4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2009  
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WORK IN CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES SURVEY

Due to the large number of people involved in the cultural sector through second jobs and unpaid work, the Census was unable to fully represent employment within this sector. To account for this, the ABS conducted a survey to collect more information on all the ways in which people could be involved in the sector.

In 2007, the survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities found that there were about 3.5 million people (22% 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 701,800 stated that their involvement was part of their main job.

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, family's or friends' use - these were classed as hobbies.

5.4 Involvement by payment status and state or territory(a), by sex - 12 months ending April 2007

Some paid involvement(b)
Unpaid involvement only
Total persons involved(c)
Persons with no involvement
Total persons
Participation rate
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
%


MALES
New South Wales
166.4
325.7
497.9
2 181.7
2 679.7
18.6
Victoria
134.1
242.5
382.4
1 630.7
2 013.1
19.0
Queensland
102.3
188.8
296.1
1 276.7
1 572.8
18.8
South Australia
36.3
88.1
127.1
483.8
610.9
20.8
Western Australia
51.6
95.3
150.3
644.6
794.9
18.9
Tasmania
9.4
32.8
42.6
146.4
189.0
22.5
Northern Territory
*6.3
8.0
14.3
44.2
58.5
24.4
Australian Capital Territory
12.9
19.2
32.5
92.9
125.4
25.9
Australia
519.3
1 000.4
1 543.1
6 501.1
8 044.2
19.2
FEMALES
New South Wales
177.1
442.6
624.3
2 129.3
2 753.6
22.7
Victoria
144.7
344.5
494.9
1 593.6
2 088.5
23.7
Queensland
103.0
277.5
383.9
1 210.0
1 594.0
24.1
South Australia
38.9
126.3
167.3
462.4
629.7
26.6
Western Australia
48.5
154.3
203.6
600.9
804.6
25.3
Tasmania
10.7
41.4
52.3
144.4
196.7
26.6
Northern Territory
6.6
10.9
17.5
38.0
55.5
31.5
Australian Capital Territory
13.3
30.6
44.0
87.6
131.6
33.5
Australia
542.8
1 428.2
1 987.9
6 266.4
8 254.3
24.1
PERSONS
New South Wales
343.5
768.3
1 122.2
4 311.1
5 433.3
20.7
Victoria
278.8
587.1
877.3
3 224.3
4 101.6
21.4
Queensland
205.3
466.4
680.1
2 486.7
3 166.8
21.5
South Australia
75.3
214.4
294.3
946.2
1 240.5
23.7
Western Australia
100.0
249.6
353.9
1 245.5
1 599.4
22.1
Tasmania
20.1
74.2
94.9
290.8
385.7
24.6
Northern Territory
12.9
18.9
31.8
82.2
114.0
27.9
Australian Capital Territory
26.2
49.8
76.5
180.5
257.0
29.8
Australia
1 062.1
2 428.6
3 531.0
12 767.4
16 298.5
21.7

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Involvement for 12 months prior to interview.
(b) Includes persons who only received goods or services as payment.
(c) Includes persons who did not state whether involvement was paid.
Source: Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, April 2007 (cat. no. 6281.0).


There were 360,300 people who had some paid involvement in culture and leisure activities in the 12 months before interview who stated that the activity was not related to their main job held in the last week. For example, many people work as live performers (65,700) writers (56,400) or designers (49,100), in addition to their primary job.

The most common types of cultural activities which formed part of the person's main job were Design (230,700 people), Writing (184,300 people), Creating artworks with a computer (98,400 people) and Designing web sites (83,300 people).

5.5 Persons with paid involvement(a)(b), Type of activity by whether part of main job(c) - 12 months ending April 2007

Activity part of main job(c)
Activity not part of main job(c)
Total persons with some paid involvement
'000
'000
'000

Heritage
Museums
8.4
1.4
9.8
Public art galleries
10.3
4.6
14.9
Libraries and archives
29.3
6.6
*35.9
Heritage organisations
4.1
*5.7
**9.8
Botanic gardens
*6.8
**2.6
9.4
National parks and reserves
**8.4
4.9
13.3
Zoos and aquaria
5.8
2.3
8.1
Total heritage(d)
60.3
23.4
83.7
Arts
Visual art activities
Drawing
64.6
27.5
92.1
Painting
28.4
29.8
58.3
Sculpture
13.2
4.8
17.9
Photography
52.8
33.9
86.6
Print-making
21.8
4.3
26.1
Creating artworks with a computer
98.4
38.8
137.1
Other visual art activities
11.4
6.6
18.0
Total visual art activities(d)
185.3
96.6
281.9
Craft activities
Pottery and ceramics
14.4
2.5
17.0
Textiles
23.3
17.0
40.2
Jewellery making
10.0
22.5
32.6
Furniture-making and wood crafts
35.5
16.0
51.6
Glass crafts
4.8
3.1
7.9
Other craft activities
13.8
11.3
25.1
Total craft activities(d)
73.7
65.4
139.1
Writing
184.3
56.4
240.7
Publishing
81.3
24.9
106.1
Performing arts
Performer
13.2
25.7
38.9
No involvement as performer
22.5
15.4
37.9
Total performing arts(d)
35.7
41.1
76.8
Music
Live performer
24.9
65.7
90.6
No involvement as live performer
19.6
8.7
28.3
Total music(d)
44.5
74.4
118.8
Radio
10.6
14.2
24.8
Television
19.6
23.9
43.4
Film production
16.1
18.6
34.6
Cinema and video distribution
12.1
8.8
20.9
Designing websites
83.3
29.2
112.4
Designing computer games and other interactive software
33.5
6.3
39.8
Design
230.7
49.1
279.8
Teaching
65.1
46.3
111.3
Festival organising
51.3
32.0
83.4
Art or craft show organising
22.9
13.0
35.9
Government arts departments and agencies
14.0
5.8
19.9
Total arts(d)
669.0
347.4
1 016.4
Total(d)
701.8
360.3
1 062.1

* 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) Involvement is for 12 months prior to interview in April 2007.
(b) Includes persons who only received goods or services as payment.
(c) Main job held in the week prior to interview. If the person held multiple jobs during this week, it was the respondent's decision as to which was the main job.
(d) Components may not add to totals as some persons were involved in more than one activity.
Source: Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, 2007 (cat. no. 6281.0).






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