Back to Books

Creative Business in Australia

Learnings from the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, 2009 to 2015
Lisa Andersen, Paul Ashton and Lisa Colley
978-0-9924518-2-0 (pdf)
978-0-9924518-8-2 (epub)
978-0-9924518-7-5 (mobi)
Creative Business in Australia : Learnings from the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, 2009 to 2015

As the largest ever Australian government investment in creative industries development, the Creative Industries Innovation Centre delivered tailored business services to more than 1500 creative businesses from 2009 to 2015 and provided industry intelligence and advice for public policy and peak sectoral activity.

This collection gives an overview of the current ‘state of business’ in Australia’s creative industries – both as an industry sector in its own right and as an enabling sector and skills set for other industries – and reflects on business needs, creative industries policy and support services for the sector.

With contributions from the Centre’s team of senior business advisers and from leading Australian researchers who worked closely with the Centre –including experts on design-led innovation and the creative economy – and case studies of leading Australia creative businesses, the book is intended as and industry-relevant contribution to business development and public policy.

Content links to the publicly accessible  Creative Industries Innovation Centre Collection Archive  at the UTS Library, which holds material from Centre’s activities over its six years of operation.

About the Editors: 

Lisa Andersen managed research and legacy projects with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre from 2014 to 2015. She has worked in a variety of creative industry roles, managing the Empty Spaces Project that reimagines empty spaces for creative uses, and as senior researcher on the five-year Australian Research Council–funded CAMRA Project: Cultural Asset Mapping in Regional Australia. Lisa managed the NSW audience development program with Regional Arts NSW and the Australia Council, was marketing and sponsorship manager for the first ever Paralympic Arts Festival (as part of her work for the Sydney 2000 Olympics), and worked as a marketing consultant with the Sydney Opera House, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company. Her publications include All Culture is Local (UTS ePress, 2013, with Margaret Malone) and Making Meaning, Making Money: directions for arts and cultural industries in The Creative Age (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, with Kate Oakley). In 2014 Lisa was awarded a National Citation for her contribution to student learning for work over many years with University of Technology, Sydney’s community program, UTS Shopfront.

Paul Ashton is Professor of Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney, Co-Director of both the Centre for Creative Practice and Cultural Economy and the Australian Centre for Public History; and Director of UTS Shopfront, a unit that works with community groups. His publications include By-Roads and Hidden Treasures: Mapping Cultural Assets in Regional Australia, The Accidental City: Planning Sydney Since 1788 and Sutherland Shire: A History. He is also founding co-editor of the journal Public History Review.

Lisa Colley was the founding Director of the Creative Industries Innovation Centre in 2009 until its closure in 2015. She understands the challenges facing small to medium creative businesses as a result of three decades of experience working across strategic planning, policy, business development, management and events in the creative industries. With significant experience within the arts and cultural sectors, Lisa has contributed actively to key policy debates affecting artists and arts organisations, giving her an insider’s perspective into balancing creativity with business outcomes. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an AsiaLink Leaders Program Fellow.