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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010  
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SERVICE INDUSTRY SURVEYS

The Service Industry Surveys collect information from employers in selected cultural industries. Table 5.7 displays the number of employees in these industries. Care must be taken when interpreting these figures as different industries were surveyed in different years.

Of the selected cultural industries surveyed between 2002-03 and 2007-08, public libraries was the highest employing industry with 12,471 employees in 2003-04. Other cultural industries with large numbers of employees were the film and video production industry (10,873 employees in 2006-07) and art and other museums (7,624 employees in 2003-04).

5.7 Persons employed in selected cultural industries, At end June - Various years

Full-time
Part-time
and
casual
Working
proprietors and
partners of
unincorporated
businesses
Salaried
directors of
incorporated
businesses
Total
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

June 2008
Museums and art galleries
3 608
4 248
na
na
7 856
June 2007
Performing arts operation
2 658
3 223
291
396
6 569
Performing arts venue operation
1 472
4 367
na
38
5 876
Film and video
Production services
2 769
5 724
400
1 979
10 873
Post-production services
1 645
734
**155
437
2 971
Television services(a)
Commercial television broadcasting
5 086
1 894
na
na
6 980
Subscription television broadcasting
na
na
na
na
3 052
June 2004
Public libraries(b)
5 889
6 583
na
na
12 471
June 2003
Performing arts festivals
345
927
na
na
1 272

** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
na not available
(a) Excludes public television broadcasters and community broadcasters.
(b) Excludes national and state archives, special libraries and libraries located in educational institutions.
Source: Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0); Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0); Television, Film and Video Production and Post-production Services, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8679.0); Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0).



Many cultural industries are run as commercial operations and are exclusively staffed by paid employees. A few industries, however, rely heavily on the assistance of volunteers. The Service Industry Surveys found that 23,426 volunteers helped in the running of museums during June 2008, which is more than three times the number of people with paid employment in the industry at that time. Similarly, 6,582 people undertook voluntary work for performing arts operations during June 2007. This was slightly more than the number of paid employees (6,569).

Some 6,853 people undertook voluntary work for public libraries during June 2004, which is approximately one volunteer for every two paid employees. Performing arts venue operations employed 5,876 people in 2007, with an additional 1,935 people volunteering in this industry.

5.8 VOLUNTEERS IN SELECTED CULTURAL INDUSTRIES - At end June - Various years

Volunteers
no.

June 2008
Museums
23 426
June 2007
Performing arts operation
6 582
Performing arts venue operation
1 935
June 2004
Public libraries(a)
6 853

(a) Excludes libraries operated privately by organisations for internal reference purposes, and libraries located in educational institutions.
Source: Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0); Performing Arts, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0); Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0).






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