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Proportions of employees earning various annual incomes, by industry, 1996–2011

Next update December 2017


2011: Income distribution in 2011 Census

According to the Census of Population and Housing conducted in August 2011, the television broadcasting industry has the largest proportion of workers in the top income bracket. Predictably, the industries with significant numbers of part-time workers – film exhibition and video hire – have the highest proportions of people earning less than $20,800.

Due to inflation, caution should be used when comparing income brackets in previous years, even where the ranges are the same.

  < $20,800 $20,800–
$31,199
$31,200–
$41,599
$41,600–
$51,999
$52,000–
$64,999
$65,000
& over
Not stated
All selected audiovisual industries1 27% 9% 10% 9% 11% 33% 1%
Film and video production and post-production services 10% 8% 10% 12% 14% 44% 1%
Production 10% 8% 10% 12% 14% 44% 1%
Post-production 10% 7% 11% 13% 14% 44% 1%
Film and video distribution 8% 10% 13% 13% 13% 43% 1%
Film exhibition 58% 13% 9% 6% 5% 7% 1%
Television broadcasting 5% 5% 10% 11% 16% 53% 1%
Free-to-air 4% 4% 9% 11% 16% 55% 1%
Subscription 7% 8% 13% 13% 14% 43% 1%
Video hire 64% 14% 10% 4% 3% 4% 1%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing, 2011.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
Breakout data on production, post-production and free-to-air and subscription broadcasting was available for the first time in 2006.
1. ‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production and post-production services, film and video distribution, film exhibition, television broadcasting and video hire as well as not further defined audiovisual categories which are not listed separately but included in totals. Industry definitions used by the ABS have changed over time. See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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2006: Income distribution in 2006 Census

  < $20,800 $20,800–
$31,199
$31,200–
$41,599
$41,600–
$51,999
$52,000–
$67,599
$67,600
& over
Not stated
All selected audiovisual industries1 34% 12% 12% 10% 12% 19% 1%
Film and video production and post-production services 13% 13% 15% 14% 17% 27% 2%
Production 13% 13% 14% 14% 17% 27% 2%
Post-production 12% 11% 17% 18% 17% 25% 1%
Film and video distribution 14% 12% 18% 13% 16% 25% 1%
Film exhibition 61% 15% 9% 5% 4% 4% 1%
Television broadcasting 6% 9% 14% 15% 20% 35% 1%
Free-to-air 5% 7% 13% 15% 21% 37% 1%
Subscription 8% 14% 20% 16% 15% 26% 1%
Video hire 69% 15% 7% 3% 2% 2% 2%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing, 2006.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
Breakout data on production, post-production and free-to-air and subscription broadcasting was available for the first time in 2006.
1. ‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production and post-production services, film and video distribution, film exhibition, television broadcasting and video hire as well as not further defined audiovisual categories which are not listed separately but included in totals. Industry definitions used by the ABS have changed over time. See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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2001: Income distribution in 2001 Census

  < $20,800 $20,800–
$31,199
$31,200–
$41,599
$41,600–
$51,999
$52,000–
$77,999
$78,000
& over
Not stated
All selected audiovisual industries1 34% 17% 14% 10% 13% 9% 2%
Film and video production 18% 20% 19% 13% 16% 13% 2%
Film and video distribution 25% 18% 19% 13% 14% 10% 2%
Motion picture exhibition 57% 16% 11% 6% 5% 3% 2%
Television services 8% 16% 19% 16% 23% 16% 2%
Video hire 69% 17% 6% 2% 2% 1% 2%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing, 2001.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. ‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production, film and video distribution, motion picture exhibition, television services and video hire as well as not further defined audiovisual categories which are not listed separately but included in totals. Industry definitions used by the ABS have changed over time. See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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1996: Income distribution in 1996 Census

  < $20,800 $20,800–
$31,199
$31,200–
$41,599
$41,600–
$51,999
$52,000
& over
Not stated
All selected audiovisual industries1 37% 22% 15% 10% 14% 2%
Film and video production 25% 24% 19% 11% 19% 2%
Film and video distribution 27% 24% 20% 14% 14% 1%
Motion picture exhibition 67% 14% 8% 5% 5% 2%
Television services 12% 26% 22% 16% 23% 1%
Video hire 74% 17% 5% 1% 2% 2%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Census of Population and Housing, 1996.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data. Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. ‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production, film and video distribution, motion picture exhibition, television services and video hire as well as not further defined audiovisual categories which are not listed separately but included in totals. Industry definitions used by the ABS have changed over time. See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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