Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

ABS Economic Activity Survey shows over 200,000 employed in ‘arts and recreation services’

ABS Economic Activity Survey shows over 200,000 employed in ‘arts and recreation services’
June 9, 2016

The Australia Bureau of Statistics’ newly released Economic Activity Survey (EAS) shows that 201,000 people were employed in ‘arts and recreation services’ in Australia in 2014/15, with some industry sectors, particularly creative and performing arts activities, showing a significant decline in employment numbers compared to the previous year.

As part of the Economic Activity Survey (EAS), the ABS collects detailed information from a rotating program of industries. For 2014/15, the EAS collected additional information from Australian businesses/organisations classified to the Arts and recreation services Division of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification, 2006 edition (ANZSIC).

Herein, the ABS defines arts and recreation serives as comprising heritage, creative and performing arts, sport and recreation, and gambling.

Respective totals for employment in each sector in 2014/15 were heritage (7,000 people), creative and performing arts (33,000), sport and recreation (127,000) and gambling (34,000).

Within these totals, creative and performing arts employment declined by 7.4% in 2014/15 compared to from 2013/14.

The figures cover the period of the 2014 Federal budget, which cut funding of the arts by $87.1 million over four years but do not incorporate changes introduced in the 2015 budget.

The survey found that incomes in creative and performing arts activities decreased 1.9% to $3,462 million in 2014/15.

In sport and recreation, the survey comprised three diverse industry groups: Group 911 Sports and physical recreation activities, Group 912 Horse and dog racing activities and Group 913 Amusement and other recreation activities.

The graph below shows the varying contribution of each group to Total income and expenses.

Footnote(s): Note that the series labels above refer to ANZSIC Groups 911 Sports and physical recreation activities, 912 Horse and dog racing activities and 913 Amusement and other recreation activities.

Source(s): Australian Industry (cat. no. 8155.0)

The survey found that there were just over 127,000 people employed in sports and recreation activities at 30th June 2014/15. Herein sports and physical recreation activities employed 88,545 people (69.7% of total employment), amusement and other recreation activities employed 19,851 (15.6% of total employment) and horse and dog racing activities employed 18,679 (14.7% of total employment).

However, this figure contrasts with ABS data from 2011/12, released by the Australian Sports Commission in the Value of Sport, Australia, 2013 report, which showed that Australian sport employed about 134,000 Australians.

In addition, data released by Service Skills Australia in April last year showed that almost 96,000 people were employed in the fitness, recreation and sport sectors (sports and physical recreation activities), with employment growing by 34% between 2006 and 2011.

Click here for more information on the Economic Activity Survey (EAS) on the ABS website.

Top image courtesy of Adventure Park Geelong.

30th April 2015 - FITNESS, RECREATION AND SPORT EMPLOYMENT GREW BY 34% OVER FIVE YEARS

16th August 2014 - WE NEED ABS ARTS AND SPORTS DATA TO UNDERSTAND OUR CULTURE

8th June 2014 - ABS TO SCALE BACK COLLECTION OF CULTURE, RECREATION, SPORT AND TOURISM STATISTICS 

3rd June 2014  - AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS SPENT $7 BILLION ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES 

24th October 2013 - AUSTRALIAN SPORT WORTH $12.8 BILLION IN INCOME, EMPLOYS 134,000


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

PAYSMART

Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 

AAC ID SOLUTIONS

AAC ID Solutions is a leading supplier of identification access wristbands, barcoded wristband tickets, lanyards, membership products and RFID solutions for events and venues, working with thousands…

read more

Access / Marketing / Safety / Ticketing

 
 

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s leading fitness equipment brands to Australasia - these include True Fitness, Atlantis Strength, Merrithew (Stott Pilates), Intenza Fitness,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business