4920.0 - Arts and Culture: State and Territory Profiles, 2012  
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This report presents summary data on selected cultural occupations and industries from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing (Census). With a focus on Western Australia, the report discusses the number of 'culturally' employed persons classified by the occupation of their main job and their industry of employment. The data contained in this report, including additional demographic data pertaining to cultural employment, are available in the data cube for Western Australia attached to Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6273.0) on the ABS website.


In 2011, the Census collected information on the type of paid work people did in their main job, that is, the one in which they usually worked the most hours.

Accordingly, cultural employment can be reported using either occupation data, that is, the type of work people do; or industry data, that is, the main activity of the business for whom people work.

The data in this report are aligned, where possible, with the categories specified in the Occupation and Industry Classifications of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC) (Second Edition) (cat. no. 4902.0) which were released in 2008. Occupations and industries are considered 'cultural' based on inclusion in the ACLC.

According to the Census, in 2011 there were 42,849 people in Western Australia who were employed in a cultural occupation and/or a cultural industry.

The following diagram illustrates ways in which people can be 'culturally' employed. They can either work in a cultural occupation in a cultural industry; in a cultural occupation but not in a cultural industry; or in a non-cultural occupation but in a cultural industry. In 2011, a considerable proportion of the people who were employed in a cultural occupation worked in a non-cultural industry (47% or 13,015). A librarian employed in a university is an example of a cultural occupation within a non-cultural industry.

Diagram: Hierarchical illustration of cultural employment