Strategic and holistic planning with all stakeholders is the start of effective action. There is no single solution or one-size-fits-all approach. As we continue to grow the State’s cultural and creative economy, we will increase pressure
on existing cultural infrastructure and require new, fit-for-purpose cultural infrastructure.
This Framework establishes the process for how we will achieve this.
What will a Cultural Infrastructure Framework mean for WA?
By 2030+ we want WA to be the most culturally engaged State in Australia—with cultural infrastructure that celebrates our rich cultural diversity and creative talent, the State recognised as a major hub for technical innovation and the creative
industries, and WA known as one of the most artistic and inspiring places in the world.
What is cultural infrastructure?
Cultural infrastructure includes the buildings, places, spaces, people and technology necessary for arts and cultural education, creation, production, engagement, collaboration, ceremony, preservation, conservation, interpretation, sharing
Cultural infrastructure includes physical infrastructure like our performing arts centres, music venues, film and television studios, galleries, collections and digital technology. Integral to these spaces are the staff, volunteers
and digital networks required to operate them.
Cultural infrastructure supports and grows WA’s creativity, tangible and intangible culture, and cultural heritage. While tangible culture could be a painting or performance, intangible culture could be a story, songline1 or practised tradition. ‘Intangible cultural heritage’ means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills … transmitted from generation to generation.2
Cultural infrastructure exists at the nexus between physical assets and spaces with people and technology. This Framework is concerned with all of these things.
It is important that the strategy (Framework) acknowledges that cultural infrastructure doesn’t just facilitate culture but is part of our culture too.’ (key stakeholder consultation)
What informed this Framework?
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Framework 2030+ (the Framework) was informed by analysis of stakeholder consultations; global trends, best practice and sustainable development goals; local strategies and planning frameworks; and government
WA’s first cultural infrastructure framework was developed through key stakeholder consultation between 2018 and 2019. This is a timely period for cultural infrastructure in Australia and WA. In 2019 Infrastructure Australia included
arts and cultural infrastructure – and other social infrastructure – in the Australian Infrastructure Audit for
the first time.
Also, in 2019 Infrastructure WA was established. Infrastructure WA is a statutory authority with a mandate to provide assistance to the State Government on infrastructure matters, assist in enhancing efficiency and effectiveness, and sound
decision making in relation to infrastructure planning. Infrastructure WA has commenced consultation to develop WA’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, which will identify infrastructure needs and priorities to support
WA’s growing population. Infrastructure WA will also advise government on future infrastructure proposals prior to a final investment decision being made and will coordinate WA’s submissions to Infrastructure Australia for
proposals seeking Commonwealth funding.
Key stakeholder consultation on this Framework included interviews in the Kimberley, Mid-West, and Perth, workshops in the Pilbara and Perth, four live webinars, an online survey engaging stakeholders across the State and written submissions.
Overall, there were over 480 key stakeholder engagements with the Framework.
For further details of the consultation process, see Appendix A – What informed the Framework.
How to use this Framework
This Framework introduces a suite of documents that form the Cultural Infrastructure Toolkit (Toolkit). These documents will be iterative, updated periodically, and available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
(DLGSC) website. The Toolkit can become a resource to assist State and local governments and decision makers to assess cultural infrastructure needs and priorities.
The initial launch of the Toolkit incorporates the following:
- WA Cultural Infrastructure Framework 2030+ Summary
- WA Cultural Infrastructure Framework 2030+
- WA Cultural Infrastructure Investment Guidelines
- WA Cultural Infrastructure Map.
More documents will be added over time to ensure the Toolkit is comprehensive and current.
Successful implementation of the Framework can only be achieved through collaboration and partnerships across all tiers of government, the cultural and creative sector, investors, developers, planners, architects, and local communities.