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Creative Arts and Culture


Arts and Culture encompasses four very diverse sectors:

The Visual Art & Design sector. Visual arts and design are art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature, such as arts and contemporary craft, Indigenous cultural arts, design, photography, arts administration, and fine arts such ceramics and sculpture.

The Dance sector covers modern, classical and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander dancing along with musical theatre and dance teaching.

The Live Performance, Entertainment and Music sectors include organisations that produce live theatrical or musical performances, and creative artists and musicians themselves.  The industry also encompasses those that operate performing arts venues.

The Screen and Media sector covers creative, management, administration and technical production roles in the screen and media sectors of: film production, television production, radio broadcasting and interactive digital media (such as electronic games, websites, educational resources).

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in these sectors are low.  Participation is often in the form of voluntary or community involvement, or it is pursued on a ‘for interest’ basis.

What does this industry cover?

  • Exhibition and display design
  • Graphic design
  • Arts and craft products
  • Film, audio and video production
  • Performance art such as dance, music and live theatre

Industry Information

The cultural and creative sector is a mixture of small or micro businesses combined with large media enterprises.  Several areas are highly cyclical, with significant peaks and troughs in demand and employment.

There is generally a high level of contract, casual or unpaid employment across most sectors of the industry.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to June 2018: 135

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 18/12/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Events Promotion Officer

Assistant Broadcast Technician

Gallery Administrative Assistant

Community Radio Program Maker & Presenter

Stage Production Assistant (Lighthing Systems)

This industry is positioned within the following groups


Arts, Culture & Performance

Work Type

Creative & Artistic

Helping & Advising

Organising & Clerical

Persuading & Service

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Career Pathways

The  Arts and Culture Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research Links


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.


  • Australian Performing Right Association (APRA)
  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)


  • Ministry of the Arts (both states/territories and Commonwealth government)

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