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Historical data
People employed

Employment in the film and video production and post-production services industry, 1971–2006 and 1993/94–2006/07

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Number employed: 2006/07 | 2002/03 | 1999/00 | 1996/97 | 1993/94
Labour costs comparison, 1993/94–2006/07 | Census comparison, 1971–2006


There were 13,844 people employed by film and video production and post-production services businesses at the end of June 2007, according to the Australian Bureau Statistics Service Industry Survey. Of these, 10,873 were in production businesses and 2,971 in post-production businesses. This was significantly fewer than 2003.

For the first time, in 2006/07 the ABS took significant non-employing businesses into account, which made up 77.3 per cent of the total number of working proprietors and partners. The ABS also presented data on salaried directors separately; previously, these employees were included in the full-time, part-time and casual categories, which makes historical comparisons problematic.

In 2006/07, not including salaried directors, 31.9 per cent of employees were permanent full-time, while 46.6 per cent were part-time and casual. However, the pattern varies considerably between sectors: permanent full-time employees comprise only 25.5 per cent of production services staff but 55.4 per cent of those in post-production services. The proportion of female employees has fallen slightly overall to 37.9 per cent.

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Census comparison, 1971-2006

Census data provides another view of employment in the film and video production and post-production services industry. It is based on individuals answering questions about their main job in the week preceding Census night, with a person allocated to a particular industry based on the industry classification of the employer. This data indicates consistent growth from 1971 to 1996. The 2006 Census reported 7,362 employed in the production sector and 899 in the post-production sector. See Employment trends for more details.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Censuses of Population and Housing, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006.

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