A few months ago the Australian Government invited people and institutions around the country to provide feedback on the National Cultural Policy discussion paper. The Queensland Design Council, a ministerial advisory board appointed by the Queensland Government, responded with a paper that called for the policy to strongly acknowledge the value of design in growing Australia’s cultural and economic sector. The Council’s responses to the National Cultural Policy discussed the impact design and design-led thinking has had so far on the Queensland community, making note of the Queensland Government’s investment in the projects and activities under the Queensland Design Strategy 2020. The four-year whole-of-government Strategy positions design at the heart of Queensland’s lifestyle, while making the state a hub for design excellence in the wider Asia-Pacific region. In the Response paper the Council stated that: “Design-led thinking and practice is central to the development, productivity and enjoyment of Australian culture. By raising awareness of the role of design, Australians are more likely to be creative in relationship-building and problem-solving. The Council considers that this should be an essential element of a national cultural policy. Design is integral to Australian cultural innovation and quality of life. The economic and social benefits ...