Special Message recorded for the Summit Special Edition 2020

Paul Fletcher

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts
Commonwealth of Australia

The Honourable Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts in the Australian Government and the Member for Bradfield in the Australian Parliament.

During his time as Minister for the Arts, Minister Fletcher has championed the importance of the cultural and creative sector which employs over 600,000 Australians and contributes around $115.2 billion to Australia’s economy.

The Australian Government provides arts funding of around $750 million a year. In addition, the Australian Government recently announced an arts sector support package of $250 million.

Minister Fletcher has consulted broadly with national, state and regional bodies, industry organisations and individuals to understand the complexities and challenges the sector is facing, particularly in light of COVID-19.