Objective: examine arts governance and encourage more resourcefulness, tasking our arts boards to have a stronger focus on diversifying funding sources, but at the same time looking to provide rolling triennial funding to arts organisations to improve their opportunities for long term planning.

Recommendation and response

Supported in-principle - We will investigate suitable options to deliver a comprehensive Board capacity development program for South Australian arts organisations.

June 2020 update

Work has commenced on developing the Board Capacity Development Program to support South Australian arts organisations boards to increase governance skills across the arts and culture sectors.

Consideration is being given to the needs of the varying types of boards across the arts sector, ranging from the volunteer boards of the small to medium and major organisations though to government-appointed boards of statutory authorities and public corporations.

Supported in-principle - We will seek support for a full time senior representative of Creative Partnerships Australia to be based in Adelaide.

January 2020 update

The Creative Partnerships Australia’s State Manager position was previously split between Western Australia and South Australia. They have now announced a new role based in Adelaide - the State Manager for South Australia at 0.6FTE. It is anticipated an appointment will be made by February 2020. Creative Partnerships Australia's have also launched their LIFT - Management Mentoring Pilot, offering 7 Arts Management Mentorships for leaders in South Australian small to medium arts organisations.

March 2020 update 

The Creative Partnerships Australia – State Manager for South Australia commenced in early March 2020. Arts South Australia is working with the state manager to contribute to and enhance their engagement with the sector, and implement the intent of this recommendation. Creative Partnerships Australia create opportunities for arts and investment, bringing together the arts, donors and business for mutual benefit, and further information can be found on the Creative Partnerships Australia website.

Accepted - We will review the options and implications of this recommendation to develop a program to modernise and streamline governance structures for the state’s Statutory Authorities.

March 2020 update

A history of the government’s various investigations focused on governance structures for statutory authorities and public corporations has been compiled. A consultant will investigate alternative governance structures and models to produce a report with recommendations on the overarching governance structure for the government’s consideration. This will consider sector strength, improved collaboration, effectiveness and efficiencies in light of changing business models and environments.

In this context, governance is defined as the governance and legal structure, not the operational management or governance of the organisation.

June 2020 update

The tender process to select the consultant is underway with the successful consultant expected to be contracted to start in late July 2020. The consultant’s report is anticipated to be provided to government by 30 October 2020.

Accepted - The government is committed to increasing diversity across all South Australian arts boards, building on the outcomes of the Multicultural Legislative Review 2019.

June 2020 update

A review and investigation is underway to develop a program to assist in increasing diversity across all South Australian arts boards. The project is considering best practice in this area in order to effectively engage with our changing society.

Accepted - Work will be progressed to promote the utilisation of the Australian Cultural Fund.

March 2020 update 

South Australia welcomed the Australian Cultural Fund’s roadshow to Adelaide in early March. The events were designed for artists and arts organisations to maximise use of the fundraising platform. Arts South Australia is investigating options to promote and increase the fund’s ongoing use by reviewing grant programs in Objective 2.