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Creating Queensland’s future:
Developing a 10-Year Roadmap for the arts, cultural and creative sector

Informing the future direction of Queensland’s arts, cultural and creative sector and its role in Queensland’s future.




Queensland’s arts, cultural and creative sector is a vital force in Queensland’s social and economic life, delivering vibrant and accessible experiences, and creating a national and international profile for our local talent and product.

Queensland is witnessing a period of rapid change fuelled by changing demographics, evolving consumer tastes and expectations, social trends and digital transformation. It is important to ensure the sector can respond proactively to the opportunities and challenges it is likely to experience in the future.

During an eight week consultation period from 23 October to 18 December 2018, the discussion paper Creating Queensland’s Future: 10-Year Roadmap for the arts, cultural and creative sector consultation invited the public and communities across the state, industry, business and all levels of government to share insights on how best to take advantage of these opportunities, meet our challenges and inform the future direction for the sector in Queensland.

The consultation encouraged Queenslanders to have a say on how the sector can support Queensland priorities and what the opportunities are to expand current practice and initiatives by completing the online survey here.


What was the consultation about?

Consultation for the discussion paper Creating Queensland’s Future: 10-Year Roadmap for the arts, cultural and creative sector was conducted from 23 October 2018 to April 2019, offering an opportunity to contribute towards the future direction of the sector and positioning the sector as a key driver in supporting Queensland’s future.

A draft vision and potential objectives were proposed to help stimulate discussion on how the government, sector, industry and the community can help shape the sector. These, together with the Discussion Paper, can be found below.


The way forward

This consultation process is the first step towards developing a whole-of-government strategic approach to position Queensland’s sector as a key driver in securing Queensland’s creative future over the next 10 years.

Our proposed 10-year vision is that:

Queensland’s unique and innovative arts, cultural and creative sector is a key driver in strengthening the State’s local and visitor economy, supporting employment and enriching the lives of Queenslanders and their communities.

To support this vision the Queensland Government, through strategic investment, strong partnerships, and the sharing of data and learnings, will work to:

Build the creative capability of Queensland’s workforce

  • foster creativity as a skill of the future
  • cultivate diversity within the sector’s workforce
  • create pathways for young people, emerging practitioners and creative workers
  • build sector knowledge and experience through professional development
  • enable and promote strong governance and leadership 


Enrich the lives of Queenslanders through arts and culture

  • engage people of all abilities and ages in creative experiences
  • engage young people in creative leadership, learning and experiences
  • enhance creative spaces and cultural infrastructure
  • position Queensland as an arts and cultural destination


Empower Queensland’s arts, cultural and creative sector to drive innovation and economic growth

  • develop Queensland stories, cultural products and experiences
  • support the convergence of arts and culture with other industries and sectors
  • build entrepreneurial capacity, sustainability and resilience
  • encourage the adoption of digital technologies and solutions
  • enable collaboration that drives new ideas and growth
  • collaborate with local, regional and state tourism organisations to grow and promote quality cultural products, events and experiences


Outcomes of the consultation

Feedback collected through the consultation will be used to inform the development of a 10-Year Roadmap and action plan for the arts, cultural and creative sector which will be released publically in 2019.




Why the arts, cultural and creative sector is important 

Queensland’s arts, cultural and creative sector supports employment opportunities and contributes to economic and social policy outcomes, including revitalised communities and solutions to individual, social or community concerns.

Key facts:

  • Creativity is considered one of the priority skills needed for future employment
  • In Australia it is estimated that the sector contributes $86 billion annually to the national economy – more than the transport industry.
  • Over 600,000 people work in Australia’s creative workforce with over 80,000 located in Queensland.
  • Engagement with arts, culture and creativity delivers benefits in a wide range of areas including health and wellbeing, positive ageing, youth justice, domestic violence and community recovery.
  • Engagement in First Nations arts supports economic empowerment, cultural maintenance and community connectedness among First Nations Peoples
  • Arts provide opportunities for individuals and groups to generate civic pride and support communities to form strongest and distinct shared identities
  • Arts in education can help deliver broader curriculum objectives and has been linked to enhanced academic achievement, creative problem solving, critical thinking and verbal skill.



The discussion paper

The Creating Queensland’s Future: 10-Year Roadmap for the arts, cultural and creative sector discussion paper proposes a vision, key priorities and topline actions to stimulate discussion and gather feedback on the direction of the sector and its role in creating Queensland’s future.

You can provide feedback on the discussion paper via an online survey, written submission or by attending a public forum. Take the online survey now.

Feedback collected on the discussion paper will inform an arts, cultural and creative sector 10-Year Roadmap and action plan to be published in mid 2019.

Download full discussion paper in PDF format (3.92 MB)

Download full discussion paper in MS Word format (27.2 KB)

Download summary discussion paper in PDF format (55.04 KB)

Download summary discussion paper in MS Word format (144.31 KB)



Queensland Government support

The Queensland Government is a significant investor in the arts, cultural and creative sector.

It is estimated the Queensland Government funded $367.1 million in culture expenditure during 2016-17 through investment programs, initiatives and partnerships, capital funding investment, funding to support significant events and exhibitions, support for export ready products, and support for programs in education and hospitals.



