Australian Cultural Policy: The Next Decade

A one-day symposium on the future of Australian culture participants, presented by NAVA and Monash University Masters of Cultural & Creative Industries, 8 April 2019.

Australia’s cultural and creative industries are a $111 billion sector and employ 399,000 workers nationally. Cultural symbols lie at the heart of what it means to be Australian. 

Yet the Commonwealth government has no formal national policy for this sector. 

Monash University’s Masters of Cultural and Creative Industries and the National Association for the Visual Arts invite you to a one-day symposium to discuss the future of Australian cultural policy. 

What are the pressing challenges facing the sector? What are the opportunities? And how could policymakers address them?

Hosted by Esther Anatolitis and Dr Ben Eltham, the symposium brings together leaders from the cultural industries, federal politics, higher education and the arts for a one-day discussion charting a road map for the next term of government.

9am - 5pm Monday 8 April 2019

Isabella Fraser Room, State Library of Victoria

Attendance is free, bookings essential.


  • Current state of the industries
  • Cultural labour markets
  • Cultural funding
  • Cultural regulation
  • Tech, data and culture
  • Artists' rights
  • Public space
  • Arts, cultural and public interest journalism
  • The future of the ABC
  • Policy roadmap for the new decade

NAVA acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where this event is taking place,  the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation and others who traded on, travelled through and connected with this land, and continue to do so. We recognise all Custodians of Country throughout all lands, waters and territories. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.