Discussion paper

The NSW Creative Industries Industry Action Plan (IAP) is one of six IAPs commissioned by the NSW Government to help re-build the NSW economy. The NSW Government appointed the Creative Industries Taskforce to lead the development of the vision, long-term strategy and actions positioned to drive the growth of the creative industries over the next 10 years.

The Taskforce notes that this IAP is being developed in an environment where governments at all levels are reviewing their arts and cultural policies.

The Commonwealth Government released its National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, on 13 March 2013, two days after the release of the draft IAP. There is strong alignment between the National Cultural Policy and the Creative Industries IAP. This includes: the recognition of the importance of the creative industries to Australia’s future social and economic prosperity; the strong focus on education and investing in developing creative careers; and the importance of maximising the use of high-speed broadband in order to connect metropolitan and regional areas, and the opportunity this offers businesses to improve market access and connect with new national and international audiences.

The NSW Government has also committed to developing a NSW arts and cultural policy. This will strengthen the NSW Government’s approach to arts and cultural investment, provide a foundation for the continued development of the State’s cultural institutions (Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, State Library of NSW and the Sydney Opera House), other NSW arts and cultural organisations and artists, and identify ways to support participation in arts and cultural activities.

Meanwhile the City of Sydney has released its discussion paper, Creative City, as an initial stage in developing its own cultural policy.

The Taskforce appreciates the importance that access to world-class and good quality arts and cultural infrastructure has in sustaining creative industries in NSW. The Taskforce notes that the NSW arts and cultural policy will have a specific focus on the needs of the publicly funded arts and cultural infrastructure in NSW. For this reason, the Taskforce has determined that these issues are more appropriately considered within the context of the development of the NSW arts and cultural policy and the issues raised will be referred to Arts NSW who is facilitating the development of that Policy.

It is anticipated that, at the NSW Government level, the IAP and the impending NSW arts and cultural policy will complement each other and provide a sound platform to help drive the growth and development of the creative industries.

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