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2018 Meeting Dates

  • COUNCIL MEETING, Thursday 1 February 2018
  • COUNCIL MEETING, Thursday 26 April 2018
  • COUNCIL MEETING, Wednesday 20 June 2018
  • COUNCIL MEETING, Monday 20 August 2018
  • AICV FORUM, Great Hall NGV, 8 October 2018


2017 Meeting Dates

  • COUNCIL MEETING, Wednesday 12 April 2017
  • COUNCIL MEETING, Monday 4 September 2017


2015 Meeting Dates

  • COUNCIL MEETING, Tuesday 24 February, 3-5pm
  • MEMBERS’ MEETING, Tuesday 26 May, 3-5pm
  • COUNCIL MEETING, Tuesday 28 July, 3-5pm
  • MEMBERS’ MEETING, Tuesday 27 October, 3-5pm



Priorities for the next four years: Victorian State Election

In the lead up to the Victorian State Election, the Arts Industry Council (Vic) will be seeking the views of interested political parties on issues that reflect the concerns, needs and aspirations of the Victorian creative industries sector.

The 2018 Victorian State Election Arts, Culture & Creative Industries Forum will be held from 4.00-5.30pm on Monday 8th October 2018 in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Respective party representatives include: Martin Foley (Labor), Heidi Victoria (Liberal), Sue Pennicuik (Greens).


Update: Victorian Arts Priorities for the next four years: Responses from political parties released

In the lead up to the Victorian State Election, the Arts Industry Council (Vic) sought views from interested political parties issues that reflect the concerns, needs and aspirations of the Victorian arts and cultural sector.

We posed to representatives nine questions distilled from consultation with our members over the first half of 2014.

In June, we invited representatives from all interested political parties to respond to these issues.

The questions posed were:

  • How does your party define the cultural value of the arts?
  • How does your party define the social value of the arts?
  • How does your party define the economic value of the arts?
  • For the next four years, what are your arts priorities?
  • Do you see a role for the government in working holistically with the arts across different portfolios? If so, what strategies will you implement to achieve a holistic approach?
  • Will you commit to increasing consultation and engagement with the industry? If so, how will you resource that?
  • Where do you see the gaps in participation in the arts, as audiences, artists and the arts workforce? What will you do to reduce the gaps?
  • To retain and enhance Victoria’s cultural leadership, what will you do to support the creation of work, experimentation, and research and development?
  • In a tight fiscal climate, how can you provide improved access to space for artists’ creation and presentation? What strategies will you implement to activate existing spaces, outdoor spaces, etc?

AICV thanks Minister Heidi Victoria (Liberal), Martin Foley MP (Labor), Sue Pennicuik MLC (Greens) and Joel Murray (Australian Sex Party) for their responses. 



AICV Response: Australian Sex Party

Arts Priorities Response: Napthine Government

AICV Response: Victorian Greens

AICV Response: Victorian Labor

An arts strategy for a state of the arts: Arts Industry Council (Victoria) discussion paper.



Victoria’s arts industry is a key strength of the state’s culture, economy and liveability.

Successive governments have invested in the arts through the creation and operation of flagship institutions; through comprehensive policy frameworks in portfolio areas such as arts, education, health, regional development and innovation; as well as through the development and support of independent artists, arts organisations, audiences and artistic endeavour.

An arts strategy for a state of the arts is the only way to ensure that public investment in the arts will yield the very best outcomes for all Victorians. Stronger coordination between government and industry is required in order to progress and nurture this important arts ecology.

The industry calls upon the Victorian Government to secure the state of the arts in Victoria through the following four strategies: LEAD, INVEST, EMPOWER and BROKER. Download the 4 page document here.

AICV – Members’ Meeting March 2014 Outcomes.



AICV - Members' Meeting March 2014 Outcomes

The March Members’ meeting included:

  • AICV – Council update. Update on recent work and meetings.
  •  National update – current arts policy issues: ArtsPeak National, Australia Council Strategic Plan, National Local Government Forum, and the national digital platform.
  • Special guest speaker Joel Murray, The Australian Sex Party.  Joel provided a brief overview of the party’s arts policies.
  • 2014 Victorian State Election – arts priorities consultation continued. As Victoria heads towards an election in November, the Arts Industry Council is talking to members regarding needs and priorities for the sector. We will be using feedback from our consultations with members to inform our policy direction and shape our advocacy to all parties over the coming months.


The Member Meetings in 2013 covered a range of diverse arts industry issues. Outcome reports from 2013 are available to download below:



AICV - Members' Meeting May 2013 Outcomes

The AICV May Members Meeting was held at Melbourne Museum, and attended by around 20 AICV members. The agenda included three key discussions: feedback on the Arts Victoria Organisations Investment Program; the proposed Victorian Arts and Culture Strategy; and the impact of the recent state budget on the arts in Victoria. A letter was written on behalf of the members to Arts Victoria, with feedback from the meeting.




Arts Victoria Organisational Funding Review - AICV Discussion Paper Response

AICV facilitated a meeting 8 June 2012 with members and key stakeholders to inform the AICV’s Discussion Paper Response. While each respective organisation planned to develop its own response to the Discussion Paper, there were four commonalities that the meeting recognised:

  1. The meeting was unanimous in its support of the development of a State Arts Policy, providing governance to Arts Victoria’s programs including the Organisations Funding Program.
  2. The meeting noted that the Organisations Funding Program is significantly underfunded, with the success of the Review reliant on an appropriate level of investment by government.
  3. The meeting was concerned that the models proposed in the Discussion Paper were too reductive and could therefore limit the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate innovation, new models, cross-sectorial approaches and collaboration. The meeting believed that applicants could potentially meet several of the criteria in each of the proposed models, so a less rigid, more flexible set of criteria is preferred.
  4. The meeting reaffirmed that the sector welcomed change and the undertaking of the Review. The AICV’s final submission reflected and elaborated on these main points as well as providing commentary on other points raised in the Paper.