Get in touch

  • online survey - survey is now closed
  • write to us


    or write to:
    Creating Queensland’s future consultation
    Arts Queensland
    GPO Box 1436
    Brisbane QLD 4001



Public forums


Indigenous consultation public forums

Arts Queensland is seeking to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of the Queensland Government’s consultation on the development of a 10-year Roadmap for the arts, culture and creative sector.

This consultation will explore further opportunities to celebrate Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, develop Indigenous artists and arts workers, and also create and share more First Nations stories.

The first stage of consultation was completed in December 2018 and was supported by the Creating Queensland’s Future: 10-Year Roadmap for the arts, cultural and creative sector discussion paper.

This consultation will inform action planning as part of the final 10-year Roadmap which is expected to be released later this year.


Have your say

In addition to the Indigenous consultations, you can also have your say via an online survey here.


The following sessions are being held by Arts Queensland.

 Location  Date  Time  Address  Registration


 Thursday, 28 March 2019


 Artist Workshop, Church of Christ Complex, Cnr of Fulham Rd and Palmerston St, Townsville



 Monday, 11 February 2019


 Theatre Rehearsal Room, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley



 Tuesday, 19 February 2019


 Tropics – Room S303A ,Cairns TAFE, Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets, Cairns, 4870



 Wednesday, 27 February 2019


 CRAC Community Hub, 29 Taylor Street, Coen


 Thursday Island

 Wednesday, 20 February 2019


 Port Kennedy Hall, 66 Douglas St, Thursday Island 4875



 Monday, 18 March 2019 


 Dunwich Public Hall, 6 Ballow Rd, Dunwich QLD 4183



 Tuesday, 19 March 2019


 Winifred Fisher Knowledge Centre, Old Youth Respite centre, Barambah Road, Cherbourg, 4605


 Palm Island

 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 


 PCYC, Main St, Palm Island QLD 4816



The following sessions are being held in partnership with the Australia Council’s National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) consultation.

 Location  Date  Time  Address  Registration

 Gold Coast

 Monday, 11 February 2019


 HOTA, Home of the Arts. Panorama Suite, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, 4217


 Sunshine Coast

 Tuesday, 12 February 2019


 Nambour PCYC, 3 Youth Avenue, Burnside, 4560



 Wednesday, 13 February 2019


 Darambal Convention Centre, Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Bruce Highway Rockhampton, 4700


 Mount Isa

 Thursday, 14 February 2019


 Mount Isa Regional Gallery, Outback at Isa , 19 Marian St, Mount Isa 4825



National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority
For decades, the idea of a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) has emerged and re-emerged in recognition of the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts as the world’s premier continuous cultural tradition, and the ongoing responsibilities and obligations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain, control, protect and nurture this inheritance and its myriad contemporary creative expressions

To make sure that you are being heard there are a number of ways you can provide input through this consultation process.  For more information see the NIACA website.


Other community consultation public forums

The following sessions are being held by Arts Queensland.

 Location  Date  Time  Address  Registration


 Friday, 22 March 2019


 Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill (between Flecker Garden and the Tanks Arts Centre)



Previously held public forums

We visited a number of locations during November and December 2018. Below are the dates and locations for all public forums that were held across the state.






12 December


Brisbane Jazz Club, 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169


22 November


School of Arts, Room 2R, 184 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670


6 December


Caboolture Hub, 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture QLD 4510


29 November


CQU, Rooms 3.27/3.28 (suits 60 to 80), 42-52 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD 4870


4 December


Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra QLD 4551


29 November


Charleville Town Hall, 34 Wills Street, Charleville QLD 4470


26 November

5.30pm-7.30 pm

Cloncurry Community Precinct, 37 Scarr Street, Cloncurry QLD 4824


5 December


Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Cnr Goondoon and Bramston Streets, Gladstone QLD 4680

Gold Coast

28 November


HOTA - Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217


28 November


Flinders Entertainment Centre, 19 Flinders Street, Hughenden QLD 4821


29 November


North Ipswich Corporate Centre, 43 The Terrace, Ipswich, QLD 4305


11 December


Town Hall Supper Room, Lot 28 Glendon Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610


3 December


Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central QLD 4114


28 November


Longreach Arts and Craft Centre, 113 Ibis Street, Longreach QLD 4730


28 November


JCC Training Room, Jubilee Community Centre, Mackay QLD 4740




Gatakers Artspace, Kent Street, Maryborough QLD 4650


30 November


The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads QLD 4567


10 December


Auditorium, Redlands Performing Arts Centre, 2/16 Middle Street, Cleveland QLD 4163


12 December


Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Cnr Derby Street and East Street, Rockhampton QLD 4700


21 November


Empire Theatre, 54-56 Neil Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350


29 November


Umbrella Arts, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810


Online webinars took place:

  •  Craft and Design Roadmap online webinar - 6pm Thursday, 13 December 2018.
  •  Performing Arts and Touring Roadmap online webinar - 10am Thursday, 13 December 2018.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with the progress of the consulation, you can subscribe to receive regular updates from Arts Queensland here.

The Queensland Government is committed to providing accessible services to Queenslanders of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. If you have difficulty understanding this publication and need a translator, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on telephone 131 450 and ask them to contact the department on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).