Australian cultural and creative activity: a population and hotspot analysis

Four ‘creative hotspots’ have been identified in Western Australia, by the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Newcastle.

The nationwide three-year project was a partnership between the department, the universities, Arts Queensland, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, and Arts South Australia. It concluded in 2020.

WA’s creative hotspots are, Albany-Denmark, Busselton, Fremantle and Geraldton, all of which have above average creative and innovative growth and potential. 

The research, entitled ‘Australian cultural and creative activity: A population and hotspot analysis’ combined population-level statistical analysis and interviews with local creatives. 

Reports, factsheets and data tables

Detailed reports on each of the four WA hotspots have been published and are available above. These reports provide a detailed analysis of the creative ecosystem in each location and discuss potential reasons behind the higher-than-average creativity that exists there.  

The Queensland University of Technology project website also has published the following based on the most recent Census data (2016):

Reports on each of the other creative hotspots across Australia are also available on the Queensland University of Technology project website.

Page reviewed 07 September 2023