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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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EMPLOYMENT

Service Industry Surveys

The 2006-07 Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services survey found that businesses involved in commercial free-to-air television services in Australia employed a total of 6,980 people in June 2007. A further 3,052 people were employed by subscription television broadcasters.


Census of Population and Housing

Neither the Television, Film and Video Production and Post-Production Services survey nor the ABC and SBS annual reports provide detailed breakdowns of the type of occupations in which people are involved in the radio and television industries. The 2006 Census of Population and Housing is the most detailed source of occupation information, although the data it collects relates only to a person’s main job (the job in which they worked the most hours in the week before Census Night). In August 2006, there were 12,646 people whose main job was in the free-to-air television broadcasting industry and 2,928 people in the cable and other subscription broadcasting industry. This includes people working in community television.

Over half the people employed in the free-to-air television broadcasting industry (62%) worked in cultural occupations as defined by the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications. This is quite different to cable and other subscription broadcasting industry where just 19% were employed in cultural occupations.

17.2 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN TELEVISION BROADCASTING INDUSTRIES(a)(b), By occupation - August 2006

Number
%

Free-to-air television broadcasting
Media producers (excluding video)
1 236
9.8
Television journalists
928
7.3
Camera operators (film, TV and radio)
628
5.0
Film and video editors
592
4.7
Program directors (TV or radio)
388
3.1
Production assistants (film, TV, radio or stage)
361
2.9
Other cultural occupations
3 680
29.1
Total cultural occupations
7 813
61.8
Other occupations
4 833
38.2
Total occupations
12 646
100.0
Cable and other subscription broadcasting
Media producers (excluding video)
123
4.2
Film and video editors
51
1.7
Broadcast transmitter operators
43
1.5
Program directors (TV or radio)
38
1.3
Television journalists
32
1.1
Directors (film, TV, radio or stage)
31
1.1
Other cultural occupations
238
8.1
Total cultural occupations
556
19.0
Other occupations
2 372
81.0
Total occupations
2 928
100.0

(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
(b) In their main job in the week before Census Night.
Source: ABS data available on request, Census of Population and Housing, 2006.


The 2006 Census of Population and Housing found that there were 5,226 people whose main job was in the radio broadcasting industry. Unlike the free-to-air television broadcasting industry, just over half (52%) of people working in the radio broadcasting industry in their main job worked in a non-cultural occupation.

17.3 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN RADIO BROADCASTING(a)(b), By occupation - August 2006

Number
%

Cultural occupations
Radio presenters
974
18.6
Program directors (TV or radio)
439
8.4
Radio journalists
365
7.0
Advertising specialists
81
1.5
Sound technicians
69
1.3
Copywriters
58
1.1
Other cultural occupations
509
9.7
Total cultural occupations
2 495
47.7
Other occupations
2 731
52.3
Total occupations
5 226
100.0

(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
(b) In their main job in the week before Census Night.
Source: ABS data available on request, Census of Population and Housing, 2006.



Work Survey

As data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing relates only to a person's main job during a one week period in August, it may not capture those people who are involved in a less regular or voluntary capacity. The 2007 survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities provides some indication of total involvement over a 12-month period. The survey found that 77,000 people were involved in television broadcasting and 105,500 were involved in radio broadcasting over a 12-month period to April 2007. The majority of those involved in radio (76%) were unpaid while fewer were unpaid in television (44%).

17.4 Persons involved in broadcasting, By payment status - 12 months ending April 2007

Television
Radio
Total(a)

NUMBER ('000)

Some paid involvement
43.4
24.8
63.4
Unpaid involvement only
33.6
80.6
101.2
Total(b)
77.0
105.5
162.9

PER CENT (%)

Some paid involvement
56.4
23.5
38.9
Unpaid involvement
43.6
76.4
62.1
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0

(a) Components may not add up to totals as some persons were involved in more than one activity.
(b) Excludes some people whose payment details are not known.
Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2007.



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