Employment figures for the cultural and creative sector are estimated to be 242,000 in 2016-17.

According to earlier 2016 Census data, 236,000 people in Victoria were employed in cultural or creative activities as their main job, representing 7% of total employment.  This comprises all those who work in a cultural or creative industry (160,000), and all those who have a cultural or creative occupation in a non-cultural or creative industry (76,000).

By examining 2016 Census data we are able to analyse employment in more detail.

Performing Arts

  • In 2016, 15,372 Victorians were employed as performing artists, music composers or performing arts support workers as their main job. 4,214 are in non-cultural or creative industries.

Literature

  • In 2016, 7,122 Victorians were employed as Librarians or Archivists as their main job. 5,153 are in non-cultural or creative industries
  • 7,870 Victorians were employed as writers or print media workers as their main job. 2,650 of these were in non-cultural or creative industries.

Galleries and Museums

  • In 2016, 3,063 were employed in the Museum Operations industry as their main job.

Visual Arts and Crafts

  • In 2016, 12,876 Victorians were employed as Visual Arts and Craft professionals as their main job such as painter, sculptor, photographer and jeweller. 3,116 of these were in non-cultural or creative industries.

Design

  • 49,380 Victorians were employed as design workers in a variety of areas, including architectural services, advertising, fashion, illustration and web design. 17,817 of these were in non-cultural or creative industries.

Film and Television

  • In 2016, 11,293 Victorians were employed in the motion picture industry as their main job. 5,513 of these were non-cultural or creative occupations.