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WORK IN CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES SURVEY

As the Census did not fully represent employment in the cultural sector because of the large numbers involved through a second job or through unpaid work, the ABS conducted a survey to collect more information on all the ways in which people could be involved.


In 2001, the latest 'Work Survey' found that there were about 2.5 million people (17% 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 794,800 (5% of the population aged 15 years and over) stated that their involvement was part of a job they held in the week before interview.


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 or family use - these were classed as hobbies.

5.4 PERSONS WORKING IN CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES(a) - 12 months ending April 2001

Males
Females
Persons

NUMBER ('000)

Involvement part of main job held last week
386.8
378.9
765.7
Involvement part of second job held last week
17.9
11.2
29.1
Involvement part of a job held last week
404.7
390.1
794.8
Involvement not part of any job held last week
754.9
961.8
1 716.6
Total involved
1 159.6
1 351.9
2 511.5

PARTICIPATION RATE (%)

Involvement part of main job held last week
5.2
5.0
5.1
Involvement part of second job held last week
0.2
0.1
0.2
Involvement part of a job held last week
5.5
5.1
5.3
Involvement not part of any job held last week
10.2
12.7
11.5
Total involved
15.7
17.8
16.8

(a) Excludes people whose only involvement was in a hobby capacity.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2001, data available on request.


There were 1.7 million people who worked in culture and leisure activities in the 12 months before interview who stated that the activity was not related to a job held last week. Some of these people would have undertaken the activity as part of a job held earlier in the 12-month period. However, most would have undertaken these activities on a voluntary basis.


The most common types of cultural activities which formed part of the person's job were Writing (247,800 people), Design (192,800 people), Interactive content creation, such as designing web sites and computer games (103,600 people) and Computer art (86,600 people).

5.5 PERSONS INVOLVED(a), By type of activity and whether part of job - 12 months ending April 2001

Involvement part of job(s) held last week
Involvement not part of job(s) held last week
Total
Activity
'000
'000
'000

Heritage organisations
*8.1
45.6
53.7
Public art galleries
*7.8
33.0
40.8
Museums
*8.1
40.1
48.2
National parks and reserves
14.3
62.6
76.9
Zoos and aquariums
*6.2
*7.9
14.1
Botanic gardens
*4.1
19.7
23.8
Libraries and archives
25.9
50.1
76.0
Writing
247.8
289.0
536.9
Publishing
81.1
71.0
152.0
Music - live performer
23.4
211.0
234.4
Music - no involvement as live performer
14.4
33.1
47.5
Performer arts - performer
18.1
240.1
258.3
Performing arts - no involvement as performer
17.6
88.8
106.3
Drawing
42.2
82.3
124.5
Painting
32.7
121.3
154.1
Sculpture
*4.8
36.3
41.0
Photography
40.1
111.5
151.6
Print-making
17.1
20.1
37.1
Computer art
86.6
115.3
201.9
Other visual art activities
*9.7
27.1
36.8
Pottery and ceramics
*8.4
48.5
56.9
Textiles
16.5
77.9
94.4
Jewellery
*6.9
18.1
25.0
Furniture-making and wood crafts
21.3
102.6
123.9
Glass crafts
*6.8
14.2
21.0
Other craft activities
16.1
111.2
127.3
Design
192.8
157.1
349.8
Radio
28.8
61.9
90.7
Television
37.7
45.9
83.6
Film production
18.7
25.7
44.4
Cinema and video distribution
13.7
*6.4
20.1
Interactive content creation
103.6
130.1
233.8
Fete organising
40.0
277.6
317.5
Teaching
57.2
107.2
164.4
Festival organising
48.7
145.2
193.9
Art and craft show organising
27.0
95.4
122.5
Government arts organisations and agencies
11.6
16.6
28.3

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Excludes people whose only involvement was in a hobby capacity.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2001, data available on request.


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