Blending arts, design and public service on the way to the top

Just as the creative industries are breaking down barriers between disciplines, so too are the public servants brought together under Creative Victoria, explains the new agency’s head — plus why it’s worth getting breadth of career experience as well as depth.

While it’s sometimes difficult to figure out the reasons behind post-election agency restructures, the same could not be said for the new Creative Victoria.

At the beginning of this year, the formation of Creative Victoria saw the state become the first jurisdiction to bring both the arts and creative industries portfolios together under one umbrella.

Overseen by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, the agency takes a wider brief than previously, incorporating the functions of the former, more traditionally arts-focused Arts Victoria, but adds screen, film, television, computer games, as well as design, fashion and architecture.

The idea is to give a stronger economic focus within government to what is a big business in Victoria — a group of industries comprising around $33 billion, or 8% of the economy. The creative industries employ about 220,000 and have exports of $1.4 billion a year, attracting a tourist spend of around $1 billion.

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