Member Consultation Sessions – Pre-Election Policy Advocacy Campaign

AYDF 2022 (RE)Generate, Youth Dance Makers Initiative. Photography James Thomas

With the state election coming up we are preparing a strong advocacy push for policy and social settings that benefit dance, now and for the future.  Ausdance VIC are preparing a formal submission of dance policy recommendations which will be presented to the parties running in the 2022 Victorian state election. The voice of our members is vital in the development of this submission.

We invite you to participate in the process by attending a focus group or submitting written responses. Facilitated focus groups have now past. You can still submit a written response.

Outcomes from this consultation will guide our initial discussions with the elected political party and their chosen Ministers. As the recognised Peak Body for dance, supported as the sector’s service body through Creative Victoria, Ausdance VIC will be at the forefront of early discussions once positions have been filled.

Through our 2021 Annual Sector Survey, meetings with key government and sector stakeholders, emerging research and direct feedback from members we have identified the following priority areas:


  • Proactive recognition and support for dance to deliver sustainable physical and mental health and wellbeing outcomes,
  • Dance supporting a holistic approach to health recoveries through a medical prescription approach.


  • Better dance education resourcing and P-12 teacher training;
  • Addressing insecure work and employment conditions;
    -Dance organisations and businesses included in creative studios category;
  • Regulation and guideline development for dance businesses;
  • Greater recognition and expansion of dance teacher training and qualifications.


  • Improving access to participation and performances for all Victorians;
  • Improving diversity and equitable participation;
  • Increased investment and incentives for regional and remote areas.


  •  Progression of the First-Nations first strategy;
  • Investment in cultural infrastructure that supports dance activity;
  • Greater recognition of traditional and cultural dance styles and training.

We value your consultation and contribution to provide valuable insight on the priority areas, help determine what policies could look like and contribute new ideas.

Written Contribution

Please take some time to download this document with background information and prompt questions, then provide your thoughts and suggestions via email to

If you require this information in another format please contact

Attend a Focus Group

Thank you to all members who attended a focus group. These sessions have now past.

Session 1: Individual Dance Professionals
Including Dance Educators (Primary-Tertiary), Independent Artists and Dance Teachers (employed, contractors and sub-contractors)
Tuesday 9 August 11am – 12 Noon

Session 2: Dance Associations and Community Dance Organisations
Wednesday 10 August 11am – 11.45am

Session 3: Dance Businesses
Including Dance Studios Owners/Managers and Dance Suppliers (retail or other)
Wednesday 10 August 2pm – 3pm

Small-Medium Performing and Presenting companies
Thursday 11 August 11am – 11.45am

Helpful Links

Parties that have published an Arts or Events policy

Health Australia Party
View the full policies here, Arts is on page 24

Liberal Victoria
Have not published an Arts Policy, Have announced a local Events plan

Reason Party
View the policy here:

Sustainable Australia
View the policy here:

Victorian Greens
View the policy here:

Victorian Labour
View the current policy here:

Parties that have not published an Arts policy

– or included arts in their published policies and plans to date. Requests have been made for publicly accessible information about their arts policy.

Animal Justice Party
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party
Liberal Democrats
One Nation
Transport Matters
Victorian Nationals
Victorian Socialists
Victoria Party

Parties that have not published current policies for Victoria

Democratic Labour Party
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers