4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (Second Edition)  
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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 1999-2000 and 2006-07, Public libraries was the highest employing industry with 12,471 employees in 2003-04. Other cultural industries with large numbers of employees include the Video hire industry which employed 11,034 people in 1999-2000, the Film and video production industry (10,873 employees in 2006-07) and the Motion picture exhibition industry (9,282 employees in 1999-2000). These industries all have a large proportion of employees working on a part-time or casual basis.

5.7 PERSONS EMPLOYED IN SELECTED CULTURAL INDUSTRIES

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

2006-07
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 free-to-air
(b)5 086
1 894
na
na
6 980
Pay television
na
na
na
na
3 052
2003-04
Public libraries(a)
5 889
6 583
na
na
12 471
Art and other museums
4 291
3 252
81
na
7 624
2002-03
Performing arts festivals
345
927
na
na
1 272
1999-00
Film and video distribution
1 059
366
na
na
1 426
Motion picture exhibition
1 196
8 026
60
na
9 282
Video hire
2 026
8 267
741
na
11 034
Commercial art galleries
389
586
435
na
1 409
Botanic gardens
971
279
na
na
1 250

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
na not available
(a) Excludes public television broadcasters and community broadcasters.
(b) Includes salaried directors of incorporated businesses.
Source: ABS, Museums, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8560.0); ABS, Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0); ABS, Video Hire Industry, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8562.0); ABS, Botanic Gardens, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8563.0); ABS, Commercial Art Galleries, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8651.0); ABS, Motion Picture Exhibition, Australia, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8654.0); ABS, Film and Video Production and Distribution, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 8679.0); ABS, Television, Film and Video Production and Post-Production Services, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8679.0); ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0).

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 20,443 volunteers helped in the running of Art and other museums during June 2004, which was almost three times the number of people with paid employment in the industry at that time. Similarly, 6,853 people undertook voluntary work for Public libraries during June 2004. This is equivalent to one volunteer for every two paid employees.

Some 6,582 people worked as volunteers in Performing arts operation in June 2007, only slightly more than the number in paid employment (6,569). Performing arts venue operations employed 5,876 people in 2007, with an additional 1,935 people volunteering in this industry. The 1,272 paid staff working on 176 Performing arts festivals (of 2 days or more duration) during 2002-03 received assistance from 15,728 volunteers.

5.8 VOLUNTEERS IN SELECTED CULTURAL INDUSTRIES

Volunteers
no.

Performing arts operations
2006-07
6 582
Performing arts venue operations
2006-07
1 935
Festivals
2002-03
15 728
Public libraries(a)
2003-04
6 853
Art and other museums
2003-04
20 443

(a) Excludes special libraries and libraries located in educational institutions.
Source: ABS, Performing Arts, Australia, 2002-03, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8697.0); ABS, Museums, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8560.0); ABS, Public Libraries, Australia, 2003-04 (cat. no. 8561.0).






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