Creative Industries Sector COVID-19 Recovery Working Group

COVID-19’s impact on the creative industries sector has been significant and has had a flow on effect across the community and the Territory, with the closure of businesses, theatres, entertainment centres, festivals and events, as well as loss of employment and revenue opportunities for artists, sole traders, freelance professionals and small businesses across segments of the creative industries.

Reporting to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, the Creative Industries Sector COVID-19 Recovery Working Group has been established to provide strategic and practical advice to inform the response and recovery of the creative industries sector, to support the sustainability, health and wellbeing, and growth of the sector.

Read a message from the Chair of the Creative Industries COVID-19 Working Group.

Terms of Reference

Representing the Creative Industries Sector, the Working Group:

  • provides a forum between industry and Government to provide strategic advice to inform industry recovery planning and implementation;
  • represents the views and needs of the creative industries sector;
  • identifies current issues and challenges, including those the sector is likely to face during the recovery;
  • provides advice on practical and pragmatic actions that can assist in the recovery of the sector, including online learning and tools; and
  • provides practical advice in the development of sector specific guidelines, protocols and recommendations.

You can view the Working Group Terms of Reference here:

Creative Industries Sector COVID-19 Recovery Working Group Terms of Reference PDF (184.5 KB)
Creative Industries Sector COVID-19 Recovery Working Group Terms of Reference DOCX (56.5 KB)


The Working Group consists of 14 industry leaders (including the Chair) as follows:


Chair, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art; former CEO of the Department Tourism Sport and Culture with extensive governance and senior public service experience; Member of the National Trust of Australia.

Chair, Barkly Regional Arts, NGO representative on the Barkly Regional Deal (BRD) Governance Table, including acting as Working Group Co-Chair on the Youth Justice Facility Working Group.

General Manager Community and Regulatory Services, City of Darwin (CoD) - responsible for public art, cultural development initiatives and funding for the arts and the City of Darwin Library Service.

Director, Troppo Architects.

Director and cinematographer, Exposure Productions Pty Ltd; Screen Industry Advisory Council Member; President of the NT Branch and national Board Member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.

Director of Skinnyfish / Settle Down Records / Perambulator Management; and Happy Yess Board Member (2018-2020).

Djambawa Marawili AM is Chair of the Arnhem, Northern and Kimberley Artists Aboriginal Corporation (ANKA); a Yolgnu Madarrpa Clan leader; Chair of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre; and a Member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.

Christina Davidson is the Chief Executive Officer of ANKA.

Manager Industry Councils, Chamber of Commerce NT.

Former Executive Officer of the Creative Industries Steering Committee, Chamber of Commerce NT for development of the Creative Industries Strategy NT 2020-2024.

Business owner and operator, The Bookshop; member of the Leading Edge Booksellers National Advisory Committee; and Vice Chair of the Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association.

Executive Director, Music NT

Founder and Co-Artistic Director GUTS Dance; and Chair of Watch This Space.

Executive Director, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation (DAAFF) and National Indigenous Fashion Awards.

Chair, Incite Arts Inc; Regional Arts Funds Manager, Regional Arts Australia.

Last updated: 06 August 2020

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