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Creative Industries Cluster Study

A commitment to develop a comprehensive Digital Content Strategy, with the objective of accelerating the production, distribution and marketing of digital content and applications domestically and internationally, was restated in the 2001 election policy of the Government. The commitment arose from the recognition that digital content and applications will become increasingly important, both in economic terms and as a means of expressing Australia’s unique cultural identity.

Since 2001 the three stage Creative Industries Cluster Study has been the vehicle for developing this strategy. It is being undertaken jointly between the Australian Government Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (the Department) and the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE). When the study concludes in November this year, it will provide firm, sector and industry wide information on the scope, scale and dynamics of the creative digital industries in Australia. The study will inform the development of a consolidated Australian Government response to support the growth of the creative industries producing digital content and applications. This will enhance Australia’s capacity to engage economically and culturally with the information economy.

  • Requirements for statistics about these industries by government and industry.
  • The role of collecting institutions in establishing digital standards for content and the potential for partnership and collaboration with the wider creative digital industries.
  • The role of government agencies as participants in creative digital content markets.
  • The role of research and innovation systems in content industries.
  • Access to export markets.
  • New broadband markets for digital content and applications.
  • Investment and funding.
  • The role and development of digital content management.

Stage One and Stage Two Studies

Creative Industries Cluster Study Stage One Full Report - Download PDF file 405k

Creative Industries Cluster Study Stage Two Edited Report -Download PDF file 984k

A summary of the first two stages is also available as a Word document.

Stage Three

The Stage Three study has been designed to establish a framework for future policy development. It is currently ongoing. A number of reports have been finished and are now available.

The Measurement of Creative Digital Content Report - Download PDF file 96k

The Role of Government Agencies as Market Place Participants in Digital Content Markets Report - Download PDF file 635k

Economic Benefits from Cultural Assets Report - Roger Clarke - Download PDF file 2.2M

Research and innovation systems in production of digital content - Terry Cutler - Download PDF file 508k

Related links

A number of related resources are linked below.

The National Office of the Information Economy website information related to the Cluster Study

QUT's Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre (CIRAC)

Film Industry Broadband Resources Enterprise (FIBRE)

Centre for Networking Technologies for the Information Economy (CeNTIE)


For further information or comment please email Stephen Cassidy in the Australian Government Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

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