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Proportion of men and women employed in various occupations in selected audiovisual industries, 1996–2011

Next update December 2017


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has used two classification systems for occupations in recent years. The Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), which was used for 1996 and 2001 Census data, was replaced by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), used to classify 2006 and 2011 Census data. These classification changes have complicated the comparison of occupations over survey periods.

The coding algorithms used for ASCO and ANZSCO are quite different. If an employee has dual titles that cannot be coded to a single occupation, this is resolved by ANZSCO by assigning them to a ‘not further defined’ occupation, whereas ASCO codes them to the higher occupation in the hierarchy. For example, a shop assistant may work as a cashier and also stack shelves. A cashier is higher in the occupation hierarchy than someone stacking shelves. In ASCO, this would be resolved by assigning the person to the occupation highest in the hierarchy, i.e. a cashier. However in ANZSCO, the person may be assigned to a more general shop assistant code, e.g. shop assistant nfd, because they do more than one job.

The table below lists ASCO occupation classifications for 1996 and 2001 and ANZSCO for 2006 and 2011. It does not include occupations where numbers varied by more than 10 per cent between ASCO and ANZSCO.

2006–2011
2006 2011 % change
2006–11
Total no. % men % women Total no. % men % women
Actor 260 59% 41% 344 60% 40% 32%
Art director (film, TV, stage) 66 65% 35% 120 66% 34% 82%
Artistic director 17 65% 35% 7 43% 57% -59%
Author 185 58% 42% 163 52% 48% -12%
Book or script editor 60 37% 63% 45 47% 53% -25%
Camera operator (film, TV or video) 1,027 95% 5% 1,213 94% 6% 18%
Director (film, TV, radio or stage) 975 76% 24% 1,129 77% 23% 16%
Director of photography 196 94% 6% 235 94% 6% 20%
Film and video editor 1,357 77% 23% 1,658 76% 24% 22%
Illustrator 245 89% 11% 420 86% 14% 71%
Light technician 129 91% 9% 183 91% 9% 42%
Make-up artist 122 11% 89% 154 5% 95% 26%
Motion picture projectionist 871 85% 15% 831 86% 14% -5%
Production assistant (film, TV, radio or stage) 772 27% 73% 815 30% 70% 6%
Program director (TV or radio) 448 50% 50% 475 47% 53% 6%
Sound technician 528 90% 10% 529 91% 9% <1%
Stage manager 63 73% 27% 68 62% 38% 8%
Technical director 233 90% 10% 262 88% 12% 12%
Television journalist 982 50% 50% 1,016 49% 51% 3%
Television presenter 258 55% 45% 301 58% 42% 17%
Theatre or cinema manager 874 50% 50% 1,008 47% 53% 15%
Ticket collector or usher 1,229 55% 45% 1005 59% 41% -18%
TV equipment and broadcast transmitter operator 434 69% 31% 419 75% 25% -3%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Censuses of Population and Housing, 1996–2011.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data.
‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production and post-production services, film and video distribution, film exhibition, television broadcasting, video hire and not further defined audiovisual categories.
See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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1996–2001
1996 2001
Total no. % men % women Total no. % men % women
Actor 346 51% 49% 524 58% 42%
Art director (film, TV, stage) 116 67% 33% 102 61% 39%
Artistic director 18 78% 22% 30 50% 50%
Author 204 50% 50% 262 61% 39%
Book or script editor 45 42% 58% 65 34% 66%
Camera operator (film, TV or video) 874 97% 3% 1,130 95% 5%
Director (film, TV, radio or stage) 967 76% 24% 1,331 72% 28%
Director of photography 211 94% 6% 218 96% 4%
Film and video editor 878 74% 26% 1,203 79% 21%
Illustrator 362 70% 30% 292 82% 18%
Light technician 112 97% 3% 145 88% 13%
Make-up artist 119 10% 90% 128 11% 89%
Motion picture projectionist 533 95% 5% 856 86% 14%
Production assistant (film, TV, radio or stage) 658 28% 72% 721 22% 78%
Program director (TV or radio) 45 69% 31% 124 58% 42%
Sound technician 577 85% 15% 568 87% 13%
Stage manager 80 80% 20% 110 64% 36%
Technical director 102 90% 10% 104 91% 9%
Television journalist 894 52% 48% 864 54% 46%
Television presenter 258 63% 37% 264 59% 41%
Theatre or cinema manager 551 56% 44% 854 48% 52%
Ticket collector or usher 1,111 43% 57% 1,636 49% 51%
TV equipment and broadcast transmitter operator 550 76% 24% 499 73% 27%

Source: Compiled by Screen Australia using unpublished data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Censuses of Population and Housing, 1996–2011.

Notes:
Adjustments have been made to figures by the ABS to avoid the release of confidential data.
‘Selected audiovisual industries’ includes film and video production and post-production services, film and video distribution, film exhibition, television broadcasting, video hire and not further defined audiovisual categories.
See Industry and occupation definitions for classifications and definitions.

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Proportion of men and women employed in various occupations in selected audiovisual industries, 1996–2011

Graph: Proportion of men and women employed in various occupations in selected audiovisual industries, 1996â€

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