Creative State 2025: new policy places creativity at the heart of Victoria

Two new funding programs are among Creative Victoria’s latest four-year strategy to improve industry stability and accessibility.
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On Monday (12 July) Creative Victoria released the state’s next four-year arts strategy backed by a $288 million budget to support the creative workforce.

While development of Creative State 2025 predates the current COVID-19 reality, the strategy identifies longstanding vulnerabilities in the creative sector as a core industry weakness that need to be addressed. Such issues include high casualisation, employment uncertainty, increased business risks, disproportionate impacts for marginalised groups and concerns for public safety.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_