Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office

Image credit: Campbelltown Arts Centre. Photo: Tanner Architects.

Creating significant cultural precincts and infrastructure for New South Wales.

The Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office (CIPMO) was established in April 2017 to enable a sector-wide coordinated response to Cultural Infrastructure in NSW. CIPMO works in collaboration with Cultural Institutions, State Significant Organisations, other Government Departments and the broader arts and culture sector to create significant cultural precincts and infrastructure for New South Wales.

The formation of CIPMO, an office dedicated to the planning and delivery of Cultural Infrastructure, is one of the first of its kind in the world. CIPMO forms part of the Arts, Screen & Culture Division within the Department of Planning and Environment and is responsible for providing a centralised, coordinated approach to cultural infrastructure planning and priority project delivery in NSW.

This is essential to the Government’s vision for NSW to be known for its bold and exciting arts and culture that engages the community, supports innovation, facilitates economic development and reflects the state’s rich diversity.

In 2017-18 the NSW Government is investing $222 million in major cultural infrastructure projects, part of an $879 million suite of investments to rejuvenate cultural infrastructure. This is the biggest commitment to cultural infrastructure since NSW built the Sydney Opera House. The NSW Government will also be ensuring that investment into infrastructure is shared across the state in all areas including Western Sydney and regional NSW.

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We are committed to raise New South Wales’ cultural infrastructure to world class standards and ensure that as we go forward, we maintain and expand our arts infrastructure on a sound and long-term basis.

In order to achieve this, we will develop a comprehensive Cultural Infrastructure Plan. To learn more download the Cultural Infrastructure Action Plan 2018.

Infrastructure NSW’s Cultural Infrastructure Strategy 2016 – Advice to the NSW Government is a starting point for the development of our Plan.

CIPMO understands that building or upgrading cultural infrastructure does not occur in isolation from the communities who use them.

During January and February 2018, CIPMO consulted with the community and the arts and cultural sector across NSW on priorities for cultural infrastructure investment.

The consultation feedback from two online surveys and 30 workshops and pop-up kiosks held across 15 locations in NSW will help inform the development of the NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan. This Plan is a first for NSW and will set clear priorities to deliver a long-term approach to cultural infrastructure investment for the state.

For more details about the Plan email

NSW Government Priority Projects 

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