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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2011  
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Contents >> Employment and Voluntary Work >> Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities Survey

WORK IN SELECTED CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES SURVEY

Due to the large number of people involved in the cultural sector through second jobs and unpaid work, the Census was unable to fully represent employment within this sector. To account for this, the ABS conducted a survey to collect more information on all the ways in which people could be involved in the sector.

In 2007, the survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities (ABS 2007c) found that there were about 3.5 million people (22% of the population aged 15 years and over) in Australia who had worked in a culture or leisure activity in the 12 months before interview. Of these, some 701,800 stated that their involvement was part of their main job.

It should be noted that this involvement could have been a relatively minor part of the job the person held (e.g. taking photographs for inclusion in their organisation's newsletter). Involvement was defined to exclude those activities undertaken only for the person's own, family's or friends' use - these were classed as hobbies.

5.4 INVOLVEMENT BY PAYMENT STATUS AND STATE OR TERRITORY(a), By sex - 12 months ending April 2007

Some paid involvement(b)
Unpaid involvement only
Total persons involved(c)
Persons with no involvement
Total persons
Participation rate
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
%


MALES
New South Wales
166.4
325.7
497.9
2 181.7
2 679.7
18.6
Victoria
134.1
242.5
382.4
1 630.7
2 013.1
19.0
Queensland
102.3
188.8
296.1
1 276.7
1 572.8
18.8
South Australia
36.3
88.1
127.1
483.8
610.9
20.8
Western Australia
51.6
95.3
150.3
644.6
794.9
18.9
Tasmania
9.4
32.8
42.6
146.4
189.0
22.5
Northern Territory
*6.3
8.0
14.3
44.2
58.5
24.4
Australian Capital Territory
12.9
19.2
32.5
92.9
125.4
25.9
Australia
519.3
1 000.4
1 543.1
6 501.1
8 044.2
19.2
FEMALES
New South Wales
177.1
442.6
624.3
2 129.3
2 753.6
22.7
Victoria
144.7
344.5
494.9
1 593.6
2 088.5
23.7
Queensland
103.0
277.5
383.9
1 210.0
1 594.0
24.1
South Australia
38.9
126.3
167.3
462.4
629.7
26.6
Western Australia
48.5
154.3
203.6
600.9
804.6
25.3
Tasmania
10.7
41.4
52.3
144.4
196.7
26.6
Northern Territory
6.6
10.9
17.5
38.0
55.5
31.5
Australian Capital Territory
13.3
30.6
44.0
87.6
131.6
33.5
Australia
542.8
1 428.2
1 987.9
6 266.4
8 254.3
24.1
PERSONS
New South Wales
343.5
768.3
1 122.2
4 311.1
5 433.3
20.7
Victoria
278.8
587.1
877.3
3 224.3
4 101.6
21.4
Queensland
205.3
466.4
680.1
2 486.7
3 166.8
21.5
South Australia
75.3
214.4
294.3
946.2
1 240.5
23.7
Western Australia
100.0
249.6
353.9
1 245.5
1 599.4
22.1
Tasmania
20.1
74.2
94.9
290.8
385.7
24.6
Northern Territory
12.9
18.9
31.8
82.2
114.0
27.9
Australian Capital Territory
26.2
49.8
76.5
180.5
257.0
29.8
Australia
1 062.1
2 428.6
3 531.0
12 767.4
16 298.5
21.7

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Involvement is for 12 months prior to interview.
(b) Includes persons who only received goods or services as payment.
(c) Includes persons who did not state whether involvement was paid.
Source: Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2007 (cat. no. 6281.0).


There were 360,300 people who had some paid involvement in culture and leisure activities in the 12 months prior to interview who stated that the activity was not related to their main job held in the last week. For example, many people worked as live performers (65,700) writers (56,400) or designers (49,100), in addition to their primary job.

The most common types of cultural activities which formed part of the person's main job were design (230,700 people), writing (184,300 people), creating artworks with a computer (98,400 people) and designing web sites (83,300 people).

5.5 PERSONS WITH PAID INVOLVEMENTS(a)(b), Type of activity by whether part of main job(c) - 12 months ending April 2007

Activity part of main job(c)
Activity not part of main job(c)
Total persons with some paid involvement
('000)
('000)
('000)

Heritage
Museums
8
1
10
Public art galleries
10
5
15
Libraries and archives
29
7
*36
Heritage organisations
4
*6
**10
Botanic gardens
*7
**3
9
National parks and reserves
**8
5
13
Zoos and aquaria
6
2
8
Total heritage(d)
60
23
84
Arts
Visual art activities
Drawing
65
28
92
Painting
28
30
58
Sculpture
13
5
18
Photography
53
34
87
Print-making
22
4
26
Creating artworks with a computer
98
39
137
Other visual art activities
11
7
18
Total visual art activities(d)
185
97
282
Craft activities
Pottery and ceramics
14
3
17
Textiles
23
17
40
Jewellery making
10
23
33
Furniture-making and wood crafts
36
16
52
Glass crafts
5
3
8
Other craft activities
14
11
25
Total craft activities(d)
74
65
139
Writing
184
56
241
Publishing
81
25
106
Performing arts
Performer
13
26
39
No involvement as performer
23
15
38
Total performing arts(d)
36
41
77
Music
Live performer
25
66
91
No involvement as live performer
20
9
28
Total music(d)
45
74
119
Radio
11
14
25
Television
20
24
43
Film production
16
19
35
Cinema and video distribution
12
9
21
Designing websites
83
29
112
Designing computer games and other interactive software
34
6
40
Design
231
49
280
Teaching
65
46
111
Festival organising
51
32
83
Art or craft show organising
23
13
36
Government arts departments and agencies
14
6
20
Total arts(d)
669
347
1 016
Total(d)
702
360
1 062

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Involvement is for 12 months prior to interview.
(b) Includes persons who only received goods or services as payment.
(c) Main job held in the week prior to interview. If the person held multiple jobs during this week, it was the respondent's decision as to which was the main job.
(d) Components may not add to totals as some persons were involved in more than one activity.
Source: Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, 2007 (cat. no. 6281.0).






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