Professional Development Forum: Cultural Development Planning in Local Government in Victoria, 2015

Municipal Association of Victoria, Melbourne, May 2015

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

This event built on previous work done to assist the development of shared processes and standards in the cultural development sector across the whole of Victoria. It offered local government cultural development workers skill development in cultural planning, and the chance to share expertise and experience.

Participants learned:
•    How to consult, research, develop, implement and evaluate their cultural development plans,
•    To develop skills in use of national, state and local data to inform their planning.

New resources developed by CDN since the series last year were provided to participants. These included a step by step guide to cultural planning; a case example of a cultural development plan from a Victorian council; and a fully developed framework for evaluation and dynamic relationships for project management.
The format included presentations, group discussion, case studies and information about resources.

The CDN team were very pleased to have the level of attendance and engagement from such a professional and geographically diverse group. Survey feedback received from the forum and information shared has thus far been very positive…..

‘It is a very thorough and well thought through process which should be achievable for everyone to implement and a wonderful resource for once they get use to it.’

‘I am looking forward to applying this framework to the development of our arts and cultural strategy which is currently being drafted.’



’Everything I have been trying to say, but said much better!’

In presenting the framework many ideas on how it could be further developed were shared and ongoing feedback remains welcome. An improved version of the framework will be available via our website in coming weeks.

FORUM FACILITATORS: John Smithies, Director, and Dr. Kim Dunphy, Research Program Manager, of the Cultural Development Network, Victoria, with contributions from members of MAV’s Arts and Culture Committee.

Enquiries: Dr. Kim Dunphy, CDN, kim.dunphy@culturaldevelopment.net.au or 0417 038 824

CDN is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria for this event.

Read our program report here: Cultural Planning in LG Vic report