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Live public sphere consultation on digital culture

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The Hon Simon Crean MP Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts

Sen the Hon Kate Lundy

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Live public sphere consultation on digital culture

21 September 2011 SC115a/2011

Members of the digital arts, digital industries and cultural institutions are invited to share their ideas on Australia's national cultural policy through an online consultation, and a live forum to be held at the NSW Teachers Federation in Sydney on October 6.

The Digital Culture Public Sphere consultation, to be chaired by Senator Kate Lundy, will provide a platform for discussing Australia's first National Cultural Policy in almost two decades.

"This Public Sphere consultation will draw together people and organisations from the digital arts and industries, as well as cultural institutions from around the country to discuss their ideas for a 10 year national cultural policy that sets Australia up for the future," Senator Lundy said.

"Australia has a strong community and industry around digital arts such as games development, film and animation, media and music, digital arts and our cultural heritage, and this Public Sphere presents a great opportunity to be a part of the policy discussion."

Minister for the Arts Simon Crean said the Digital Culture Public Sphere consultation was an important part of the National Cultural Policy.

"We are laying the foundations for the broad cultural arts and industries in Australia at a time when high-speed broadband will provide a platform to use our cultural collections and creative skills for new artistic endeavours, international collaborations, applications, industries, education and research services," he said.

A "Public Sphere" is an award winning consultation methodology to incorporate traditional and online consultation tools including social media. It was designed to increase public participation in government policy development and directions.

There are a number of ways to participate in the Digital Culture Public Sphere, with all contributions presented to the live forum on October 6 as well as consolidated into the final submission paper:

 Blog: Post comments, links to papers, case studies and ideas to the blog;  Twitter: Tweet with #publicsphere so we can find your ideas;  Facebook: Post your ideas on the Facebook page;  Write to us: Email or send us a letter, but please note all topic

correspondence will be published on the blog for public transparency and peer review;  Run a roundtable: Run your own discussion or roundtable event and post the outcomes on the blog;  Live Event: Join us at our Live Event in Sydney on October 6, which

will be video streamed online so you can participate remotely. Please register to reserve a spot because spaces are limited to the venue capacity;  Video: Submit a brief video presentation (maximum 10 minutes) by adding a link to the blog; and  Endorse: Endorse the ideas you think are most important. Ideas resulting from the consultation will be put into an endorsement system from October 6-20 and will be linked to the blog.

Mr Crean said the National Cultural Policy would help to define how digital culture and industries were created and supported in Australia.

"The new policy will also guide how we develop the skills and capabilities for innovative and competitive cultural exports, and how we build a strong and compelling international reputation as a centre of cultural excellence and innovation," he said.

The Digital Culture Public Sphere is supported by Google Australia, Screen Australia and iGEA.

For more information about the Digital Culture Public Sphere and how you can contribute, please visit or contact the Public Sphere Coordinator, Pia Waugh on 0400 966 453 or

For more information about the National Cultural Policy visit

Media Contacts

 Crean Office - Glen Atwell 0403 949 599  Senator Lundy's office: Pia Waugh 0400 966 453