Creative Workforce

There are notable differences in the gender balance of artists practising in each artform

Throsby and Zednik estimate that just over half of artists in Australia are female (51 percent) and 49 percent are male. In comparison, there are more males in the total labour force than females (55 percent males versus 45 percent females).

The gender split across art forms varies substantially, with a higher proportion of females among dancers (76 percent), community cultural development workers (72 percent), and craft practitioners (79 percent). Composers and musicians are more likely to be male (73 and 68 percent).