Creative Workforce

The arts currently attract fewer volunteers than sport or welfare/community organisations

Despite 3.4 million Australians involved in arts activities in their work, the arts have a relatively small volunteer base compared with other industries.

According to 2010 ABS data on volunteer work, around 403,000 Australians volunteer with arts/heritage organisations, representing 7 percent of all volunteers.

Arts/heritage organisations attract slightly more volunteers than animal welfare (5 percent), but significantly less than sport (37 percent), religious (22 percent) and welfare/community organisations (22 percent).