25 February 2009
Sydney (Australia) - Monash University and the University of Canberra have partnered with five other Australian Universities to become a Creative Industries Hub for Australia's Creative Industries Innovation Centre.
Sydney (Australia) - Two Australian Icograda Education Network (IEN) members, Monash University and the University of Canberra, have partnered with five other Australian Universities to become a Creative Industries Hub for Australia's Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC).

The Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University will represent the Victorian operations for the consortium, which will be led on a national level by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The $17 million CIIC has been established as part of the Australian Government's $271 million Enterprise Connect, a national network of manufacturing and innovation centres offering practical assistance to help firms become stronger by focusing on innovation, creativity and excellence.

The national Centre, hosted by UTS, was launched by the Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, and Arts Minister, Peter Garrett. While the Centre is based at UTS' Sydney city campus, it will have a national focus on industries including design, publishing, writing, architecture, visual arts, television, radio, advertising, performing arts, music and interactive entertainment.

UTS' Australia-wide consortium partners, including Monash University, the University of Canberra, Enterprise Connect centres and a national business adviser network, will provide services to the CIIC. This will include free hands-on assistance to help small and medium businesses in the creative sector to boost their productivity and realise their potential for wealth and job creation.

With the help of Monash University and the University of Canberra, the Creative Industries Innovation Centre will provide up to 300 business reviews, 50 incubation services each year, and assist 2000 Australian creative enterprises through workshops, seminars and networking opportunities. Most enterprises, though strong in their creative focus, cannot afford to pay for external advice to help improve their business operations, particularly in these tough financial times. The CIIC will give eligible firms access to a free business review, followed up with matching funding of up to $20,000 to implement changes identified.

Drawing together a critical mass of arts practitioners, cultural entrepreneurs and researchers, who have access to the latest technology and business support, the CIIC will also help maximise the contribution of Australia's creative industries to the economy and cultural life while offering ongoing support through mentoring, networking opportunities and help with linking into local and global supply chains.

Professor Ross Milbourne, UTS Vice-Chancellor, said the University is delighted to host the centre. "Investing in our infrastructure and our creative industries research and academic profiles has been a priority... We are proud of our achievements and our track record for leading sustained, effective collaboration with industry, business and the professions."

UTS Consortium Partners

Business and technology: Frasers Property; Arup; Ernst & Young; Macquarie Bank; IBM Australian Development Laboratory; Ivany Investment Group; Neville Freeman Agency; DDB Worldwide Communications Group; SGS Economics and Planning; Australian Technology Park Innovations; Standards Australia; ABC Innovations and Sydney Olympic Park (SOPA).

Partners with specific creative industries expertise: Australian Business Arts Foundation; Australian Network for Arts and Technology (ANAT); Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association (AIMIA); Powerhouse Museum; Object-Australian Centre for Craft and Design; and Workshop 3000.

Universities: University of Sydney; Monash University; University of South Australia; University of Western Australia; University of Tasmania; University of Wollongong; University of Newcastle; and University of Canberra.

For more information, please contact:

Monash University
Department of Design and Department of Multimedia & Digital Arts
Russell John Kennedy MA
PO Box 197
Caulfield East, Victoria
3145 Australia
T: +61 3 9903 2690
F: +61 3 9903 1440

University of Canberra
School of Design and Architecture
Melini Cluff
Canberra, ACT
2601 Australia
T: +61 2 6201 2178
F: +61 2 6201 5034