4920.0 - Arts and Culture: State and Territory Profiles, 2012  
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In the 2011 Census there were 27,589 persons employed in a cultural occupation in their main job in Western Australia, an increase of 12% from the 24,629 persons reported in the 2006 Census. Whilst increases were recorded across all three broad occupation groups (i.e. heritage occupations, arts occupations and other cultural occupations), growth in employment within the arts occupation was the main driver.

The greatest increase was reported for architects and urban planners, with 889 (26%) more persons reporting these occupations in 2011 compared with 2006. A similar increase was experienced in occupations including graphic designers, interior designers and web developers, with the number of persons employed collectively as design workers increasing by 878 persons (20%).

The majority of growth within heritage occupations was in built, collectable and environmental heritage workers with an increase of 310 persons (35%) between 2006 and 2011.

Offsetting the growth in arts occupations was a fall in the number of persons employed as printing workers. Incorporating occupations such as printing machinists, graphic pre-press trade workers and printers' assistants, there were 546 (down 24%) fewer persons employed than in 2006.


In the 2011 Census there were 29,573 persons employed in a cultural industry in their main job in Western Australia, an increase of 6% from the 27,896 persons reported in 2006. This increase was driven by the arts industry group (1,352 persons), with smaller increases in the heritage industry group (253 persons) and the other cultural occupation group (72 persons).

The industry with the largest increase between 2006 and 2011 was architectural services with 855 (30%) more persons employed. The creative artists, musicians, writers and performers industry, and the other specialised design services industry also experienced strong growth with an increase of 564 (40%) and 519 (36%) persons respectively.

The printing industry experienced the greatest decline between the two Census periods with 513 fewer persons employed in 2011, a fall of 19%. A large decrease was also recorded in the video and other electronic media rental industry with 369 fewer persons employed, down 29%.

These data show that most persons who commenced working in a cultural occupation between 2006 and 2011 were employed within a non-cultural industry.

More information about the changes for all cultural occupations and industries can be found in Tables 1 and 2 of the data cube for Western Australia attached to Employment in Culture, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 6273.0) on the ABS website.