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Creativity crucial for the future economy
Creative skills are crucial to driving employment and economic growth in Australia, according to new research by the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR).
The BCAR’s research paper Creative skills for the future economy analyses the skills and qualifications of people working in creative fields and how these may be used in the future.
Creative skills have a substantial influence on Australia’s economy, with businesses relying on $87 billion worth of creative industries inputs in 2014/15.
The demand for creative skills is expected to increase as the trend to the automation of goods and services continues.
The research paper found the growth of those employed in creative occupations was already growing rapidly, about double the rate of other occupations between 2011 and 2016.
In 2016, 9.5% of those employed in Australia held a ‘creative’ qualification as their highest level of qualification, including communications, information technology and architecture.
The paper finds that creative skills are the backbone of many fast-growing industries and some of the more innovative sectors of the Australian economy such as Information, Media and Telecommunications.
Creativity also supports Australia’s participation in the global economy and enables exports of many goods and services.
Creative skills will be critical to positioning Australia to benefit fully from new technologies and sources of growth.
The full paper can be viewed on BCAR’s website at www.communications.gov.au/bcar
Image: The planned Hedberg Creative Industries Centre in Hobart
13th December 2018 - Fiona Menzies reappointed as Creative Partnerships Australia Chief Executive
29th November 2018 - ICC Sydney introduces a new dedicated Creative Industries Stream
27th February 2018 - Creative Partnership Awards to celebrate leaders who support for the arts
18th February 2016 - Creative Communities Scheme supports diverse arts projects
12th December 2015 - Adelaide designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO
12th July 2015 - Funding to support Queensland’s creative communities
28th May 2015 - Australia Council awards Indigenous creative excellence
14th December 2014 - New minister aims for a more creative Victoria
7th September 2013 - Creative New Zealand awards $19.5 million to the arts
28th May 2012 - Backing for creative festivals in regional Australia
16th March 2011 - Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton call for a bold, creative Sydney
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