National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper

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Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean MP released a discussion paper for the National Cultural Policy on 11 August.

Consultation on a new National Cultural Policy began in 2009 and has involved discussions with the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the general public and government. These discussions have helped to develop the discussion paper, which outlines goals and strategies for the new policy.

‘The creative industries generate more for our economy in terms of output and employment than commonly recognised – but there is room for more growth’ said Mr Crean.

‘We want to keep up with the change and ensure all Australians – no matter who they are or where they live – can access arts and culture in all its many forms, particularly in regional areas.

‘The National Cultural Policy is fundamental, because the creative arts empower the individual and underpins expression, tolerance and inclusion.’

All Australians are invited to make comment on the paper until 21 October. Feedback will be used to help develop the National Cultural Policy for release early in 2012. In a media release, Mr Crean said that the new policy would be a 10-year vision for how arts and creativity would be supported, developed and ushered into the mainstream of modern Australia.

The discussion paper can be viewed online here.

For further information, visit the National Cultural Policy website.

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