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Many people working in library-related occupations are not working in the libraries and archives industry. The Local government administration industry employed 1,937 librarians, Higher education employed 1,885 librarians, and School education (Primary and Secondary) employed 406 librarians.
The 2006 Census of Population and Housing also counted 898 people whose main job in the week before the Census was as an archivist. This included not only those employed in the national and state archives, but also those working for government organisations, educational institutions, commercial organisations, etc.
The ABS 2007 survey of Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities provides another perspective on employment in libraries and archives. This survey provides information on the number of paid and unpaid workers in library or archive organisations. It also provides the number of people working in these organisations as part of a second job. However, it does not contain information on type of occupation.
The survey found that there were 108,500 people aged 15 years and over who had some work involvement in a library or archive in the 12 months to April 2007, of whom 35,900 (33.1%) received some payment.
Public Libraries Survey
The 2003-04 ABS survey of Public Libraries Survey found that at the end of June 2004, there were 10,606 staff employed in local government libraries and 1,865 employed in national and state libraries.
Some 42% of those employed in local government libraries were permanent full-time workers while 76% of those employed in national and state libraries were permanent full-time workers.
This survey also found that at the end of June 2004, there were 811 persons employed by the eight national and state archives in Australia.
The number of volunteers working for local government libraries in June 2004 totalled 6,315 people. The number of volunteers working in national and state libraries was 416 and there were 122 volunteers working in national and state archives.