Arts & Culture

The arts are vitally important to Australia’s future. We have an important story to tell, and we need highly skilled artists, performers, technicians and administrators to take our story across the nation and around the globe. The arts are being restructured by digital change – bold new technologies are being used to create, to perform, to engage and to distribute. This is an exciting place to be, and you’ll be amazed at the career choices available to you.

Contribution to the Australian economy

Arts & Culture

Industry Value

$10.1 billion*

Gross value added

People Employed

99,855

People employed in the sector

Business Trading

28,279

Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. For more information, please refer to the Statistics Explained page.

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Sectors & Occupations

The arts and culture industry is made up of people and organisations that use artistic talent for commercial and social outcomes. Together they make up Australia’s creative economy, and many gained their practical skills through vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Check out a sample of the most popular occupations in each sector. Click on them for more information.


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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships) are an important part of VET. Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Australian Apprenticeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Career Stories

A VET course can give you the practical skills and hands-on experience you need to work in Australia’s creative economy. You’ll be amazed at the career pathways that a VET qualification may unlock for you.


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I Wanna Be an Actor

I’m a drama teacher by trade.”

Career: Professional Actor

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I Wanna Be a Production Manager

I went to WAAPA, and that’s a fantastic place to start. You really get a feel of what it’s like to work in the industry.”

Career: Production Manager

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I Wanna Be an Online Journalist

You can do a film and media course, or just an exclusive journalism course.”

Career: Online Journalist

Skills for your Career

My Skills can help you find the right course to ignite your career in the arts and culture industry. You can search for VET courses and compare information such as fees, durations, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a number of different ways to search for VET courses on My Skills.


Course Search

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Careers in Demand

No skilled occupations are currently in shortage in the arts and culture industry.



Growth Areas

No significant areas or sectors have been identified in the arts and culture industry where employment is expected to grow over the next three years.



Resources

With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here are a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.
For additional industry information links, please visit the Australian Government Department of Education and Training website.


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