News and resources

Arts and culture plans and strategies

Below are Victorian strategies, policies, plans and community consultations and other resources to assist with planning for growth across the creative sector.

This resource is a growing list of reference material that aims to assist local government as well as organisations and businesses wanting to work effectively with councils.

If your plan is not listed, please feel free to send a link to your strategy to MAV Arts and Culture, at

Victorian government

Council plans and strategies

Ballarat City CouncilBallarat Public Art Master Plan (PDF - 2.08MB)
Banyule City CouncilArts and Culture Strategic Plan 2017-2021
Baw Baw Shire CouncilArts, Culture and Events Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF - 1.64MB)
Greater Dandenong City CouncilArts and Cultural Heritage Strategy (HTML)
Greater Geelong City CouncilConnecting People, Place & Environment: A Public Art Strategy for the City of Greater Geelong (Word - 10.1MB)
Greater Geelong City CouncilLive Music Action Plan 2017 (Word - 1.24MB)
Hobsons Bay City CouncilCreative City: Arts and Culture Plan 2018-22 (HTML)
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilArts and Culture Strategy 2018-2028 (Word - 419KB)
Maribyrnong City CouncilArts and Culture Strategy 2018-2023 (HTML)
Maribyrnong City CouncilPublic Art Strategy 2019-29 (PDF 1.2MB)
Melbourne City CouncilCreative Strategy 2018-28 (HTML)
Melbourne City CouncilMelbourne Music Plan (HTML)
Mildura Rural City CouncilArts, Culture and Heritage Strategy 2016-2020 (HTML)
Mornington Peninsula Shire CouncilArts & Culture Plan 2020-2024 (PDF - 1.42MB)
Nillumbik Shire CouncilThe Arts & Cultural Plan 2018-2022: Celebrating Nillumbik's HeARTbeat (HTML)
Port Phillip City CouncilArt and Soul: Creative and Prosperous City Strategy 2018-22 (PDF - 1.6MB)
Port Phillip City CouncilPublic Art Developers Guidebook (PDF - 740KB)
South Gippsland Shire CouncilArt, Culture & Creative Industry Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF - 1.84MB)
Swan Hill Rural City CouncilCreative Strategy 2018-2022 (HTML)
Yarra Ranges Shire CouncilYarra Ranges Shire Council: Creative Communities Strategy (PDF - 4.97MB)

Other strategies and plans to consider

Australian Capital TerritoryartsACT: The ACT Government's Arts Agency (HTML)
Adelaide (South Australia) City of Adelaide: Cultural Strategy 2017-2023 (PDF - 2.12MB)
Adelaide (South Australia)Music SA: Live Music Toolbox (PDF - 1.6MB)
Brisbane (Queensland)Creative Brisbane. Creative Economy. 2013-22 (PDF - 3.23MB)
Darwin (Northern Territory)City of Darwin: Arts and Culture Plan 2015-2020 (HTML)
Hobart (Tasmania)Creative Hobart Strategy (HTML)
Perth (Western Australia) City of Perth: Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy (HTML)
Perth (Western Australia)Arts, Cultural and Heritage Strategy (PDF - 1.0MB)
Perth (Western Australia)City of Perth: Art City Walking Trail (PDF - 2.77MB)
Perth (Western Australia)City of Perth: Public Art Strategy: Appendices (PDF - 271KB)
Sydney (New South Wales)City Art Sydney: Public Art Strategy & Policy (HTML)
London, United KingdomCity of London: Cultural Strategy 2018-2022 (HTML)
Ontario, CanadaOntario Arts Council: Vital Arts and Public Value: A Blueprint for 2014-2020 (PDF - 1.38MB)