Department of State Development

The Creative Industries cluster of screen, music and craft drives collaboration to transform creativity into commercial outcomes.

Creativity and innovation are driving South Australia’s future. The State Government’s Creative Industries cluster works to boost the capacity, value, efficacy and scale of the screen, music and craft sectors - and as a result - the economic benefits to the state.

Embedding our creative culture into our new economic landscape is critical to retaining a skilled and dynamic population and building opportunities for local creatives.

Our creative industries have been identified as a priority sector for the state over the next decade, based on comparative advantage and likely investor interest.

Growing our creative industries

We’ve invited creative industries representatives to provide input into industry-led sector strategies that will form part of an overarching Creative Industries Strategy for growth; a 10 year plan to support the growth of the creative industries in South Australia.

The consultation period has now closed. Industry input will help inform the overarching Creative Industries Strategy.

For more information, read our Creative Industries Discussion Paper (PDF).

Report: Economic contribution of our creative industries

The report, Economic contribution of screen, music and craft, assesses the economic contribution of these three sectors to the state over the past five financial years. The report’s strategic insights will be used to help grow these sectors within the creative industries in South Australia over the coming years.

In South Australia’s creative industries cluster, comprising the screen, music, and craft sectors, every dollar of direct activity supports another dollar indirectly in other industries. In 2017–18, through direct and indirect contributions, these three sectors added a total of $285 million to the economy, and supported 3,629 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

While the cluster is a small proportion of South Australia’s economy overall, the growth potential in the sectors — due to the exportability of their output, South Australia’s competitive advantages and links to other industries — means there is a real opportunity to contribute to economic growth.

To request a copy of the report, please email

Creative industries activity

Screen Advisory Committee

A new Screen Advisory Committee has been established to oversee the growth of screen related industries and job opportunities in South Australia.

The Committee, chaired by Peter Hanlon, current Chair of the South Australian Film Corporation Board, will be responsible for leveraging all aspects of the state’s unique screen industry and capabilities to increase employment growth, intellectual property enhancement and skills development.

It will oversee the development and implementation of a strategy for growth of South Australia’s screen industry that builds on our local advantages including production, post-production, new digital technologies, streaming platforms, games development, music and audience development.

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Game Innovation Fund

A new $300,000 Games Innovation Fund has been established to further strengthen the games industry in South Australia.

South Australian developers can apply for funding of up to $25,000 per project to develop new games intended for public release to global audiences, including educational games, narrative and non-narrative format games and “serious” games.

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South Australian Film Corporation

The South Australian Film Corporation is the state’s lead agency for the development, support and promotion of our screen production sector. SAFC provides unique opportunities for international, national and local producers to create and deliver a diverse slate of feature film, television and online projects.

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Adelaide Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival is a celebration and exploration of Australian and international screen culture with a unique program of screenings, forums and special events.

Presented biennially since 2003, the next festival will be October 2020.

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Music Development Office

The Music Development Office (MDO) aims to accelerate industry growth and attract investment. It drives the delivery of initiatives that facilitate artistic and market development and export strategies.

The MDO incorporates commercial operators and broader creative industries in a supportive music cluster environment.

Photo credit: Dave Court

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Music SA

Music SA is a not-for-profit organisation promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia. Core funded by the state government, it nurtures careers in the industry and delivers cultural and economic benefits to artists, businesses, visitors and global audiences.

Photo credit: Jack Chan

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Jam Factory

The JamFactory is without parallel in Australia and is recognised globally as a centre for excellence. It provides emerging career artists with the skills, knowledge, experience and networks to become successful creative entrepreneurs. It helps build audiences, markets and income opportunities for professional artists and designers working in crafts-based media.

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