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


People employed in the sector

Business Trading


Businesses trading in the sector

* Statistics sourced from Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. 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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Tyrone’s Story

I never saw myself in 12 months going from a bank teller to film and television and that's all thanks to vocational education.

VET Qualification: Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Career: Broadcast Operations

Undertaking his Australian School-based Apprenticeship gave Tyrone practical experience of professional expectations, confidence and the chance to demonstrate his leadership skills. However, Tyrone realised that the business pathway was not his ultimate dream career. Wanting to pursue his passion for the creative arts, he successfully gained a traineeship with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) studying a Certificate IV in Screen and Media.

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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

Search for keywords in course titles, such as ‘arts’ or ‘music’:

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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.

Data has been sourced from the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and SSO/IRC Industry Skills Forecasts (Culture and Related Industries).


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.