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

When making comparisons between the various sources of employment data for this sector it is important to take into consideration the differing scope and reference periods of the respective surveys.


Census of Population and Housing

The 2006 Census of Population and Housing collected employment data relating to the job in which a person worked the most hours during the week before the Census.

According to the Census, there were 8,900 people whose main job was in the motion picture exhibition industry in August 2006. The Census also found that there were 7,364 people whose main job was in the motion picture and video production industry, 898 people in post-production services and other motion picture and video activities and 871 people in motion picture and video distribution. Table 16.11 shows the top eight cultural occupations per industry. There are many other occupations involved in the film and video industry and these are grouped under other cultural occupations and other occupations.

16.11 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN FILM AND VIDEO INDUSTRIES(a)(b), By occupation - August 2006

Number
%

Motion picture and video production
Media producer
1 424
19.3
Director
557
7.6
Film and video editor
539
7.3
Video producer
374
5.1
Production assistant
341
4.6
Camera operator
338
4.6
Other cultural occupations
1 808
24.6
Total cultural occupations
5 381
73.1
Other occupations
1 983
26.9
Total occupations
7 364
100.0
Post-production services and other motion picture and video activities
Film and video editor
136
15.1
Illustrator
91
10.1
Media producer
36
4.0
Graphic designer
24
2.7
Performing arts technicians
23
2.6
Sound technician
17
1.9
Other cultural occupations
188
20.9
Total cultural occupations
515
57.3
Other occupations
383
42.7
Total occupations
898
100.0
Motion picture and video distribution
Media producer
22
2.5
Graphic designer
11
1.3
Director
12
1.4
Visual merchandiser
10
1.1
Production assistant
5
-
Librarian
7
0.8
Other cultural occupations
47
5.4
Total cultural occupations
114
13.1
Other occupations
757
86.9
Total occupations
871
100.0
Motion picture exhibition
Motion picture projectionist
869
9.8
Cinema or theatre manager
868
9.8
Director
59
0.7
Actor
38
0.4
Light technician
40
0.4
Sound technician
35
0.4
Other cultural occupations
349
3.9
Total cultural occupations
2 258
25.4
Other occupations
6 642
74.6
Total occupations
8 900
100.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(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.



Over half of those employed in the film and video industries (54%) worked in non-cultural occupations. The percentage of persons employed in cultural occupations varied considerably amongst the film and video industries - from 2% in the video rental and hire industry to 66% in the motion picture and video production industry.

16.12 Percentage of persons employed in cultural occupations(a), By film and video industries - August 2006
Graph: 16.12 Percentage of persons employed in cultural occupations(a), By film and video industries—August 2006



Work Survey

The 2007 survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities reported that 117,700 people had a work involvement in either film production or cinema and video distribution in the 12-months to April 2007. Nearly two-thirds of those involved in cinema and video distribution (64%) were paid for their work, as were just over one-third (35%) of those involved in film production. Unlike the Census of Population and Housing, this survey collects more than just 'main job' activity. See Chapter 5 for more details on the differences between the data collections.


Service Industry Surveys

According to the 2006-07 ABS survey of Television, Film and Video Production and Post-Production Services, there were 10,873 people employed by film and video production services businesses at the end of June 2007. For the same period, there were 2,971 people employed by post-production services businesses, and the commercial free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters collectively employed 10,032 people.




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