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2015-16 Victorian Budget

Date: 5 May 2015

The 2015-16 State Budget has provided $202 million over four years to support initiatives for the creative industries across the arts, culture, screen and design sectors. This is in addition to core portfolio spending of more than $470 million in 2015-16.

The 2015-16 Budget initiatives for the creative industries are:

Creative spaces

  • $55.4m to support the a major redevelopment at the State Library of Victoria which will increase the Library’s public spaces by 40%;
  • $30m for the long-awaited redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre;
  • $20m over four years for the continuation of Creative Victoria’s Arts and Cultural Facilities Maintenance Fund, which provides critical support to maintain Victoria’s state-owned cultural assets;
  • $18m for Museum Victoria to renew its permanent exhibitions – across Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum; and
  • $150k for Multicultural Arts Victoria to explore the feasibility of developing a new cultural and creative hub, ‘House of World Cultures’ at Port Melbourne’s Station Pier.

Events and activities

  • $9m over two years for the National Gallery of Victoria to continue its summer series of blockbuster contemporary art and design exhibitions;
  • $1.4m to support key screen industry events and activities, including support for Melbourne International Film Festival’s Premiere Fund, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and a new Chinese Film Festival; and
  • $1.5 million to support signature events and activities in the design sector; Melbourne International Design Week, the Premier’s Design Awards and MPavilion.

Support for creative professionals and organisations

  • $3.5m to Film Victoria to support its investment, development and skills programs which support Victorian screen practitioners and businesses across film, television and digital games;
  • $12.2m over four years for Music Works, a multifaceted new package of initiatives for Victoria’s live music industry, including support for local artists, live music venues, skills development and export opportunities;
  • $20 million over four years for the arts in regional Victoria. The regional package includes a new Regional Centre of Culture initiative, which will put the spotlight on the creative and cultural strengths of Victoria’s regions, the extension of the successful Small Town Transformation program, and increased support for regional touring, programming and community engagement across regional Victoria;
  • $26.5m to strengthen Victoria’s renowned and diverse independent arts sector. This package secures Creative Victoria funding for artists, small to medium arts and cultural organisations, education, youth and multicultural arts programs.
  • Funding for Arts Centre Melbourne ($2m), Melbourne Recital Centre ($500k) and the State Library of Victoria ($1.5m) to ensure they can reach and deliver programs for all Victorians.

Outside of the creative industries portfolio the Budget also delivered:

  • $13.4m to support an upgrade to the heritage-listed Palais Theatre in St Kilda, Melbourne

See full details of the 2015-16 State Budget across all portfolios

Budget breakdown

The 2015-16 State Budget sets out funding that will be delivered from 2015-16 onwards. Some initiatives provide one-off funding, other packages run for a set amount of years, and some are continuing. The Budget initiatives are divided into two funding categories:

  • Output Funding Initiatives: This describes funding to support activities or services delivered to the community, and
  • Asset Funding Initiatives: funding and investment in state-owned assets including venues, facilities and collections.  

Output initiatives - 2015-16 creative industries budget

Asset initiatives - 2015-16 creative industries budget