Fair Play

Equity, Inclusion & the Creative Industries

Fair Play | Equity, Inclusion & the Creative Industries

The Fair Play project, funded by Creative Victoria, is an equity and inclusion capacity building program for organisations that receive multi-year funding through Creative Victoria. The program seeks to address barriers to participation by underrepresented groups in Victoria’s creative industries, with a focus on three groups:

  • First Nations people
  • people with disability
  • people from underrepresented cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Our approach

The Fair Play Program is a two-year program that aims to make transformative change in Victorian creative industries at the individual, institutional and structural levels to increase equity and inclusion for diverse artists.

The program takes a human-rights-based approach and focuses on practices, policies and procedures that contribute to the culture of organisations. A key goal of the program is to address the root causes that lead to inequities and exclusion, and to empower individuals and organisations with the knowledge, resources and support to advance equity and inclusion.

Eligibility & selection

Launching on 26 and 27 February 2019 with the Fair Play Symposium at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, the Fair Play Program is now open for expressions of interest.

Twenty organisations who receive funding from Creative Victoria will be selected for inclusion in the free program, with 10 organisations to participate in 2019 and 10 in 2020. Eligible organisations include:

  • Creative Industries Portfolio Agencies (CIPAs)
  • Major Performing Arts (MPA)
  • Organisations Investment Program (OIP) clients
  • Regional Partnerships clients (galleries and performing arts centres)
  • other multiyear funded organisations in the music, design, screen and games sectors

Read more about the Symposium here.

The program

Selected organisations will undertake a fully supported audit to investigate opportunities for change in leadership, creative programming, staff, marketing and audience development. Based on the results of the audit and the aims and objectives of the organisation, participant organisations will be matched with relevant mentors, who will be professional experts from the First Nations, Disability and CALD communities, to support the process towards transformative and sustainable change.

Mentoring will include targeted training, support to develop equity and diversity plans, knowledge-sharing and resource development. DARTS will also support the development of a community of practice to facilitate sector-wide discussion and engagement. This will include a number of symposia and forums, development of resources, tools, templates and checklists, and extensive digital content and resources.

Submit your Expression of Interest

Applications close 31 March 2019

Apply now


How long does the program take?

It is estimated that the mentorship and action plan phase of the program will take between six and nine months, however, there is participation in the broader project (including public talks and events).

How much does the program cost?

The program is free to selected participants.

Who can participate in the program?

Representatives of organisations that receive multi-year funding through Creative Victoria. Depending on the size or your organisation, the number of participants will vary but the maximum number per organisation is 20.

How many organisations will participate?

Diversity Arts Australia, in consultation with its partners, will select 10 participating organisations for 2019, and 10 participants for 2020.

How do I apply?

Applicants must complete an Expression of Interest form.

It is important that your application is supported by management/executive to ensure that the organisation is committed to project participation.

When will successful organisations be notified of their participation in the program?

Mid-April 2019

Submit your Expression of Interest

Applications close 31 March 2019

Apply now