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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2007  
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Contents >> 5.0 Employment and Voluntary Work - Introduction >> 5.2 Work in Culture and Leisure Activities

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 2004, the latest 'Work in Culture Survey' found that there were about 2.9 million people (18% 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 838,500 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 2004

Males
Females
Persons

NUMBER ('000)

Involvement part of main job held last week
406.6
417.8
824.4
Involvement part of second job held last week
5.2
8.8
14.1
Involvement part of a job held last week
411.9
426.6
838.5
Involvement not part of any job held last week
851.2
1 197.8
2 049.0
Total involved
1 263.0
1 624.4
2 887.5

PARTICIPATION RATE (%)

Involvement part of main job held last week
5.3
5.2
5.3
Involvement part of second job held last week
0.1
0.1
0.1
Involvement part of a job held last week
5.3
5.4
5.4
Involvement not part of any job held last week
11.0
15.0
13.1
Total involved
16.4
20.4
18.4

(a) Excludes people whose only involvement was in a hobby capacity.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2004, data available on request.


There were 2.0 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 in the last week. Most of these activities were undertaken on a voluntary basis.


The most common types of cultural activities which formed part of the person's job were Writing (224,000 people), Design (215,700 people), Interactive content creation, such as designing web sites and computer games (110,600 people) and Computer art (96,200 people).

5.5 PERSONS INVOLVED(a), By type of activity and whether part of job - 12 months ending April 2004

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

Heritage organisations
*9.4
52.7
62.2
Public art galleries
*10.8
32.7
43.5
Museums
*8.8
35.1
43.8
National parks and reserves
21.8
91.2
113.0
Zoos and aquariums
*3.3
12.5
15.9
Botanic gardens
*8.9
14.2
23.0
Libraries and archives
34.9
53.0
87.8
Writing
224.0
332.4
556.5
Publishing
86.8
75.3
162.2
Music - live performer
20.1
210.7
230.8
Music - no involvement as live performer
24.1
44.9
69.1
Performer arts - performer
15.4
257.3
272.7
Performing arts - no involvement as performer
38.0
113.2
151.2
Drawing
62.2
226.5
288.7
Painting
39.8
222.5
262.4
Sculpture
*10.4
51.2
61.5
Photography
73.1
227.1
300.1
Print-making
19.9
48.5
68.4
Computer art
96.2
190.1
286.3
Other visual art activities
10.0
37.8
47.8
Pottery and ceramics
*12.1
45.5
57.6
Textiles
14.0
130.3
144.3
Jewellery
*6.2
57.4
63.5
Furniture-making and wood crafts
29.4
175.2
204.5
Glass crafts
**0.9
26.0
27.0
Other craft activities
*13.0
109.2
122.1
Design
215.7
154.5
370.2
Radio
33.7
59.3
93.0
Television
41.2
35.0
76.2
Film production
21.2
53.7
74.9
Cinema and video distribution
*10.1
18.0
28.1
Interactive content creation
110.6
104.1
214.7
Fete organising
50.4
286.1
336.5
Teaching
61.1
122.1
183.2
Festival organising
53.9
198.3
252.2
Art and craft show organising
31.9
121.3
153.2
Government arts organisations and agencies
10.7
11.3
22.0

* 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) Excludes people whose only involvement was in a hobby capacity.
ABS, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2004, data available on request.



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