Arts Administrators or Managers plan, organise, direct, control, coordinate and promote artistic and cultural policies, programs, projects and services.

Specialisations: Art Gallery Director, Community Arts Centre Manager, Cultural Centre Manager.

Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in arts is needed to work as an Arts Administrator or Manager. Many Arts Administrators and Managers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Selects items for display/presentation.
  • Arranges finance for show/production.
  • Selects the director and technical personnel and, in consultation with the director, auditions and selects cast.
  • Establishes operating budgets and production schedules.
  • Determines treatment and scope of production or display.
  • Supervises production and suggests or approves change in script or presentation.

All Other Specialist Managers

  • $2,259 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Arts Administrators and Managers

  • 1,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 71% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Arts Administrators and Managers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Arts Administrators and Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Public Administration and Safety industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (52%).
  • Gender: 71% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Safety99.0
Education and Training0.4
Other Services0.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.1
Other Industries0.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateArts Administrators and ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.831.6
VIC29.925.6
QLD12.120.0
SA6.27.0
WA8.710.8
TAS3.12.0
NT2.51.0
ACT3.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArts Administrators and ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-242.3-9.39.3
25-3420.9-22.922.9
35-4424.1-22.022.0
45-5425.7-21.621.6
55-599.6-9.09.0
60-648.2-6.06.0
65 and Over8.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationArts Administrators and ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate31.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree39.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.8-21.121.1
Year 129.3-18.118.1
Year 111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a bachelor degree in arts is needed to work as an Arts Administrator or Manager. Many Arts Administrators and Managers complete postgraduate studies.

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Employers look for Other Specialist Managers who have strong leadership skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Communications and Media

    79% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  2. Sales and Marketing

    74% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. Computers and Electronics

    74% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. English Language

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Fine Arts

    72% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Time Pressure

    98% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    95% Important

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  5. Spend Time Sitting

    95% Important

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