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Next step to first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years

11 August 2011 SC099/2011

Arts Minister Simon Crean today invited all Australians to comment on a discussion paper for the country's first National Cultural Policy in almost two decades.

Mr Crean said the new policy would be a 10-year vision for how arts and creativity would be supported, developed and ushered into the mainstream of modern Australia.

"The arts are fundamental to our way of life and not just for their entertainment value," Mr Crean said.

"More than 15 million Australian adults attend at least one cultural event or performance every year - not including cinema - and our preferences for what we attend are changing.

"Film and live music performances are among the most popular forms of entertainment, ahead of the long established art forms including opera, theatre, dance and classical music.

"Today, more than half of all 15 to 24 year olds use the internet to research, view or create some kind of music, writing or artistic performance - and there is a broader audience for contemporary music, multicultural arts, modern arts and community-based activity.

"More than 285,000 people are employed directly in arts and cultural jobs and Australia's creative industries already contribute over $31 billion to industry gross product.

"The creative industries generate more for our economy in terms of output and employment than commonly recognised - but there is room for more growth.

"We want to keep up with change and ensure all Australians - no matter who they are or where they live - can access arts and culture in all its many forms, particularly in regional areas. (1 of 3) [27/10/2011 12:05:43 PM]


Next step to first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years

"The National Cultural Policy is fundamental, because the creative arts empower the individual and underpins expression, tolerance and inclusion.

"That's why they will be included in the new national curriculum, to ensure young Australians have access to learning in the creative arts.

"Labor firmly believes that a creative nation is a productive nation, which is why we invest over $740 million each year directly on the arts and other cultural activities.

"But 17 years after the Keating Government released its comprehensive cultural policy statement - Creative Nation - it's timely that we reassess and more effectively connect the arts and creative industries into the mainstream of modern Australia.

"A renewed National Cultural Policy will ensure Australia doesn't miss important opportunities to tell our stories, educate and skill our workforce and enable our culture to connect with the rest of the world."

Mr Crean said feedback on the discussion paper would be encouraged around four proposed goals:

● Ensure what the Government supports - and how this support is provided - reflects the diversity of a

21st century Australia, and protects and supports Indigenous culture; ● Encourage the use of emerging technologies and new ideas that support the development of new

artworks and the creative industries in ways which enable more people to access and participate in arts and culture; ● Support excellence and world-class endeavour and strengthen the role that the arts play in telling

Australian stories both here and overseas; ● Increase and strengthen the capacity of the arts to contribute to our society and economy.

Mr Crean said all Australians, whether they worked in the arts sector or not, were encouraged to read the discussion paper and make a submission.

"We also need to think creatively about how we can make best use of the considerable resources already in the arts sector to obtain better outcomes for the Australian community," he said.

"This is a major undertaking and we will continue to work closely with all sectors of the industry to achieve the best possible result."

The discussion paper has drawn on comments and issues identified during initial public consultation by former Arts Minister Peter Garrett in 2009-10.

The opportunity to provide feedback will be open for 10 weeks until 21 October and will be used to help develop the National Cultural Policy for release early next year. (2 of 3) [27/10/2011 12:05:43 PM]

Next step to first National Cultural Policy in almost 20 years

The discussion paper and information about how to provide feedback is available at

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● Crean Office - Glen Atwell 0403 949 599 (3 of 3) [27/10/2011 12:05:43 PM]