TNN is fortunate to sit on NSW Industry Training Advisory Body’s Arts Sector Committee. Through this committee we receive updates on what training is available for the NSW theatre sector but are also able to feed into the industry training sector what it is you and our sector need.
In October, the Federal Government announced cuts to subsidised vocational courses through the VET system. Of 70 creative arts courses previously eligible for funding, only 13 are now available according to the government’s new criteria. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the changes were made in order to remove ‘lifestyle-related’ training courses and focus on those which would benefit Australia economically in the 21st century. TNN is aware of several submissions made to the government on this matter prior to the feedback closing date of 23rd October and will report on the outcomes of the feedback.
In the follow up to the election the NSW theatre working group who instigated the #istandwiththearts curtain call campaign has, through Theatre Network NSW, sent letters and requests to 49 Federal MPs across NSW to have them meet with local theatre industry, to express the value of our industry, and to encourage the government to return funds to the Australia Council. This is part of the ongoing mission of the working group to collectively advocate and work on particular issues facing the arts and the NSW theatre industry.
Members of the NSW Theatre Producers Working Group: Australian Theatre for Young People, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Critical Stages, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Ensemble, Force Majeure, Griffin Theatre, Hothouse Theatre, Lingua Franca, Merrigong Theatre, Monkey Baa, Mooghalin, National Theatre of Parramatta, NORPA, PACT, Performance 4a, Performance Space, Performing Lines, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Redline, Shopfront, Sport for Jove , Sydney Theatre Company, Theatre Network NSW, Urban Theatre Projects, Zeal Theatre.
Australia Council Board Announcements
The Turnbull Government has announced the appointment of four new members and the reappointment of four members to the Australia Council Board, including Ms Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin as the new Deputy Chair.
Mr Sam Walsh AO, Ms Kate Fielding, Ms Zoe McKenzie and Mr Leigh Carmichael have been appointed as new members of the Board for three year terms.
The Government is adopting governance best practice by introducing staggering of terms.
Mr Adrian Collette AM, Mr Khoa Do and Ms Sophie Mitchell have been reappointed as members of the Board for two years, bringing an outstanding mix of skills and experience in governance, leadership and the arts and cultural sectors.
The Government congratulates the new and reappointed Board members who will provide a combination of continuity and fresh perspectives. The Board now has 12 members, including the Chair, Rupert Myer AO; Christine Simpson Stokes; Rebecca Weisser; and the CEO of the Australia Council, Tony Grybowski.