Creative Industries minister Martin Foley.

THE state government has launched a new plan aimed at increasing the level of involvement among indigenous artists and creative industry bureaucrats in the state’s arts sector.

Creative Industries minister Martin Foley launched the plan in Bendigo this week, backed up by $2 million of funding.

“Art, storytelling, performance and design have been an intrinsic part of life for the first peoples of Victoria for tens of thousands of years – yet first peoples are underrepresented in our state’s renowned creative industries,” Mr Foley said.

“This plan will provide new pathways and opportunities for employment, as well as new ways to invest in and promote the rich and diverse talent and creativity of first peoples across the state.”

It will be the job of Sarah Bond as Creative Victoria’s manager of first peoples partnerships to roll out the plan.

“At a state level, with the state government’s Creative Industries, it has always had an indigenous position with the service, but the ability of the community arts sector to participate at that level has been minimal,” Ms Bond said.

“It has certainly been available at other levels, like at local government levels, with different councils across Victoria, so it is exciting that this has been picked up the state government.”

The plan will include getting indigenous people into new traineeships, an employment program, cultural exchange and initiatives that will build business capacity.

It has been funded for two years.