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The Cultural Development Network is an independent non-profit organisation that links local government, communities, artists, researchers and related agencies. We are based in Melbourne, Australia. We advocate for the essential function of arts and cultural expression in the development of creative, healthy, engaged and sustainable communities. We support local government in its role of assisting and resourcing local communities to make and express their own culture.


Latest News:

Professional development forum: Cultural development planning in local government in Victoria

Thursday 7 May 2015, 9.30-4.30 pm,
Room 1101, Municipal Association of Victoria, 60 Collins St, Melbourne.

This forum builds on last year’s series on cultural development planning that involved 75 staff and elected representatives from 50 Victorian councils. It offers extended material from last year’s series and a refresher of concepts presented in the 2014 series. (more…)

2014 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Forum

Enhancing Cultural Wellbeing and Cultural Citizenship Through the Arts

October 30, 2014 at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

This event was presented by the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network with the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Cultural Development Network and Multicultural Arts Victoria, and hosted by City of Ballarat and supported by City of Melbourne, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Monash and Brimbank City Council. (more…)

Arts Information Exchange

Live now! Arts Information Exchange is a centralised resource for queries about many aspects of the arts. It is designed to be usable by all arts workers to receive questions on the arts from across the local council area, the state or nationally. If you have a question or think you can provide the answers, the Arts Information Exchange is the place to go. You can post your questions anonymously and they go straight into the email inbox of experienced arts managers and artists to answer.

This is a free service you can offer your arts community and broader constituencies.

If you see this logo on a web page you will know that the organisation has people who are members of the exchange Advisors.

askinfoexchangeVisit and it will take you directly to the Exchange where you can enter your questions. The more you use the Exchange, and promote the link and the services, the greater response and value to the arts community.

Your questions are not only answered by knowledgeable people inside arts agencies, organisations, public institutions and artists but they are also distributed to the state-wide network of Advisors drawn from across all areas of the arts who can also contribute to the answer or comment. You can filter question topics from ‘collaboration’, ‘venues’, disability’, ‘events’ and ‘artists’ and many, more.

Become an arts Advisor!

It is easy to join the Arts Information Exchange as an Advisor and take the Exchange to your communities.
Step One: Go to
Step two: Go to the ‘Sign-up’ link in the top right-hand corner and register as an Advisor.
Step three: Complete registration, including the selection of postcodes of you council area (to filter questions)
Step four: Select the topics of interest that your have skills in answering.
Step five: Complete the Advisor information
Step six: promote the exchange and the logo link to your communities

It is that simple.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact CDN through: