.

This funding will also deliver flagship screen events and revitalise the Melbourne International Film Festival, reaffirming our position as Australia’s leading destination for screen industry events.

This investment will help the sector recover after the pandemic and position it for growth.

Supporting institutions

$79 million to support institutions and the companies they support – like Arts Centre Melbourne, the Geelong Arts Centre and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Investing in our cultural institutions

$34 million to invest in our cultural institutions, including new immersive exhibitions at Melbourne Museum.

This will include a new Triceratops Gallery showcasing the recent acquisition of the most complete Triceratops fossil skeleton ever found.

Funding framework for non-government creatives 

$24 million to deliver a sustainable multi-year investment funding framework for non-government creative organisations.

This will mean greater certainty for these organisations, while attracting audiences and supporting new opportunities for Victoria’s creatives.

Extending the Music Works program

$11 million to extend the Music Works program to support musicians, managers, technicians, venues, peak bodies and small-to-medium businesses and organisations to accelerate the recovery and growth of Victoria’s music scene.

Creating affordable creative spaces

$4.5 million to invest in established and emerging creative neighbourhoods by supporting affordable creative spaces for artists and enterprises.

This will promote the creative reputation of these communities and help to create jobs in metro, regional and outer-suburban areas.

An Emporium Creative Hub will be created in Bendigo together with the establishment of the Brunswick Design District.

Supporting diverse backgrounds

$4 million in support for Victorians from First Peoples, youth and diverse backgrounds to obtain secure, well-paid work, and support leadership programs for a diverse cohort of mid-career and established creatives.

This includes support for First Peoples' festivals and platforms such as Yirramboi, Blak & Bright Literature Festival and the Koorie Art Show, attracting more visitors to Victoria and creating new local jobs.

Media release

Creative State Future To Be Bolder And Brighter

Reviewed 20 May 2021


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