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Cultural and Tourism Development

About us

The Cultural and Tourism Development Division is part of the Department of State Growth and is the principal cultural and tourism supply funding and advisory body in Tasmania.

The Division is comprised of five business units: Arts Tasmania, Events Tasmania, Screen Tasmania, Tourism and Hospitality Supply-side Unit and Operations and Client Engagement.  Together we  support sector development, assist in the delivery of services, provide funding and stimulate demand.

We are here to support the cultural and creative industries, in all of its forms.

What we do

Arts Tasmania supports the arts and cultural heritage sectors to deliver activities across the state that invigorate the cultural and creative life of Tasmania through industry development and financial support.

Events Tasmania helps build and sustain a strong events sector, promotes investment and supports events, and maximises the return on investment of events funded by the Tasmanian Government through our major event partnerships and grant programs.

Screen Tasmania fosters and develops the state's film, television and multimedia industries by increasing the amount of independent screen production occurring in Tasmania.

The Tourism and Hospitality Supply-side Unit works alongside industry associations and tourism businesses to encourage investment in quality infrastructure and build the capability, capacity and community to ensure a great visitor experience, and a strong visitor economy.

Operations and Client Engagement provide  administrative, communications and policy support.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is Tasmania's leading natural, cultural and heritage organisation. It is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium which safeguards the physical evidence of Tasmania's natural and cultural heritage, and the cultural identity of Tasmanians.

Our role

We develop strategy, input into policy, invest in and champion the cultural and creative landscape of Tasmania.

Our vision

For Tasmania to be a place where everyone has access to high-quality cultural experiences, and creativity is recognised and encouraged as part of an enriching Tasmanian life and engaging visitor experience.

Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017

In 2017, the Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017 was legislated and focuses on implementing best practice arrangements for funding and governance. The Cultural and Creative Industries Act does not define or limit what creative practices can be supported because it is deliberately future-focused and embraces innovation and new creative practices that may develop over time.

The Act allows for future developments and innovations to occur with support from Government and the Act’s fundamental principle of peer assessment. Funding decisions are based on the recommendations of assessors under the legislation, and are approved by the Minister for the Arts.

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Act 2017 established TMAG as a statutory authority in February 2018. It is managed by its board of trustees, however it is also part of the Cultural and Tourism Development Division for the purposes of financial appropriation, staffing, strategic fit and reporting of government activity in the cultural sector.