The newly announced 2019-20 Victorian Budget delivers new initiatives totalling $225.5 million for the creative industries portfolio. These span the creative and cultural sector, from large cultural attractions to independent creators and regional opportunities. Latest figures show that Victoria’s creative industries deliver $31 billion to the state – up 23% in four years. Read more from Creative Victoria.
TNA serves on the Arts Industry Council of Victoria and has released a response to the sector via Arts Hub:
Co-convenors of the Arts Industry Council of Victoria, Simone Schinkel (TNA) and Joe Toohey (RAV), described the budget’s commitments to the cultural sector as ‘welcome’ but expressed some concern about its lack of support for regional arts and the touring sector.
“The budget for 2019-20 consists largely of election commitments and/or announcements already made by the State Government for the creative sector, as might have been expected given the current public narrative about the budget. These are welcome investments.”