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Creative industries add both economic and cultural value to society by generating knowledge, information and artefacts through creative practice and production. Resources in this collection focus on work by and about the cultural sector in Australia and overseas.
Report

Lifelong: perceptions of arts and culture among Baby Boomer middle Australians

This report brings together published and unpublished data on the attitudes and beliefs towards arts and culture held by ‘Baby Boomer middle Australians’. In presenting the findings of a third national focus group study on middle Australia, the aim is to ensure that Australia’s policy...
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Gender equality through the arts: program evaluation

Art has the power to illuminate inequities, generate discussion, give voice to and empower women, and motivate community action. Throughout this project, the potential for local government to promote gender equality through arts-based initiatives was evident.
Report

Gender equality through the arts: executive summary and case studies

VicHealth aims to use the power of art to raise awareness and promote gender equality, and to celebrate women. It also wants to build capacity by bringing artists and local councils together. The program has demonstrated the effectiveness of a partnership model for promoting gender...
Report

COVID-19 response impacts report 2020/21

The Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme was designed to deliver short-term relief as well as longer-term support for the arts and culture sector, which was hit hard by COVID-19. This document reports on the programme's impact.
Report

Sculpting a national cultural plan

This inquiry report asserts that a healthy, sustainable arts industry will allow Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions to emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency and allow Australia’s arts to reach new heights.
Position paper

Twenty-first century priorities for Australian arts and culture policy

This research calls for a National Arts, Culture and Creativity Plan, and explores emerging trends that must be accounted for in a 21st century understanding of Australian arts and culture.
Strategy

International engagement strategy 2021-2025

This strategy document has been informed by national and international sector consultation, and an evaluation of the activity delivered under the Australia Council’s International Arts Strategy 2015-2020.
Report

Creativity at the crossroads? The creative industries in Western Australia

This report explores the contributions that the creative industries sector makes to Western Australia’s economy and society, and the strengths, opportunities and challenges faced by creative entrepreneurs and workers in the state.
Report

International arts strategy 2015–20: impact report

The findings in this report reflect necessary pivots and re-prioritisations throughout the strategy period. However, the predominant story is one of success, with the total spend of $8 million resulting in significant positive impacts across the strategy’s objectives.
Discussion paper

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts: issues paper

The Productivity Commission has started a new study into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts. This issues paper sets out some of the issues and questions that people have raised in the early stage of the study.
Report

The next generation of voters

This report finds that young Australians don’t associate arts and culture with elitism – but rather, integral to a full and rounded life that can play an increasingly critical role in shaping our nation’s future direction.
Book

Creative frictions

Despite over 30 years of arts and cultural policy attention, there remains a widespread view among the general public and artists alike that creative production does not reflect Australia’s culturally diverse population. This book explores the relationship between visionary aspects of practice and policy.
Report

Creativity in crisis: rebooting Australia’s arts and entertainment sector after COVID

This report reveals the ongoing and devastating impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s arts and entertainment sector and provides a series of recommendations to government that would reboot the creative sector after the crisis subsides.
Strategy

Creative state 2025

Creative State 2025 is the Victorian Government’s next four-year creative industries strategy, designed to grow jobs and skills, and secure Victoria’s reputation as a global cultural destination and bold creative leader.
Strategy

Digital culture strategy 2021-24

This strategy document sets out the Australia Council for the Arts' vision for a digitally-enabled and thriving arts and cultural industry. It provides an overarching framework to guide their approach and priorities for digital development.
Report

In real life: mapping digital cultural engagement in the first decades of the 21st Century

Digital technology has profoundly altered our world and daily lives, including the ways we engage with arts and culture. This report explores ways to conceptualise arts and cultural participation in an environment increasingly influenced by digital technology.
Discussion paper

Performing arts advocacy in Australia

This discussion paper outlines long-term trends in performing arts attendance and finances, as well as providing analysis of the impact of COVID-19. The paper also suggests how advocacy for the performing arts could be improved.
Report

COVID-19 was an unexpected intermission for creative arts workers in Victoria: but what happens next? A research snapshot

The arts industry in Victoria has been seriously affected by public health-related state government restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. RMIT researchers invited creative arts workers to share their pandemic experiences in an online qualitative survey. This publication outlines some of the key findings.
Briefing paper

Transitioning young people to education and employment through arts-based social enterprises

The briefing draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s education, art and social science research community to inform policy makers on opportunities and challenges for arts-based social enterprises (ASEs) in supporting the engagement, well-being, education and employment pathways of marginalised young people, while trading creative products...