Community Arts Workers identify issues of local need, concerns and aspirations through community consultation, and design and implement strategies to facilitate and encourage community arts projects and happenings, and promote the value of community cultural development.

Also known as: Community Arts Officer or Community Artist.

Specialisations: Community Cultural Development Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in arts or a related field to work as a Community Arts Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Community Arts Workers.

Tasks

  • Researches and analyses community issues, needs and problems.
  • Develops, evaluates and maintains community resources and programmes.
  • Evaluates data and writes reports such as submissions requesting funding for continuing programmes and new projects.

More about Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

All Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

  • $1,374 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Community Arts Workers

  • 500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 81% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Community Arts Workers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 560 in 2011 to 500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Community Arts Workers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Arts and Recreation Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 81% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety62.3
Arts and Recreation Services18.1
Health Care and Social Assistance8.4
Education and Training5.1
Other Industries6.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCommunity Arts WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.531.6
VIC28.425.6
QLD15.920.0
SA10.07.0
WA13.710.8
TAS3.92.0
NT2.91.0
ACT0.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCommunity Arts WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-242.6-9.39.3
25-3419.6-22.922.9
35-4430.2-22.022.0
45-5427.4-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-647.9-6.06.0
65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCommunity Arts WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate32.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree38.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV5.9-21.121.1
Year 126.8-18.118.1
Year 110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in arts or a related field to work as a Community Arts Worker. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Community Arts Workers.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Community Services and Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers who can communicate and are mature and organised.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    81% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Therapy and counselling

    75% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  3. Psychology

    74% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with the public

    93% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9151.00 - Social and Community Service Managers.

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