Collaborating with Regional Communities

Regional Arts Australia has released a new publication ‘Collaborating with Regional Communities’, which are guidelines and tools for regional arts and cultural engagement.

This free publication is full of useful, practical information and tips as well as case studies from across Australia.

These guidelines and tools are to assist those working in regional communities achieve a more rewarding level of involvement in cultural activities. They show how to strengthen decisions, build productive partnerships and develop positive outcomes for both local hosts and visitors to rural, regional and remote Australia.

Good practice enables strong participation in arts activities, saves time and money and achieves positive results regardless of the nature of the collaboration, the scale of the project, or the artform.

Download the publication here:

[Image credit: Oliver Eclipse, Barkly Regional Arts]

Economic Value of Arts, Screen and Culture to NSW

The NSW arts, screen and cultural sectors generate significant economic and societal benefits. To better-inform decision making and policy development, this report provides a comprehensive understanding of the direct and the broader ‘flow-on’ economic contribution of the arts, screen and cultural sectors to NSW.

The 2018 report can be downloaded  at


NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+

This Plan by Create NSW released in 2019 seeks to ensure that all New South Wales benefits from cultural infrastructure. The Plan articulates the strategic priorities for New South Wales to be a place where:

  • Culture is recognised as an integral part of communities and a key element of creating great places for people to live, work, visit, play and do business. Cultural infrastructure planning is integrated with state and local planning processes.
  • Everyone can access the infrastructure they need to make culture part of their everyday lives.
  • There is increased availability of affordable, fit-for-purpose and sustainable space to support the growth of the cultural sector and creative industries.
  • Cultural infrastructure delivery and funding is supported by partnerships across NSW Government, local councils, cultural organisations, philanthropists and business.
  • Greater Sydney’s three cities become a leading cultural capital in the Asia-Pacific and continue to grow the visitor economy, employment and growth.
  • Creativity and access to culture thrive across NSW through a strategic and coordinated approach to cultural infrastructure planning.

The full Plan is available at: content/uploads/2019/02/20190206_CIP2025.pdf

A Guide for Establishing and Managing a Night Time Economy

This 2019 report arose from a Parliamentary Enquiry into Live Music and the Night Time economy.

What’s in the guide?

  • A step by step guide to the approvals process, including the development application (DA) and liquor licence process
  • What the NTE is and how development within this sector requires additional considerations during the DA process
  • Common NTE uses and corresponding land use definitions to help guide you through the DA process
  • Examples of council policy and processes from across NSW to highlight that every council has subtle differences that need to be acknowledged when navigating the approvals process
  • Relevant NSW legislation

NSW Arts & Culture Framework Regional Summary

SEE FULL ‘NSW-Arts-and-Culture-Framework-Regional-Summary’ PDF


This is a summary of the policy contained in the new NSW Arts & Cultural Policy Framework: Create NSW. It has been prepared by Arts Mid North Coast to highlight those matters relevant to Regional Arts and no way seeks to purport to be the full document. It has been prepared to encourage people in the first instance to read and understand a State wide Policy document and understand how it impacts on Regional NSW. It deletes from the original.

  • Sections specific to Western Sydney and Sydney

  • All case studies used as examples from those areas

  • All images and graphics.

It also uses changed bold highlights and numbering so as to better identify specific regional matters and issues.

It reduces the 92 page full document to 24. Readers are encouraged to also view the full document which can be accessed by:

Downloading Downloading the accessible version of the full policy framework at

Kevin Williams
Regional Arts Development Officer
March 2 2015

SEE FULL NSW-Arts-and-Culture-Framework-Regional-Summary PDF