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Our Vision Arts Centre Melbourne is a statutory authority of the Arts portfolio which is administered by Arts Victoria, a division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Our Vision
Arts Centre Melbourne is a statutory authority of the Arts portfolio which is administered by Arts Victoria, a division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Trustees are appointed by the Governor in council on recommendation of the Minister for the Arts.

The Trust's vision for Arts Centre Melbourne is simple - it is to be recognised as one of the world's great performing arts centres. Achieving this vision will mean that we will be:
  • Actively engaging people in exceptional performing arts experiences
  • The venue of choice for the world's best performers, performance companies and producers
  • An integral part of the arts across Victoria, with deep connections and high levels of engagement
  • An innovator, known for ground breaking programming and presentations
  • Accessible to visitors of all ages and backgrounds
  • Financially strong and stable.
  • The Trust's core purpose is to enrich the lives of Victorians - culturally, educationally, socially and economically (Victorian Arts Centre Act 1979, s.5(2)).

Statutory Functions

The functions of the Trust are described in section 5(1) of the Victorian Arts Centre Act, 1979 (as amended).
They are:
  • "to control, manage, operate, promote, develop and maintain the Centre;
  • to present and produce theatrical performances, operas, plays, dramas, ballets and musical and other performances and entertainment of any kind at any place;
  • to promote the use of the theatres, concert hall and other places of assembly by suitable persons and bodies;
  • to provide leadership in the promotion and development of the performing arts;
  • to ensure the maintenance, conservation, development and promotion of the State collection of performing arts material;
  • to oversee the exhibition of performing arts material from the State collection and make any performing arts material from the State collection available on loan to persons or institutions;
  • to carry on, whether within or outside Victoria, whether alone or in association with any other person or persons and whether or not in relation to the Centre, a business of providing ticketing, inventory management of admissions, marketing and related services;
  • to perform any other functions appropriate to the Centre as the Minister may approve;
  • to carry out any function conferred on the Trust under this Act.

Victorian Arts Centre Act

Version No. 030 
the Victorian Arts Centre Act 1979 
Act No. 9354/1979 
Version incorporating amendments as at 1 July 2000 

An Act to constitute the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, to make provision with respect to the Management and Operation of Arts Centre Melbourne and for the Use and Promotion of Theatre Complex in the Centre and for other purposes.

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