Cultural and creative activity boosts Australian economy

Cultural and creative activity contributed $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016-17, including performing arts growth of $403 million according to new analysis by the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR).

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Cultural and creative activity boosts Australian economy

The BCAR’s new working paper,Cultural and creative activity in Australia 2008-09 to 2016-17 , shows a 30 per cent increase in the value of cultural and creative activity, from $86 billion in 2008-09 to $111.7 billion in 2016-17.This equates to 6.4% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2016-17.

Cultural and creative activity relates to the arts, media, heritage, design, fashion and information technology. Activities contributing the most to the economy were design ($42.8 billion), fashion ($14.2 billion), and broadcasting, electronic or digital media and film ($9.7 billion) in 2016-17.

GVA of cultural and creative activity in performing arts has experienced growth of $403 million or 30.0 per cent from 2008-09 to 2016-17. However, as a share of GDP, it has fallen slightly over the period

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GVA of supporting activities which consist of providing arts education in the arts, including art, dance, drama and music, increased by $445 million or 57.2 per cent from 2008-09 to 2016-17 while as a share of GDP, it has remained relatively flat over the period (Table 21 and Figure 27).

The working paper tracks annual growth in cultural and  creative activity, based on data from the Australian Bureau of  Statistics.The analysis measures the economic activity driven by cultural and creative industries as well as the wages received from cultural and creative occupations.It identifies how this activity has evolved over time, the drivers of change and how it contributes to Australia’s overall economy.


For a copy of Cultural and creative activity in Australia 2008-09 to 2016-17, please visitwww.communications.gov.au/bcar


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