Creative Industries / Innovation Study

Location: Flexible

Duration: 4 months

Project Background

Following the regional Creative Industries forum in Port Pirie earlier in 2019, there has been a series of sub-regional workshops specifically associated with the creative industries, where several projects, some listed below, have been identified.

Regional Live Music Coordinators: The RDA Far North were unsuccessful in their expression of interest, but the Barossa Council were successful in their grant application for a Regional Live Music Coordinator in the Barossa (and surrounds). Support has been provided to the “Musician and Venue Operator Workshop” in Port Pirie 12 September 2019.

Creative Industries subregional workshops: The Legatus Group CEO held two subregional workshops in Warooka and Auburn with 10-12 people attending each. This has resulted in some strong momentum with interest and progress on several projects. Current discussions are occurring with the Employment Facilitator for the region and Economic Development Officer RDAYMN. Discussion with Department of Innovation and Skills are continuing with interest in the need for a regional audit and resourcing for a coordinator

The Legatus Group CEO has made an initial approach to Flinders University to consider the use of a PhD Intern to undertake a research project using the APR.Intern program. Flinders University have indicated that a creative industries/innovation study in the region would be of great interest to them.

Flinders University are running the Federal Government Entrepreneurial Facilitation Service in the Legatus Group region and are keen to explore how some of their established programs might add value to the region.

Venture Dorm Collateral: This program is via Flinders University and support is being provided to promote to businesses this business accelerator program, which is now being made available in the Legatus Group region. It is designed to equip people with the skills and mindset needed for the next phase of their journey. A request was made for councils to distribute via their Economic Development, Community Development and Tourism Development Officers.

The program will be flexible in its model of delivery and, subject to those selected, could well include some sub-regional clusters. It is a hands-on, immersive experience that is perfect for all kinds of founders – including those who have a day job or are studying.

The Department of Innovation and Skills’ response regarding the idea of piloting a Creative Industries Regional Coordinator in the Legatus region have been positive and they are keen to see a business case developed for this. The Department are looking at different funding streams once the business case is in place.

Research to be Conducted

The research to be conducted:

  • Desktop analysis of the reports and notes from the workshops and meetings, which have been held and of current National, State, Regional and Local support programs.
  • Field work in the form of interviews with key Government and non-Government agencies and individuals.
  • Development of a data base of creative industries / innovation individuals, organisations and projects across the Barossa, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and South Flinders Ranges.

It is expected that the final report will include key recommendations regarding the need for a regional coordination role.
The intern will liaise directly with the Legatus Group CEO and be supported by a local Reference Group consisting of stakeholders from Councils, Regional Development Australia and Industry.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:

  • Sound knowledge of the creative industries
  • Understanding of the innovation and start up / small business – entrepreneurs’ ecosystem
  • Understanding of regional community culture
  • The ability to analyse and collate qualitative and quantitively data
  • The ability to search, collate and analysis literature from various sources
  • Experience of distilling large bodies of information into accessible information for diverse audiences
  • Experience of conducting interviews/focus groups
  • Ability to develop data bases

Expected Outcomes

  1. A concise data base of creative industries / innovation individuals, organisations and projects across the Barossa, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and South Flinders Ranges.
  2. A final report which will include key recommendations regarding the need for a regional coordination role.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

30 October 2019


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