Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Jobs boost charted in WA arts and culture first

    27/10/2016 11:00 AM
    • Strategic Directions 2016-2031 for arts, cultural and creative businesses
    • Sector aims to provide eight per cent of WA employment
    • Arts Leadership Group links culture, commerce and government

    Western Australia's first long-term vision for the arts and culture sector will foster new business and cultural opportunities across the State.


    Launching Strategic Directions 2016-2031, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the document outlined the Liberal National Government's vision for a strong and vibrant arts base.


    "Its mission statement is clear - for WA to be the best place to live, work and play thanks to the contribution of its arts, culture and creative industries," he said.


    "We can look forward to a bigger and busier culture and arts sector that continuously creates new jobs and opportunities.


    "This is an exciting and challenging road map that aims for eight per cent of West Australians to be working in the arts, cultural and creative industries, through a unified approach from government, the community and private enterprise."


    Among the highlights, Strategic Directions 2016-2031 flags the potential of arts tourism and Aboriginal culture, and the value of the $428 million new museum project.


    "The strategy sets short and longer-term goals and charts the diversification and expansion of non-government funding sources, which are crucial for growth and sustainability," Mr Day said.


    "By 2026, it aims to deliver growth in visual arts, crafts and design, literature, digital media and theatre, plus job creation in film, animation, architecture, music, fashion, gaming and dance.


    "I welcome the aspirations in this document and look forward to seeing them realised."


    The Department of Culture and the Arts will work to establish connections between State and local government, the arts sector and the public.


    The Minister thanked the Arts Leadership Group for their work in developing the strategy. 


    Fact File

    • The Minister for Culture and the Arts established the Arts Leadership Group in 2014, comprising CEOs and directors-general from key government departments and industry and arts organisations including: the departments of Culture and the Arts, and Sport and Recreation, Lotterywest, Tourism WA, State Library of WA, WA Museum, Art Gallery of WA, ScreenWest, Perth Theatre Trust, Western Australian Local Government Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, Perth International Arts Festival, Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the Committee for Perth
    • Strategic Directions 2016-2031 is available at http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/alg

    Minister's office - 6552 6200


    Facebook image Twitter image