Creative Workforce

Museums engage more volunteers than the performing arts

The performing arts engage fewer volunteers than the museum sector, as suggested by the ABS Service Industry surveys undertaken on parts of the cultural sector.

Museums attract the largest number of volunteers overall.

Figure 15 - Number of volunteers for selected arts and culture service industries [1]

YearVolunteers
Museums and art galleries2007-0823,426
Performing arts2006-076,582
Performing arts venue operation2006-071,935
Libraries and archives2003-046,853

[1] Volunteer numbers for industry metrics are asked of organisations, not individuals. Hence the numbers presented here are not directly comparable to the numbers presented in the Voluntary Work data source (cat no. 4441.0), which are asked of individuals.